Happy Birthday Chanel!

To celebrate today being the birthday of Coco Chanel
Desdemona’s got a Chanel-shaped treat for you.

Our original ’82 Rolling Stones tour t-shirt sold within 5 mins of being listed, but hopefully a few more of you will get a chance at these…. before I show you, I thought maybe you’d like to hear a bit about the creator of the Chanel fashion house, Coco herself….

Born Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel on the 19th August 1883.

She is known as one of the most influential fashion designers of all time

She was raised in an orphanage, where she was taught to sew, Chanel begun her career in fashion as a milliner,

she then went on to create beautiful, less restricting clothing for women during the first world war, the first “Sporty-Chic” if you will.

Her clothing became popular because of the attention to detail in her garments for example the ‘cardigan suit’ where the hem of the cardigan was weighted with chain so it would hang straight, So although I say Sporty-Chic, it was definitely more Posh Spice than Sporty Spice.

Then in 1927 Chanel launched possibly her most notorious item, her Chanel No.5 fragrance, 5 being her lucky number, and has become one of the most iconic scents ever.
Chanel gave out free bottles of Chanel No.5 to the American G.I. troops to take back home to their wives,
and got the ultimate celebrity endorsement when Marilyn Monroe was asked what she wore in bed and she replied with ” Chanel No.5, of course”

Chanels’ style is often depicted as a lot of black and white, it was Chanel who introduced black as a “fashion colour”. Before Chanel, to dress in all black was only for mourning.
Chanel designed her infamous black jersey dress (jersey was a fabric that was previously used for mens underwear) and she would often dress in all black herself, now it is considered chic and often professional to dress in all black.

Chanel was introduced to the Duke of Westminster, Hugh Richmond Arthur Grosvenor and started a ten year affair, which brought her to London, England.
It is rumored that the interlocking C Chanel logo was inspired by the very similar logo on the lampposts of Westminster. (The W is for Westminster and the CC is for City Council)

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Some coincidence, right? Who knows

There are a few rumors as to how Chanel got her “Coco” nickname, it is believed that it was taken from one of the songs she would sing back in her cabaret days as a young girl ‘Qui qu’a vu Coco!’

There is another rumor…. that ‘Coco’ threw the most outstanding cocaine parties in the whole of Paris!!
Chanel was a drug user, she injected herself with Morphine daily for about 35 years leading up to her death in 1971 in the Hotel Ritz in Paris.

So what has Desdemona got for you……. Well these are definitely sporty-chic

Vintage 1990’s Chanel flatform tennis shoes / sneakers in black and ivory leather with rubber soles

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now you can still be stylish while running errands in flats, in fact, flats have been spotted more and more on the catwalk over the last few years, and I’m pretty sure Alexa Chung would want these!!
to take a look at the listing click here  →  Vintage 90s Chanel tennis shoes

right I’m off to have a Cocoffee and start getting things ready for our pop up shop at The Rochester Flea next weekend

speak soon

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My fashionation with Chris Francis Shoes

*Splashes cold water in your face*

Wake Up! I understand the boots you’ve just seen are absolutely faintworthy but read on….

So, there I was waiting in the Post Office que scrolling through Instagram at fashion/vintage related pics (and the cute dogs, double tap, love them all) when WALLOP! these boots jumped out at me, I’m sure I felt the force of the platform up the back of my head!
I can not believe these platform boots, but they look so much like originals, I thought they had to be vintage Terry de Havillands?!
They wouldn’t look out of place on the feet of Brian Connolly of Sweet stomping around belting out Blockbuster on Top of the Pops in ’73

But no, these feet sculptures are the work of shoe designer & maker Chris Francis, in L.A

He creates one-of-a-kind shoes by appointment only, and custom-sized for every client (lucky b*stards). Including a string of celebrity customers. He finds inspiration in every aspect of his life from his favorite books, to the music he listens to, to a flea market find.  All of his shoes are handmade with no technology involved, just a few pieces of hand-powered old shoemaking equipment. “The only technology I use is my iPhone for music,” he says.

His Instagram has some great pics of the process of the shoes being made step by step in his studio @chrisfrancisshoes

Artist in Action

"Untitled" by Chris Francis. On display at Craft and Folk Art Museum. | Photo: Courtesy of the museum.

Really now?! just stop!
Google him, and if you’re ever in L.A get him to send me over a pair of the Biba-esque black and gold peep toe Mary Janes in the photo above, size U.K 5, right!

Everyone’s going wild for leopard print …..

…………This is the coat that really started it! Worn by Jackie Onassis in 1962 designed by Oleg Cassini, before this, leopard print (real leopard fur (YUK!)) was worn by women as fashion in the decadent days of the 1920s through to the 1950s, usually by actresses and the very wealthy, but it was Jackie O in this coat that made mainstream women in the 60s hunt down their own copies of this coat, usually in faux fur.

Leopard Print is timeless and never really goes out of style & it demands attention
you can still pack a punch with leopard accessories if you don’t want to go full on with a coat, however I think you’ll be surprised how many outfits this will compliment, either the stylish smart Parisian look or go for the rock chic edgy look like Kate Moss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…….even I’m at it! I do LOVE a bit of leopard print

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……It just so has it that Desdemona Style has found you the perfect jacket, gorgeous double breasted, large 70s style lapels, looks just as fabulous smart as it does casual, I’ve styled it up here for you in a flat shot with vintage denim flared jeans, some tan leather ankle boots, a black felt floppy hat, a vintage 70s suede & fur bag (also for sale!) and a silver & turquoise necklace

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You can find the jacket in our eBay store now, no fighting ladies!
Click here to view the jacket

and for a bit of fun……..

…….Men can rock Leopard print too!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On a more serious note, please make sure your leopard fur is faux or vintage I DO NOT condone the fur industry, it makes my blood boil and I WILL come after you like this…

Thanks for reading, bye for now  xx

A Bit About: Jeremy Scott

You may know Jeremy Scott for his recent work as Creative Director at Moschino like his McDonalds & Sponge Bob Square pants designs, which have been splattered all over the fashion blogs, heres a quick reminder..

C. R. A. Z. Y !!

Before he became C.D of Moschino, Jeremy Scott (Born in Kansas City, Missouri, U.S) studied Fashion Design at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.
In 2004 Jeremy designed the futuristic flight attendant costume worn by Britney Spears in her ‘Toxic‘ video and in 2011 he designed the denim two piece worn by Rihanna in her ‘We Found Love‘ video

Then in February of this year he designed 4 costumes for Katy Perrys’ half time performance at the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX
Katy Perry Superbowl 1  If you would like to read about the 4 outfots in more depth, then its all here for you on   www.redcarpet-fashionawrds.com  ♚

I liked his collaboration with the French luxe brand Longchamp, where by he injected his unusual iconic style into the classic Le Pilage tote bag.
The ghouls bags where a favorite with celebs, stylists and fashion bloggers the world over.
Personally I like the Postcard bags

In 2008 Jeremy Scott Collaborated with Adidas, the most famous piece in this collab was his wingtop trainers worn by Nicki Minaj & Cara Delevingne,  (Love her! Nutter!)
There was some controversy over some of his designs, which I believe ended his relationship with Adidas, so there will be no more 😦
However, Desdemona style is auctioning off a (very rare) Jeremy Scott x Adidas piece
its his Superstar Peplum jacket as worn by Gwen Stefani (another one I love! she is so inspiring, and I may have had a small girl crush on her since my indie days in the 90s)
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to view this item click HERE

I hope you have enjoyed reading my piece on Jeremy Scott, what do you think of his designs?
I would definitely wear that red dress Rihanna has on above
Thanks for reading….
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A Moroccan Leather Belt is a must have accessory for the BOHO/GYPSY trend

I just love these belts and have a few of them myself that I wear constantly. They are a great accessory to add to any boho / southwestern / gypsy outfit

A must have to finish off that OOTD with the 70s floppy felt hat, Fringed kimono, Paisley Flares, and giant turquoise jewelry

 

Well you’re in luck!…….

Desdemona has a couple of gorgeous Genuine Moroccan leather belts for Sale on Etsy now

Snatch one up quick!!!

The first one is brown with silver metal studs all the way around and a striking tooled silver horn and concho on the front which fastens the belt in place (and adjusts the size)

for sale for only £19 / $29

Vintage 70s Moroccan brown real Leather Belt Hippy conchos Southwestern aztec ethnic hipster bohemian studded SoCal rocker Rock n Roll

click here to take a look at this belt

Then there’s the black

which has tooled silver metal conchos all the way around the belt and a larger one for the clasp of the belt

for sale for £15 / $23

Vintage 70s Moroccan black real Leather Belt Hippy conchos Southwestern aztec ethnic hipster bohemian studded SoCal rocker Rock n Roll
click here to take a look at this belt

What outfit would you wear a Moroccan Concho belt with???

x

Vintage Leather Motorcycle Jacket

Desdemona has found THE most perfect Biker jacket for you lucky ladies…..
Check this baby out….
Vintage genuine leather motorcycle jacket with asymmetric zip, zips on the cuffs and red lining!!
Soooooo Alexa Chung!……..
We post Worldwide Ladies!!!!
The Motorcycle Jacket is a must have item that never dates, you will be bringing this out winter after winter.
Christmas is coming!!!! Tell Santa to get bidding!

 UPDATE:  Sold! follow to be the first in the know of what Desdemona has to offer