- Vintage item from the 1980’s
- Primary color: Black
- Secondary color: Gold
- Materials: Leather, Metal
- Ships worldwide from France
Channeling Marilyn’s Joy this weekend!
dievca is having an interesting moment with the “Block Heel” sandals that have been in fashion for the past two years.
It’s a love/hate relationship.
she hated seeing the 1960’s ones on her aunts as they got older and didn’t update their closets in the 1980’s.
It reminded her of a fashion “no”.
Especially the white leather/pleather ones worn at weddings.
But now, they are back and the 1960’s version doesn’t look too bad, really.
dievca loves the pair of sandals she picked up, last summer:
and these, this summer:
They are very comfortable and dievca can walk the City.
Maybe her Aunts were on to something when they couldn’t let the shoes go~
Time to wear the sandals to a Block Party!
Top advert from ShopBop.
dievca wandered around the Old Spitalfields Market at the suggestion of friends who live in London. There were some great leather bags, cute dresses, funky t-shirts and lovely glassware – if she could get it back to NYC in one piece. Plus, a stop for a pint.
Two bricks-and-mortar stores caught dievca’s attention on the exterior of the market – two stores exclusive to London. One for Master and one for dievca.
dievca bought Master some gear in Rapha — a high-end cycling brand based in London:
Then she spotted Collectif Vintage!
You might remember that is the brand of dievca’s (and Master’s) favorite polka dot day dress:
Well there was more fun 1940’s and 1950’s retro options:
(who doesn’t want to wear a watermelon dress in summer?):
Sadly, but not really that sad…, dievca chose to spend her money on Master – but she will keep looking for Collectif Vintage pieces in the future.
May the Sun of Summer warm your Soul!
America’s love affair with the polka dot might have started in 1926, when Miss America was photographed in a polka dot swimsuit.
In 1928, Disney introduced its cartoon darling “Minnie Mouse” wearing a polka dot dress and matching bow. Minerva leans towards red, though it looks like she was open to color changes in 1930.
Throughout the 1930s, polka dot dresses appeared in stores, the fabric suddenly subversive, nipped in by ribbons and accentuated with bows.
In 1940, Tommy Dorsey and Frank Sinatra’s ballad “Polka Dots and Moonbeams” captured the height of America’s polka dot mania — that spring, the Los Angeles Times assured its readers, “You can sign your fashion life away on the polka-dotted line, and you’ll never regret it.”
We can see ‘Rosie the Riveter’s’ polka dot bandana, continuing the theme through the early 1940’s.
Later in the decade, the polka dot pattern became more “highbrow” when Christian Dior released his “New Look” collection of hourglass dresses, many styles bedecked with dots. After a wartime period of shifting gender roles, Dior told Vogue that his collection sought “to make women extravagantly, romantically, eyelash-battingly female” again. Hollywood followed suit, and the ladylike print fast became popular with actresses.
In 1951, Monroe was famously photographed wearing a polka dot bikini (top photo). Nine years later, the release of Brian Hyland’s hit song, “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” brought polka dots back into vogue.
dievca wears polka dots once in awhile, Master’s favorite is a retro day dress:
A couple of polka dot scarves have joined dievca’s closet.
But she got distracted by a few polka dot items for this Spring and Summer:
The Garnet Hill Starlet is in dievca’s closet for summer and she is eyeballing the Lindy Bop Juliet for walking on Master’s arm when he returns to NYC.
Do you have anything polka dot you swear by?
A risqué illustration featuring 64 Disney characters showed up in Paul Krassner’s satirical US publication, The Realist, 50 years ago.
Originally published out of the offices of Mad, The Realist lays serious claim to being the world’s first and longest surviving underground magazine, running from 1958 to 2001.
In 2007, Krassner recounted to The Guardian how he was inspired to commission the drawing by Disney’s death in 1966:
“I decided to visit Disneyland for the first time. I asked the head of security if there was any special ceremony to mark his death.
“‘No,’ he replied. ‘We kept the park open. We felt that Mr Disney would have wanted it that way.’ This was the moment I realised that, although Disney had served as the Intelligent Designer for a whole stable of imaginary characters – repressing their libidos in the process – they were now mourning for him in a state of suspended animation.
“When I got home, I called Wally Wood, a staff artist for Mad magazine, and assigned him to create a black-and-white montage for the middle two pages of the May 1967 issue.”<
The artwork inspired irreverent t-shirts with Snow White and “the Sir Punks”, plus Minnie and Mickey going at it selling at Seditionaries. This was one of a number of graphics introduced into the historic store at 430 King’s Road early in 1978 by Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood.