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Dutch apparel designer Maartje Hoogland has come up with a cycling themed collection she calls “Valsplat”. (I can’t figure out how it translates into English so if anyone does, would you share it here?)

Hoogland’s collection was inspired by the colors of the rainbow jersey, features found on cycling jerseys and the “whole circus” surrounding bike racing.

Her knit dresses are really great, but I feel her cut and sew pieces need a bit more polish and attention to fit. Overall I love the way she’s translated the World Championship rainbow stripes into non-cycling fashion. For more about Maartje Hoogland click here.

More cycling inspired fashion here and here.

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One thing always leads to another when I’m searching for something on the internet. I get side-tracked and discover things I didn’t even know I wanted to know about! Yesterday I found this amazing ski-themed blouse circa 1957-1960 on the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising’s blog. It’s just too great not to share. Here’s a bit of ski fashion history cribbed right from their blog.

“Until the 1950s, ski wear consisted of baggy woolen pants and knitted sweaters, topped with a bulky wool overcoat. Though warm and functional, these clothes did nothing to flatter the figure. This changed in 1952 with the introduction of Bogner ski pants. Created by Maria Bogner, member of a German skiwear producing family, “Bogners” were a form-fitting ski pant made of wool and a newly developed nylon fiber called Helanca. By 1955, Bogners were available in a variety of bright colors. Because they displayed the muscular curves of both male and female skiers, Bogners were credited with introducing sex appeal to skiing. According to Ski magazine, “Marilyn Monroe, Ingrid Bergman and the Shah of Iran wore them. Henry Ford ordered 15 pairs. Overnight, skiing had been transformed into a sexy and very visible sport.”


“Bogners appeared at the perfect moment, just as North Americans were experiencing unprecedented economic prosperity in the wake of World War II. Many individuals with surplus income turned their attention to the serious pursuit of sporting and leisure activities, such as skiing. Widespread interest in skiing was encouraged by simplifications in ski boots, skis and ski lifts, making it easier for a novice to get both up and down the mountain. At the end of the day, skiers could relax at comfortable resort lodgings, which often included spacious rooms for dining and dancing, along with heated outdoor pools. Skiing was now a fashionable activity, no longer limited to those rugged enough to withstand a cold slog through the snow.”

While the Bogner family might have stolen the limelight, there is historical evidence that in Megeve, a collaboration between skiier Emile Allais and the AAllard family brought about the first ski stretch pants. Armand AAllard was a skilled tailor in Megeve and made custom clothing for both on and off the slopes.  Unlike “Bogner” his was a custom not production affair which is why he likely has taken a backseat to the internationaly known ski brand.

The FIDM Museum ski-themed blouse seen here details the daily activity of a stretch pant clad skier on vacation. As you can see from the silk-screened images, actual skiing occupies only a portion of her day. Her brightly colored ski wear is typical of the late 1950s, when retailers offered ski wear in a variety of fashionable colors and patterns. Many urban department stores featured ski boutiques, and in 1959, at least one fashion writer suggested that ski wear would soon be seen both off and on the slopes. Not surprisingly, the slim silhouette of late 1950s ski wear echoed (or vice-versa) the slim pants then seen in casual sportswear.

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Besides thinking it’s a little scary looking, and that it might be hard to breathe while wearing it, I’m at a loss for words regarding the aesthetic of this 1962 ski mask by Emellio Pucci. What do you think about it?

Enjoy your weekend!

For More vintage ski inspiration click here.

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I’m a sucker for anything with an alpine theme. Naturally I fell in love the Tyrolean twist that Guillaume Henry, designer for French label Carven, infused into his Spring 2012 ready-to-wear and resort collections. It’s modern and sweet and sexy.

A vintage postcard-like scene of alpine chalets against a backdrop of snowy peaks and glaciers adorn this simple dress.

The tee shirt graphic appears to be inspired by folkloric paper cut outs of hearts, flowers and deer.

On closer inspection the print on this dress is a beautiful oversized vintage map.

A nod to traditional lederhosen suspenders complete with decorative hardware similar to that found on leather cowbell collars.

Interestingly placed aforementioned hardware. I might not have placed it on the bust myself!

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These photos are  jet-setty in a kind of 60′s way! I’m just as fascinated by the compositions, and the play between light and shadow as I am by the skiwear and equipment. Now, wasn’t that James Bond I saw jump out of a helicopter and schuss away?







Photographs by Eugene Vernier via Trunk Archive

For more vintage skiing inspiration click here.


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Satin, silk, lace and fur echo layers of frost and snow in these dream-like dresses, coats and capes suitable for a New Year’s Eve Snow Ball.

Satin strapless dress, damask coat with satin bow Sassi Hoiford. Sheepskin wrap, Celtic Sheepskin

Bouclé wool and satin bodice dress, bouclé wool coat with floral collar, Bruce Oldfield

Satin jacket with a bustle trimmed with faux fur and matching satin skirt, Angelina Colarusso. Sheepskin wrap, Celtic Sheepskin

Vintage lace paneled dress, vintage lace coat with appliquéd flowers

Satin Spaghetti strap dress, collarless silk coat with train and silk bar at bust, Amanda Wakley. Fur cape, Vlasta Coilu

Images by Carl Bengtsson via Selvedge 

For more New Year’s inspiration click here


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I’m a huge fan of polka dots, so this fall’s flood of big and small, flashy and subtle polka dots makes me happy. These simple dots can be anything from bright and fun to subtle and sophisticated depending on scale, fabric choice, application and color. Did you know that spotted prints were christened “polka dots” in the 1840s as polka music captivated the world?









Paul Smith

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Stella McCartney


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Greek born and London based designer Mary Katrantzou’s original and inspired Fall collection imagines the woman as a connoisseur enveloped in Fabergé eggs, Meissen porcelain, cloisonné enamel, and Ming vases.

To match the luxurious collectibles that inspired her colorful and explosive prints, Katrantzou borrowed silhouettes from the haute couture wardrobes of their imagined owners; legendary style icons like Diana Vreeland, Babe Paley, and the Duchess of Windsor. Her pieces are a treat for the eye!

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High tops with a twist – tartan plaid, cable or snowflake knit ! From French shoe manufacturer Spring Court.




Via: A Fashionable Sport

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Before I headed into town last week to buy a pair of tall rubber boots I checked out the web to pinpoint what kind of boot I wanted and how much I could expect to pay. In case you haven’t noticed, women’s rubber boots have become a fashion statement. So many fun choices – different heights, colors, prints and prices. (No, I won’t pay $300 for a pair of rubber boots no matter how cute they are!)

I discovered that in my area of Vermont there has been a run on rubber boots in the wake of the flooding caused by Hurricane Irene. “Yup, they’ve been flying off the shelves. People buying them so they can help dig folks out of the flood mud”, is what I heard as I tried one work wear and farm store after another to discover that my size 8 ½ foot is a very popular size. Who could have anticipated selling out of rubber boots? I happily ended up with a utilitarian pair of LaCrosse boots – in a men’s size 6.

Rubber Boots


If you want to don rubber boots and help Vermonter’s dig out click here. Or write a check click here. Thanks!

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I can’t resist showing these fun confections from the Knapp – a new fashion brand from Sofia, Bulgaria designed by ELLE Bulgaria fashion editor Antonia Yordanova. The Knapp Light collection for Summer 2011 features bicycles as design elements! While I can’t see myself riding a century in one of these creations, or even pedaling down to the store to pick up some milk, I applaud Yordanova’s design eye, and of course her bicycle theme! To see more click here.






Via: Adventure Journal

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These fanciful and dreamlike photos were taken in Paris by photographer Melvin Sokolsky for the March 1963 issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine. I find the juxtaposition of the modern “bubble” and the striking black and white photography intriguing. Sokolsky is still shooting award-winning photographs today.


© Melvin Sokolsky

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© Melvin Sokolsky

© Melvin Sokolsky

© Melvin Sokolsky

© Melvin Sokolsky

© Melvin Sokolsky

© Melvin Sokolsky

© Melvin Sokolsky

The film crew poses with the “bubble”.  Sokolsky’s in the middle next to the model.


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Original, creative, bold, athletic and gracious, Ann Bonfoey Taylor (1909-2007) was a recognized American tastemaker and accomplished sportswoman. Regularly featured in publications such as Vogue, Town and Country and Harper’s Bazaar, Taylor was known for her beauty, love of adventure and theatrical dash. Taylor’s impressive collection features works by some of the most masterful fashion designers of the 1950s and 60s including Charles James, Madame Grès, Balenciaga, Givenchy, and Fortuny.



Taylor’s passion for sports and adventure began at an early age. At six years old her father took her flying in his open, two-seater biplane and later taught her to fly it. When World War II broke out, she became a flight instructor for Army and Navy pilots. Married in 1928, she and her husband, James Cooke, settled in Stowe, Vermont. Ann Cooke learned to ski well enough to be named an alternate to the Olympic Ski Team in 1939. She also played tennis well enough to compete at Wimbledon. Complimented for her stylish look on the ski slopes, she started her own line of innovative skiwear which appeared on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar in 1946 and was sold at Lord and Taylor.


In 1947, she married Vernon Taylor, Jr. and they established residence in Denver, Colorado, where they raised a family. With her love of the outdoors, Taylor developed a passion for horses and annually fox hunted in Virginia and England. The Taylor’s also built one of the first ski chalets in Vail, Colorado and maintained a cattle ranch in Montana.



Fashion Independent: The Original Style of Ann Bonfoey Taylor features more than 60 full ensembles and accessories many designed by Taylor herself. The clothes demonstrate a refined personal style reflective of her outdoor savvy and gracious indoor elegance.

At the Phoenix Art Museum through May 22, 2011

Thanks Valerie for the tip!


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For those pedal pushing fashionistas who abhor wearing a bicycle helmet, the new Hövding invisible bicycle helmet might persuade them otherwise.

Hövding looks like a collar and is worn around the neck while cycling. In the event of an accident, a hood-shaped airbag within the collar is triggered to inflate around the cyclist’s head. Unless sensors detect an accident, the airbag remains concealed in what looks like an ergonomically shaped fashion accessory.

The Hövding, a blend of intelligent technology and fashion will be available in the spring for about $360.00. For more info click here.





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This fashion plate is from my mother’s collection of hand-stenciled pochoir prints from the French fashion magazine La Gazette Du Bon Ton. The sourball yellow rainwear ensemble was featured 90 years ago, but the styling and the colors seem totally current. Personally I’d feel right at home fending off April showers in this “costume pour le yachting”.  I’m especially drawn to the gathered cuffs and asymmetrical front opening.
The model’s body language seems to say “bring it on Mother Nature!” She could hardly dread the storm, being protected as she is by such stylish gear.
The avante guard movements in modern art influenced fashion illustration in the early 20th century and elevated it to art. Look closely at the background detail too- the huge looming yacht above the smaller sailboats in the foreground, the rain clouds and the choppy water.
The era of fashion plates came to an end in the 1930’s with the rise of fashion photography.

The color and styling of this sourball yellow rainwear ensemble was featured 90 years ago in the French fashion magazine La Gazette Du Bon Ton, yet it seems totally current. This 1920 hand-stenciled pochoir print is from my mother’s personal collection of fashion plates.

The model’s body language seems to say “Bring it on Mother Nature!” She could hardly dread the storm, being protected as she is in such stylish gear.  Personally I would feel quite chic fending off April showers in this “costume pour le yachting”. The gathered cuffs and asymmetrical front opening and big buttons are especially appealing to me.

The avante guard movements in modern art influenced fashion illustration in the early 20th century and elevated it to art. Look closely at the background detail – the huge looming yacht above the smaller sailboats in the foreground, the rain clouds and the choppy water.

The era of fashion plates came to an end in the 1930’s with the rise of fashion photography.

Gros Temps
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