enchanted vintage

I could give you any number of reasons why, without warning, I stopped posting on my blog

  • My hands fell off and I’ve been busy learning to type with my toes
  • My cat ate my laptop
  • I was abducted by aliens
  • I won the lotto (finally) and I’ve been far to busy shopping at Dior and Vuitton.. pbhhtt

Ok, I’ll just be honest, but its not as interesting as the other 4 options. I just ran out out of things to say. Ha, now, I know that the people that know me, are busy clutching their sides and LOLing all over the place. Moi? Out of things to say? Not likely.


Vintage Hollywood Scandals

Imagine growing up as the adopted daughter of the beautiful starlet Loretta Young.

Enchanted VintageThen you find out you are not actually adopted and that Loretta was in fact your mother, that she had become pregnant very young to a married man and went away on a ‘vacation’ to hide her pregnancy. After giving birth, she dumped you off at an orphanage for about 2 years and then came back to get you, bringing you home and claiming you were her ‘adopted baby’. Yikes.


Vintage Designer Vera Maxwell

Vera Maxwell. A massive name in the design world from the 40’s to the 70’s and now forgotten about. Her fashion mantra was designing clothing to be both fashionable and functional and in that she most definitely succeeded. In a 1964 New York Times article, Maxwell’s clothes were described as “handsome, interesting, and eminently wearable”

Born in New York city in 1901, Vera became well known in the 1930’s for her fashionable sportswear designs after she gave up ballet dancing and modeling to pursue a career in making comfortable, wearable clothes.


Blog Event Spring/Summer shows 2012

Every now and again I participate in a group blogging event; this time I am joining Kristy Elena on her blog for The Sunglass Hut and the theme of the day is the 2012 S/S shows . I must confess, up until I received the email from Kristy about the upcoming event, I hadn’t paid much attention to the recent shows. The S/S shows tend to bore me. Either way I had a serious study session on Vogue.co.uk to catch up. ok serious study may be a slight exaggeration.

The Shows


Model History Sunny Harnett

Ah. foiled again. I had all these images found and saved upon the ol’laptop for my next post, only to discover that there is next to no information on my model of the week Ms. Sunny Harnett. That will teach me to do things backwards. Oops.

So, I guess I’ll share with you the few (rather uninteresting facts I could find)

  1. Born in Brooklyn, New York 1924, real name  Annmarie Margot Harnett
  2. She was a big name in the modeling world in the 1950s.
  3. She worked as Eileen Fords (of Ford Models)  assistant after retiring


Model History Lisa Fonssagrives

Not a name that really rolls off the old tongue, that’s for sure. Not that I can talk, my actual last name is Inveninato, but it doesn’t  matter, because I’m not famous….yet. Anyway, continuing on with my model history series, this time with the fabulous Swedish model and wife of famous photographer Irving Penn, Lisa Fonssagrives.


Vintage Viewing

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My new tv love. Pan Am. I know it’s been getting mixed reviews since it aired, but I watched the first 5 episodes online yesterday (call it, research, ah hem) and I’m hooked. I love the characters, I love the clothes!

Christina Ricci’s character is my favorite, but I cant wait to see how the other characters develop in the next few episodes, I just really hope they dont cancel it after one season.  This is just the fix I needed, while I patiently wait for Mad Men, True Blood and Game of Thrones to come back. (I know, whatanerd)


Model History Carmen Dell’Orefice

Enchanted VintageCarmen Dell’Orefice. (with a name like that, she was bound to be  famous)  Born in New York in 1931, Carmen was discovered when she was 13 on a bus. (the glamour of it all) Her initial test shots did not go well but a few months later her godfather brought her into the Vogue offices and she signed a contract later that day.


Model History Dovima

Dorothy Virginia Margaret Juba, better known as Dovima, was one of top model names of the 1950’s. Some would debate she was the model of the 1950’s and not Suzy Parker. I still prefer Suzy’s sister Dorian Leigh, but then that’s just a personal choice! All 3 women had very different looks, Dovima’s was one  of  haughty sophistication.

Dovima took her name by adding the first 2 initials of her 3 names together. The name was originally created by her, for the invisible friend she created while being ill with rheumatic fever when she was ten and subsequently kept in doors by her over protective mother for 7 years. (eek)


Model History Suzy Parker

Suzy Parker. THE model of the 1950’s, red hair, green eyes and at 5’10 was told she was too tall. (ha!) Dorian Leigh‘s younger sister, who was the first model to make 200 dollars an hour and 100,000 in one year. The Beatles even named a song after her.

Best friends with Coco Chanel and modeling contracts with everyone from Revlon to Simplicity, Suzy’s modeling status soared passed her sisters and I would imagine was the cause of the rivalry that led to their eventual fall out. When Suzy died of renal failure in 2003, Dorian did not attend her funeral.

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