Cavalli’s Charm

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Gracing an iconic early 1970s jacket I found the most unique detail I have ever seen on a vintage Roberto Cavalli creation.
In case you didn’t know, the great Cavalli rose to fame in the late 1960s through his innovation in textile printing.  I read once that after art school where he developed his techniques he actually sat on the streets of Paris with a sewing machine patchworking his printed  leathers to denim, creating art as well as a sensation that quickly spread all over the world.
I have had the pleasure of knowing several early Cavalli works, and each had its own unique wonderfulness.  This one that I recently acquired is unique in its exquisite patchwork pattern and printed leathers and textiles… but those handmade enamel snap covers (buttons) just really sent me to the moon! Nowadays I expect jewelry on modern Cavalli creations, but on a vintage piece, I have never seen such elaborate finishings.

Chanel’s sliver lining

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So much has been written and said about Gabrielle Chanel. We know her life and loves, her hard times and joys. She is a cornerstone in fashion culture, and an inspiration to working class girls who have talent, and an unfaltering will to succeed. Chanel’s story is impressive, but she became a legend not because she was pretty, charming or smart, but because of her uncompromising quality in design and construction. Her early works are incredible to behold. Under her scrutiny, skilled hands worked hours upon hours to make each piece created for Chanel the picture of perfection. After the war, her styles changed, but the attention to every detail remained apparent on each dress, suit and gown. This suit from the 1960s is a prime example of what I am speaking of. Of course, the choice of fabric and the overall design is incredible, but the jewel tone lame’ chosen for the lining sets it miles above any suit I have ever seen.