Vintage Designer Scarves … Always Classic, Always New
An easy and highly collectible statement that is always in fashion….the vintage designer scarf! Of course, a new designer scarf is an accessory to add panache to one’s wardrobe, but we are for purposes here, talking vintage since this is a Randolph Street Market post (RSM IS ON HIATUS), after all! The knowledgeable dealers love to tell you the stories behind their wares, learn from them particularly when shopping designer labels. We seem to gravitate to European fashion houses but should also consider a very American brand VERA whose whimsical prints have been with us since 1947. The variety of designer brands, pattern, color, ways to wear the scarves and how to use them in home décor seems to grow in popularity rather than be a fading fad. Let’s take a look at the big names, how to style them and display them at home.
“The scarf made its debut in 1937, exactly 100 years after Hermes was founded. The design of the very first scarf was based on a woodblock drawing by Robert Dumas, a member of the Hermes family. It was made with imported Chinese silk which made the scarf twice as strong than any of the scarves available at the time and, thus, became an immediate hit.”
Le Carré (The Square) first appeared in 1937.
“Since 1937, Hermes has produced over two thousand silk scarves, all produced in an Hermes factory near Lyon, France. Given that Hermes always catered to the very rich, the scarf was quickly adopted by royalty and celebrities. It was (and still is) worn as a headscarf by Queen Elizabeth. Audrey Hepburn wore it in countless iconic photos and Grace Kelly famously used it as a sling for her broken arm.”
Queen Elizabeth II in her signature headscarf.
Audrey and Grace both huge Hermès supporters.
From my wardrobe purchased in the 1980’s….love wearing it like this tucked into a suit jacket.
When not wearing them…..frame them!!!!!
1966 Floral Scarf created for Grace Kelly, I had it then….did you, or will you find one on your quest!
Another Gucci floral print…stunning!
Who doesn’t covet a Chanel anything….well I do and like to add the scarves to my wardrobe. Look for special editions in silk, challis and, in some instances, cotton.
Let’s cross the pond to England where we find wonderful collections of scarves from Liberty of London. Always a favorite “bring home” remembrance especially the peacock print. The one below, in challis, a favorite of mine brought back for me by a favorite friend!!
Liberty Of London started producing light silk scarves that became extremely popular during the post-World War I years.
Vera Neumann was a very talented artist and produced over 7000 works of art in her lifetime. The book on her work is a fascinating study of this unique creator.
The last photos of Marilyn Monroe, before her untimely death, have her behind a thin veil….a Vera scarf…
The material below, from a Google search, gives us a detailed timeline of the label. A perfect “bring with you” when seeking a Vera piece.
“Vera Neumann (1907-1993), primarily a scarf designer, was a wonderful colorist with great graphic style. She signed her textiles Vera. Her fabrics are also seen in blouses and dresses from the 1960s and 1970s, using silk as well as cotton. Vera also designed textiles for the home, such as napkins and tablecloths. The Vera label is seen starting about 1947.
Here is a timeline to help date Vera scarves using the signature printed on the scarf.
1947 to mid-1950s: The earliest scarves were signed vera in a very small print. All the letters were lower case.
Late 1950s- The Vera signature became capitalized.
Early 1960s: The ladybug symbol and © copyright symbol (registered 1959) were added to the Vera. The signature and the bug were about the same size.
Mid- to late-1960s: The ladybug was used less and less, and the signature got larger. The ladybug became much smaller than signature.
Early 1970s: The Vera signature continued to get larger and bolder. Usually no ladybug.
Mid-1970s: Bug sometimes present, but disappears totally after 1976.
Late 1970s: Signature started to slightly shrink.
1980s: Smaller signature with © copyright symbol.
Vera died in 1993. At that time her name was licensed. The post-1993 scarves have a small “vera” signature and the copyright symbol.”
Written by Lizzie Bramlett, fuzzylizzie.com
There are literally zillions of tutorials available (including one from Hermès) on how to wear scarves. I find a casual look works well for me. How about you…how will you wear your new Vintage Designer Scarf that you scored at RSM!!!!????
I have just touched the surface of the vast world of vintage designer scarves….what treasures will you find to add a bit of flare to your wardrobe!!!! The possibilities are endless…
Richard Quinn Fall/Winter Fall 2018
All photos from Pinterest photo credits unknown.
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The Christmas Sweater and Holiday Pins: Always Classic….Always New
The trend of the “Ugly” Christmas Sweater started in the 1980’s on television and in movies, and more importantly were worn with pride by all genders and ages especially in the UK…in my opinion they weren’t that ugly as evidenced by those worn by Colin Firth, above, in Bridget Jones’s Diary, 2001…but then what would look ugly on him….Seriously!!!!!
The truly amusing, over the top sweaters have become so trendy, in the States, that parties are thrown, awards given, major competitions held to see who can be more outrageous. Many are now homemade, light up, have themes, I think, in some ways more fun than Halloween costumes. Let’s look at some of my Pinterest finds (photo credits unavailable), they might give you some inspiration….ho, ho, ho!
Of course, A Christmas Story lives on and on…
Rudolph has had too much egg nog, watch that you don’t over indulge when driving your sleigh.
Be your own tree, why not!
More themes and, I must add, they need embellishing without question.
To wear when seeing the new Grinch movie, watching the original at home or reading the original book, another classic.
Perhaps a food theme…pizza anyone!?
More possible theme and interests…start with these and make them your own. All genders and ages. No one left out!!
What could be ugly with Santa on your shoulder.
Even Whoopi has gotten into the act with her own on-line collection, way too much fun…love them, love her!!
How about a couple of rather pretty ones and to serve at the party, cookies, of course…
Love this one worn with red or white skirt or jeans.
Perhaps hightops to finish your outfit.
And, for our furry friends.
My friend, Tommy, collects Christmas pins and displays them in a gilt frame. There seems to be room for more but I think a larger frame is in the future
A few that caught my eye to start my own collection or consider for gifts…could be a fun dinner table place gift, a tree ornament, when not adorning your Holiday outfit or tied to a special package.
Let’s consider a snowflake in diamonds, yes, please!
A snowflake pendant, why not…
Some suggestions on ways to display your collection of pins or collectible jewelry pieces. A great way to use broken or perhaps only one earring, dramatic, personal and most certainly, one of a kind. I think they are smashing.
Books for established or beginning collectors, you bet…
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I started thinking about this post when I did the Paint By Number piece, and while I don’t have any Ceramic Christmas trees in my collection (I actually collect Christmas Angels), I do find them charming. I found several at the Randolph Street Market….while the Market is on hiatus you might try Etsy or EBay. Many of the vintage versions commend mega dollars….again educate yourself or just buy what you like.
Both the above examples were found at RSM…delightful. Photos taken by Nena Ivon.
“Ceramic Christmas trees were a common sight in the late 1960s and early ’70s. They usually came in green or white, had colorful twinkle lights, and occasionally rotated and played music. By the 1980s, the kitschy keepsakes had declined in popularity, but today they’re experiencing a nostalgia-fueled comeback.” The originals were painted and decorated in craft classes. Most of the original molds have been lost or destroyed. (Quote from the Mental Floss website).
“Back in the 1960-1970’s, Mom or Grandma wanted to create their own gifts, keepsakes, pots, and dinnerware so they went to learn how to paint their own ceramics at a local shop. This lead to holiday decorations and – you guessed it – ceramic trees!
Several different ceramic mold companies in the Midwest started producing their own version of the now classic Ceramic Christmas Tree. The earliest versions of trees had tiny electric bulbs that lit individually. As technology developed in plastics and lighting, the older versions of tiny individual bulbs were replaced by trees that lit from within using only one light bulb to light and entire tree that is decorated with small, colorful plastic “bulbs.”
Vintage trees from this era are painted in a variety of colors, styles and textures. Some are glazed, some finished in acrylic paint, some with snow and many without, but one thing is clear — people still love those remarkable handmade ceramic Christmas Trees!
Since these trees are made from fired clay, little care is required, making them perfect for holiday decorations and gifts that easily last many, many years.” From Ceramic Christmas Trees Info website.
A few unusual ones….plus some display ideas.
Ready to be adorned…
Perfect for a Mid-Century Modern home…
You knew I would include a book, here you go.
Several ceramic vintage and modern menorahs to celebrate Hanukkah, stunning examples to honor the tradition. Definitely not DIY!
All photos unless otherwise noted from Pinterest credit unknown.
When I was asked to do a piece for The Book Stall Newsletter I was overwhelmed with excitement. Why you might ask, the answer is a simple one I’ve been in love with books, one could say, obsessed, since I was a child. I have read and was read to, I think, since birth. I loved my library at my Evanston primary school, where I spent many hours helping in the stacks…as well as visiting the fabulous Evanston Public Library with Daddy every Saturday morning, and the amazing book floor at Marshall Fields State Street (remember that!), where a special friend of my family, “Aunt Harriet”, held court in the fiction area. She always let me select a book from the children’s area that she would give me, pure Heaven.
My copy for The Book Stall….reprinted with permission…I’ve added some photos….
My love for Independent Bookstores began with The Main Street Book Store on Michigan Avenue, just down the street from my work, where I spent many a lunch hour browsing and buying the newest fiction, mysteries and lifestyle books. And now my Independent Bookseller of choice is the amazing The Book Stall in Winnetka. I live in downtown Chicago so I must take the Metra to visit this perfect environment.
With this history of loving books it was an easy transition to start a Book Club thus nenasnotes The Fashion Book Club was born and who better to partner with me to provide our reviewed books than The Book Stall. I also do book reviews, as well as many topics that strike my fancy, for this blog.
I wanted to share some of my current, and a couple not so current but important for my list of recommended titles, books to add to your library as well as think of as gifts. I am an extremely eclectic reader with emphasis on Fashion/Lifestyle books for my Book Club. Other interests are historical fiction especially English or French themes with a bit of the Gilded Age thrown in. Also think of the new books from Fiona Davis and Rhys Bowen. I’m learning toward some Russian fiction, think A Gentleman in Moscow for an example. Mysteries, not thriller nor anything scary, more Louise Penny (who doesn’t love Armand!), Charles Finch, Cara Black, Charles Todd, Steve Berry and an occasional Cozy such as Laura Child and, of course Christie.
I also collect cookbooks, not only for recipes but to read as well…the usual suspects, Ina Garden, her new one is, of course a must have, Nigella Lawson, Mary Berry, some of the books by Food bloggers such as Half Baked Harvest, love anything from Edna Lewis, as well as anything on New Orleans, Jubilee, a true gem and the new bio on James Beard, The Man Who Ate Too Much, a must read.
Now my recommendations for Fashion/Lifestyle (my fashion library is 1000 volumes and growing!). NORELL, one of many monographs by the uber fashion insider, Jeffrey Banks, you can’t go wrong with anything he writes.
The brand new book from the exquisite writer and lifestyle guru Hamish Bowles, Frederick Forquet: Fashion.Interiors.Gardens, it is breathtakingly beautiful and features a fabulous designer many are not familiar with, it is my December nenasnotes The Fashion book Club selection.
Here are a few more for your consideration, by the way, The Book Stall always has an extensive fashion and lifestyle collection. Here we go…Supreme Models; André Leon Talley A memoir; the brand new bio on Richard Avedon, What Becomes A Legend Most (an upcoming Book Club Selection);
About Time: Fashion and Duration (be sure to read Virginia Wolf’s Orlando the Met’s exhibitions inspiration) and finally, this list could fill pages, Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things.
Of course no fashion book list could be complete without some Chanel books and there are several new ones, both non-fiction, (perhaps an oxymoron in Chanel’s case) and fiction, I recommend Gabrielle Chanel Fashion Manifesto, Chanel’s Riviera, Mistress of The Ritz, The Queen of Paris, The Last Collection, The Real Coco Chanel and the upcoming The Chanel Sisters, there is no end to the fascination with Chanel!
I hope I have given you some new titles to add to your list…the selections are endless…happy reading!
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FROM THE BOOK STALL VIRTUAL NEWSLETTER…
As we watch Covid-19 cases in Illinois rise to alarming levels, it’s clear that we need to alter our operations to keep you and our staff safe. Starting this Monday, November 23, we are temporarily stopping in-store shopping. Fortunately, there are still many ways we can help you with your holiday list, and we’re committed to making this season as merry and bright as possible!
For more information, or if you need help with gift ideas, call us at (847) 446-8979, or email us (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Shopping from the comfort of your couch? No problem, we’ll deliver* or ship!
- Feel like getting out of the house? We’ll continue to offer front-door pick-up.Need a puzzle? Browse our windows and choose your favorite! This is a difficult time, but please stay tuned as we refine our efforts to get books into your hands.
Our Red Invitation Sale will be entirely online (and by phone!) and we’re happy to extend the 20% discount from Friday, December 4 (starting at midnight Thursday night) until midnight on Sunday, December 6.
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I am beyond excited to share the most amazing fruitcake, don’t scoff…it is addictively delicious! It is from my dear friend, TOM MANTEL, it is his family recipe and one he does not share. I DONT HAVE ENOUGH THANK YOU’S THAT I HAVE BEEN TRUSTED TO SHARE THIS WITH ALL OF YOU! You are in for a truly amazing treat. Since everyone has been baking bread for the first time during the Pandemic this should be a snap!
Why today you might ask, well for many years I have had the supreme pleasure of being with My Toms for a marathon shopping, cooking, eating…repeat…week, that would have begun yesterday and continued through the Friday after Thanksgiving. I might add, lots of giggling and lots of wine!!!!! Obviously that isn’t happening in this very strange year! Today would have been fruitcake making day, lots of fruitcakes, (along with other goodies we have added over the years). After being an apprentice for several years in the fruitcake ritual (and it is just that!!!!!) last year I was elevated to doing my own batter! Oh my the pressure…here I am very seriously, and a bit nervously, measuring the spices.
Enjoy and Happy Holidays!!!!!!!
Oh yes, there is more yumminess…..first up from the kitchen of GREG HYDER with his Grandmother’s Icebox Cookies
“Here is my grandmothers icebox cookie recipe. The great things about these cookies were that you could make the dough and put it in the freezer as long as you need. Or she would make the cookies in the fall and then cut them out and freeze them and bring them out for the holidays. Because they do last so the durability of these cookies as one of the best aspects about them they’re very simple but they’re easy to cut out in shapes which is one of the fun things she would also add colors to them and sprinkles so you could do stars or Christmas trees or whatever.”
From my dear friends at THE DEARBORN, courtesy of Clodagh Lawless, Proprietor, The Dearborn
THE DEARBORN CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE RECIPE
Yield: approx. 12 cookies
½ lb butter
4oz granulated sugar
7 oz brown sugar
1 pinch vanilla
1 ¾ Cup AP flour
1 pinch cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 pinch salt
2 Cup chocolate chips (mix milk, dark and white)
1Cup chocolate chips separated from above (for topping)•
Preheat oven to 330F • in a large mixer cream butter and sugars with paddle until light and fluffy. • Scrape down sides of bowl• Add eggs one at a time on low speed• Scrape down sides of bowl again• Mix in dried ingredients until well mixed. • Add in chocolate chips• Combine until just mixed, fold dough by hand to ensure even distribution of chocolate. • Scoop chocolate chip cookies into half dollar sizes balls and top with reserved chocolate chips. • Bake at 330F for 12-14 minutes• Top each cookie with course sea salt to finish (optional)
From MYRA REILLY, don’t these sound delicious….I’m definitely adding them to my cookie repertoire.
ANNETTE FINDLING’S TOFFEE NUT TREASURES
PAMELLA CAPITANINI…Italian Sugar Cookies for Christmas
READY IN: 20mins Yield:2 dozen cookies
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1⁄2cup butter
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 3 1⁄2cups flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 6 teaspoons water
* Your choice of sprinkles
- Firstly, sift the flour and baking powder together into a bowl.
- Then, in a larger bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs and add vanilla, then pour the dry ingredients into the wet and mix.
- Knead and add flour as needed to keep dough from sticking to hands. Pinch off dough, roll in your hands to form a log and then twirl into shape. Place on greased cookie sheets.
- Bake at 375 for 10 minutes.
- Combine the next 3 ingredients until creamy.
- Dip cookies into icing and sprinkle with trim. Place on wire rack with wax paper on counter to collect the dripping icing and sprinkles.
JIM ELLSWORTH AND MARK OLLEY… SPARKLING PEPPERMINT COOKIES
A crisp but chewy butter cookie studded with peppermint candy bits.30 minPREP TIME 1 hrTOTAL TIME 48COOKIES
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup crushed mini candy canes or peppermint candies
1/4 cup sugar
How to make
- STEP 1Heat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
- STEP 2Combine 3/4 cup sugar, butter, egg, vanilla and peppermint flavoring in bowl; beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt; beat at low speed until well mixed. Stir 1/4 cup crushed candy into dough.
- STEP 3Stir remaining 1/4 cup crushed candy into 1/4 cup sugar.
- STEP 4Shape dough into 3/4-inch balls; roll in sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheets.
- STEP 5Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Do not over bake. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.
– To crush candy canes or peppermint candies, place into resealable plastic food bag; smash with rolling pin or bottom of heavy saucepan.
– For a more sparkling affect, mix finely crushed candy canes with coarse grain sugar.
JIM ELLSWORTH AND MARK OLLEY…Cherry Chocolate Nut Cookies
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batchYIELD: 5 dozen.
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup 2% milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup chopped maraschino cherries
- 3/4 cup chopped pecans
- 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, milk and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
- 2. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.
From ELENOR HAWLEY’S recipe box…Elenor has shared several of her delicious recipes for past nenasnotes blog posts. Here are two more.
DAVID SANCHEZ shares childhood memories with his MOM’S CHOCOLATE COOKIE
A few more from the Ivon cookie collection. First from the original Betty Crocker Cookbook…I left the edge of the pages so you can see the age. I haven’t made these many many years but they were always a hit!
Probably the best Linzer cookie…from the original Silver Palate Cookbook…you can, of course, do whatever shape you want but we all need some “loving“ right now so why not hearts!
FRANGO MINT COOKIES….beyond delicious!
• 1 c. Butter, softened
• 1/2 c. Confectioners’ sugar, plus more to coat cookies
• 2 c. cake flour
• 1 tsp. vanilla
• 1 c. finely chopped pecans
• Frango mints, cut crosswise
Cream butter with sugar. Add flour and vanilla. Add chopped pecans. Chill dough for one hour. Take 1 T. of dough and wrap around frango mint. Bake for 15 min. until light brown, let cool on baking pan for 5 min, then roll in confectioners’ sugar and place on rack to cool completely.
LIZZIES….one of my most favorite cookies….
¼ cup butter
½ cup packed brown sugar
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 ½ teaspoons ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground cloves
3 cups raisins
½ cup bourbon
4 cups pecan halves
3 cups candied cherries (I like more red than green!)
⅓ pound diced candied lemon peel
Soak fruits in bourbon at least 1 hour to plump.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (170 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
Cream butter, gradually adding sugar and eggs. Add dry ingredients, then fruit and nuts. Mix well.
Drop from teaspoon onto greased cookie sheets. Bake for 15 minutes. Store in an airtight container.
BONUS RECIPE….TO HAVE WITH YOUR COOKIES AND TOMMY’S FRUITCAKE
JEFFREY BANKS EGG NOG
“This is the time of year when my favorite drink is : EGG NOG. Sure, you can buy it prepared but it is just as easy to make yourself at home. Here’s how:
12 large eggs
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 cups whole milk ( divided)
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
I teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups heavy whipping cream
Freshly grated nutmeg
In a heavy saucepan , whisk together eggs, sugar and salt. Gradually add 4 cups milk;cook and stir over low heat until a thermometer reads 160 degrees, 30- 35 minutes. Do not allow to boil. Transfer right away to a large bowl. Stir in vanilla, nutmeg and remaining milk. Place bowl in ice bath, stirring until mixture is cool. Refrigerate covered until cold at least 3 hours.
To serve, best cream until soft peaks form. Whisk into cooled milk mixture, Sprinkle with grated nutmeg before serving.
Now I love my EGG NOG plain but you can also serve with dark rum or bourbon for a more adult beverage. Cheers and Happy Holidays!”
nenasnotes….I add Captain Morgan’s Gingerbread Rum, beyond delicious! PS I LOVE Egg Nog!
Hopefully next year we can all be together and have an in person Cookie Exchange!!!!