Monday, August 29, 2011

Hold on to Your Hats! It's a Vintage Hat Revival

Hat Heaven: A array of hats selected from The Paper Bag Princess Vintage Couture

Maggy Reeves Horsehair Hat with rhinestones                                        $495
Queen to be, Kate Middleton punctuates her style with vintage inspired hats that add to the elegance and sophistication of her stature. Her revival of vintage headpieces from the 1940's to the 1970's has inspired us to pull out our favorite vintage hats.
A similar hat to Kate Middleton's featured at The Paper Bag Princess
                 Designed by Sylvia                                    $595               

Mesh and Net, delicate and iconic hat styles from the 1940's, 50's, and 60's

Jack McConnell White Drum Hat                                 $395
This Hat also has a floral net veil, perfect for a vintage wedding
Jack McConnell Black Hat with Wings and Net                                                

Rex Beverly Hills Multi- Brown Sable Fur Hat                                             $295
Kate Middleton keeps warm in a similar fur cap

Kate Middleton in a sassy red 1940's inspired hat. Photo by Christopher Wahl

No Label Red Felt Hat with two feathers                                                     $225

No Label Net Hat with comb, velvet spots and bow detail                        $295 
Leslie James large black sun hat with velvet bow                                        $225

Kate Middleton in a black straw sun hat with a dramatic feather. Our similar sun hat shapes are pictured above and below

Lonnette Black and White Straw Hat

Dolopes Tan Velvet Hat with Brown Ostrich pom pom and face net         $125

Adolfo Black Beret with black beads and rhinestones                           $195

The fabulous vintage hats featured in this blog from The Paper Bag Princess

Happy Hatting!
Additional hat styles are also sold in the store. Punctuate your look like Kate Middleton, or make a statement all your own with a unique vintage hat! Additional hat styles available on view and for purchase the boutique.

The Paper Bag Princess
8818 W. Olympic Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Photos by Amelia Parks
Photos of Kate Middleton taken from unless otherwise specified

Friday, August 19, 2011

Our Fashion Zoo: Animal Accents for a Fierce Fall Look

Calling all Leopard Lovers
Embrace your inner tigress with these classy Leopard Accents

Pictured Above (Clockwise from top)
Prada leopard slingback Size: 35 1/2 $125
Judith Lieber Thick Brown Suede Belt with Gold Hardware $295
No Label Leopard print Pony hair Handbag with dual leather straps $795
La Rose leopard print 60's flats with a gold chain size 9 1/2M $395
Leopard Print fur purse with tan leather details $325
Monolo Blahnik Tan leather strappy sandals with leapord accent size 10 $225
La Rose Leopard frame bag with faux leather panels $225

*All featured items are available for purchase at The Paper Bag Princess*

Zebras and more...
 For those that can't pick a favorite animal....

(Pictured Above)
Literature Noir Cardigan size XS  Wool/Cashmere Blend $89
Adagio Black Satin Tank with pleating at bust $79
Custom Handbag- Leopard print with black leather handles and trim, gold clasp closure $895
 Via Spiga Black Faux Crocodile Half Boots size 10M $175
Gold Oval Link belt with plastic links and black fish with a white eye $175

Subtle and Chic
Subtle Animal accents with a MadMen-esque flair

(Pictured Above)
Loro Piana Brown long sleeve cashmere v-neck sweater with dark brown attached tie at neck 
and matching vest $495
Chanel black pencil skirt with pockets and gold logo buttons size 44 $295 
Maxima Red Crocodile Purse with long straps $795
Via Spiga Leopard and Leather Ankle Boots with back zipper size 56 $175

 Bright Eyed and Bushy-Footed
Be bold with a bright color over an animal print with animal accented accessories
(Pictured Above)
 No label Leopard Print Kint long sleeve dress $225
Brown Leather belt $98
YSL Berry Colored Wool 2 Button Jacket size 38 $495
Pink/Caiman Merlot Crocodile Handbag $895
Alpine (Made in England) Brown suede bootie with mink trim size 9 $225  

 Sassy in Snakeskin
 Nice and Neutral- this palette adds elegance and texture to any look
(Pictured Above Clockwise from top)
Knee high cream snakeskin boots size 7 $595
Judith Leiber beige large snakeskin clutch $895
No label yellow and brown snakeskin clutch with silver tab $595
Gianfranco Ferre Booties size 39 $175
Python belt with velcro $165
Mustard Crocodile Purse $695

Reptile Accents that Pop
 (Pictured Above clockwise from top)
DiFabrizio Navy Suede and Crocodile Platform Pumps $195
Varon Black red and grey snakeskin clutch $295
DiFabrizio Grey Suede and Crocodile Platform Pumps $195
Joseph Red Snakeskin Handbag with gold chain handle $195

*All items are available for purchase at The Paper Bag Princess*
8818 W. Olympic Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 385-9036

Photos by Emma Tung

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

"Anything, but Black" Colorful Cocktail Dresses

Elizabeth Mason Couture Strapless Cream Dress with Bolero

Many customers have been coming in to The Paper Bag Princess in search of the perfect cocktail dress to wear to a wedding or other special event. Their most common answer to the question: 
"What are you looking for in a dress?"
is "Anything, but black!"

While we all know a little Black Dress is essential to any fashionable wardrobe, here are some light and colorful alternatives now available in store and on First Dibs!

Elizabeth Mason Couture Strapless Cream Dress with Bolero
(Also Pictured on Model above in the first image)
Size 4/6
Priced at $3,895

This is a "One Of A Kind" cocktail dress with matching bolero jacket from Elizabeth Mason Couture. This dress is custom made from a 1940's dress kit/pattern, using a heavier weight tapestry fabric, fully lined, with a zipper up the back. The matching jacket is made of the same fabrics. The skirt is a full circle with a nylon net peeking out the bottom hem. While it may be a solid color, the intricacy of the textile is stunning!

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John Galliano Lime Green Cocktail Dress with Belt and Beaded Detail
Size 12
 Priced at $895.00

This is a sexy evening cocktail dress made by John Galiano. It is made from a lime green knit fabric, bias cut, that drapes at the bust and the back. There is a matching belt that fits low on the waist. There are leather straps and metal rings with lime green beading detail.

James Galanos Camel Ruched Chiffon Cocktail Dress circa 1990's
Size 8
Priced at $395.00

This a fantastic contemporary cocktail dress made by James Galanos. It is made of a camel colored ruched chiffon outer and a rayon base for structure, and is fully lined. It has spaghetti straps and a zipper up the back.

Howard Greer Emerald Hand-Beaded Cocktail Dress Circa 1950
Size 4/6
Priced at $4,995.00

This is an amazing vintage green emerald hand beaded cocktail dress by Howard Greer, from the 1950's. The dress has a constructed bodice with boning, a slit at the center front, and a zipper up the back.

Valentino Couture Floral Ruffle Cocktail Dress Circa 1980
Size 8
Priced at $1,495.00

This is a beautiful off the shoulder floral print cocktail dress by Valentino, from the 1980's. The dress has layered ruffles all over, a ruched fitted waist, and a zipper up the back. (Fits like a current size 8)

"Pretty in Pink" Elizabeth Mason Couture Lace Cocktail Dress

Photographed by Bamboo Vintage

This Elizabeth Mason Couture cocktail dress is made from vintage pink and silver lace that is one of a kind, making the dress a very special, original garment. The dress is strapless with a lace "fan" over the bust adding a special feminine touch as well as a ruffled hem.