I love this vintage 1976 ad for Chanel No. 5 perfume featuring French actress and model, Catherine Deneuve. Catherine is just glorious, with her perfectly symmetrical features and luminous skin and hair.
She was the perfect Chanel muse in the 1970s – that perilous time for Chanel when it was considered a “near-death” brand – after the death of Coco Chanel in 1971, and before designer Karl Lagerfeld brought life back into the company in 1983. She brought great attention to Chanel perfumes, at least, and kept Chanel in the public eye. It was a beautiful ad campaign!
Tab diet cola was introduced in 1963, and was all the rage in the 60s and 70s. This vivacious ad from 1976 depicts three fun people doing the “TAB dance”. I love the mid-seventies jeans styles: overalls, bell bottoms and cuffed at the knee. With only one calorie, Tab helps keep you light on your feet!
Apparently Tab is still being made, albeit in much smaller quantities. With the introduction of Diet Coke in 1982, its popularity declined. However, it remains a cult favorite to this day!
This is a vintage 1976 oh-so-French ad for Yves Saint Laurent’s Rive Gauche perfume. I love how it captures Paris’ Left Bank (Rive Gauche) skyline, with a bottle of perfume floating away on a blue balloon.
I didn’t get into the more sophisticated YSL fragrances until the 1980s, when I was working in corporate banking. My absolute favorite fragrance was (and remains) YSL’s Opium. I dabbled with Rive Gauche, and liked it, but Opium will forever remain true to my heart.
This is a fantastic vintage 1958 knitting pattern for the “St. Moritz” ski sweater! It has a cool geometric design that feels very modern. Plus, I love the sophisticated Grace Kelly-esque model all dolled up for a day on the slopes. Instructions and sizing are below.
I really love this 1976 ad image for Coty’s Imprevu perfume. “Turn me loose, Imprevu”. The diaphanous flow of the white gown is just exquisite. I love the look of bliss on the model’s face. Imprevu translates to ‘unforeseen’ or ‘an unexpected incident’ in English. Serendipity, if you will!
I'm Marilyn, and I'm obsessed with vintage clothing, thrift stores, clotheslines, and Chanel. Welcome to my down-to-earth world!