Catherine Deneuve for Chanel No.5 Perfume, 1975

Catherine Deneuve for Chanel, 1975

This is probably my favorite ad that Catherine Deneuve did for Chanel in the 1970s. Of course she is enchantingly beautiful in all of them, but this one has a bit of the boyish insouciance that Coco Chanel expressed in the 1920s and 30s. With a dark blue velvet blazer, satin bow tie and white camellia boutonniere, Catherine embodies the spirit of a young Gabrielle.


Vintage 70s Vanity Fair Leopard Print Collectible Lingerie!

Vanity Fair Nylon Leopard Print Gown, 1976

Vanity Fair had some exquisite products, including its line of silky nylon leopard print lovelies from their famed lingerie collection. This elegantly styled ad, from the September 1976 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, showcases one of their “New Breed of Pajama”.

Perfectly matched make-believe leopard skins leashed with satiny cords at the back. Here, in its latest version, a bareback little step-in of Vanity Fair’s Ravissant of anti-cling Antron III nylon. From Sleepwear, but it purrs contentedly under furs too. 30 to 36. About $30 (in 1976).


Vintage 1970s Dingo Boots for Men and Women

Dingo Boots ad, 1976

One of the fashion trends for the mid-1970s was for tall, heavy boots – the chunkier the better! There was sort of a unisex style craze, where men and women dressed pretty much the same. In this ad – from Cosmopolitan magazine, September 1976 – Dingo boots capitalizes on this trend by offering long, tall super-stitched leather boots for both men and women.

Dingo, along with Frye Boots, were the leading makers of these sturdy, well-constructed boots. They simply wore like iron! I did wear these type of boots in the 70s, but I liked a slimmer, less chunky style.

I still run across these vintage boots at thrift stores, and most of them are in pretty great condition. They were made in the USA, and built to last.


Margaux Hemingway and Babe Perfume, 1976

I loved coming across this fabulous ad in the September 1976 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine. It features the divine model Margaux Hemingway for Babe fragrance. Margaux, who was the granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway, signed a million-dollar contract for Faberge as the spokesmodel for Babe perfume in the 1970s. This was the first million-dollar contract ever awarded to a fashion model. I actually wore Babe perfume in the 70s, and liked it a lot!

Margaux was one of my favorite models of the 70s. Her infectious smile and joie de vivre just jumped out from the pages. Her personal life was troubled with addictions and mental illness, but I prefer to remember her as a dynamic force in the fashion world.


Crochet a Vintage 80s Furry Angora Sweater with Lace Collar

Crochet a Fluffy Angora Sweater

Here is a lovely vintage 1980 angora sweater pattern for you to crochet! This sweet fluffy, furry angora convection is in simple crochet, rounded at neck, ribbed at waist and cuffs, with removable collar for just a taste of lace. Instructions are below.

Happy Crocheting! 😀


Knit a Vintage 80s Fluffy Angora Sweater

Angora Sweater Knitting Pattern

Angora sweaters made a comeback in the 1980s big time. So soft, fluffy, furry and feminine! This beautiful knitting pattern is from the Fall 1980 edition of McCall’s Needlework & Crafts magazine. The gorgeous sweater is knit in stockinette, ribbed gently at cuffs. Elastic shapes the waist, gossamer ruffling trim throat, cuffs and off-center banding. Instructions below:

Happy Knitting! 🙂