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Hot Topic Presents Vintage-Inspired Marvel Collection

This post was written by Lindy Shopper.

Streamlined, vintage design, from Stark Industries.

Streamlined vintage design from Stark Industries.

Hot Topic is taking pre-orders now for a Marvel By Her Universe collection of vintage-inspired dresses inspired by some of your favorite Marvel characters. Some of the garments are more literal, like Black Widow’s belted jacket (pair with pencil skirt, anyone?) and others are more inspired by 1940’s-1960’s design and the characters, like the 1940’s-inspired Stark Industries bomber jacket (for all you Rosies out there) and the 1950’s-inspired halter dresses for Loki and Captain America. I would love to see some of these at dances or performances because

– Dancers already have super powers – muggles agree that people who dance are magical creatures.

– Team performance, either chorus girl or co-ed, with any of these, would get extra points for presentation and the cost of these garments is not so prohibitive.

– Solving the question of what to wear to a Halloween dance that would be fun without having to don a wig or appendages.

I could do without the wimpy tulle “crinolines” poking out from the skirts of the halter dresses, but I think these garments are a good jumping off point for some custom modifications. The Loki dress COULD be MORE Loki with some embellishments and I’m definitely going to replace “Tony” with my name on the bomber jacket. Lindy Shopper can have her own narrative. ;)

Enjoy and keep saving the world through Lindy Hop!

I was always a sucker for a sailor dress - rock the hammer.

I was always a sucker for a sailor dress – rock the hammer applique.

Behind the Beat – Lindy Hop Tees, Tanks, and Hoodies

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At ILHC 2014 I reported of a mysterious banner for Behind the Beat – Clothes that Match Your Rhythm, with a website coming soon. That day soon has come, and Behind the Beat is a fully operational website, with swing dance themed tees, hoodies, and tanks for purchase. The graphic designs play with phrases and images that are familiar to swing dancers – a stylized Ellington in a top hat, “The Rhythm is Jumpin’” (you finish the phrase), a nice visual on A Train, and more. Perhaps the most useful tee for the month of May would be their I *heart* Frankie tee shirt, featuring a classic Frankie aerial silhouette in the heart – I’d say this tee is definitely a conversation-starter, for sharing the love of Lindy Hop. Check out the rest of the collection at the Behind the Beat website!

Loco Lindo – 20% Off for Lindy Shopper Readers!

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California-based vintage-inspired clothing company Loco Lindo has graciously offered Lindy Shopper readers a 20% discount on all regular priced items! Use the code LINDYSHOPPER2015 through December 31, 2015 to get this discount! :D

For my newer readers, I blogged about Loco Lindo when they were a vendor at All Balboa Weekend in 2011 – since then designer Linda Marrone has been busy expanding her line of clothing to even more fun, wearable, washable garments, some which are ready to go swing era style and others that skirt the line between modern and vintage, that could go either way depending on how you accessorized the ensemble. Comfort and prints are key here, as well, with shapes that are flattering and easy to wear and prints that make you smile.

Linda and two of her Loco Lindo designs - adorable!

Linda and two of her Loco Lindo designs – adorable!

Did I mention that most of Loco Lindo’s garments are 100% rayon viscose crepe? Did I mention that I wear the dress I bought from them at ABW 5 years ago year-round? Did I mention that after I wear it I just throw it in the wash and don’t have to have it dry cleaned? Linda isn’t messing around – some of her priorities as a designer are flattering silhouettes, comfort, and making vintage styles wearable for every day to take you to the variety of occasions that you would encounter in your day-to-day lives.

I also like that the website spells out why their dresses are special:
• Covered Buttons •
• Soft Elastic Waistbands •
• Ruching Treatments •
• Special Shell Buttons •
• 100% Pre-Washed Soft Rayon Crepe •

Now that we’ve covered the basics of Loco Lindo, go shop with that coupon code! New summer styles and prints will be coming out soon, so be sure to check back in.

I'm having another GET IN MY CLOSET moment with this dress - I love fruit prints!

I’m having another GET IN MY CLOSET moment with this dress – I love fruit prints!

Shameless Plug for My Band’s Kickstarter

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As some of you may or may not know, I sing with several different bands, but I also have a band of my own – the Mint Julep Jazz Band – and we are currently running a Kickstarter for our second album, titled Battle Axe. Kickstarter is a great way to get new music and take advantage of pre-ordering the album, while helping the band to get enough money to actually complete the recording and manufacturing process.

If you’ve already backed us, awesome! :D

If you’ve never heard of us, check out our website for lots of videos and audio clips, pick up a copy of our first album on CD Baby, and head over to Kickstarter to see what it’s all about.

Thanks, everyone! Back to your regularly scheduled shopping in the next post, I promise. :)

The Flower City Follies – A Lovely Winter Costume

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The Flower City Follies with costume designer Nicole Carson

The Flower City Follies with costume designer Nicole Carson

This past weekend I attended the Slow Dance Soiree in Rochester, New York to sing with Michael Gamble and his Rhythm Serenaders for the Friday and Saturday night dances. During the Friday night dance, Rochester’s chorus girl troupe, the Flower City Follies, performed a wonderful routine to “I’m Still Caring” (didn’t catch the artists, but will update if I do), wearing an ensembles worthy of Rosemary Clooney in White Christmas. The costumes consisted of an ice blue dress trimmed in white faux fur and a snowflake fascinator, all made by Nicole Carson (pictured at left above, uncostumed), and Marissa Wilson (pictured above, second row far right) made the faux fur muffs the dancers used as props. That’s right, every stitch of these costumes were made by hand by local dancers.

A close-up of the fascinator.

A close-up of the fascinator.

The whole effect was stunning and absolutely perfect for the event, given the snow on the ground outside and intermittent flurries throughout the weekend. As an added note of versatility, the costumes were made to be flattering on all sizes and body shapes, and each dress was made to fit a range of sizes, as there are more Follies dancers than costumes available, and the costumes would need to be worn by more than one girl, depending on the performance. This is one instance where tailoring and stretch fabric made a beautiful dress, without compromising the effect of the garment – they all looked fantastic!

Swing Threads – Screen Printed Casual Wear for Social Dancers

Blue Lou is my jam - what's yours?

Blue Lou is my jam – what’s yours?

This post was written by Lindy Shopper.

I picked up a business card for SwingThreads.com at Lindy Focus and was delighted to discover another site offering up clever tees catering to our swing dance obsessions. The business card lists Amy Nelson, Eric Stevens, and Tray Turner as proprietors, and, aside from the clever tees, the site offers graphic design and screen printing services. If you can imagine it…consider hiring SwingThreads.com to bring forth your vision! Digging the turntable tee and also a tee addressing the “Bro Jam” – the locking horns imagery is appropos. I’ve always thought they look like pro wrestlers, grappling and flinging each other about, but maybe that’s an idea for another tee. :)

A winner is you

A winner is you

Lindy Focus 2014 Vendors

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Lindy Focus is always such an incredible experience, almost indescribable, yet eloquently described by trumpet player and dancer Gordon Au as “transcendent.” Almost everyone I spoke with had some sort of experience that sent them to the moon and back – perhaps it was the stellar dancing, the world-class instruction, or the unparalleled live music…for some, I’m sure it was all three!

At an event like this with 1,000+ people in attendance, taking over the entire hotel and then some, one would think that this would be a great opportunity for vendors – yet, the vendor pool remains small and the shoe vendor spot is a noticeable vacancy as people scramble to take advantage of the limited sueding service, snatch up all the consigned shoes, or make quick repairs to their ailing shoes.

The Lindy Focus merchandise generally sells out quickly and by the time I arrived the afternoon of the 27th, several items were out of stock in all sizes. I snagged the last gray baseball henley, but pined for one of the adorable long sleeve shirts with athletic stripes around the bicep, in a nod to early football jerseys.

Pretty sure this dress, and any other dress that graced the mannequin last week was snapped up!

Pretty sure this dress, and any other dress that graced the mannequin last week was snapped up!

The Savoy Shop, a consignment and vintage clothing shop set up within Lindy Focus (attendees can either shop or consign), was expertly run by dancer Michelle Morrison, who collects items dancers may find useful throughout the year. Gads of leather soled shoes, cute dresses, vintage accessories, and even some glamorous items for New Year’s Eve purposes. My favorite was the stack of black bow ties available for purchase (insta-tux?).

My favorite blooms from Forties Forward are always on this mini dress form :)

My favorite blooms are always on this mini dress form :)

Forties Forward was in attendance and I wish I had asked them how many years they have done this – some of my very first hair flower I bought were from Forties Forward at Lindy Focus and I still wear them, they are solidly constructed blooms with nice details and colors. They also add a few other varied hair accoutrements, vintage bags, and vintage ties to the mix, rounding out the selection of accessories.

This little jewel box of felt flowers made me so happy!

This little jewel box of felt flowers from Dapper Designs made me so happy!

The new vendor this year (but not new to this blog) was Margie Sweeney’s Dapper Designs. She had a cheerful selection hand-made bow ties and continental ties, but my favorite items were the floral felt boutonnieres/hair flowers – just large enough to show up in your hair, just small enough not to overtake a lapel. I bought three and I’ll share them with the hubs. :)

Here’s some more views of the vendors’ items:

Dancer, vocalist, and happy face at the registration desk Lindsay Kelly shows off the adorable shoe bag someone made as part of the Lindy Focus merchandise - she didn't know who provided them, so if someone knows, please let us know!

Dancer, vocalist, and happy face at the registration desk Lindsay Kelly shows off the adorable shoe bag someone made as part of the Lindy Focus merchandise – she didn’t know who provided them, so if someone knows, please let us know!

Fuzzy vintage coat at the Savoy Shop

Fuzzy vintage coat at the Savoy Shop

I want to know who picked up this smoking jacket!

I want to know who picked up this smoking jacket! At the Savoy Shop.

Vintage suitcases at great prices - the front suitcase came home with me; the one in the back has a garment bag mechanism inside!

Vintage suitcases at great prices – the front suitcase came home with me; the one in the back has a garment bag mechanism inside!

A gorgeous orchid by Forties Forward

A gorgeous orchid by Forties Forward

A selection of bow ties at Forties Forward.

A selection of bow ties at Forties Forward.

Do the continental with Dapper Designs

Do the continental with Dapper Designs

An array of hand made ties by Dapper Designs.

An array of hand made ties by Dapper Designs.

Vecona Vintage Lookbook

I'll take a sidecar, yes, please.

I’ll take a sidecar, yes, please.

This post was written by Lindy Shopper.

I wrote about Vecona Vintage about a year ago and it seems that they have been as busy as ever, not only making lovely vintage reproduction and inspired garments for men and women, but also putting their looks together in a gorgeous, not-to-be-missed lookbook, titled “Rasant & Kurvenreich.” It’s eye candy of the best sort, so sit back, get a nice warm cup of tea, and enjoy the beautiful clothing, models, vintage vehicles, and scenery.

Zutiste – Bow Ties and Pocket Squares

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We are in the throes of fall and OcTieBer and I thought it apropos to share the lovely wool bow ties and pocket squares of Zutiste, thanks to a tip from dancer Daragh Regan, who tweeted at me the other day about their wares. Hand-made in Paris from English wool, this collection represents some stellar staples in neutral colors that you can add to just about any ensemble.

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Re-Mix Website Re-Do

All cap-toes are on sale for $134.40!

All cap-toes are on sale for $134.40!

This post was written by Lindy Shopper.

For all of us who, through perseverance, REALLY wanted to order a pair of Re-mix Vintage Shoes and sacrificed the convenience of online shopping carts or being able to easily find the shoes we saw at that event or the sale section and had to phone in our order/questions, the wait is over – Re-mix heard your feedback and has upgraded their website to be user-friendly and well-designed. Also, dudes, there are some great shoes on sale right now! Check it out!

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In case you had any doubts about my trip to New Orleans…

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Jazz Age Lawn Party Vendors 2014

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Squat Charleston FTW!

Squat Charleston FTW!

This year’s Jazz Age Lawn Party in August was one of my favorites for several reasons – 1) I have the routine down for this event in terms of logistics and getting around NYC, 2) I know a lot of the regular attendees after attending for several years and some new friends made an appearance at the lawn party, making for a very lovely social event, and 3) I freakin’ won the Charleston contest! Always a favorite are the vendors who set up their wares on Governor’s Island – this year, the lawn party vendors really outdid themselves. There were old favorites, as well as some new vendors – here we go!

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I was excited to see a booth for Gretchen Fenston, Milliner, because Gretchen is one of the stars of the Jazz Age Lawn Party – as long as I’ve been attending the lawn party, Gretchen has taught the beginner Charleston and Peabody lessons with Roddy Caravella and, aside from that, she herself is a main attraction of style, elegance, and superbly coordinated and whimsically crafted millinery. Seriously, her hats are just impeccable, matching her ensemble with period aplomb and her own take on the Art Deco era. Her booth had several hats and headpieces for sale, along with a lookbook of her designs. *drool* If you are interested in a custom piece, I hear she takes orders…

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Just down the line the Goorin Bros. had their impeccable line of hats, for ladies and gents, set up, with even more lids for sale. I have always been impressed with their hats and friends who own said hats speak highly of this company. They had a fantastic selection of summer hats, perfect for the lawn party, from straw fedoras to linen caps to summer cloches. Goorin Bros. has a great retail website, so if you missed the lawn party you can always place your order online!

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Next up was Wildfell Hall Vintage, which had an exquisite collection of Art Deco era clothing and accessories, and some other choice vintage pieces. My partner in lawn party crime, Raleigh dancer Elizabeth Tietgen found an amazing purple floral early 30’s dress that had already been restored, seam by seam, and new snaps put in the side with reinforcement. It looked incredible and she’ll save at least what she paid for the dress having it repaired or reinforced – what a find! I saw at least 3 things I couldn’t live without, but were not in my size…*sigh* Gorgeous, gorgeous things.

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One difficult thing to come by for the lawn party are vintage sunglasses, because you can’t always dance with your parasol and maybe your cloche brim just isn’t deep enough – Belle Pagaille came to the rescue with some of the most kick-ass sunglasses I have ever seen, all with a vintage bent, though some of them verged on ultra-modern, or even steam punk. The company designs the glasses themselves, which I thought was great, so you are getting these lenses from the design source, not a reseller.

Needless to say, excellent shades were acquired by both myself and Elizabeth. :)

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Outfitter of Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra, the Prohibition Clothing Company is certainly a staple of the lawn party, offering some of the best looking reproduction menswear I have seen. I was particularly excited this year because they have launched their women’s line of clothing, which includes a trumpet skirt with killer seaming and a pair of tweed knickers that were whispering to me to bring them home. The tailoring on everything was killing me, just impeccable. After seeing this display, I’m ready for OcTieBer!

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Next to the general admission tent is, perhaps, the largest lawn party vendor, Dora Marra, which had so many blooming and feathered headpieces in every imaginable color and configuration it was almost overwhelming. This was definitely the go-to place for a bit of whimsy to stick on your head to augment your lawn party outfit. They were simply swamped, so I didn’t get a really good look at everything, but thankfully they have an Etsy store where you can take your time and browse the vast collection.

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Noble Savage Vintage had another lovely display and some real Art Deco era garments that were selling like hot cakes. I glanced at some black 1920’s Mary Janes and a lovely bejeweled Art Deco pin, but then my eyes met a pair of woven mesh 1930’s heels and it was all over. “What size are these?” “7.” MY SIZE. I tried not to hyperventilate while I tried them on, but I held it together for the most part and squee’d a little bit during the check out. As you can tell, Noble Savage was my favorite of the day, LOL.

Check out more of the lawn party vendor goodies below! Ciao!

A page out of Gretchen's look book and a lovely hand mirror.

A page out of Gretchen’s look book and a lovely hand mirror.

A lovely flapper headpieces on sale at Gretchen Fenston's booth.

A lovely flapper headpieces on sale at Gretchen Fenston’s booth.

Looking into the Goorin Bros. booth

Looking into the Goorin Bros. booth

Goorin Bros. cloches

Goorin Bros. cloches

Goorin Bros. caps

Goorin Bros. caps

Elizabeth holds up a gorgeous specimen

Elizabeth holds up a gorgeous specimen at Wildfell Hall Vintage

THE purple dress

THE purple dress

A lovely array of accessories at Wildfelll Hall Vintage

A lovely array of accessories at Wildfelll Hall Vintage

Elizabeth's sweet shades from Belle Pagaille

Elizabeth’s sweet shades from Belle Pagaille

A selection of the Belle Pagaille offerings

A selection of the Belle Pagaille offerings

Hers and his, at the Prohibition Clothing Company

Hers and his, at the Prohibition Clothing Company

Ladies' knickers, ready to wear!

Ladies’ knickers, ready to wear!

If you've ever wanted to put a bird's nest on your head....don't lie!  At Dora Marra

If you’ve ever wanted to put a bird’s nest on your head….don’t lie!

Flapper basics at Dora Marra

Flapper basics at Dora Marra

Elizabeth shows off a cute 30's cotton dress from Noble Savage Vintage

Elizabeth shows off a cute 30’s cotton dress from Noble Savage Vintage

More floral loveliness at Noble Savage Vintage

More floral loveliness at Noble Savage Vintage

Leopard or Pumpkins?

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This dress is silly – I saw it in the listing and swore it was an anomaly of a girly 30’s or 40’s dress with some kind of crazy green leopard print, but it’s actually PUMPKINS. What a great juxtaposition, with the demure inset around the neck and that visual trickery rayon print – someone sassy needs this dress! 48/36/51 are the measurements, starting bid $9.99!

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LNDY HP JZZ Tee/Tank Pre-order/Kickstarter

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Seattle swing dancer and graphic designer Marcie McCabe is running a Kickstarter to take pre-orders for her tee shirt and racer tank design, featuring variations on two words that come up daily in my vocabulary: Lindy Hop and Jazz.

From the campaign: “My name is Marcie McCabe and I have danced the Lindy Hop for a number of years. In the past, I have designed a couple of rad T-shirts that had nothing to do with a particular dance event or dance club because I felt that Lindy Hop as a culture stood strong on its own and that a Lindy theme shirt would be appreciated by the dance community at large. So that being said, here I go again! Help me print this Lindy Hop Jazz t-shirt. ”

This is truly a pre-order Kickstarter – you back her at $25 and you get a tee or a tank, no crazy $1,000 prize where you get to have dinner with her, just tees and tanks. Get your orders in soon!

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French Quarter Festival

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I’m in good hands down here in New Orleans! One of the best views is from the front door of our rental – those signs across the street say Trashy Diva! A post, for sure, when I get home. :)