They don’t make them any more like Emilio Pucci – born in 1914 to one of Florence’s most illustrious families, the Marquis Emilio Pucci di Barsento naturally embodied the jet set glamour of post-war Italy.
Multilingual, well-travelled, American-educated, air force pilot, Olympic skier and aristocrat – he was a Renaissance man in every sense of the term. Recovering in Switzerland after the war, and with the Italian economy in ruins, Pucci made ends meet by teaching Italian and giving ski lessons in Zermatt.
It was there that in 1947 a streamlined ski outfit he designed, initially for himself and then for his enthusiastic socialite friends was photographed by a fashion photographer and published in Harper’s Bazaar USA, giving rise to a fashion phenomenon that continues to reverberate to this day.
However, as an ex trolley dolly, I would like to thank Emilio for his fabulous contribution to the airline industry. In 1965, Pucci put an end to ‘The Plain Plane’ with his avant garde uniform and livery designs for Braniff International Airways:
I really think there is room in the market for a re-launch of the ‘bubble helmet’, especially if you live through the monsoons of Northern England. Genius!
Invest in an antique of the future. A signed Pucci scarf. And if you know where I can find a bubble helmet – do let me know!
Click on the scarf to be taken to my shop.
This gorgeous piece is known as a torque, possibly torc, and maybe even torq. The word is derived from the Latin torquis meaning ‘to twist’.
This form of jewellery can be traced back to the Bronze Age, some 4,000 years ago. My bracelet is probably not quite as Ancient, dating back some 30 years approximately. The torc was a sign of nobility and high status. Sometimes worn on the arm, sometimes adorning statues, and often worn around the neck, as these torcs were, which are on display in the British Museum:
To purchase your very own slice of vintage history click on the bracelet. Or torque.
Good old amethysts; the Ancient Greeks would have us believe amethysts ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus.
So if you like a tipple, this is the brooch for you!
This stunning 1940’s pin sparkles and twinkles away, and just one glimpse of it will keep you quick witted and clear headed all day long, another Ancient Greek myth….?
Fabulous condition, superb quality. If your Valentine’s Day didn’t live up to expectations, then now is the time to treat yourself!
Buy this brooch here, in my new ETSY shop, before someone else does!
Here we have a stunning choker by renowned French fashion designer Louis Feraud.
Feraud was most famous for creating the lush movie wardrobe of Brigitte Bardot during the 1950’s.
This gorgeous signed necklace features his logo and the heart shaped pendant is suspended from a luxury silk cord.
Signed costume jewellery of this calibre will be the must have antique of the future.
INVEST HERE now, when it is still so affordable! CLICK on the photo for further details.
Here we have a fabulous Chanel suit.
In the age of Primarni and 99p knickers, who on earth would want to spend £1,000’s on couture?
But you don’t have to spend thousands – this suit is for sale for just £299. Think about pay per wear ladies!
Wear this suit once a month for ten years = less than £2.50 per wear!
Can you get your breath? You can’t even buy a skinny soya choccamoccalatte with that.
£2.50 per month to feel a million dollars. Silk, tweed, iconic buttons, superb tailoring.
Be rude not to. Click on the photo. You won’t be disappointed.
Stunning vintage ear clips signed Edouard Rambaud.
French haute couture runway pieces. 80’s Glamour!
Fabulous quality and condition, and you can buy them by clicking on the photograph….
This stunning vintage cape is sprinkled with sequins and sparkles.
Seductive starfish scattered at random.
Starfish have no blood, and no brains, did you know that?
It’s very pretty, and perfect for weddings, or christenings, or festivals, or garden parties at the palace.
Poshpedlar loves parties at the palace.
Click on the cape and it can be yours!
This amazing Kashmir Shawl is huge.
It is pure wool. And it is beautifully embroidered.
With Chinar Leaves.
The fire of the Chinar is reknowned in Kashmir.
Myths and legends abound in its branches, weave through its roots, whisper and waft to the tips of its twigs.
Platanus Orientalis. Flame orange, scarlet, crimson.
Read this fascinating piece in The Free Press Kashmir here.
This is a very important tree. It symbolises so much for the Kashmiri nation.
And if you want to look fabulous, and feel warm, and wear wisdom.
Then Treat Yourself here.
Well, not quite, I mean it is a bright, cold day in April, but this beautiful wedding gown is the antithesis of 1984 dystopia.
Much more a utopian dress; blissful, heavenly, idyllic even.
1930’s Glamour springs to mind.
Elegance and femininity, think Jean Harlow and Greta Garbo. Ivory silk and chiffon.
It’s a couture dress by an English designer called Sophie English.
All very patriotic that.
It’s never been worn, but worry not, nothing awful befell the bride to be, it was made as a sample, and for a smidgeon of the cost you can look like a Hollywood Star on your Wedding Day.
Incidentally, the blog title is a favourite opening line of mine.
Along with… you know what I’m going to say don’t you…. #predictable:
‘it is a truth universally acknowledged….’
Fellow bloggers, what’s your favourite opening line?
This beautiful dress in turquoise chiffon is quite simply stunning on.
If you want to turn a few heads at your end of year Prom, Graduation Ball or Summer wedding, this ticks all the boxes. It’s floaty, and fabulous, and you’ll feel a million dollars in it.
It’s a steal, a deal, a sale of the century, and you can buy it here.
Cautionary note – not suitable for punting in.