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Vintage Covers: Vogue April 1968, Elegant Simplicity

Vintage Vogue Covers: Vogue April 1968, Elegant Simplicity, the artyologist, reproduction

If you add only one accessory this season, let it be the turban. Hearkening eras past, yet undeniably of-the-minute, the turban is the piece for easy and elegant simplicity.

Vintage Vogue Covers: Vogue April 1968

And today we have my second Vogue cover for the month of August, and the My Vintage Cover challenge! I am feeling ambitious and might get another one finished this week (or I might not). This Vogue April 1968 cover was an interesting one to do, because the look relied so much on the makeup and the expression on her face; and I don’t know if I succeeded very well on either of those fronts! Because the image is so very desaturated and extremely contrasted, the colours made it difficult to see exactly what is going on with the makeup. Does she actually have a double eyeliner, or is that a shadow? Also, apparently my mouth is incapable of moving in the way she has opened hers (lots of laughter and outtakes while trying to mimic her expression!)

But, despite the challenges, I am happy with the result! It’s all supposed to be in fun, not an exact replica. While it’s great to sometimes put a lot of time into recreating something exactly like the original, sometimes it is also nice to do a more relaxed imitation.

If you have been hesitating to join in with our challenge, I would encourage you to jump in! We’ve had several people use the hashtag on Instagram, and I would love it if you would also join in the fun! If you are stuck for ideas on what to recreate, you can see my post here, with some “easier to recreate” covers, or check out my co-host Tanith’s post here. There’s still time before the end of August- I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Vintage Covers: Vogue, May 1952, Summer Blues

Vintage Vogue: Summer Blues, the artyologist

Blue is the colour of the season. A crisp, tailored buttoned dress is both classic and stylish, especially when accented with a pale blue platter hat and earrings. A swipe of bright blue eyeshadow, lightens the entire look, making it so very fresh and of-the-moment. Pair these summer blues with a simple black patent purse and gloves for a look that is instantly elegant. While the summer may be nearly spent, this ensemble is most certainly not.

Here is the first cover I am sharing this month for My Vintage Cover. Depending on how things go, I will attempt to do another (who knows, maybe I will be ambitious and share one a week. . . ) Anyways, I was planning on sharing this cover next week, but after a drama where I lost the flash drive that the edited picture was on, (I found it exactly where it should have been after two days of looking. Yes, I did look in that drawer, it was just between some papers!) and then getting a sinus cold this week which prevented me from doing any other blog post for today, I have decided to share the photos today. (Just in case there was anything else going to go wrong and prevent me!)

I was originally going to do a completely different cover, because I don’t have a blue hat, but then I decided to try photoshopping one of my white hats blue. While I wouldn’t say that it looks very realistic, it’s OK, because I do think it has that distinctive hand-tinted look of old photographs. And then, after seeing Tanith’s great cover a few days ago, I decided to add text in the same fonts to make mine look more like the actual vintage Vogue cover. So there you have it. It was fun to try and recreate a cover with all the details, for a change.

I hope you are enjoying seeing the vintage covers so far. There aren’t very many participants so far, but to see the ones people have done already, you can check out the Instagram tag here.

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My Vintage Cover Begins Today!

Happy First Day of August- and on that note- also the first day of the My Vintage Cover challenge!

I can’t believe that August is already here (really, where did July go?!) but I am so excited that My Vintage Cover is starting. To get you in the mood, here are some covers I have come across in my image searches, which I think might just be “easy” to replicate. And, if you have no idea what I am talking about, you can read all of the details here or scroll to the end of this post, for an abbreviated version of events!

This cover basically relies on a large amount of flowers. And they could be any flowers too- it’s the impact and vast quantity that makes this cover recognizable.

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Such an artistic and striking pose. Do you have a large hat? You could probably recreate this one!

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This one relies mainly on the blue makeup, a turned up collar and a simple hat.

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Blue eyeshadow and a beehive. If you do any of these two things, you are halfway there to recreating a look from the 60’s!

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This iconic cover would actually be really great to recreate, because it is black and white and you wouldn’t need to worry about colour matching your clothing! It’s all about the silhouette.

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Those of you with bakelite collections could probably pull this one off fairly easily. I thought about doing this one, but I don’t own any colourful bracelets!

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Some covers rely mainly on the creative makeup, like this one.

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Again, I think that this one could be easy to recreate, as long as you have a platter hat. It mostly relies on the pose.

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Another cover with striking makeup and hair, this time from the 70’s. You don’t have to pick a really old cover to recreate.

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A relatively simple cover with not too many exotic items or difficult poses.

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Recreating an illustration could be kind of fun. This one from the 1920’s features a relatively simple outfit- simple compared to most of the fantastical covers of the era!

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Two very similar covers, one from the 30’s and one from the 50’s, which consist mainly of swathing ones self in a fur.

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This cover from the 1980’s had Grace Coddington as creative director, and it is so simple yet striking.image source

Again this relies heavily on the makeup and hair. I think that my sister and I are going to try this one- she’ll do the makeup, and I’ll be the model!

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This one relies completely on the 50’s makeup. This is one of my favourite covers because it’s so artistic.

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Got a wicker basket? You can do this! 😉 haha!

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If you just happen to have a red ballgown, tall gloves and a fan lying around, recreate this one now because I want to see it.

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Do you have a bird? (I don’t even know what bird that is) If you do, then please feel free to recreate this one.

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Do you have access to a butterfly sanctuary? If so, then this might be a good one for you to recreate. 😉

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Well, I hope that these covers give you some inspiration and ideas- especially the last three 🙂 Tanith has also been sharing some covers, so if none of these seem to fit, hop over and check her post out. And if you’d like to see the covers I have done in the past, you can find them here.

Even if you aren’t planning on taking part in the My Vintage Cover challenge- I hope you enjoyed seeing all these great magazine covers!

Again, here is the condensed version of the My Vintage Cover challenge, being hosted by Tanith and I.

-Running August 1- 31, 2017.

-This is a non-competitive event; we just want people to have fun! 

-Tag your recreations with #myvintagecover on Instagram or post them on your blog.

-We may post a few “round-ups” depending on how many people participate

-You can recreate a vintage magazine cover (such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar or McCall’s) or an editorial vintage fashion image. Images with distinctive poses, or styles that are iconic to a specific era are great options.

-Repost & share your inspiration image, or link to it, so everyone can compare the recreations and originals

-Recreate as many images as you would like! There is no limit!

A Fashion Moment with Creative Hands: Lilac

A Fashion Moment with Creative Hands: Lilac, long dress

Psychedelic 70’s 

Back when the lilac hedges were in bloom (three weeks ago) I decided that it was time to do another fashion moment with my Creative Hands books, and this time to do a lilac theme. Lilac is not a colour usually associated with the 1970’s, so I extended my palette to any purple, and pink as well. Surprisingly there were a fair amount of pastel shades, including some lovely ensembles in pinks and purples, and some more questionable ones too. Sometimes you just have to wonder what they were thinking. But then I think that all the time nowadays too. 😉

I am not particularly drawn to purples and pinks myself. Though I like them in nature, (I love lilacs!) they don’t find their way very often into my wardrobe or decorating. I do have a few pieces that have pinks in them (such as floral prints) but I have no purple pieces. The only items I have had that are purple have since made their way out of my wardrobe. Do you find that you like certain colours in nature, but are not drawn to them in other places? Anyways, here are some lovely purple and pink vintage inspirations for you today!

A Fashion Moment with Creative Hands: Lilac, fashion illustrations

Aren’t these great illustrations? They outline some ways here to add knitting to your dressmaking pieces, such as adding collars and sleeves, or piecing a knitted bodice to a skirt to make a dress. 

A Fashion Moment with Creative Hands: Lilac, pink and kaftan dress

A Fashion Moment with Creative Hands: Lilac, dress with petticoat

I love the pattern of the fabric in this dress! Isn’t it crazy, but super fun? That is a separate petticoat too. It’s rather a nice idea to have matching petticoats, as that way you don’t have to worry about it showing. 

A Fashion Moment with Creative Hands: Lilac, coats

A classic coat never goes out of style. Though how you style it might. . . 

A Fashion Moment with Creative Hands: Lilac, pink sweater set

A Fashion Moment with Creative Hands: Lilac, knitwear

Nothing like a backless knitted evening gown in angora paired with silver shoes . . . 

A Fashion Moment with Creative Hands: Lilac, knitwear and skirt

I really like the simplicity and subtlety of that pink plaid skirt. I could totally add that to my wardrobe. 

A Fashion Moment with Creative Hands: Lilac, baby outfit

I couldn’t resist including this adorable baby set! 

Which of these outfits or pieces is your favourite? Are you drawn to lilacs and pinks and pastel shades? Would you be tempted to add any of these outfits to your wardrobe?