Friday, January 6, 2017

Paramount Princesses in the Pearl Coat

Today is all about Top Vintage, and there's a reason for the meaning: TOP! This brand has us feeling like Paramount Princesses, as we feature their Pearl Coat, by Collectif Clothing. 

Top Vintage is a retro boutique based out of the Netherlands, founded by Angelique van den Born, in 2008. Much like us, this #girlboss and #pinkcollargal had a passion for curating vintage & vintage inspired items, plus a knack for business. Starting small, this company had made its way to the top, literally - becoming one of the leading boutiques in all of Europe!

Top Vintage Boutique has won numerous awards, from best ladies fashion webshop, to best starting company - consecutive years! As a husband and wife duo, this power couple works to bring us vintage lovers of the worldwide community, the hottest in vintage inspired trends. But it is not only the power pair that run this wonderful brand, in fact, Top Vintage goes above and beyond with an extensive, top-notch team, all celebrated for their unique titles and talents. 

Top Vintage has our hearts for many reasons. The webshop is extremely easy to navigate, and items are easily categorized in pieces ranging from decades 1920s-1970s - There truly is, something for everyone. They also have such a charming layout, making your shopping experience all the more nostalgic, with plenty of pink, and old photos for inspiration. Let's not leave out some of our favorite leading ladies and friends, +AcidDoll Rose , @vanessafrankstein, & @ava_elderwood as models! 💖

Also, we are honored and proud to say that Top Vintage is a stockist of our very own, The Pink Collar Life™ brand. This is a wonderful option for those who live in Europe, and especially those looking for some of our best selling (now, soldout) items!

For this feature, we are taking you back to the 1930s, with thee most head turning coat of the season! As you have seen on previous posts, we love our true vintage coats, featuring fur and cuffs, cut princess, or swing. But we know that it can be impossible to find a ready-to-wear reproduction of such glamour, nowadays. Enter, the Pearl Coat...

As Top Vintage describes it best, this coat exudes pure glamour! It is absolutely the epitome of Old Hollywood Glamour, and the fashion seen on actresses of the Art Deco era of cinema. The Pearl coat is something we envision on the princesses of Paramount, such as Jean Harlow, Mae West & Marlene Dietrich. These silver screen starlets were the pinups of Paramount Pictures at the height of The Golden Age of Hollywood, and are a huge inspiration to so many of us today.  

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Our favorite original blonde bombshell,
Jean Harlow, wearing a coat very similar to The Pearl Coat in the 1930s.

Nothing says Old Hollywood, California & Golden Age cinema, than a Spanish style, Art Deco setting. The days are getting chillier as we debut into January, with the perfect opportunity to pair this Pearl with some platforms, and palm trees -Paramount style!

The bodice of the coat has vertical darts & seams, with a hint of fit and flare, making the coat a full on princess style coat, seen in the 1930s. It can absolutely be worn dressed down or dressed up, with a full wave set and some heels, or a quick pinned updo and flats, if you're running to the store. Add a moon or star brooch, and you are a deco dream!

Aside from classic black, the Pearl coat comes in wine & emerald green, all with gorgeous, chocolate faux fur trim. Faux fur can often look messy, matted, and low quality, but this coat obviously uses the highest quality trim, with a luxurious, realistic color and feel. The black textured wool is also ultra soft and cozy, complete with a sweet surprise underneath...

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As if this coat wasn't already perfect, there is another added bonus that has us swooning in satin. The interior of this seemingly simple coat, has a lovely little lining of floral bundles & buds, with a darling pop of pinks and pastels. What a way to our heart! 💖🌹

Ashlyn wears black fur platforms with crystals from the 40s, and Tara wears lucite and black carved heels from the late 40s.

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Our silver screen surroundings were carefully chosen, with Paramount Pictures in mind, and a never ending quest for nostalgia! The famous front gates of black wrought iron, are such an iconic symbol in cinematic history, and a reminder of the silver screen starlets to grace the stages, in the studios first on Sunset. 

xx T & A

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