Trend setting Fall shoe designs were featured in "Handbag Buyer" June 1949, page 19. The shoes are by Ferncraft, the coordinating bag is by Filmstar Creations. The retail price of this ensemble was $13.50, equivalent to $102 in 2006 dollars.
"Brown almond (the old favorite Balenciaga) suede bag with metal bar in diagonal design to match suede shoe with self color narrow calf platform. Other colors too!"
This ad for Fa-cileFasteners features a Film Star Creations of Hollywood leather handbag. The frame has no latch and stays closed by the spring action of the frame's hinges alone. This allows a sleek, unembellished appearance, ideal for Art Moderne sculptural bags. The full page ad appeared in the May 1955 issue of Handbags & Accessories, page 4.
An example of a bag with this style fastener.
B00129: Beige textured leather handbag by Filmstar Creations of Hollywood circa 1955. The curvaceous contours make an attractive architectural package! The frame is a spring style with no separate latch, and is entirely covered with rose beige satin. The satin interior lining is spotless and features one large open pocket labeled "Charles Originals Made by Filmstar." A separate fabric label reads "Filmstar Creations of Hollywood." The bag is in excellent unused condition with one slight abraded area (see detail.) Measures 9 x 3 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches with double 13 inch handle.
Sold for $85 in 2005 at The Bag Lady Emporium
Accessory market round-up
"COORDINATION of handbag and shoe. Handbag matches gunmetal patent pump with black suede, grosgrain trim. Shoe from I. Miller; bag from Film Star Creations." (December 1955 issue of Handbags & Accessories, page 35
C00296: Vibrant blue leather and suede 50's box bag by Film Star Creations of Hollywood. The complex rectangular shape is narrower at the bottom than at the top. The pale pink satin interior shows slight signs of wear, including one pen mark on the inside of the lid. A single open pocket carries the distinctive Film Star Creations fabric label. A matching satin coin purse with safety cord is included. Generally the condition is excellent. Measures 7 x 2 5/8 at the base, 8 3/8 x 3 5/8 at the top and 4 3/4 high. The handle is l5 inches long and lined in the same pale pink satin.
Valued at $65 and available at The Bag Lady Emporium