Style Icon…. Debbie Harry

Debbie Harry possibly the coolest every singer in living history, in my eyes anyway, I love her effortless laid back style that she worn in the 70’s and 80’s. I think she is a true style icon, but what makes a style icon? Well today, thanks to social media, anybody can become a style icon as long as you no how to dress and have an individual look that is unqiue to yourself. I’m not saying that you can’t buy off the high street just that you need to style it up. Below are a few of my fav pics of Debbie Harry.

From the Yellow dress to floral two-piece to the denim on denim outfits, if you were to wear any of them now they would look just as cool as they did in the 70’s! So cool



The Return Of DIY Fashion

Punk fashion is the clothing, hairstyles, jewellery and body modifications of the Punk subculture. A subculture is defined as a small group of people who live in the larger community who go about the lives is different way. Punk fashion’s most famous designer is Vivienne Westwood who dressed the Sex Pistols and The Exploited, Punk fashion has been extremely commercialised at various times and many various fashion designers- Westwood, John Paul Gautier and even Versace showed elements of Punk fashion in their designs.

Glam Rock, Skinheads and Mods have all influenced Punk fashion as has Punk fashion influenced them, the underlying theme with subcultures are that they use their clothing as a way to make a statement.

DIY

Punk clothing which was initially handmade, using whatever cheap thrown out materials they could find, it then became mass produced and was sold in record shops and smaller speciality clothing stores in the 1980’s.

Punk was an intentional rebuttal of the perceived excess and pretencions found in mainstream music and culture as a whole. Early Punk fashion was anti-materialistic- Generally unkempt, short hair styles famously the spiked multi-colour Mohawk, simple clothes from T-shirts, Jeans and Leather jackets: customised blazers and smart formal shirts randomly covered in slogans such as- “Only Anarchists are pretty”, blood patches and controversial images were also extremely popular.

Safety pins were massively popular in with Punks and were used everywhere from on clothing, as piercings and accessories. Many female Punks rebelled against stereotyping of women and often combined delicate or pretty clothes with masculine pieces such as a tutu with big chunky boots.

Punks also love DIY fashion, that’s where its roots were, and incorporated everyday objects for aesthetic effect. Purposely ripped clothes were held together by safety pins or wrapped with tape, black bin liners became dresses, shirts and skirts. Other items added to clothing or worn as jewellery included razor blades, chains and in some extreme cases sanitary products.

What I love about Punk fashion is how they used everything and anything to make themselves look different without spending a fortune. They had so much power and influence on how we dress, even still today, that they influenced well know designer YSL when they designed the infamous Liz Hurley dress. Punks weren’t all about fashion, I’m sure if you were to ask them they would say that they didn’t care about fashion, they dressed in way to show there dissatisfaction with the economy and as they saw it limited job options (sounding similar to anyone). In my eyes Punks were the true originators of DIY fashion and I can that we are starting to go down that path again. With the rise of fashion bloggers showing you how to make/customise your own pieces, to websites specifically showing you how to make anything from hoodies to full ensembles and lets not forget the various Youtube channels and uploads dedicated to DIY fashion.
Modern London Punks Carnaby Street
So what do you think? Can you see a return in DIY fashion?

Queen Chic

Elizabeth as young child.
 So its Queenies Diamond Jubliee in a little over a week and what better way to celebrate 60 years on the throne that looking back over her wardrobe.
At Balmoral with Charles and Anne.
She is the most photographed women in the world with a varied working life, from welcolming world leaders one day to visiting charities or local hospitals the next no day is the same, you could say her clothes are her uniform. The Queen always wears a two inch heel, hemlines are always well below the knee and she always carries a handbag.

Hints of the Hippie Trend with a Butterfly style hat.

The Queen is known for her conservative outfits, accessorised with sensible comfortable shoes and handbags, five years ago she was listed in Vogue magazine, beside Kate Moss, Claudia Schiffer and Naomi Campbell, as one of the 50 most glamorous women in the world. I can see why, she is, and always has been stylish, she looks comfortable in her outfits and is not a slave to fashion and that is important. Everyone has an image of what she should look like in their mind and she knows that. She also surports British design.

The year of here coronation, with a sharper shilouette.

6-7 years ago traditional British style was very cool, with all the Dolce & Gabbana models wearing below the knee tweed skirts and headscarves and big, boxy bags- A look that Queenie has been rocking for years.

Very cool lace outfit, with gloves and parisol.

In her younger years The Queen was in step with fashion and certainly had an influence on the fashion of the 50’s and 60’s. But now she has developed her own style which is appropriate for her age, you could never say she’s mutton dressed as lamb! “The Queen is not terribly interested in fashion- fashion is what other people do” Freddie Fox

Monochrome outfit with bold shapes and ankle length dress.
Queenie always looks smart, elegant and never overdress, which I think is a sign of an amazing working wardrobe. She is now a women in her 80’s and what she wears is well cut and flattering. The point I feel is that she always looks like The Queen- We would be very disappointed if she didn’t.
Two pieces outfit very 80’s and very cool.

How to build a vintage capsule wardrobe….

Everyone wants to have the perfect wardrobe that is not just stylish, individual and wearable but so you have something to wear for every occassion, a capsule wardrobe. So how do you build the perfect vintage capsule wardrobe? Like anything start with the basics, the Trench Coat, White Shirt,Trousers, Pencil Skirt, Blazer and Black Dress…..

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Then add the jazz and your own individuality….



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The main thing to remember is to have FUN!! If you like it and it fits right, who cares if its not on “trend” just buy it and wear it anyway, you could just become a “trend” setter =D

How To Dress Through The Ages.

So we all like finding that bargain piece down our local charity shop, that everyone asks “where did you get that from?” I love that smug feeling I get. But its not always easy to spot the diamond among the rough, so I though I’d share with you some tips on how to spot clothing from different era’s, so you can dress through the ages.

1940’s

French Women 1945
Women wearing dresses to resemble Allied flags- American, French, British & Russian 
Italian postcard of a bathing beauty, showing the transition from bare midriff to fully exposed belly button 1947.

In the 40’s with the WW2 going on the world saw the 1st mass use of man made fibers in clothing manufacturing. The classic 1940’s style is A-line skirts/dress, but mainly workforce and utility dress, there was a focus on DIY fashion with many articles on how to change a mans suit into a women’s suit. It was illegal to buy clothing from abroad, including Ireland which was a neutral country, in Britain when clothing rationing was going on, if you were caught you would get a serious fine.

1950’s

Couture Chanel 1950’s
Cristobal Balenciaga’s day dress  
Dior’s New Look 
The Teddy Boy’s

The 50’s saw a change in female dress after Dior’s New Look was unveiled in 1947. Following wartime measures in the 40’s women wanted to look feminine again. Designers such as Balenciaga, Laroche and Givenchy (the designer of the classic little black dress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s) were iconic in this era: they embraced feminine fashion and determined the looks of the decade.

Key features of the decade:
Pencil and full circle skirts
Sack and Sheath dresses
Empire lines, especially empire line LBD’s
The American influence, wide belts, gloves, hats, nipped in waists.
1960’s

1960’s Biba
Twiggy!


Trends from the 60s are well known for their wide-reaching influence on fashion. A revolution was approaching and fashion was extremely important among young people. This generation had more power and more money, and Britain — in particular London — was where everyone wanted to be for the most experimental clothes and accessories. Hemlines shortened and prints became ever bolder, inspiration was taken from music and a change in lifestyle. The 60s also saw the revival of Art Deco, with the opening of the famous Biba store.

Key features of the decade:
Miniskirts, shift dresses
Space age and psychedelic looks
Graphic lines and cut outs
Materials included PVC, chainmail, sheer and transparent fabrics, chiffon, hosiery and synthetic materials

1970’s

Westwood 1970’s 

The Sex Pistols 1975
1970’s colour blocking
Fashion in the 70s saw a wide variety of trends, from folk to disco to punk. The influence of disco was seen widely in fitted lycra clothing, flares and hotpants. For some, fashion became more natural, in line with a more ethical lifestyle. The hippy looks were reworked with a folksy feel. Hemlines fell and shapes and structures became more relaxed. Designers took inspiration from traditional crafts such as weaving, knitting and tapestry. Collaborations became more popular — designers such as Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell worked together. And the famous designer Vivienne Westwood lead the punk movement.


Key features of the decade:
Disco (flares, hotpants, wraparounds) and punk looks
Folk style included blouses, frills, maxi skirts, floral prints, knits, lacing, patchwork and waistcoats
Eastern influences (kaftans, kimonos, prints)
Jumpsuits and bodystockings
Prints included florals, geometrics and stripes

1980’s
Power Dressing 
Adam Ant 
Madonna 
The New Romantics 
Dynasty
Fashion in the 80s took great influence from political changes. Anger over the economic depression was reflected in street style. But by the second half of the decade things were beginning to look up, and this was shown in the clothing. Two themes emerged: power dressing became popular among women as they became more dominant in the workforce — pencil skirts and shoulder padded power blazers reigned for working women — and 80s sportswear was important, with brands like Nike leading the way, and bright colours, neon shades and shellsuits gaining popularity.


Key features of the decade:
Power dressing- shoulder pads, suits, bright colours and black and white dogstooth
Streetwear- graphics, tartan, stripes, denim and leather.
The new romantics
Sports and dancewear influences
Body con (lycra was the main influence