New Stock Drop & London Fashion Week!

Vintage 80s Pink Jumpsuit & 60s Oversized Wool Coat, LFW look

With London Fashion Week just around the corner there is no better time to restock your wardrobe for autumn, and getting street style photo ready!

Vintage Denim, Midi Skirt & 50s Midi Dress


Tartan Skirts, Leather & Denim, LFW

With a new stock drop to make you drool, but at least your eyes will be happy, VERY happy! With everything from 80s pink jumpsuits, real glamorous 60s maxi dresses, luxurious winter coats and statement jackets, stick with us and you will never have been so well dressed!

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Ciao Bella

 
 
I am going on a research trip to Italy, Rome, to be precise to see what vintage gems I can find for you over there. Whilst I am away, my boutique will stay open but parcels won’t be sent out until the 16th May, all parcels will go 1st class so you will have them for that weekend. If you would like to receive your new buy before this weekend I need to have you order before 3pm Friday the 10th May.
 
Whilst I’m away I will be keeping my eyes pealed for;
Vintage Gems,
Gelato,
The New Pope,
The Sistine Chapel,
Italian….,
Cute Dogs and anything else, when I get back I will share all of my finds with you.
 
Sorry that “Travel Week” has been a massive let down, I have not had enough hours in the day… If only a day was 48hrs I would then have time to do everything & sleep!
 


Vintage Spain

 


Hola Mi Amigos,
Were back after our fantastic holiday in Spain, we threw lots of Tomatoes at the La Tomatina Festival, we swam in the sea in Valencia and took in lots of amazing sights in Barcelona; We also ate lots of Gelato and savoured the Sangria & Cerveza… It would have been rude not too… don’t you think?
So with colour in our cheeks and lots of inspiration in our minds we have lots to share with you all, but first of all, we just wanted to say HI! =D
We also though that you might be interested in a little street that we found in Barcelona dedicated to selling Vintage clothing. We saw everything from vintage telephones to swimsuits and everything in between. We were in heaven, but whilst we were there we managed to take some photos for you so you can see what heaven looks like.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


The street is called Carrer De la Riera Baixa which is off Carrer de L’Hospital just of the world famous La Rambla. The best time to go is around mid-day to early afternoon as they don’t open early but stay open quite late to around 7ish usually. What struck us most about the different shops were how they were all completely different inside. There was one which sold everything vintage to games, furniture, clothes and even marbles! Another focused on sourcing period vintage clothing with the motto the older the better, One wanted you to rummage through draws and rails of stock; and finally another set out their shop like an independent boutique with quirky, individual decoration, this was by far my favourite it was called Motel. They had a book where visitors could write and draw there comments in displayed on an vintage ironing board complete with iron! There was a bath tub full of scarves and even a fish lurking in the shop somewhere. It was such a nice shopping experience, I would recommend it to anyone.

Vintage Photography

Some images just stick with you and your not sure why. I love looking in weird and wonderful places for inspiration, and I find lots of it when looking at vintage photographs. From the grainny effect of the film to the natural poses and in todays terms under stated styling, hair and make-up. Here are a few of my favs.

I love the clashing checks in this image shooting in black and white makes the print stand out even more. Its just a fun image that is finished off perfectly with the short man at the end. I would love to hang this on my wall perferably in my walk in wardrobe… I just need to get one first.

I don’t think swimwear has ever looked so good! And again it is a fun image that makes you feel like your on the beach with them. I love the outfits and would be proud to wear any of them.
Cool.. Enough said.
Oh my god I LOVE the sandals on the far right and middle left they are amazing! The cute outfits, backward facing poses and smiling faces make this another winner in my eyes. You can see how much fun they are having and thats how it should be!
Sexy, Sophisticated and Elegant I could look at this photo for ages. I love the heavily jewelled neckline, arm band and bracelet and understated make-up and hair. Just a striking image! A real head turner!
I feel the main difference in vintage photography is the element of fun and sophisticated glamour where less is more in terms of make-up, and showing less is more desirable.



Welcolm back Schiaparelli…..

Schiaparelli is one, of many, iconic fashion designers from years gone by. The WWII-era designer and rival of Coco Chanel, have you heard of her ;), was celebrated for her modern outlook and individual way with decoration. The brand has been dormant since 1954, Tod’s acquire Schiaparelli’s archives and trademarks in 2006.

The planned relaunched label will extend to accessories, fragrances and cosmetics, with some clothes too. The idea with Schiaparelli is to propose the brand with all its modernity and represent dreams, art and the fine sophisticated things in life, to express itself at its best.

Schiaparelli’s Shoe hat, Tear dress and other surrealism-influenced creations have ensured that the designer’s legacy enjoys a devoted following among the fashion crowd, including Miuccia Prada.
Shoe Hat



Tear Dress



There has been no news who could be the new designer of the re-launched brand, but there were rumours of John Galliano, which have been denied.

Can a relaunched brand, known and loved, for its modernity and forward thinking design really work? Usually I would be hesitant but after looking at just these pictures I really thinking yes it can.
Schiaparelli was a master of here trade and 58 years on here designs still look fashion forward, creative, fresh and inspiring. And rightfully so the New York Metorpolitan Museum of Art is opening its new show, dedicated to Schiaparelli & Prada, tomorrow until the 19th August 2012.

I want these Sunglasses! Amazing!

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


Blooming Marvelous!

 So we all know its Mothers Day on Sunday, and if your wanting to get your Mummy something more original than flowers then how about…… Flowering Tea…… Yes you did read that correctly, Flowering Tea! Amazing, beautiful and you get to drink tea and therefore eat Cake! Everyone is a winner! Check it out below.
Dragon Eye Flowering Tea

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A very happy Mothers day for all! Enjoy!

…..Loves……

Simply a collection of thing we love…..

I want to have my toast and eat it to
Ferris Wheel
Floating Castle Ukraine
Hidden Animal Tea-cups
“Horsey” by Eungi Kim
Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty Book
M/V Aria
Tim Walker’s Pastel Cats
Sarah Williams Suitcase
The book of Origami by Isaac Salazar
The ceiling of the Undercover Boutique Tokyo
Up & Die
Vicktok & Rolf Couture Autumn Winter 2000-1
Berndnaut Smildes Cloud in a room


Follow us on pinterest to find out what else we love. Rachael Ally (Fashion Mould)

Designer Collaboration

As we are all aware that some of the major names on the UK high street are collaborating with designers, to offer us “affordable” versions of their collections. H&M started the trend collaborating with designers in 2004 such as Karl Lagerfield, Stella McCartney, Victor & Rolf, Versace and most recently Marni.

Marni for H&M
Marni for H&M
Marni for H&M

Topshop released there collaboration with Mary Katrantzou to coincide with London Fashion Week, where they showcased funky printed and structured dresses, tops, shirt, trousers and accessory’s. We, like most people, have to shop on a budget so we get excited about designers, we can’t afford, collaborating with high street chains where we shop, but we expect reasonable prices, £350 for a polyester dress in not affordable.


Mary K for Topshop
Mary K for Topshop

For us designer high street collaborations are starting to loose their appeal. We are looking for quality made, great designed clothing with attention to material, construction and overall detail. When we compare clothes today to vintage pieces, which have already survived years of wear and tear, there really isn’t any comparison to the quality of construction. Buying vintage is not only green but your also getting the best quality and value for money clothing available to us at this moment in time. I am keeping my eye out for the made in UK tags, that sadly, we no longer see in most of our high street garments. A great place to find vintage, with out having to rummage, is ASOS Market Place where there is a wide selection of Menswear and Womenswear. 
Happy Shopping!