Vintage Fashion

A Chance to Delve into The Versace Archive

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The William Vintage Gianni Versace Arvhive Collection is available to for us to look at from 10th October on the Farfetch website - and - at the William Vintage Boutique London.  

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Versace is back. 

I'm not sure that it ever really left... its like marmite. It's one of those brands that stands strong whether you love or hate it. 

The London vintage emporium William Vintage has joined together with the amazing e-commerce website Farfetch to sell - yes sell - a 500 piece collection of Versace. The collection ranges from 1977 through to 1997. 

Prices range from £195 (Similar to a high priced H&M - bearable at a  push) through to an amazing £38,995 price point - for this you would be able to purchase a dress from the renowned Bondage Collection. 

But... whether you can afford to purchase or not - what we can do is look. 

One not to miss! 

Style Inspiration - Ava Gardner


As much as I love jeans - obviously, as I design and make them - and wear them - it is also nice to feel a tad glamourous.

Which is I love adding a little Hollywood glamour into an outfit - be it simply over the top earnings, leopard print, a silk blouse, a statement necklace or even (on very tired days) cats eye sunglasses! 

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The simple stripe jumper.

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The classic black swimsuit will never be out of fashion.

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A perfect off the shoulder top or...

add a statement piece of jewellery (or both).

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'Catseye' sunglasses anytime anywhere.

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Walking the dog...

with glamour.

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Simply a shirt,jeans and classic white trainers.

''If I had my life to live over again, I'd live it the same way. Maybe a few changes here or there, but nothing special. The truth is, honey, I've enjoyed my life. I've had a hell of a good time.” 

- Ava Gardner


Beach Style


The summer holidays are well under way. Every year the same wee thoughts - keep the swimwear I already have or buy new...

I find myself flicking through the magazines for inspiration but just get wildly stressed over how young or skinny or young again the models are why do they have to look so perfect... but all this changed when I read the following statement in The Lady magazine (my guilty pleasure).

When it comes to genuine chic as opposed to fickle fashions, perhaps things haven’t changed that much’.

What a genuinely lovely and comforting thought because lets be honest the human body maybe more athletic, healthy or not, perhaps even taller but essentially we are still human with arms, leg, a body and a head. 

If we look at the styles of swimwear or resort wear over the last few decades fashions may change but the 'stylish' swimwear is fairly consistent to the present day.

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1930

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1940

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1950

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Present day....


Re-working a Vintage Wedding Dress


So many times I find wedding dresses in charity shops, slightly battered, lost, maybe a broken zip or a slight rip but especially stunning dresses that I think deserve a second chance. 

So reaching for the trusty Dylon dye (which now comes with added salt included in the box) I decided to take a chance and work some magic on a 1950's lace wedding dress. 

I pre-washed the dress by machine - no mercy here! 

Then let it dry naturally.

Put it back into the washing machine and added the contents of the Dylon dye - I opted for a black dye...

Put the machine on a 40 degree wash.

Hung it out in the garden to dry...

So, what can be noted is that I didn't quite get the results I thought. I had thought black or shades of grey. Perhaps even silver under tones...

But no - I got brown. 

It has to be noted that when dying vintage clothing, there are several factors to take into account - some of which can't be known prior to dying. For example, not all garments have fabric and fibre breakdown. There fore some fabrics can be made from natural fibres which will take the dye better and produce stronger colours or made from synthetics that may or may not take the dye. Or a poly/cotton which can take the dye in varying degrees and shades. 


 

 

In Vogue - Six Decades Of Fashion


I love a good book...

and so I was super happy to stumble upon a copy of Vogue - Six decades of fashion by Georgina Howell. It was first published in 1975, twice 1976 and again in 1977 by Conde Naste - which just show it was as popular then as it is now (to me at least). It can easily be described as a big, glossy coffee table book for followers of fashion. Trends and fashions are well illustrated, curated and photographed - creating a historical reference book starting in 1915 through to 1975.