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Blink Events: The Vintage Festival, Part 5- The Finale

Monday, August 8th, 2011

We couldn’t fit all the fun into one week’s worth of posts so we have another for you today- but this is the last about the wonderful Vintage Festival. To catch up on all the posts from this event, just click here. The final post has been reserved for two British heritage brands, both of whom have a rich history in adding pattern into our lives.

Firstly we look at a capsule wallpaper collection created in partnership between Graham and Brown and Hemingway Design, in joint celebration for the Festival of Britain’s 60th anniversary and Graham and Brown’s 65th anniversary. Both companies are from Blackburn and have a working relationship that has lasted for over a decade, so had the perfect foundation to create this set of four designs reflecting the 30′s, 50′s, 60′s and 70′s. As Donna Riley, Brand Manager of Graham and Brown, puts it “These new designs give a nod to the past and a wink to the future.”

'Loopy Lines'

'Do the Stretch'

'Grid'

'Deco Diamond'

The second brand in the spotlight is Horrockses, who celebrate their return after many years ‘resting’. This iconic 50′s printed textile and dress making brand has returned with a slightly new take on their heritage, with a collection of bedlinen all inspired by the brand’s rich archive. The Vintage Festival hosted the first ever opportunity to buy this new collection, prior to its mid August launch nationwide. We feel in love with the ‘Martha’ collection, a peppy floral and butterfly combination that is guaranteed to put an end to Monday morning blues…

the 'Martha' collection

a vintage Horrockses dress

a vintage Horrockses dress

Well, we have reached the end of our posts on an incredible event. Thanks again to Wayne and the whole team for all of their dedication and hard work. It was immense!

Enjoy! Lucy

Blink Events: The Vintage Festival, Part 4 aka ‘Shop ’til you Drop’

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Here we are on the fourth day of our coverage from the Vintage Festival, and we still have more to come! We think this is testament to the incredible diversity of events and quality of the experience created by Wayne Hemingway and the Vintage Festival team. Today we look at the amazing shopping at the event, which was mainly focused on fantastic vintage fashion, but there was also vintage homewares and furniture, brilliant art and a selection of big names who fit in with the mood,  like Cath Kidston and Benefit.

Within the Royal Festival Hall itself was a selection of more ‘high end’ vintage stalls. Our favourite was Fraubraun. We were told that this business developed out of the founder’s passion for collecting beautiful vintage womenswear. Stephanie Braun has an incredibly well honed sense of what will suit each one of her potential customers and within moments had selected two dresses for our Creative Director to slip into. Both fitted like a dream. You are then encouraged to step into the pop up photographic studio and take your own photo. Even if you aren’t quite ready to make a purchase, what a lovely experience. We have a couple of those shots below, so you’ll get a rare look at the face behind “Blink”.

Beyond the Royal Festival Hall was a wonderful market style set up, with some of the best quality vintage that we have seen in some time. As antique fair aficionado’s this was a kind of heaven. We first came across Stark, Wingate and Brown whose stall featured some brilliant graphic art. We spotted James Brown, who we have previously interviewed, and also Mr Wingate who we profiled for the Centre for Sustainable Fashion’s website. Beyond this was stall upon stall of wonderful vintage. It was impossible not to part with some cash, but thank goodness we didn’t succumb to the Danish teak mid century desk we spotted…

Wayne, sorry I didn’t make it for that dance you promised me in the disco, but I was exhausted from all of the day’s excitements and had to take myself home (with all my shopping) for a well earned rest!

St Bride Foundation's Letterpress stall

St Bride Foundation's Letterpress stall

Wingate and Brown of Stark, Wingate and Brown

Stark, Wingate and Brown

Stylish stallholders at the Vintage Festival

Wonderful vintage in the marketplace

Wonderful vintage in the marketplace

Inspirational homewares in the marketplace

Our Founder and Creative Directer in one of Fraubraun's vintage dresses

Our Founder and Creative Directer in one of Fraubraun's vintage dresses

Enjoy! Lucy

Blink Events: The Vintage Festival, Part 3- more Vintage Streetstyle

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

We decided to split the Vintage Festival streetstyle coverage into two day’s worth of posts as we didn’t want to blow your brains with one massive dose of inspirational information! We hope that you enjoyed yesterday’s post. Here’s the second drop for you, and then there is lots more inspiration from the amazing event to come for the rest of the week.

The Vintage Festival

The Vintage Festival

The Vintage Festival

The Tally Ho! Cycle Tour girls at The Vintage Festival

The Tally Ho! Cycle Tour girls at The Vintage Festival

The Tally Ho! Cycle Tour girls at The Vintage Festival

The Tally Ho! Cycle Tour girls at The Vintage Festival

The Vintage Festival

The Vintage Festival

The Vintage Festival

If you’d like to read all about our festival coverage, click here. If you are interested in all things vintage, just click here. For all of our events, this is the place to click. Enjoy!

Enjoy! Lucy

Blink Events: The Vintage Festival, part 2- Vintage Streetsyle

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

So, after setting the scene in yesterday’s post, we move on to the amazing looks spotted at the wondrous Vintage Festival. There were so many amazing and inspirational looks to choose from, and I have never seen so much fabulous vintage rocked in such an incredible way. The strongest look for the girls was the full skirted, flirty 50′s frock. We also loved the elegant late 40′s tea dresses, whose midi length looks so right now. We were hoping to see some strong 60′s, 70′s and 80′s referenced looks too, but these were really quite thin on the ground. Perhaps too close to ‘real fashion’ for the true vintage enthusiast to embrace?

Here is the first hit of shots for you, and there will be more to follow on tomorrow. We hope that you are as inspired by them as we were by the whole event. Thanks again to all of the people involved in making this such an incredible experience.

The Vintage Festival

The Vintage Festival

The Vintage Festival

The Vintage Festival

The Vintage Festival

The Vintage Festival

The Vintage Festival

The Vintage Festival

The Vintage Festival

Thanks to our lovely intern, Siwan, who contributed some great shots, and thanks to all of you who struck a pose for us. You all looked incredible.

Enjoy! Lucy

Blink Events: The Vintage Festival, part 1

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

What a weekend! We started off with the Vintage Festival, looking rather retro fabulous on London’s Southbank, and ended up with a wet wipe wash in a Dorset field, but that’s a whole nother story…

Back to the stunning Southbank Centre and the absolutely amazing Vintage Festival. We have been priming you with teasers for this over the past few weeks. We truly hope that you took our advise and got yourselves down there. I have to say that I haven’t experienced anything quite like it. How civilized to have a festival within a beautiful building and only a short bus journey from home at that. We arrived for the pre-launch Press walk about and we were stunned at how brilliantly Wayne and his team had executed their vision. We spoke briefly to Wayne Hemingway who said that he was a little exhausted but incredibly happy with how it was going.

As the crowds streamed in the Royal Festival Hall really came to life as dancing got underway, the wonderful vintage clothing was riffled through, the 60′s Art College experience was, well, experienced, the make up artists and hairdressers helped to add even more authenticity to the really very impressive retro looks sported by some very committed vintage fans in attendance. This was a truly incredible and unique experience, and I hope that the team get to repeat it next year. As a vintage fan, I have never seen so much amazing product available to buy in one location, I’ve never experienced the different era’s of music in quite that way in such close proximity, I’ve never seen so many well turned out vintage enthusiasts, and I’ve never before had a cup of tea with a Pearly Queen. For all of that I thank Wayne and his incredibly dedicated team.

We hope that this first post helps to set the scene and then we have some more detailed looks at what we loved, as well as having some great style shots to inspire you.

The Vintage Festival in the Royal Festival Hall

'Bad Art Salon' at the Vintage Festival in the Royal Festival Hall

Foyles showcase some vintage classics at the Vintage Festival

Charity Shop DJ at the Vintage Festival

The Vintage Festival in the Royal Festival Hall

The Vintage Festival in the Royal Festival Hall

The Vintage Festival in the Royal Festival Hall

Jiving in the Torch Club

The Vintage Festival in the Royal Festival Hall

The Vintage Festival in the Royal Festival Hall

Enjoy! Lucy

Blink Events: The Vintage Festival, another teaser!

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

If you are yet to purchase your tickets to this amazing event, we suggest you make your mind up and get on-line quick smart! This is not one to be missed…

Actually its not a complete disaster if you don’t buy tickets, as much of the Vintage Festival is free and open to all. However, if you do want access in to the beautiful Royal Festival Hall, and all of the amazing events held within its wall, you will need to part with your cash. I promise you that it will be money well spent. From what I found out on Monday evening, when being shown around by Wayne and Jack Hemingway (its a family affair), you will be treated to some amazing adventures down memory lane. Wayne did point out that this is not just a ‘Retro Fest’ though. He wanted to achieve two main things with the Vintage Festival. The first was ‘glamour’, recalling times when it was unheard of to head out on a big night without getting dressed up for the evening ahead. The second was to deliver ‘something with meaning’ inspired by great moments in time musically and stylistically, but that also ‘looks at where we are going’.

The start of this mission was the first vintage festival at Goodwood last year, with its 50,000 attendees. This year the event has relocated to the South Bank Centre, at the request of the Royal Festival Hall who wanted this to be the jewel in the crown of their 60th anniversary celebrations. As Wayne Hemingway is beyond passionate about the design, architecture and ethos behind the RFH and the South Bank this seemed a perfect fit. The event will cover an area from the British Film Institute (who will be joining in by showing vintage films, including back to back Avengers episodes that you’ll be able to watch while wearing a free bowler hat) right along the whole of the South Bank to the London Eye. Nearly all of the restaurants and cafe’s along the way will be joining in too (Yo Sushi showing 20′s Japanese films, Skylon will become even more glamorous with a ‘Cabaret’ themed event). There will be a huge vintage market, with special early access for ticket holders (incentive enough on its own to get that ticket bought!), and we are quite intrigued by the ‘Chap Olympiad‘ to be held in Jubilee Gardens, where you will also be able to join the vintage oriented, ultra stylish Pashley bike tours.

If that hasn’t got you in a lather of vintage enthusiasm, then here are some shots to help set the scene, most of which were from last year’s event. See you there. Now, I must go and air my nylons, dust off my corsage and sharpen my eye liner pencil…

The Vintage Festival, Goodwood 2010

The Vintage Festival, Goodwood 2010

Recreating the rave at The Vintage Festival, Goodwood 2010

Wayne Hemingway

A Robin and Lucienne Day inspired interior at the Hemingway curated 'Museum of 51' in the basement of the RFH

Wayne and Jack Hemingway showing us around the museum exhibits

Enjoy! Lucy

Blink Events: The Vintage Festival

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

So, last night we were delighted to be invited to meet Wayne Hemingway, and his son Jack. They spent the evening showing us around the Royal Festival Hall and telling us all about the plans for the amazing Vintage Festival. Its official, we cannot wait until 29th July when this event begins. We’ll have lots more info and some great shots for you over the next few days, so keep ‘em peeled. In the mean time, take a look the Vintage Festival’s brilliant blog, or read up on the event on our earlier post. Enjoy!

Enjoy! Lucy

Blink Events: Vintage London, The Southbank Vintage Festival

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

If you are a vintage fan, then this post will leave you rather over excited. You’ve been warned!

The Southbank Centre will play host to Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway’s amazing Vintage festival from 29 – 31 July 2011 as part of the Festival of Britain 60th anniversary celebrations. Wayne Hemingway, said: “Vintage at Southbank Centre will be a glamorous and cool antidote to festivals in a field, the emphasis being on head-turning style. Whether your thing is swing, rockabilly, mod, soul, funk, disco, ska, film, art or design, or if you just want to dress up and get an authentic make-over for a day, Vintage at Southbank Centre is a sensual delight, a big dressing-up box, a collector’s dream and joyous creative feast.”

The Royal Festival Hall will be transformed into a multi-venue playground where, over 13 hours each day (from 12pm to 1am), pass holders can learn the dances of the decades, take in over 70 live performances, boogie along to the tunes of 150 DJs, enjoy exclusive catwalk shows and decade specific make-overs, sample Vintage food and cocktails, shop at one of world’s most exciting Vintage marketplaces (over 250 stalls!), and take to the Thames on the Love Boat!

Aside from the amazing shopping opportunities, we are super excited that on the Friday there will be performances by electronic pioneers Thomas Dolby, Alan Wilder of Depeche Mode and Heaven 17, alongside hotly tipped new act Mirrors. On Saturday you’ll have the chance to attend the only UK appearance of legendary Atlantic Records icon Percy Sledge. Sunday’s Hit Parade (31 July) will celebrate British hits from the past seven decades, re-imagined and performed by an array of guest vocalists with an orchestral backing. The evening is headlined by Bee Gees’ Robin Gibb with guest performances by Sandie Shaw! Throughout each day and evening, The Royal Festival Hall will host 8 Vintage nightclubs, immersing visitors in the dance and club scenes of seven decades of British cool. Each club venue will offer free dance lessons led by professional instructors so visitors can learn the Foxtrot, Jive, a Northern Soul backdrop or whatever gets them grooving, before trying out the moves in the Vintage clubs. With stylists and barbers on hand, ticket holders will also be able to get free decade-specific hair and beauty makeovers. The venues will not only transport visitors to the music and style of the decades, but also– via their taste buds–  to the eating and drinking habits of days gone by with authentically conceived Vintage food and cocktails served throughout the day and evening. Genius!

As part of this great gathering of all things Vintage, you will also have the chance to set sail on The Love Boat. A celebration of all things nautical, kitsch and disco, The Love Boat promises passengers a retro summer party palace as it cruises the Thames on one of the rivers oldest boats – The MV Royalty. With five different themed vintage socials a day, hosted by a selection of five-star disc jockeys and taken care of by the colourfully kitsch boat crew, you can party under a giant disco ball all whilst enjoying the spectacular views of London from the Thames. Now that’s what I can a good weekend. Get you tickets sorted and we’ll see you there!

For more inspirational “Blink” events, just click here. Enjoy!

Enjoy! Lucy