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We sent Hannah, our intrepid intern, to East London to search out some Winter streetstyle for us. She came back with some wonderful shots, so thank you to y’all for stopping to have your photo taken. There was a really clear overarching theme to the majority of the shots, aside from great outerwear to fend off the chill, which was a vintage feel. I know that this isn’t in any way new news, but the looks are gorgeous regardless. From a wholly adopted era specific statement to snatched elements of a moment in time, this is a guaranteed way to look unique and innovative.
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.
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.
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.
You may have spotted the tweets that we took a day away from the studio on Tuesday. We braved the weather, packing wellies and waterproofs to head off down to East Sussex for Ardingly Antiques Market. As we got closer, we glimpsed blue skies through the driving rain. As we pulled into Ardingly the weather had a wondrous change of heart and the sun put his hat on. It was a blessing as much of the fair is in open fields and antiques just look that much less enticing when you are knee deep in mud…
Here are some shots of some of the things that we spotted and loved, some of which may have come home with us. We hope that you find them inspiring. We certainly did. The most exciting spot was the beautiful painting, pictured below. I thought that the subject looked familiar. As I questioned the seller, it became apparent that this was in fact, Darla-Jane Gilroy, who I did one of my work placements with when studying fashion, and who I have recently had the joy of working with at LCF. What a small world!
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Its an exciting new focal point that we have noted over the past month or so, and our trip to Paris managed to seal the deal. The back is the new front, ladies and gentlemen. Its official. From the nape of your neck down to the top of your tushy. Whether a peak, a flash, a slash or the full reveal, its all about the back, baby. Its a really exciting addition to some otherwise simplistic silhouettes on many occasions. You see the front view and think “Well, that’s a perfectly nice, but rather plain, Tshirt/ shift dress/ blouse etc” and then you see the rear view and your heart speeds up and your pupils dilate. Its sexy, but in a whole new way. Its subtle, chic and really quite sophisticated.
So, we encourage you to put your back into it, back us up, don’t be backwards in being forwards. Sorry… ahem, we got a little carried away then. Just do it. Its sexy and you’ll look hot. What more is there to say?
Following on from the joys of Nakameguro, we wanted to tell you about Shimokitazawa. Quite the mouthful, but worth the effort! Just a few metro stops away from the absolute craziness of Harajuku, but a world away in mood and atmosphere. This collection of small, pedestrian streets feels like you have stumbled into an ultra cool residential enclave. Small, independent stores are interspersed with really lovely cafes.
One of our favourite stores was the vintage treasure trove called ‘Haight & Ashbury‘. A really great selection of retro menswear and womenswear, with a separate section of antique clothing too, all displayed around a bonkers knitted sculpture. We chatted with one of the staff members who very kindly let us take her picture. Its turns out that she bought her lovely coat at a vintage store in London! We also really like a womenswear store called ‘Fig London‘, which it seems actually has nothing to do with London but is lovely never the less…
If you were following us on Facebook or Twitter last week you’d know its been an adventurous time for “Blink”. We just returned from a fabulous trip to Tokyo. Its our biggest market for the “Blink” reports so we thought our wonderful agents, Taiyo Trading, deserved a visit. It was also a great opportunity to have a look at the Tokyo scene and gain a better understanding of who our customer is out there.
Well, if you haven’t been yourself yet we can tell you that its a ‘must’ for the thrill seekers amongst you. Its a crazy, hectic, amazing and bonkers place. You need to have a high tolerance for noise and flashing lights, and its not the place for crowd-phobics either! Having said that, we did discover a couple of corners of this energetic city that had a more low-fi feeling. These were our favourite spots as they included brilliant vintage stores, as well as providing a sweet respite from the sensory overload of areas like Shibuya and Shinjuku.
The first we’d like to share with you is Nakameguro. This area is very picturesque, with stores alongside a small river and then dotted between houses on small lanes branching off in all directions. Its a really perfect pace change, even though its only a few minutes walk from Daikanyama. Here we found some really inspiring vintage stores- particularly good for menswear inspiration. The vintage had a really American flavour mostly, with a little French flea market chic thrown in, which was really interesting to see even though we would have preferred to see at least some vintage kimonos dotted in along the way…