Vintage Quiz: Can you tell which designers created these vintage & designer clothes? October 22 2017, 0 Comments

Check out or latest quiz, can you guess which designer designed these items from our vintage store?

 

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Valentino Spring 2006 - "Standing apart from fake couture" October 20 2017, 0 Comments

Valentino Spring Summer 2006

 

From the S/S 2006 collection, our latest arrival is a Valentino yellow silk gown, as seen on the runway. For this collection Valentino was quoted as saying that his mission was to "stand apart from all the fake couture that has dominated the runways for the past few seasons". 

 



See the dress featured at 13:29

 

Vogue said of the collection, "Valentino rose to the challenge, upping his already haute luxe factor and sending out a spring collection that was fresher and lighter than it's looked in a long time". 

 

Preowned Valentino maxi dress for spring and summer

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3 Ways to Add Designer Vintage Clothing to Your Workwear Wardrobe. November 03 2016, 1 Comment

 Pencil Skirt

A pencil skirt is so classic and timeless, the modern interpretation of a pencil skirt comes from Christian Dior (who else?) from his 1954 collection. What better way to stand out in the office than with a leather skirt like our 1980s Emanuel Ungaro skirt, chic and individual.

 

Powerful Boss Lady 

For this look, I need to say nothing more than Thierry Mugler. If you're looking for a mix between a superwoman and Marilyn Monroe then Thierry Mugler is your man. Mugler's vintage dresses perfectly created an Amazonian sex siren look with his wide-shouldered, wasp-waisted designs. 
Above is our office edit of our Mugler pieces available at the moment, both having the incredible tailoring that he learnt from his father and his eye for dramatic sensuality. The first, an iridescent acid orange skirt suit and the second, a more universal but equally as dramatic LBD with his typical wide shoulder line and an out of this world neckline.  

  

Vintage Bill Blass Pinstripe Dress Suit

 

Menswear inspired 

This Bill Blass two piece dress suit has incredible tailoring with classic pinstripes, as good as a men's suit. Perfect for showing you mean business without the extreme shoulders of the power look. 

 

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Vintage Designer Profile: Renato Balestra November 01 2016, 0 Comments

Renato Balestra - The Roman Couturier

 

 

 

Born in the Italian city of Trieste, Renato Balestra's story is an entertaining one, it has been said that it was fashion that chose Balestra, not Balestra that chose fashion. He originally chose to follow his father's career path by choosing a degree in civil engineering. In the last year of his study in civil engineering, a jovial bet was made between him and his friendsfor him to create a clothing design, so awestruck by his talent, his friends, unknowingly to Balestra, sent his designs to the Chamber of Fashion in Milan where he was invited to show a haute couture collection.

 

It was from this haute couture collection that he decided to start his own label, where he found international success with clients as diverse as the Queen Sirikit of Thailand and the princess of Jordan to world-renowned actresses and society women. Vintage Renato Balestra are made so incredibly, with a delicate hand and appreciation for a woman's sensuality - the couture dresses you will see in our store are constructed fully by hand, with luxurious, intricate beading in soft silk chiffons and organzas. 

 

 

 

To see all of our vintage Renato Balestra dresses click here

 

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I Dream of Ruffles. Vintage Editorial Featuring Jane Birkin & Charlotte Rampling, 1972 August 22 2016, 0 Comments

Ruffles are so incredibly fun and playful, and incidentally, very on-trend for both SS16 and upcoming AW16. This editorial, shot by the master, David Bailey for Vogue UK March 1st, 1972 shows just how glamorous and sophisticated they can be.

 

Featuring two glamorous ladies, Charlotte Rampling, an icon of the sixties and early 70s, known for her work in European arthouse films, and the stunning Jane Birkin, the woman who the infamous Hermés Birkin was named after. Both wearing incredible dresses by Chanel, Givenchy and Dior, this vintage editorial showcases perfectly how vintage ruffled dresses are timeless and dramatic. 

 

Vintage Chanel Polka Dot Organza Dress, Photo by David Bailey for Vogue March 1972

 

This incredible, polka dotted, frilled organza dress has an olive green sash and is by Chanel. Photo by David Bailey.

 

Vintage Bronze and White Givenchy dress, Photo by David Bailey for Vogue March 1972

 

A stunning 'bronzed brown' and white organza dress by  Givenchy. Photo by David Bailey.

 

Vintage Silk Dior Blouse with ruffles and matching silk crepe pants by Dior. Photo by David Bailey for Vogue - March 1972

 

Jane Birkin wears white georgette frilled top by Dior and silk crepe trousers, also by Dior. Photo by David Bailey

 

Vintage Christian Dior Frilled Dress by Marc Bohan. Photo by David Bailey for Vogue, March 1972.

 

'Vulnerable beauty in fragile frills from Dior'. Photo by David Bailey. 

 


New In: Vintage Valentino Dress from the A/W 1991 collection. August 21 2016, 1 Comment

A stunning, documented piece has just hit the store, in a midnight blue velvet with, silk chiffon, off-the-shoulder balloon sleeves and ruched bust- this stunning vintage Valentino dress was featured in a brown variation on the Fall 1991 runway. 

 

 

You can find the link to view our vintage Valentino boutique dress for sale here 

 

 

You can also see the brown version of our new vintage Valentino dress at 00:37 below - 

 

"Valentino" Autumn Winter 1991 1992 Paris 3 of... by FashionChannel

 

Also in the Valentino 1991 collection, were some incredible evening dresses, in taffetas and Valentino's signature red, including a gorgeous gown worn by Christy Turlington. 

 


Bold Print: 5 Top Vintage Designers Who Use Print August 17 2016, 1 Comment

This list compiles five of the greatest designers of the 20th century, who have mastered the use of print. These illustrious five are artists as much as they are fashion designers, creating interesting, eyecatching prints that have a story to tell and resonate with the character of the wearer. 

 

1. Emilio Pucci

Kaleidoscopic, psychedelic swirls make Pucci prints possibly the most instantly recognisable patterns of all time. That is, even without seeing his 'Emilio' signature, which was printed throughout his designs. So powerful were Pucci's brightly coloured prints in fashion, that the House of Pucci still stays very relevant and impactful today, 66 years after he first opened it in Capri, Italy. Best known for his use of print on luxurious silk jersey, that gives incredible drape and clarity, Pucci also printed on other sumptuous fabrics such as on the silk lamé blouse we have in stock at the moment. 

 

You can shop our current collection of vintage Pucci clothes here

 

 

2. Leonard of Paris

With a similar appeal to Pucci, and almost definitely inspired by Emilio, Leonard Paris are known for their bold prints on luxury textiles but with a more geometric look and often oriental and floral patterning. Founded by Jacques Leonard and French designer, Daniel Tribouillard - Leonard is still going strong today and a vintage Leonard dress has become a must-have for any vintage collector, particularly one with a keen eye for colour and clean lines.

 

You can shop our current collection of vintage Leonard Paris clothes here

  

 

3. Roberto Cavalli

Cavalli's technique of printing on suede and leather made him legendary in the 1970's and that legend continues today.  An artist who uses textiles as his canvas, his first works were incredible bohemian masterpieces, with ethnic and folk influences from around the world, particularly using Indian and Oriental imagery as inspiration. 

 

You can shop our current collection of vintage Cavalli clothes here

 

 

 

4. Gianni Versace 

Gianni Versace and the House of Versace were so iconic for bold prints and the trademark Medusa head logo that baroque and Greek prints in the style of Versace are never off the catwalk - but his designs had an Italian sophistication and class that the knockoffs never could duplicate. That is the reason why the house of Versace, now under Donatella Versace, remains as one of the most important fashion houses in the world. Always opulent and whimsical his most iconic designs are his printed from the iconic 1993 tarzan print - which you can find on our blouse here to the legendary Marilyn and James Dean Warhol dress from SS 1991.

 

You can shop our current collection of vintage Versace clothes here

 

5. Zandra Rhodes

First and foremost a textile designer, Zandra Rhodes prints her whimsical, artistic patterns on the finest silk chiffons and organzas creating a breathtaking, ethereal, bohemian aesthetic. She hand-printed most of her designs in her Zandra Rhodes studio and she has an artistic vision like no other, her prints are fluid and otherworldly - with each collection having a strong concept. One of the greatest British designers ever, her designs from the 1970s are sought after by the fashion elite - with Nicole Richie being a big fan of her vintage designs and even Princess Diana wore so many of her designs in the 80s.  

 

You can shop our current collection of vintage Zandra Rhodes clothes here

  

 


Magazine Feature: Maggie Semple - Eye of the Beholder August 14 2016, 1 Comment

 

We're delighted to announce that two items of designer vintage clothing from our store have recently been featured in the latest issue of the Maggie Semple magazine, Issue IX, cleverly named 'the Eye of the Beholder'. Styled by Jessica Wykes (@jesswykes) who has an incredible eye and photographed by the extremely talented Leanne Dixon (@leannedixon) - whose website can be found here. The setting was perfect and really showed the best of our items, you can see the ethereal shoot below:

Here is our vintage Moschino suit in action, it has since sold but you can find our other vintage Moschino clothing here

 

These Mondi culotte shorts are from a set, which has also very recently sold but you can find our other vintage suits and ensembles here


Please be sure to check out Issue IX of the Semple Magazine here - it's a free (in both senses of the word) magazine and we're sure you won't regret it! 

 

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New Collection: The Little Black Dress August 05 2016, 0 Comments

 

 

Audrey Hepburn wearing her iconic little black dress by Givenchy in Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961

Our latest collection is inspired by the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Kate Moss and other fashion icons that donned the ever classic little black dress. So easy to wear and incredibly sexy, the little black dress is a staple in every woman's wardrobe. 

 

We have included a variety of little black dresses in this collection, from a sultry strapless Chanel dress from the A/W 1990 collection to an edgy, high fashion 80s Mugler dress, all with the timeless appeal that a vintage little black dress offers. Nothing quite offers the sex appeal and sophistication of a vintage LBD. 

 

 

 

Not only can a vintage little black dress make the wearer look incredible, but when paired with a gent in a classic black suit offers a dramatic, timeless look making for the chicest couple in the room. 

 

Shop the collection here

 

 

 

 


Vintage Men's Trends A/W 16: Checks & Tartans August 03 2016, 0 Comments

 

As with most years, checks and tartans are big this fall and winter for menswear. It is easy to see why, an easy way to make a bold statement of individuality in an otherwise dreary season. We've seen enviable checks and tartan at Gucci, Dior Homme and Raf Simons, all of which have a classic, vintage-inspired look - as such a timeless pattern as a check often does. 

 


    

Raf Simons A/W 16                                  Dior Homme, A/W 16                                 Bottega Vaneta, A/W 16

 

If you're not into trends, tartan is also a great choice for it's classic appeal and timelessness, easy to wear on a winter scarf, a blazer or an overcoat for a slight eccentricity added to an outfit. A vintage check piece is a great investment as the checks are unlikely to be made the same again, and what is a check meant to be, if not unique?

 

Below is a small selection of our checked blazers - perfect for Fall 2016:
 1980's Givenchy Blazer, £3501960's Bill Blass for Neiman Marcus Blazer, £2501960's Harris & Frank Blazer, £180

 

Now of course, we can't speak of vintage checks and tartans without mentioning the ultimate British luxury brand in creating fall outerwear, and in particular known for their checks, Burberry. Gone are the days when the Burberry house check was seen as a footballer wives' go-to. Christopher Bailey has done a great job of bringing back the nova check's respectability that it had before the early 2000's - lucky for you lot we've got the perfect 1980's Burberry duffel coat in a grey take on the nova check - still bold but a whole lot more versatile.

 

We've even put it extra large here for you to bathe in its glorious Britishness.