Written by, Becky Harris
Vintage. It’s been around for well, decades. It has always had its many fans and has always been around, mixing in with the designer clothes, where 1 in 10 celebrities on the red carpet will quote their dress as “vintage”. But recently, I’ve noticed it a lot more again. Take one glance over this season’s designs and vintage inspiration is not hard to miss. Catwalks have been overwhelmed with old-school silhouettes and cuts- the 50’s shape seen at the likes of Louis Vuitton and Prada, and the 70’s girl, covered in camel and fur, most prominently seen at Chloe.
The effect of everything vintage was epitomised in the Vintage at Goodwood festival. The event spanned from 13th-15th August and was the first of its kind, yet the turn out was immense. Each decade from the 40’s through to the 80’s were joyously celebrated with music, fashion and film. Not only were there performances from the Noisettes and The Buzzcocks, to name but a minuscule selection; but there were burlesque dancers, 12 catwalk shows, 34 classic movies, 70 different art workshops and 30…thousand items of vintage clothing to choose from. If you missed out, you missed out big time, and must get a ticket next year.
Goodwood could also have been to blame for this returning rise of vintage popularity, along with the catwalks, obviously. For now, it seems everyone wants to jump on the old-school train. French Connection have launched a 1972 vintage collection, selling white vintage pieces of designs that were available in 1972, the year it was founded. These are selling out fast might I add, so grab a piece of history quick. KG by Kurt Geiger have also got “vintage fashion fever”, and have come over all inspired. Their new designs are heavily influenced by vintage styles; my favourites are the “Janison” and “Iris” heels.
And finally, we see the return of much-loved sixties label, Biba. The vintage great is attempting a high street revival with a new face of the label, Daisy Lowe, who claimed it is “an honour” to model for them. An old favourite of Marianne Faithful and Twiggy, the brand, which went into administration two years ago, are making a comeback. The designs look back to its heritage with lots of faux fur and limited edition party dresses. The label will be available from House of Fraser next month.
If you’re feeling the nostalgic fever, there are many different vintage-inspired activities for you to try. Last Friday the V&A Museum held an evening to appreciate all things Retro and Hollywood, which included not only their recent Grace Kelly exhibition, but talks on film costume design and make-up, chances to model special vintage pieces, and L’Oreal Paris makeovers to take your look back to the fifties.
If you missed out, you could always try the Vintage Patisserie. The small company hosts vintage tea parties, either in your home or at one of their London venues. Guests are served high tea complete with chocolates and cakes, can dress up in clothes from the 1920’s trunk, all to a backing soundtrack of authentic music. You can also opt for extras such as a burlesque lesson, make-over or even learn the Charleston. So come on, everyone needs to try a bit of vintage now and then.