Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Earn Your Stripes

During a spot of late night ‘e-tail’, we came across this cheeky thick striped jumper dress by Sonia Rykiel. It bought to mind the incredible Traffic Light dress by Ossie Clark we have recently added to our collection.

Move over the humble breton stripe - the future is streaked in wide bands of the brightest rainbow hues.

Confectionary Couture

This week's Chanel haute couture show signalled a much welcome end to the recent serge of eighties power dressing. Lagerfeld presented a generous scoop of ice-cream coloured, feminine fashion, with not so much as a ‘pagoda shoulder’ in site. For your own exclusive piece of the (cream) pie, check out one of our most recent acquisitions: a 1960’s pink haute couture Chanel suit, no doubt this silk shift dress and jacket was plucked from the Chanel archive, and used as inspiration for this season's collection.

Ring Leader

This afternoon VA dropped by the Notting Hill salon of Lauren Adriana, fine jeweller and fan of Vintage Academe. Over a cup of earl grey, Lauren, 24, filled us in on her recent appointment at Vogue House,
"I presented my current collection to Carol Woolton, Vogue’s Jewellery Editor,” she told us excitedly. Her beautiful collection clearly impressed, gaining the ambitious jeweller a much coveted mention in a future issue of Vogue. Lauren recalls the meeting saying: “We bonded over our mutual appreciation of modernist jewellery,” Lauren lists her influences as Suzanne Belperron and Raymond Templier amongst others. “I think she also liked the fact that I try to create pieces that can be passed down through generations.”
Lauren's new ‘Couture Collection’ is a selection of delicately encrusted pieces that reference the 1950’s, is the antithesis of the disposable jewellery that so many young designers are quick to churn out today. “When it comes to my personal style I don’t go for fast fashion and the newest trend, I prefer to have a few quality pieces, designer or vintage, and I aim to carry this through into my designs.”

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Saturday, 9 January 2010

New Year, New Pieces; Backstage . . .

After a very exciting month of buying in December, yesterday our Creative Director had a fantastic day shooting the new pieces - some will join our permanent collection and some will be for sale - as well as shooting all of those incredible labels, from 1920's Gabrielle Chanel and Jean Patou, to 1950's Balmain and Dior, 1970s Paco Rabanne Couture, all the way up to 80 and 90's Comme Des Garcons, Galliano and Alaia. Stay tuned for more on this, but for now here are some shots from yesterdays fantastic shoot.

(Shown above we have 90's Gaultier Fetish on set, 60's Yves Saint Laurent haute couture lace work waiting to be shot and photographer Pelle Crepin on set)