The Weekend Starts Here

I haven't been to a vintage weekender for about 18 months now so was very excited to finally get to go to the Rhythm Riot last month (I was meant to go last year but things didn't work out). For those of you who aren't familiar, the Rhythm Riot is a 1950s Rhythm & Blues and Roots Rock'n'Roll weekend at Pontins Camber Sands. The whole of Pontins is taken over for the event (so there aren't any 'other' people wandering in to look at all the strange vintage people) and it's basically just a massive party with great people, great music and great vintage shopping. 

Louise Dahl–Wolfe: A Style of Her Own

Image: Suzy Parker by the Seine, Costume by Balenciaga, 1953. Photograph by Louise Dahl-Wolfe. 
© 1989 Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents.

Louise Dahl-Wolfe (1895-1989) is one of the most important women fashion photographers of the first part of the 20th century. A new exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum (the first major retrospective of her work in the UK) focuses on her 22 years as leading contributor to Harper's Bazaar. Considered a pioneer of modern fashion photography, the exhibition highlights how Dahl-Wolfe defined the image of the modern independent post-war woman.

Autumn Outfit: Houndstooth Skirt

Now that Autumn is in full swing I thought I'd show you a skirt that I recently finished making for the colder months. 

Goodwood Revival 2017

Goodwood seems to come around quicker each year and this year was no exception. I felt like I was only there a few months ago not a whole year ago! The weather wasn't great this year but that didn't stop us from having a good time, the weekend flew by.

William Blanchard | Imagination Against Reality

(c) William Blanchard

Proud Galleries presents an exhibition of contemporary Pop Art ‘through the looking glass’ with an exclusive series of graphic collages from former Rock ‘n’ Roll musician and DJ William Blanchard.

Summer Outfit: Blue 1960s Dress

I thought it was about time I did another outfit post! This new-to-me vintage dress was worn out for the first time last weekend and I absolutely love it. You can't really see from the picture but it has these amazing side splits which make it really comfortable to dance in, the lovely cotton fabric is great as well and makes a change from my usual polyester. 

Adventures in Tuscany

Last month I spent a lovely week in Tuscany. I stayed at the UNA Hotel Versilia on the Tuscany Coast, a beautiful contemporary hotel set near the seafront. The hotel is a design piece in itself, made up of gleaming glass panels and clean white lines with a modern and minimalist interior (think crisp white walls and trendy furniture) - just my style! I booked the trip with Citalia and I can highly recommend them, the cost included airport transfer in a sleek Mercedes which was very nice indeed and something I could definitely get used to (this isn't an ad by the way, this was just my summer holiday - my first in over 2 years!).

Summer Florals

If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen that I was on holiday last week in Versilia, on the beautiful Tuscany coast. 

Style Inspiration: In The Mood For Love

Me Made May 2017 - Week 4

It's nearly the end guys, May has flown by! This week was a much better week in terms of the weather which made a nice change. On Monday I went to Kensington Palace to see the Diana Dresses Exhibition (lovely, but a lot smaller than I thought it was going to be), I wore my me-made navy 50s slacks, a cream sleeveless turtle neck and my favourite orange crimplene jacket.

Style Muse: Tara King in the Avengers

Me Made May 2017 - Week 3

Hello! I hope you all had a lovely week and are ready for another round-up of my me-made outfits? Spoiler alert, they are much the same as last week!

Terence Spencer: A Lasting Impression

© Terence Spencer/Camera Press 

‘Terence Spencer: A Lasting Impression’, is a playful retrospective exploring the youth and vivacity of one of Britain’s most defining decades. This unique exhibition features the many faces, fashions and sounds of the Swinging Sixties with prints showcasing iconic stars in their prime alongside the beauty of ordinary life and every-day style. 

Me Made May 2017 - Week 2

Week 2 of Me Made May saw me wearing much the same as last week. I do tend to wear the same sort of outfits over and over again and sadly the weather hasn't been favourable enough for me to wear my midi-skirts and handmade crop tops. Maybe we should do this again in June when I'm on holiday?

On Monday I wore the navy 50s trousers with a navy Zara jumper and yellow and navy silk scarf from Pipét. I picked up this gorgeous scarf at the Fashion & Textile Museum last year and this is the first time I've worn it.

Me Made May 2017 - Week 1

I can't believe it's Me Made May again, where does the time go? This year I will be documenting all of my outfits on Instagram but will be doing a weekly round-up here for those of you who don't use the app (I'm @stylesixties if you want to follow me). 

Paris Refashioned: 1957-1968

Pierre Cardin Cosmos Dress - 1967

When I heard about this exhibition I was gutted that it was being shown in New York as it meant that I wouldn't get to see it. Paris Refashioned was an exhibition shown recently at the Museum at FIT looking at Parisian fashions of the 1960s and how the ready-to-wear revolution influenced haute couture.

Vintage Life Magazine Article

Last year Vintage Life Magazine got in touch with me via Instagram, asking if I'd like to put together an article giving an overview of the 1960s and an introduction to 1960s style. I'm pleased to say that not only was my article published in the April 2017 edition, it made the cover! Exciting times.

Style Muse: Emma Peel

Eduardo Paolozzi at the Whitechapel Gallery

On Sunday, I  went down to the Whitechapel Gallery in East London to see the Eduardo Paolozzi exhibition that's currently being shown there. I didn't know too much about him before I went so was interested to see what he was all about.

Space Age Interiors

No your eyes are not deceiving you, this isn't a photograph from a 60s magazine but a new collection by furniture and home accessories store Maisons Du Monde. The orange chair immediately caught my eye when I came across the photo on twitter the other day and I squealed with excitement when I realised it was a new range. Original pieces are becoming harder to find and more often than not end up going for a fortune at auction, so this range is great if you want to achieve the look without the eye-watering price tag! 

Mary Quant: Fashion Icon at The Museum of Costume

Mary Quant: Fashion Icon is an exhibition currently on at The Museum of Costume in Manchester. Celebrated as the most famous female fashion designer working in London in the 1960s, Mary Quant dressed an international clientele of the young and hip, creating her famous Chelsea look.

No Colours Anymore I Want Them To Turn Black

I think I've finally cracked trouser making. This pair of black high-waisted trousers were made from a 1950s McCall's pattern using bi-stretch polyester fabric. I hadn't worked with this fabric before so wasn't sure what to expect, but I found it perfect for making trousers - so much so I've already ordered some more in different colours! The trousers are really comfortable to wear and I've worn them almost constantly since I made them a few weeks ago. 

Style Inspiration: La Verite

1960s Flower Power

This dress is one of my all time favourite vintage finds, I bought it at a vintage fair in Brighton about four years ago and it was the first thing I saw when I walked into the venue. It was at the end of a rack right in front of the door and as soon as I saw it I made a beeline for it. I knew just by looking at it that it would fit and got very excited. I was trying to remember if this dress has been featured on the blog before, I don't think it has but even so I think it's worthy of another post. 

Style Muse: Mary Tyler Moore

Christmas Outfits

Happy New Year! Today I thought I'd take a look back to last month and what I wore over the Christmas period.