International Women's Day (#iwd) and also Vivienne Westwood's Ethical Fashion Africa collection, aptly sloganned 'THIS is not charity, THIS is WORK'.
The message is clear: empower women to create their own livelihoods in an environmentally sustainable way and it will bring positive benefits to the whole community.
Sunday, 4 March 2012
For some it may seem fairly obvious, but has anyone noticed how ALL THE S/S (and even A/W) 2012 TRENDS POINT TO VINTAGE?!
From the glitz, glam and twirling tassels of the 1920s ‘GreatGatsby’ flapper style, to the mid-calf pleated skirts and whimsical blouses in beautiful pastel and candy shades echoing 50s silhouettes; to me this cries ‘Oh hello most excellent and unique vintage classic!’
It’s been all over the catwalks from Prada to Louis Vuitton, and is mirrored to the max on the mass-produced high street, but what could be better than a second hand and/or vintage version, which has stood the test of time and is here to tell tale to all who view its awesome adornment ability on none other than YOUR elegant body.
Whether you go for a block-colour boxy coat, or indeed floral print leggings if that’s your thing (I was only little but can recall clinging onto my mother’s brightly patterned legs in the late 80s and early 90s), then you know vintage makes sense.
I love low-waist pyjama bottoms, although I am not sure about wearing them when out and about. Sportswear is here to stay, for now, thanks to you-know-what-event in the big smoke this summer. I am also intrigued by the ‘under-the-sea’ theme and all this lace, the frills, the sheers- they point to prettiness, romance, and nostalgia...
Haven’t tried second-hand or vintage before? Go on, give it a whirl! In London, I would head East. I am a big fan of Blitz and Rokit as well as other stores on Brick Lane and the vintage stalls at Spitalfields Market. I bought some Chelsea boots from second-hand store Carousel and have hardly taken them off since. I often walk past (and on more than one occasion per week- into) Paper Dress Vintage- last week there was an absolutely amazing black and gold sequin dress reminiscent of the art-deco high-glam era.
Why go for revival, when you could get the real thing? It is better for the environment and you can turn heads in a truly unique piece. If ever there was a time to go vintage, it’s now.