Sunday, 25 September 2011

We're number 8!

I have just found out that this very blog that you are reading at this very second is one of the "Top 10 UK Vintage Clothing Blogs"! Number 8, to be exact.

And I'm in great company too! Check out the full list:

1. Vintage Vixen

2. clothes, cameras, & coffee

3. i heart vintage

4. Retro Chick

5. Penny Dreadful Vintage

6. MyStyle-Fashion, Vintage and Me..........

7. My Vintage


9. natasha Bailie The Blog!

10. Yesterday Girl

It goes without saying that I am rather chuffed! Thank you, lovely people of Cision - you have made my Sunday!

Much love,

Swell Vintage


Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Jasper Garvida SS12

Yesterday I attended the Jasper Garvida show to see his collection for Spring/Summer 2012. I'm afraid my camera was behaving very badly, so instead of taking photos I filmed the finale. Check it out.

Needless to say, I don't think I'll be taking up a career as a camera man any time soon...

I have been a fan of Jasper's for a long time now, and while I absolutely loved some of the pieces, there were elements of the collection that didn't really work for me personally. I have fallen in love with his use of metallics and heavy metal embellishment, as well as his decision to feature exposed zips alongside clean cuts and simple lines. My favourite pieces? See below.

(This jacket was the stand out piece for me - I think I dribbled when I saw it!)

All photos courtesy of Christopher Dadey

So what do you think of video and the pieces I have selected? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Much love,

Swell Vintage


Friday, 16 September 2011

Corrie Nielsen

Unless you've been in an internet-free sound-proof cave with tinted windows for the last week or so, you will be fully aware that London Fashion Week kicked off today. So far it's been pretty damn great! Despite getting up far earlier than my usual freelance lifestyle calls for, I have met some lovely people and see some fantastic collections by some incredibly talented designers. My favourite so far? Corrie Nielsen.

Corrie Nielsen's collection was titled, "Arbiter Elegantiarum" (which means "Judge of Tastes") and it was, to put it simply, quite stunning. You can definitely see why Galliano chose her as the winner of Fashion Fringe 2010 - her designs are just so intricate and detailed. Her mix of tailoring, draping and powerful ruffles created a strong silhouette with big shoulders, bustles and exaggerated hips, which were softened by a feminine Japanese influence. The colour palette was calm and elegant. The models walked in a slow, Geisha-like fashion and the show had a wonderfully calming atmosphere despite the usual chaos that Fashion Week brings. It was beautiful.

Please excuse my poor, poor photography. My camera and I are not the best of friends at the moment...

So what do you think? Do you like the collection?

I'd like to say a big thank you to the fantastic folks over at Forward PR for putting on one hell of a show! It was a honour and a pleasure to witness.

Much love,

Swell Vintage


Friday, 2 September 2011

Rokit AW11

It's September, folks. That's right - September. And we all know what that means!

It means our fleeting excuse for a summer is over, and it's now time for my personal favourite season. I love Autumn/Winter because for me it means heavy knits, luxury fabrics and I don't feel like a total idiot for wearing my thick black tights all the time.

But the good news is the cold weather doesn't mean you have to dress like a frump. The catwalks for this season have shown us that by mixing textures, bedazzling ourselves and adding chic mixed layers, you can still look every inch the lady when it's cold outside. The lovely folks over at Rokit vintage have released there lookbook for AW11, and it's ever so sexy. Here are some of my favourite looks.

Styling by Scarlet Shillingford-Blay
Photography by Cat Lane
All images courtesy of Rokit

There's also a super cute video showing behind the scenes of the shoot - see models moving around below!

You can view the full-sized video here.

To browse all of there lovely vintage goodies, head over to

What snug-as-a-bug gems will you be rocking this season? I want to see!

Much love,

Swell Vintage