Bristol Saint Vintage: April 2012

Friday, 27 April 2012

Daniel Hechter Candy Strip Top, Lace Shirt and Gingham Pencil Skirt

So the next few pieces of vintage i've acquired this week are a 1980's candy strip top with sweetheart neck by Daniel Hechter (needs an iron), 1950's/60's lace edged short sleeved shirt and a 1980's green gingham pencil skirt by an American brand/line 'Robe' (size 10 but actually a 6) still with front swing ticket attached 
Cringe - 

Vintage Top by Daniel Hechter, Shorts by American Apparel

Vintage Shirt by Unknown , Shorts as before
Vintage Shirt as before, Vintage Skirt by Robe

Lace edging

Beautiful Sweetheart Neckline

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Mondi 1980's Dress and Tribal Navajo Aztec Dress

So i've been shopping! Found this amazing Mondi dress from the 80's and a Tribal/Aztec Dress unfortunately with no label picked out by my mum (thanks mum!) Both in excellent condition!

1980's Mondi Dress

Mondi was launched in 1967 by Herwig Zahm and Otto Brestle. Originally their knitwear was popular but in the 70's and 80's they continued to grow; including a whole retail range. Their profile was heightened in the 1980's by popular customer Diana, Princess of Wales.
In the 90's Christy Turlington was the face of the brand and they went on to include sportswear, business and travel wear and still going today (

1970's/1980's Unknown Label

More items to come!

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Circa Vintage Fair and Cabot Circus' Fashion Weekender

This weekend has definitely had it's fair share of fashion and cake!
First of all I headed to the Vegan Bake Sale on at the Arc Cafe, Bristol where there was an immense selection of cakes and cookies etc. Then I headed to this- 


There was a great selection of vintage things but after while vintage fairs start to look the same and this really worries me when i'm starting a vintage shop; I really want to stand out! One stall that really stood out to me was New Weekends. The general feel to it was completely different to the other stalls. The thing that i've learnt so far from my research is that slapping a vintage label on clothing isn't going to make people want to buy it (sorry big 80's metallic prom dress), it has to be fashionable now and I think this is why I liked New Weekends! They clearly care about what they are doing. I really like their photography too.

Today I went to check out the Fashion Weekender that was put on in Cabot Circus today. It was quite funny because it was more of a dance than a catwalk show! Hence some of the strange poses - Here are a few pictures of Oasis and American Apparel's segment.


American Apparel

I love this lady
Yep their feet aren't touching the floor
In other news I published the St Vintage Facebook page today. It still needs work but need to start somewhere! Come and like it!

Friday, 20 April 2012

St Vintage Test Adverts


Messing around with some of the pics from the test shoot to make mini test adverts. The first is definitely too blurry but I kinda like it.
What do you think?
Tomorrow I'm heading to The Vintage Fair by Circa Vintage in Bristol, should be good!

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

90's Revival

Vintage to me usually means the item/idea has to be at least 25 years old. The 1990's revival is a bit of an odd one as it isn't 25 years old yet and really doesn't feel that long ago! However I keep seeing this '90's Revival' in magazines, shops and being worn by people in the street. After it coming up in conversation with my friend Cheryl, I thought it was worth a mention!

Kicking off with the 'Back to the 90's' article in The Sunday Times latest Style mag. There was a comical table of 'That Was Then' 'This Is Now'.

Excuse the blur
photo: The Times Style Magazine 15th April 2012
Elements of the 1990's that seem to be resurfacing are dungarees (as worn by Alexa Chung recently), Rihanna's [head to toe] endorsement of 90's Boy London brand (sales up gone up 45%), Clueless style baby dresses, Rock Band T-shirts (did they ever really go away?) and flannel shirts.

Alexa Chung in Dungarees

Rihanna in Boy London

Asos is also currently channelling the 90's; like the tshirt, not so sure about those leggings but they were sold out when I checked!

photo: Asos
Buy them here
Photo: Asos
Buy them here

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Test Shoot

Last week I met with my 'Next Steps Mentor' from The Princes Trust, which was amazingly helpful! I then went out for a bit of market research in central Bristol! Thanks to the ladies who took part!
This weekend I took the opportunity to test just a few outfits that I have been putting together since I started sourcing vintage bits and bobs. The lighting is rubbish but Chloe was great! I aim to hire out a studio in the next month or so!

Vintage Top by Topshop, Vintage Skirt by Unknown

Top and Skirt as before, Vintage Gloves by Dents,
Coat by St Micheal
Coat and gloves as before, Vintage Bag by Unknown

Vintage Top by St Michael, Vintage Underskirt by Unknown

Vintage Swimsuit by Aqualine

Swimsuit, Skirt and Bag as before, Sunglasses
by Urban Outfitters

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Christian Dior Now and Then

With the recent announcement of Raf Simons as the new artistic director at Christian Dior (following Galliano's dramatic exit), I thought I'd do a short blog entry about the brand.

Simons said, "I am thrilled to join this great house...The house of Dior is the symbol of absolute elegance." (

Christian Dior's first collection The Corolle Line (the press attached the 'New Look' name to it and it stuck!) was shown in 1947.

Photo: The Dream Stress

After the rationing and general austerity of the war, the full skirts and the use of lots of material was quite shocking at the time. The silhouette of tiny waist and full skirt was to become a symbol of the 1950's.

Looking at Dior's latest collection, recently shown for A/W 2012/13 it's easy to see similarities. The classic styles never go out of fashion!

Photos: Marie Claire

Raf Simons will present his first show for Dior in Paris in July.

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Back to the 70's: The Secret Kitchen Party @ The Big Chill

Listening to -

Reading about - 

The Big Chill's Secret Kitchen Party 

The Big Chill in Bristol have constructed a complete 1970's fitted kitchen which is accessed by a secret corridor. The room comes complete with vintage records and the option to have your own bartender for the night!
It is available for hire!  Sounds amazing for a 70's themed night out!
More info Here

Photo: Mark Simmons Photography

Friday, 6 April 2012

Selling Dreams: 100 Years of Fashion Photography

The V+A Exhibition 'Selling Dreams' is currently at the RWA in Bristol, so I thought i'd make the most of Good Friday and go and check it out! 
It covered some of the big names Cecil Beaton, David Bailey, Tim Walker and Miles Aldridge (who was the first fashion photographer I 'discovered' and really liked). The theme of the show was Fashion Photography's link with illustrated editorial (mainly Harper's Bazaar and Vogue).  The name of the show 'Selling Dreams' was taken from a quote made by Irving Penn in 1984, when he said his role at Vogue was 'Selling Dreams, Not Clothes'.  
This thought really links in with my research at the moment into EmoFunc which is looking at the emotional and functional aspect when launching and marketing a brand to a consumer.

Anyways! The exhibition itself was quite small (especially since it covered 100 years) and I felt like I needed more!  

The main image of the show was this magical/Alice In Wonderland -ish shot by Tim Walker featuring Lily Coles.
Image: Tim Walker, Lily Cole & Giant Camera. Italian Vogue, 2005 © Tim Walker / Victoria and Albert Museum, London

This next image shocked me - not because of the scary mannequin!- but because of the date. The model, hair and make up and even how the image is shot,  is so modern (or maybe it is timeless!)
It would not look out of place on the catwalk/in a fashion magazine now.

Erwin Blumenfeld, Model and Mannequin, American Vogue Cover, 1 November 1945 © Estate of Erwin Blumenfeld / V&A Images

Hope you like the new look of my blog!

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

1950's Vintage Housewife Apron and Suede Coin Purse from Bath VA

At the Bath Vintage Fair I picked up 2 little things from the Julian House stall. 
Unintentionally colour coordinated! 

First this sweet handmade apron, which the vendor thought was from the 1950's, but I'm not sure whether that's too obvious. A good amount of work went into it though; the ribbon detail gives it a lovely touch.

The second was this lovely green suede coin purse. Felt a bit bad about buying genuine suede but I guess it is second hand/ vintage so less impact on the environment! I have no idea how to guess the age of this and it's in really good condition!

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Bath VA Vintage Fair 1st April

Today marked the last day of the Bath in Fashion festival. Since starting on the 25th March they have had talks, workshops, films, exhibitions and different promotions by shops around Bath taking part. The last day today was marked by an extra special Bath VA Vintage Fair. They had coffees's served from Tincan Events who were really nice and gave my son free marshmallows! Second Hand Rose got the best business card award from me - its so pretty and its nice to have something a bit different especially when there are so many cards and leaflets at an event like this!

I also came across this lovely window display in the Moss shop in Bath, which i'm guessing is based on how technology has changed since the Queens coronation!