Bristol Saint Vintage: September 2014

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Where Have I Seen That Before? Vintage Influences For LFW S/S 2015

Fashion week can be crazy - so many shows, events, celebrities, bloggers, goodie bags, selfies, annoying made up fashion words like FROW etc.

No I didn't go, but I can pretend right?

Fashion designers are known to trawl through the fashion archives for inspiration when compiling their latest collections. For who can ever truly be original? We look through the shows of London Fashion Week S/S 2015 and pair them with moments in fashion history. 

Peter Pilotto

1960's PVC Raincoat
Photo: Trendhunter via Pinterest

I love this coat by Peter Pilotto, it's like an art deco stained glass window, made of perspex possibly? It instantly made me think of the 1960's and the experimentation of making clothing with newly discovered materials such as PVC and perspex. Using these new waterproof materials for dresses hats and raincoats was the beginnings of the iconic mod look.
Topshop Unique
Callot Soeurs Couture Ivory Tulle and Bronze Lame Flapper Dress, 1927
Kerry Taylor Auctions via Pinterest
I have chosen a bit of an odd piece from the Topshop Unique collection, as it was mostly white, red and blue (almost sporty looking) dresses. But this gold dress caught my eye as it is so obviously a throw back to the 1920's flapper girl dresses. This flapper dress from 1927 is so similar in style, although has a lot more intricate beading and a sheer panel on the top. I can definitely imagine this dress causing a stir for 1927, it's so sheer!

The Metropolitan Museum of Art 'Butterfly Garden' by Arnold Scaasi, 1992
Marchesa's show was full of full length woodstock inspired bohemian dresses, with flowers embroidered into the netted material. So when I found this dress from 1992, it made sense! I love how this dress is in the Met. It's considered artwork and quite right so! The shape is beautiful and reminds me of a costume someone might wear in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.

Bora Aksu S/S 2015 (Left)
Silk Lace Wedding Dress by Gaston of Murray Hamburger, 1955 (Right)

This striking Bora Aksu dress does indeed bare resemblance to a purple lace wedding dress (veil and all!) But it is very theatrical! The show itself must have been interesting - seeing an entirely white collection and then suddenly introducing greys, blues, blacks and then this number!
 I have chosen the wrong colour dress but this lace wedding dress from 1955 is pretty spot on in terms of design and oh my gosh, isn't is gorgeous? It has the high neck, lace and sheerness (it also has a veil, but annoying there were no images of it)

White Embroidered Lace Tea Gown, 1912
Augusta Auction via Pinterest


I loved the whole feel of Erdem's show - high necks, full length gowns, lace mixed with tropical prints and feathers thrown in for good measure! This white Erdem dress made me think straight away of the high necked dresses of pre-first world war/titanic era dresses and found this white lace embroidered tea dress from the same year!  I love how this would have been normal day wear over 100 years ago, oh how fashion has changed!.... then again maybe not .....haha

All catwalk pictures from London Fashion Week's Website

Saturday, 13 September 2014

How To: Style Denim A/W 2014

Denim is in in everyone's wardrobe, whether it's jeans, jackets, shorts or bags. This humble fabric originally intended for workwear emerged in the late 18th century - but how are we wearing it in A/W 2014?

Images: Pinterest

Here's how I styled some denim pieces from Bristol Saint Vintage Boutique

Round Sunglasses, New Look
Vintage 90's Denim Dress, Bristol Saint Vintage, £18
Black Lace Body, Primark
Navy Blue T-Bar Sandals, Primark

Vintage 90's Denim Dress, Bristol Saint Vintage, £18
Vintage Jumper (Borrowed from my sister! Shh don't tell)
Black Knee High Socks, Primark
Vintage Black Loafers, Bristol Saint Vintage, £16
Lipstick, Kate Moss Rimmel London, Rosetto 04

Retro Gap Denim Shirt, Bristol Saint Vintage, Coming Soon
Flecked Boyfriend Coat, New Look
Red Sparrow Skater Skirt, ASOS
Navy Frilly Socks, Topshop
Vintage Black Loafers, Bristol Saint Vintage, £16 

Retro Gap Denim Shirt, Bristol Saint Vintage, Coming Soon
Reworked Vintage Kimono, Bristol Saint Vintage (Model's Own)
Blue Denim Shorts, American Apparel
Black Boots, Ebay

Retro Gap Denim Shirt, Bristol Saint Vintage, Coming Soon
Vintage Floral Midi Skirt, Bristol Saint Vintage, £14
Black Glittery Bag (Worn as a clutch), Urban Outfitters
Black Velvet Peep Toe Shoes, New Look
Lipstick, MUA Shade 13

Unfortunately these Vintage Lee 'Mom' Jeans sold at last week's Lou Lou's Vintage Fair, but I couldn't resist including them! Hoping to find some more for you guys!

Check out our ASOS Boutique here, for our latest STOCK DROP!