London Fashion Week is hitting town this Friday, and while there are plenty of shows to see, lots of shopping to be done and parties to attend, things could get just a tad same-y. Well, if you find yourself bored, follow our alternative guide to London Fashion Week, and enjoy the capital – the vintage way.
Start off by crossing the river, on the other side off LFW venue Somerset House is the Lower Marsh area next to Waterloo. This is where you find two excellent vintage shops that are perfect for stocking up on two of autumn’s most coveted looks: the 50s lady and 60s chic. What the Butler Wore specialises in 60s and 70s vintage – think shift dresses, turban hats, faux leopard print coats and maxi skirts, perfect to recreate that mid-century feel.
Just a few steps away is Radio Days which not only stocks vintage from the 20s onwards, but also has a mean range of homeware such as old phones and barware – just in case you were planning to Mad Men your office. Don’t forget to check out the original Mary Quant tights here and try out a bullet bra or two.
In case you can’t bear the thought of going South, simply head to Covent Garden, where you will find one of Paloma Faith’s favourite vintage shops, Blackout II. This little shop is crammed full of amazing vintage dresses, bags and jewellery. Best of all, the owner is simply lovely making this a perfect starting point for all vintage virgins who might need a bit of assistance.
Not far away, in the Seven Dials area of Covent Garden, is Mint Vintage (pictured). Owner James Wright has an excellent eye for cool, fashionable pieces, that are both on-trend and timeless. The collection of shoes, bags and accessories is second to none, so is the menswear department.
To read the full guide head over to my other site The Vintage Guide to London