New label love: Charlotte Taylor

I love love love Lancashire-born, London-based designer Charlotte Taylor, who used to work with Luella. I’ve seriously not been this excited about a new label in ages. Penguin print? Cape dresses? Genious!

 

My Berlin Fashion Week highlight: Lena Hoschek

The one thing worth going to Berlin Fashion Week for is – and has been so for the last few collections – Austrian designer Lena Hoschek. Her vintage-inspired designs never disappoint and are just the right mix of feminine glamour and girly kookishness. As my friend Katie of London Plinth rightfully asks, why is she not stocked in London?

AW 2011 collection images via Allet Ohne Schminke

 

Etsy finds: vintage platform shoes

Any of these would be amazing – of course none of them fit me…

70s golden platforms, £77

70s does 40s platforms, £48

40s platforms, £80

green 30s platforms, £69

Swedes + Swedes = clogs for everyone

What happens if a Swedish fashion retailer – H&M – collaborates with a Swedish cult shoe label – Swedish Hasbeens? Seventies inspired clogs and wood sandals at affordable prices. The new collaboration will be in stores on 20 April with prices starting at £35. I’m a big fan of the Hasbeens but can’t really afford their £100 + price tag so this is one designer-highstreet combo I’m really looking forward to.

Bag upgrade

My usual work bag – a vintage 70s messenger one – fell apart last night, a real shame, it was big and roomy and perfect for all the crap I carry around. But meet its replacement, this yellow vintage satchel. It’s much smaller and has forced me to dump things I don’t really need. I’m sure my back and shoulders will thank me.

The Festival of Britain

Designer Wayne Hemmingway’s  Vintage at Goodwood is going to be held in London this year as part of the South Bank’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Festival of Britain. An interesting idea, and something that has made me quite curious about the original Festival.

Held in 1951 to cheer up post-war Britain and to re-instill a sense of hope and national pride, the Festival mainly took part on the south bank of London’s Thames with smaller events all around the country. Although it looked back at British heritage, the main focus was on science, technology and a general outlook to the future.

This government information video from the time gives a great overview.

I love the look of the Festival, world exhibitions have always been hugely fascinating to me, and I’m curious to see what this year’s celebrations are going to be like. It’s rather ironic though that instead of looking towards the future, the main focus will be on our past. Have we finally lost our optimism?

 

 

Topshop goes 70s prep

I’m rather taken by Topshop’s spring collection, particularly their Graduate-themed one (“preppy with a 70s twist”), which has a range of good, basic pieces.

Cream striped bow blouse, £38

Coral leather bag, £55

Tan suede skirt, £55