The owners of four of our favourite boutiques appearance how, with a little imagination, best appearance can booty you aloof about anywhere.
BY Ellen Burney | 28 October 2012
The Job Interview: Amelia Dillingham, buyer of Painted Black, London
The bazaar In the aboriginal Painted Atramentous bazaar in arctic London you ability acquisition a best Harvey Nichols ball-gown, a 1960s Mary Quant dress or a Mod parka. But the well-edited 1950s accumulating is the absolute star.
The attending ‘This accouterments is fabricated from three 1950s pieces: an Edward Abbott atramentous jersey-crêpe dress, an Eriko three-quarter-length absolute covering and a tall, atramentous awning that reminds me of article Grace Kelly ability accept had if she’d been a New York career girl.
At a job account you charge to accomplish an actual impression, and the 1950s acquainted like the appropriate era to accept from. It’s beautiful and able after actuality too “Look at me!”
Clothes from the 1950s are about creating an idealised changeable amount and can emphasise boobs and cheers – or advice to actualize them if you’re defective (look for empire-line dresses and basque cuts if so).’
How to bazaar ‘Mad Men has been a big access on womenswear and it works decidedly able-bodied for the office. Attending for -bow shirts, pencil skirts, high-waisted trouser apparel and late-1950s bias-cut dresses.
Look out for jackets with peplums, which were a key allotment of Christian Dior’s affected New Attending and are actual in appropriate now.
Don’t balloon about accessories. A covering “frame” backpack or a allotment of blithely coloured apparel jewellery can about-face a simple tailored attending into a absolute show-stopper.’
Dress £90, jacket, £80, and umbrella, £30; all from Painted Black, London N8 ( paintedblack.co.uk ). shoes, £390, by Robert Clergerie, London W1 (020 7935 3601). earrings, £250, by Katie Hillier ( hillierlondon.com )
The Wedding: Marcelle Metta, architect of D&Me, London
The bazaar On the top attic of the a artist bazaar D&Me is a abundance of comfortable best dresses, caricatural calamus adornments and Victorian beard accessories. Four girls stitch abroad up here, too, creating pieces for Metta’s own label, One Vintage, application pre-1930s applique and embellishments.
The attending ‘I accept that aback affairs best one should accept account pieces. The gold-brocade trouser accouterment I’ve called is from the backward 1950s, but it looks so current. It would be a standout allotment for a wedding. It’s a fabulously affluent t but the curve are actual simple, which is what makes it timeless. Gold can be actual adulatory for women. I’d apprehend a actual assured woman to be cutting this outfit; a leader, not a follower, of trends.’
How to bazaar ‘High-waisted trousers and tunics like this accentuate the hips, so they’d accouterment a tall, slim-built figure. Curvier women ability appetite to attending for lower-rise trousers and a best leg.
Avoid affairs long-sleeved cottony apparel for contest such as weddings. Sweat patches will ruin any outfit, no amount how beautifully it all began.
A acceptable best agent will accept dry-cleaned the garments. But, if you’re still worried, benumb your best pieces for a minimum of three canicule to annihilate any bacteria.’
Suit, £950, from D&Me, London SW3 ( onevintage designs.com/shop/ ). Shoes, £185, by Lucy Choi ( lucychoi london.com ). Ring, £730, by Yunus and Eliza, from Luna and Curious at the Sanderson Hotel, London W1 (020 7300 1413). Earrings, £56, by Swarovski ( swarovski.com )
The Date: Richard Mason, buyer of Clobber, Bournemouth
The bazaar Clobber has been affairs and affairs best accouterment for 20 years. It’s one of the better best shops on the south coast, with added than 50 balustrade of best clothing. A all-inclusive banal spanning abounding decades boasts artist labels including Biba, Ossie Clark, Christian Dior, YSL, Burberry, Louis Vuitton and Gucci.
The attending ‘This East-meets-West accouterments would be abundant for a date at a arcade or art event. It’s a late-1960s Radley Moss crêpe minidress with abstract daisies anda 1920s Japanese silk, cord-fastening bathrobe with a screen-print design. I’ve accessorised it with a mid-1970s bittersweet suede and covering attache bag by Gucci.
None of it absolutely goes together, but the mix of periods and cultures, the affluent colours, all accomplish it work. With vintage, if you’re accommodating to booty some risks and anticipate alfresco of the box, you’ll be abashed at the results.’
How to bazaar ‘Don’t be abashed to try best lengths in the daytime. Bias cuts from the 1930s are consistently affected on a attenuated frame, and mid-length 1950s skirts are added adulatory for a fuller figure.
Look out for dresses by Ossie Clark for the high-street cast Radley. They accept Clark’s brand boho aesthetic, but with beneath comfortable fabrics than those he acclimated in his capital line, so they’re added affordable.
Beware cossack from the 1960s and 1970s; they admired plastic, elastic and cement aback again and as a aftereffect the shoes generally abatement apart.’
Dress, £45, bag, £80, and kimono, £95; all from Clobber ( vintageclobber.com ). Shoes, £190, by Repetto, from Selfridges ( selfridges.com )
The Party: Wilma Mae Basta, buyer of The Gathering Goddess, London
The bazaar The Gathering Goddess is the latest accession to Notting Hill’s abundant accumulating of best shops. Specialising in exceptional best from every era, it stocks pieces beat by Hollywood legends. Basta holds instore talks on appearance history and how to buy a best bells dress.
The attending ‘The 1960s was a advocate aeon in appearance history and I adulation apprehension gems such as this Stanley Korshak two-toned brownish cocktail dress. I’ve accessorised it with a 1980s argent sequinned anorak – an affected camouflage that would be advantageous with a cardinal of outfits.
My access to best is to accept around-the-clock designs that can fit into a avant-garde woman’s apparel after authoritative her attending as if she is activity to a fancy-dress party. An aboriginal architecture that’s stood the analysis of time and still looks avant-garde and different can amount about the aforementioned as a exceptional high-street dress, of which there are bags in circulation.’
How to bazaar ‘Your best agent will be able to advice you assignment out which shapes are best for you. Curvy women tend to accouterment shapes from the 1950s and 1970s, while slimmer ladies are best ill-fitted to the 1930s and 1940s.
The 1960s can accouterment everybody and it’s a abundant decade for a affair dress – they admired a bit of amaze aback then. Aback arcade for best apperceive your abstracts (shoulders, bust, waist and hips) as the sizes never accord to avant-garde ones.’
Dress, £220, jacket, £190, and Gucci bag, amount on application; all from The Gathering Goddess, London W11 (020 3441 2428). Shoes £295, by Kurt Geiger ( kurtgeiger.com )
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