The Band: Florence and the Machine

After having a research on the dressing of various bands i came to the conclusion that the singer of the Florence and Machine Florence Welch, is the one that immitates the retro and vintage style,mostly and transformes her style into something special and unique that absolutely satisfies my subculture.

Link to the song of the Band: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQZhN65vq9E

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Fashion Story:

Name of the Article:Fashion:Get Retro
Author: Jack Hill

If you are looking for a new look, one that is fashionable but will have you standing out from the crowd, then look no further, the retro look is just for you. Here, we will discuss how to dress in a retro fashion, the clothes to wear, the trainers to buy, and the haircuts that go with the look.

Firstly, though, what do we mean when we say the ‘retro look’? Retro simply refers to a mode of fashion that has become culturally redundant. Currently, popular culture draws on many images, iconic movements, and styles from the past, keeping the basic design, but embellishing with some modern twists. We call this postmodernism, which is a term referring to our current cultural sensibilities: we take ideas from the past, and modernise them. A retro look, therefore, is the adoption of a previous fashion trend, modernised for the current era. In general, we say that a look is retro if it dates back more than 15 years.

The retro look is easy to pull off, but firstly, you need to decide the look you wish to adopt. Did you love the tracksuit/shell-suit looks of the 1980s? If so, then you will love the Adidas Originals range. One of the easiest fashions to carry-off because you do not need to go too in-depth with your research, Adidas has done the legwork for you already.

If you wish to adopt a more varied retro look, then begin by looking inside the fashion magazines. Because of the popularity of the retro look, you will find many articles on the subject, which can provide you with some great hints and tips, including ways in which you can create unique outfits that will be yours alone.

If you are stuck for inspiration, then you can always copy one of your favourite celebrities from the given era. Sportsmen are particularly useful if you love the retro look emulated by the Adidas Originals brand, things to pay attention to include the colours they favoured, the cuts they favoured, whether they mixed and matched brand names, which trainers they wore, and the haircuts they sported.

To create a bold retro look, mix fashion styles from various ages. For instance, choose a pair of bell-bottomed jeans from the 1960s, a funky shirt from the 1970’s, and a pair of Adidas trainers from the 1980s. You can experiment with different colours with this look; each era liked a wide range of colours. You can opt for bold garish colours if you really want to stand out or more demure hues if you want to look great, but also appear understated too.

Whenever you put an outfit together, the golden rule is always to have a focal point. A focal point is the part of an outfit that stands out, that everyone looks to first. Adidas trainers are a great way of creating a focal point, because they come in such a wide range of colours and designs. Moreover, because they only make up a small portion of the outfit, you can afford to be more outlandish, without appearing too gaudy.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/5956911

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The Bar/Club:

Lonsdale
48 Lonsdale Rd, W11
Underground: Notting Hill Gate

Both a bar and a restaurant, the bar section has a very funky, retro decor.

The map:

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The Shop: Beyond Retro

Vintage clothing  could expressed to describe  new or new or second hand garments originating from a previous era. The phrase is also used  to describe a retail outlet, e.g. “vintage clothing store.”

Generally ,the clothing which was produced before the 1920s is usually described  as antique clothing and clothing from the 1920s to 1980s is considered vintage. Retro,  comes from the word  retrospective, and “vintage style” usually refers to clothing that imitates the style of a previous era. Reproduction, or repro, that is takes place a lot in this period of fashion reffers for the clothing that is a newly-made but also a  copy of an older garment. Clothing produced more recently is usually called modern or contemporary fashion.  However opinions may vary for the above definitions.

In London and inEnfland generally you can a spot a lot of retro and vintage stores, that held pieces from various eras in fashion. Some of the shops are listed below:

Old Hat Vintage : Fight off the legions of stylists and designers from brands like Burberry and Dunhill who love this men’s vintage boutique, and you might discover a Savile Row suit for £100, a pair of pristine moleskin trousers or the perfect pair of sweetly scuffed vintage brogues.
Best buy Vintage waistcoat £25.

Rellik : Rellik, in the shadow of the Trellick Tower, was shop was set up by three Portobello Market stallholders – Fiona Stuart, Claire Stansfield and Steven Philip. The choice is well selected and focuses on collectible designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Pierre Cardin, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior and the ever-popular Ossie Clark. Chanel is also selling well at the moment.
Best buy Yves Saint Laurent blouses from £85

Vintage Hart: Owners Annette and Dawn’s passion for ‘more unusual and better-quality fashion’ became retail reality in March 2007. This sensational vintage boutique has the great advantage for those of you dragging unwilling partners along of actually being in a pub (although if you’re allergic to pubs you can enter from the street).
Best buy 1950s red day-dress by Alix of Miami £85

Annie’s: Owner Annie Moss has an eagle eye for a good gown, be it a 1940s tea dress or exquisite 1920s beaded shift. There are also plenty of wedding-worthy dresses (check out the cream, white and ivory rail) and divine bias-cut numbers from the 1930s. There’s also an excellent range of ladylike accessories to back it all up, including parasols, fans and gloves. It’s all enough to whisk you into your very own period drama.
Best buy Any of the flapper dresses from around £95 to £350.

Marcos and Trump: The brilliantly edited collection of vintage and new pieces gives you the space and time to examine every item without feeling overwhelmed by mountains of stock.
Best buy Oversized metallic pearl cuff in shell pink £49.

Palette London: Owner Mark Ellis specialises in collectable designer vintage and avant-garde labels. He has a vast range of desirable pieces from vintage Pucci, Courreges and Ossie Clark. On a more contemporary note, he sells pieces by Avsh Alon Gur (he’s also one of only shops to stock Gur’s first collection for newly revived Ossie Clark label).
Best buy Wide-brimmed raffia hats by Opheilie £55

The above list of retro and vintage shop was found on the below website:

http://www.timeout.com/london/shopping/features/4864/London-s_best_vintage_clothes_shops.html

BEYOND RETRO:

Beyond Retro is one of the leading vintage clothing retailer with shops and it can be found in London, Brighton and Sweden. The company recently started an e-commerce store as well, selling original vintage wares to UK based consumers. Each store, includes a large-scale, exclusive of vintage collection from various periods and the stores do not have the same product within.

The history of the store starts when the first Beyond Retro store was opened  on Cheshire Street  in East London  in 2002. The next shop followed was a shop, located on Great Marlborough Street, Central London, which opened in 2006 and in October 2009, Beyond Retro opened another large-scale store in Brighton. The online shop was initiated in November 2010.

Beyond Retro also have stores across Scandinavia . The first store in Sweden opened in the bohemian district of Södermalm  in 2005. Today , there are 3 stores in Stockholm and one in Gothenburg.

Each product  that is found each Beyond Retro store is unique. Beyond Retro stores sell original or used clothing from every period. The products that were apeearing in the Beyond Retro started as a donation to a charity. Beyond Retro buys all of its clothing from charities through recycling companies.

Beyond Retro managed to achieve various awards for example they were awarded CoolBrands status in 2009 and 2010 consecutively and they were named number 9 in Time Out’s ’50 Best Shops of London’ in September 2010. The store is a favourite amongst London tastemakers and trendsetter and various celebrities.

Beyond Retro are home to an inspirational  resource, and as a result offering original vintage fashion print swatches and specialist vintage garments to industry clients.

Alao the stores frequently host live bands which play in-store regularly and art exhibitions.

Beyond Retro map for one of the stores in London

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Draw, Design, Create……

Michael Herz

Michael Herz joined Aquascutum in 2000 as head of design for womenswear in addition to devising a creative brand concept and overseeing a team of designers and assistants. He works alongside Graeme Findler, Head of Design for meanwear and core products. Together they created the collection for the brand in 2004. Michael Herz got his first job after graduating from the Royal College and went to Cologne in Germany. However he didn’t feel that this was the right job for him and therefore he left his first job after a short time. Furthermore, later he had various opportunities of working with a lot of brands and designers. Some of these were Iceberg, Thomas Hyer and Marc Jacobs, who with the latter two describes as an amazing experience of working with them. Then he moved into Paris were he started working with Daniel Hetcher and he describes this experience “..being in such good hands is a good learning experience and you don’t get this when you are a part of a bigger company”.

When he was asked for an interview in Aquascutum, he didn’t like what was there and he was a bit harsh with them, however he was called again for a second interview. He describes Aquascutum: ” Aquascutum felt like it was a clean slate or rather a dirty slate that i could wipe clean. It has a beautiful herritage that had got rather muddled along the way so i could be part of the processof evolving the brand”.

The collection that i research which corrilates Michael Herz with retro and vintage was the collection of Aquascutums where he worked with Fidler and the result of the collection was to create a journey back to time in the fashion world.

Aquascutum’s designers Michael Herz and Graeme Fidler had two missions for the collection of fall 2008: to research the company’s origins in 1851 and to delve into the vintage highlights in the company’s archives. They used as a rule to stick on the proportions and combine classic and sporty shapes. For that collections, silk was used in a lot of the garments since they had in mind the English ladies. The coloura palet that they used was mainly blue, and the result of this collection was so as the clothes looked as a puzzle.

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Sophia Kokosalaki

She is mostly known for her elegant and sophisticated collections. She moved to London after receiving a degree in the Greek and English Literature in order to pursue a career in fashion. Her designs which are feminine and Hellenic inspired are regularly worn by the big list of celebrities. Kokosalaki argues: “I like to design functional apparel that also allows you to look interesting”.

She was born in Athens in November 1972 and graduated in 1998 with an MA in womenswear from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. She exposed her first collection during London Fashion Week in 1999. In 2004 was one of the most important moments of her career, she was appointed chief designer for the olympic Games in Athens 2004, overseeing all costumes for the opening and closing ceremonies. In 2004 she achieved to make her label in the top 10 British Cool Brands. She was also the costume designer for the Greek play Antigone which was produced in 2005. In 2007 Kokosalako managed to make a big step since she entered the Only, the Brave group which was directed by Renzo Rosso. One of her collaborations was with Topshop which held from 2006 until 2008and later on she became the creative director of the French Fashion House Vionnet.

Kokosalaki can be described as a perfectionist and for her every detail expresses an artistic savoir -faire that mirrors traditional uses of textiles. Her garments can be describe as short, flowing, long, corcet-inspired, draped, layered, embroidered an mostly giving the retro spirit which corrilates with the tratitional Ancient Hellenic dressing. Critics were stunned by the depth and range of her technique and she is remaining a renowened designer recognized for her careful and tratitional techniques.

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Issey Miyake:

He was born in Hiroshima, Japan in 1938. In 1970 he established the Miyake
Design Studio. He started to show his line at the Paris Collections
in 1973. Miyake’s basic thoughts for making clothes has always been the idea
of creating a garment from ‘one piece of cloth’, and then to explore the
space between the human body and the cloth that covers it. His approach to
design has always been to  manage to have a bance strike between tradition and
innovation, handcrafts and new technology.

 In 1993 was a crucial year for Issey since PLEATS PLEASE, was born , which is a form form of contemporary clothing that combines technology and feminity. PLEATS PLEASE is exhibited at the Pompidou Center, Paris as the firstexample of clothing design, currently on view as part of an exhibitionentitled: BIG BANG: Destruction et Creation dans l’art du XX Siecle show.
In 1998, Miyake embarked upon a new project called A-POC (A Piece of Cloth)
with Dai Fujiwara and a team of young designers. He challenge the wold of fashion by creating fabric by using various techniques and new technology.

Issey Miyake in the collection for aut/winter 2010-2011 expose vibrant colours and patterns which are mix up with his techniques of embroidering so as a result of a more urban style that corrilates with something retro which has also has new spots.

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Retro is a culturally outdated or aged style, trend, mode, or fashion, from the overall postmodern past, that has since that time become functionally or superficially the norm once again. The use of “retro” style iconography and imagery interjected into post-modern art, advertising, mass media, etc. It generally implies a vintage of at least 15 or 20 years.

The word “retro” derives from the Latin prefix retro, meaning “backwards” or “in past times” – particularly as seen in the words retrograde, implying a movement toward the past instead of a progress toward the future, and retrospective, referring to a nostalgic (or critical) eye toward the past.

Retro fashion is back. Many new designers are inspired by the 50’s 60;s or 70’s and many more are direct copies from the past. It has never been a better time to look to retro.  Many things come in circle. Retro and vintage items are becoming even more fashionable.  A large percentage of people that consider themselves to be in the retro subculture, are inspired also by the type of music the lifestyle, television programs even objects and all these result as to have that unique way of looking and acting. However there are people that just enjoy the retro look and are not influence by other retro categories.

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Interview: Micaela Kasinou:

1. Describe your style:

Vintage loving, classic with some sparks of contemporary

2. Which is the colour that you are most comfortable with?

Purple

3. Why?

Is the colour that easily expresses me. I am a big fan of almost all bright colours, and patterns but purple is the colour that I fill more comfortable and sure in it.

4. Which things around you affect you?

Everything that has to do with my everyday life, the people, the streets the city that i live in, art, music, magazines and movies.

5. Do you believe that you can be influence to other people? Why?

The influence in fashion is like a recycle circle. Since I am influence by other people then i have the ability to influence others.

6. In which subculture you think you are?

I definitely categorize myself in the retro and vintage subculture.

7. How would your friends describe you and your style?

Unique and crazy.

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Interview:Marisa Satsia:

1. Describe your style:

Rock, retro, bohemian, vintage

2. Which is the colour that you are most comfortable with?

Light Blue

3. Why?

When you mix up this colour with monochrome garment, then that colour outstands and makes the difference in the whole style.

4. Which things around you affect you?

Everything that surrounds me that i could say it’s interesting.

5. Do you believe that you can be influence to other people? Why?

By having a walk in the streets and observing other’s people style you are immediately be affected by them so and i can be an inspiration in my own way for other people.

6. In which subculture you think you are?

Retro and vintage Subculture

7. How would your friends describe you and your style?

Unexpected, i always make a surprise with my outfits.

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Wandering around the streets, exploring new spaces

Topshop: A giant house of clothing composed of every style

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Urban Outfiters: A shop which defines a unique style

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Absolute Vintage: An absolute shop for every vintage fun.

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Bluebird: A place which connects art with fashion and as a result the clothes are being display in a very special way.

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Browns: Contains a variety of  unique designs , composing an essential shop.

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B Store: The clothes are based on minimal lines and the decoration of the shop gives the feeling of nature.

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Dover Street Market: Having a large variety of designers works in several levels separated by the brand.

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Selfridges: A turning point, and an essential visit for every buyer.

 

 

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Sefton: A shop with an outstanding decoration which balance out the minimal designs.

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Start: A shop which host the latest designer’s clothes and accesories.

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Beyond Retro: A beautiful spot which contains a big variety of vintage clothing and accessories.

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Liberty:  The outstanding exterior design correlates with the magnificent designs of its context.

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Pop-Up Store: Braille Pop-Up Shop  was set up from 29 of November until 5 of Desember. The clothes are desinged in a minimal line however the fabrics that are being used are very unique producing an outsanding result.

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