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On Tuesday 19th, The National Portrait Gallery welcomed another art form to stand alongside their historical collection. 

Tata Naka designers, Tamara and Natasha Surguladze, presented their vintage-inspired SS18 womenswear collection on the third floor of The National Portrait Gallery; a presentation which sat easily amongst the grandeur of its setting.

The Tata Naka SS18 collection saw seasonal summer stripes and vintage florals in contrasting aubergine and daffodil hues; high-waisted tailoring and wide collars gave the collection a retro-feel while the addition of side slits and bare-shoulder necklines remained in-keeping with forecast Spring/Summer trends.

The styling was done to artistic perfection. Dark lipstick and a reflective sheen to the contouring, giving the models an artificial quality  - real-life portraits of modern-vintage dress.

Words: Scarlett Sangster | Fashion Week Press | @scarlettgracehs

Images: Rosemary Pitts |Fashion Week Photographer|@rosemarypitts

Clerkenwell vintage fashion fair

Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair: London’s premier spring shopping event

With vintage inspiration proving another hit on the fashion week catwalks this season and style bloggers sporting vintage off the runway, London’s most fashionable will be hitting Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair to get their new spring wardrobe.

With over 50 stalls selling womenswear, menswear, handbags, shoes, jewellery and textiles, you’ll find everything you need for a style overhaul. From classic spring looks that never go out of style including trench coats, floral tea dresses, sequins and capri pants, to classic designer names like Ossie Clark, Jean Muir and Bill Gibb this is the fair to find quality, authentic vintage that will last season after season.

Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair isn’t just noted for the excellent quality of the pieces available but also for its welcoming atmosphere. Traders chat to shoppers about the origins of the clothing, a live singer performs for those resting their feet in the tearoom and our on-site alterations service work expertly with special pieces to create the perfect fit.

Spring is a time for a fresh fashion start so why not make it a delightful day out too and find your new favourite outfit at our fair.

Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair’s spring edition takes place on Sunday 12th April 2015 from 11am until 5pm at Old Finsbury Town Hall, Rosebury Avenue, London, EC1R 4RP. Entry is £4 for public and £2 for students.

For further information, images, guest list or interview requests contact Savitri Coleman


London Collections Men is a time to see extra dedication to the sartorial flair than on an average Monday, particularly for worshipping tailoring and I am not just talking about the chaps. I found these fine fashion devotees on various locations, on and off schedules.   photo4 The first people who's outfit struck me were these two bloggers, Toni Tran and Martell Campbell.  Toni of menswear blog Fashitect was wearing a beautiful bespoke suit with eye catching vintage brooches and Martell, stylist and fellow blogger was fashioning a hat from the legendary Lock and Co and clothing from Joseph Homme. They looked so fantastic we kept them by our sides for as much of the remainder of the evening as we could and it was a sad occasion when we had to part.  photo3

At the same stylish party, it was a pleasure to make the acquaintance of stunning model and talented designer, Jacqui Akrofi, the jacket was designed by her and she supplemented her creation with pieces from American Apparel.    photo2

These three were doing street style amongst themselves before I got drawn in and essentially gatecrashed. On the left is Zokaya Kamara of the blog sidewalkdarlings looking effortlessly chic and colourful in in Alberto, Zara, Kangol and River Island. Then Angelique Davis looking as pretty as a picture in her Vintage Dress, she did well to source at an absurdly cheap price from Petticoat Lane Market. Stephen King is our fellow on the right looking relaxed and understated in a mixture of Nike, Zara and Topman. photo1

These two looked great in their pastels, culottes, sandals and slim fit short shorts. They were extremely shy and busy so I have no identifying information but as they say a picture can speak a thousand words and I was particularly loving the unicorn, not sure if its a handbag or a toy, but it is a brilliant look all the same.

Words and Images: Carly Florentine| Fashion Week Press @CarlyFlorentine

Prom night beyond retroProm is fast becoming a highly anticipated date in school and college calendars, notably it marks the end of exams, but it is possibly the last time many students will see their class mates, so inevitably, they want to go out in style.

This once all American tradition has swept the UK and now the PROM DRESS is must-have for a lot of 16-21 year old girls so getting it right is vital.

On Thursday 24th April our Brick Lane flagship will be party-ready with over 200 stunning dresses from 1930s fairy-tale princesses to 90s silk slips and everything in between, along with a a variety of hair accessories, footwear and bags, to ensure every outfit is complete.

We are offering the assistance of our expert team to help shoppers find the perfect prom attire to suit every style, and of course every budget; having opened the OUTLET shop-in-shop this week within the Brick Lane store, there will be plenty of amazing vintage with up to 70% off. We totally understand that students don’t have much cash to flash but believe you don’t need to spend a fortune to look a million dollars. We are here to help.

Shoppers will be able to walk away with dresses from as little as £18, shoes from just £10 and bags from £7, there is definitely the ability to put together a winning outfit for under £50. Each piece is one of a kind so there will be no danger of turning up in the same thing as anyone else either. Now that’s something no potential prom King or Queen ever wants to face!

This is not just one for the girls either. Gentlemen will be able to find a wide assortment of bow ties, braces, shirts, waistcoats, jackets and trousers to create a look unique to their personal style.

But it doesn't stop there... oh no. As a special treat we have opened up our archive to bring a selection of possibly the most outstanding pieces we have ever seen. These beauties will be displayed alongside their historical information carefully selected by our very own Archive Manager, and whilst you marvel at their elegance and charm these treasures will also be available to buy on request.

Join us for drinks and live DJ from 6pm-8pm, the pre-prom party if you like, the best bit? You don’t have to be a school, college or university leaver to join us. This event is open to everyone and free to attend.

Thursday 24th April. 6PM-8PM

110-112 Cheshire Street London. E2 6EJ

147-karen-arrgh-said-jocelynSo Vintage London are putting on a new monthly vintage market each month (Duh..) at Old Spitalfields. The next one is on Sat 5th April.

They say -

So unique, So stylish, So…Vintage!

Break free from the monotony of the high street and shop for vintage clothing for women and men, retro accessories, re-worked jewellery or one-of-kind homeware, all at the best prices in town with free entry to boot!

Seek dear vintage lover and you shall discover…

You can expect to find, and shop vintage womenswear from 1950 – 1990, vintage menswear, vintage bags, shoes and accessories.

There are also trend led vintage picks – (cheaper than the high street!) and the stuff you'll definitely want to be wearing as opposed to some random old sequinned granny gown. Then again - maybe you're into that.

There's also vintage and handmade jewellery, vintage maps, prints and books, vintage china, crockery and tea sets, vintage homeware, glassware and kitchenalia.

To keep your stamina up there's also delicious cupcakes by Betty Lou

If you want to have a little more money in your poscket to spend on vintage delights then keep an eye out for the  roaming street style snappers, the most stylist shoppers will be rewarded with £5 vouchers and the opportunity to book in for a free vintage personal shopping appointment with one of our vintage experts.

Website www.sovintagelondon.com

Address: Old Spitalfields Market, 16 Horner Square, Spitalfields, London E1 6EW

Time: 11am – 5pm

Cost: FREE