Thursday, 27 September 2012

Vintage Cocktails & Catwalks: Some Things Will Never Go Out Of Fashion

By Nathalie Bonney.

Purveyors of retro chic nights out Bourne and Hollingsworth turned their attention away from cocktails (well, a little) to concentrate on fashion at its London Fashion week night Retrospective. Held at the Bloomsbury Ballroom, the event treated guests to a catwalk collection comprised of vintage pieces from favourite vintage shops Peekaboo, Lucy In Disguise (no Lilly Allen sighting), Violet’s Box and Vintage Modes, with the aim of giving a taste of next season’s looks through past fashions.

Sporting textured beehives and heavily painted black eyebrows, to the tune of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, models strutted down the runway in a flurry of black velvet, tulle, silk and leather for the opening ‘Gothic Beauty’ section. ‘Monochrome’, hippy chic ‘Wild!’, ‘Come to Bed, and ‘Showcase’ were the other strands to the show with Monochrome a personal standout.

But enough with the fashion chit chat. Being Bourne and Hollingsworth - the company behind the chintzy Fitzrovian basement cocktail bar drinking establishment of the same name, as well as the Blitz Parties and 1920s Prohibition parties - and this being a Fluid blog after all, the Bloomsbury Ballroom bar served up a delicious cocktail menu.

The standout in the cocktail collection was undoubtedly the Gatsby. Served in a coupette and comprising of raspberry, grenadine and vodka ‘charged with fizz’ the cocktail was far too easy to glug down. Gin cocktails Re-Bourne and Gin Fizz were, if not couture at least of a good qual, vintage standard; the Re-bourne a refreshing elderflower, gin, lime and lemonade mix, Gin Fizz a tangier concoction of dry gin, fresh lemon juice and sugar topped with club soda.

Being a fashion event there were no canap├ęs on offer, but dancing from 20s-30s lindy hop, through to the 80s Mods and old school hip hop kept the crowd entertained as did the enthusiastic DJ. And, of course, all the gorgeous outfits on display. Here are a few that caught my attention:
Fashion journalists manage to bagsie front row seats. Floral headband was homemade natch.
Fashion blogger chanel-ing 90s rave with tartan jacket, cross earrings and erm her mum.
Glamorous goth girls show you don’t need a vat of black eye kohl and a lip ring to make this trend work.
Milliner Sarah Irvine (the tattooed one) wears her own creations along with her friends. (Go to if you like)
Only a brave person would attempt ankle socks and buckled shoes but thankfully this fashionista’s second hand lemon prom dress and amazon petticoat makes them work.
My friend keeps it chic and simple – but with a bright splash, in this Orange number
This girl thought it was acceptable to wear an old dress from C and A because it came from a vintage fair. You can call C and A vintage – we all know it’s just naff.

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