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 canapés 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:
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