Lindsay Fergusson explores vintage style
Vintage-inspired shapes appeared on the autumn/winter 2007 catwalk with an amalgam of forms, colours and eras. The clocks may be going back, but fashion is certainly going forward, as I discovered on my mission to locate vintage pieces.
The bold, bright colours, flared trousers and flute-sleeved tops paid homage to the sleek 1970s. On the opposite end of the fashion spectrum, designers stood strong with collections based on my favourite era, the glamorous and structured 1940s and 1950s.
Combined with luxe fabrics and this season’s top shades of gunmetal grey, lilacs and mauves, it was exciting to know the tailored and feminine look was shining bright in this dramatic, daring and divinely different array of vintage meets modern day fashion. I wanted to investigate how closely entwined vintage and modern garments have become, and what better place to start than my home town.
Brighton residents, you are blessed, in our ultra-stylish city the choice is immense and for this reason narrowing my choice of boutiques down to four was a difficult task.
My first point of call was Hope and Harlequin. Here the team carefully source beautiful vintage pieces that fit to perfection. This is one super-sassy place and luckily for me, the vast array of post-war fashions allowed me to find two stunning dresses in this season’s key colours.
One of the city’s better known boutiques is Frocks Away. Here you will find elegant dresses and stylishly feminine hats and bags. Monochrome tends to be associated with the swinging 60s. However, as I found, designers such as Gaultier and Sonia Rykiel are merging this concept into retro designs. The black and white 1950s prom dress summed up how taking a step back in time can sometimes provide us with garments more fashionable than the high street.
My favourite little jewel is the treasure trove I found in Kemp Town. Margaret who runs a little self-named boutique gave me an insight into the major difference between the 1940s and 1950s.
Finally, to add a twist to my take on vintage meets modern day, I headed to Get Cutie. This is not an authentic vintage boutique but a contemporary take on vintage fashions. Get Cutie uses vintageinspired fabrics and designs to create exceptional garments.
Stepping back in time with vintage pieces or accessories can give you that exclusive, glamorous feel and showing off your curves in post-war classics is set to be this season’s biggest story.
Photographer: Tim Richardson
Styling: Lindsay Fergusson and Zena McCarthy
Special thanks: The Town House Hotel