Tuesday, 27 November 2012 17:50
I wanted to share this wonderful Great Ormond Street Hospital Christmas Carol event with you -
Now in its thirteenth year, over 700 guests will take in the surroundings of one of the most beautiful Victorian churches in London at this traditional carol concert.
It is vital that GOSH raise £50 million every year to help rebuild and refurbish Great Ormond Street Hospital, buy vital equipment and fund pioneering research. Amazing things happen at Great Ormond Street Hospital every day. With your help they can keep the magic alive for all the very ill children and their families.
For more information please log on to www.gosh.org
Exclusive champagne reception
After the concert, guests have the opportunity to join a sparkling reception of champagne and canapes within the charming surroundings of The Berkeley Hotel. Guests will additionally have the opportunity to bid on a host of special prizes in a silent auction. For children, there are special canapes, entertainment and the chance to watch a Christmas movie.
The ticket application form for this special GOSH Christmas Christmas Carol concert can be found below in the attachments. Please do come along and share this special event with us - all the money raised goes directly to GOSH. Be sure to mention that you heard about this event on Anita's Blog by Anita Bott on the ticket form.
Thank you and wishing you all a wonderful Christmas,
Anita - GOSH Christmas Carol Concert committee member.
Saturday, 24 November 2012 14:48
Travel to Anita's Vintage Fashion Fairs could not be simpler:
Free parking around the BAC and local area on Sunday.
It appears that this weekend all local stations to the BAC have been spared closure, however be sure to check on the TFL website for full details of other tube line closures to help plan your journey.
Friday, 02 November 2012 21:12
Last Sunday AVFF headed over to the Kings Road in Chelsea... Not only was our fab friend
Matthew's vintage fair Frock Me on at the town hall but there was some great shops and galleries to browse too. At Frock Me we was able to catch up with many friends, stallholders and familiar face alike and browse the rails full of beautiful vintage pieces - it was great to hear that so many of AVFF stallholders were so excited about our next vintage fair on 25th November at the Battersea Arts Centre and had some real treasures that they will be bringing along - We even picked up a vintage faux fur collar with a vintage brooch which is perfect for the winter months.
Seeing so many people wandering down the streets with large rolled B&W posters - intrigued we soon realised they were from the Little Black Jacket exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery. Just a hop, skip and a jump down the road we headed into the gallery (which is free admission) out of he chilly weather to take a look at the displays. Split over several floors we firstly explored at the Out of Focus Photography exhibition which is currently on. It was really great to step back and take in the wonderful images... take a look at some of the examples below:
Gallery 1: Katy Grannan
A series of candid 'street style' portraits of various individuals in California. It had an intriguing underlining meaning and social commentary aspect to the image which were striking and bold.
Gallery 3: Sohei Nishino
Diorama of New York
These spectacular series of photographed cites Paris, Tokyo & New York were cleverly collaged together to represent that today we are "over-mapped".
Gallery 4: John Stezaker
She (Film Portrait Collage) V
The artist ransacks old bookshops for discarded images that still have some faint breath of life within them and meticulously pairs them up - marries the two strangers. Sliced magazines, postcards, books, shopping catalogues, manuals and publicity photographs to create a new composition.
Gallery 5: Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin
Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin revisited the photographic and documentary archive amassed of the Troubles in Belfast and seeked to reveal the truths in the turbulence of the near past. they chose images not with a curatorial eye, but rather with a throw of the dice: they would expose only what was hidden below the round stickers placed willy-nilly by the archivists on the prints. And as a way of revealing the strong feelings these pictures could unleash, they included images purposely defaced by the subjects themselves, obviously fearful of repercussions.
THE LITTLE BLACK JACKET
12 October - 4 November 2012
If you can - make sure you catch this travelling exhibition this weekend at the Saatchi Gallery in London before it closes and moves on to Moscow, Sydney & Paris.
CHANEL's photographic exhibition dedicated to Karl Lagerfeld's latest book, 'The Little Black Jacket: CHANEL's classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld'.
Karl Lagerfeld photographed 113 various portrait shots of friends of the House, including celebrities, models, actors and musicians all in a classic Chanel jacket. Each personality adapted the garment to reflect their own inimitable style - worn as a cape on singer Lily Allen, draped around model Stella Tennant, or even transformed into a vest by model Edie Campbell. This exhibition showcases the versatility and timelessness of the iconic CHANEL jacket.
This exhibition is on from Friday 12th October to Sunday 4th November 2012.
Duke of York's HQ
London, SW3 4RY
Sunday, 07 October 2012 17:29
Anita's Vintage Fashion Fairs are back in a week time at 20th Century Theatre on Sunday 14th October and to celebrate we have a fab prize to give away ... If you fancy WINNING this gorgeous ornate vintage evening bag, vintage brooch and a complimentary ticket for two to our next vintage event...
Please note the prize items are vintage - and are therefore pre-used and may not be completely perfect.
Saturday, 06 October 2012 15:18
Anita's Vintage Fashion Fairs are looking forward to welcoming new stallholders Bernie & Elena and their incredible selection of rare/collectable vintage bags to our forthcoming Notting Hill and Battersea Vintage Fairs - to give you abit taster of what Bernie & Elena have instore and to introduce you to this fab duo AVFF caught up with them to talk vintage style and to lust over their amazing collection.
Paneled Rosenfeld handbag
"When a woman wants to look her best when she goes out, she has one essential need and that is a beautiful hand bag that says something about her. It might be a statement piece about how she feels, something to go with her outfit - ultimately a bag that gives her that WOW factor feeling, something simply so gorgeous she can not leave home without it."
For Bernie & Elena, things started to get hot in Hollywood with the famous screen stars of the 1940's and 1950's. These were the finest years and they feel the designers of fashion excelled with class and style at the time. Think, Clark Gable, Errol Flynn, Cary Grant. Pink Cadillacs, new hairstyles and red hot lips and you are somewhere close. If you wanted to emulate the glamorous starlets of the day and shine from the crowds, what better way than with a personal stand out accessory.
Bernie & Elena name Joan Crawford, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Olivia Dehavilland, Vivien Leigh and Marilyn Monroe as icons who stood out from the rest and liked to always look their best - they believe every woman should be able to feel the same - be seen and noticed.
A handbag is essential for many women and if she was to go out the door without it she would simply feel undressed. So Bernie & Elena have searched the globe and found bags which not only look fabulous but will give the wearer that wonderful feeling of "Hey,This Is ME".
Bernie & Elena will be at many major Vintage fashion shows in London including Anita's Vintage Fashion Fairs where you will be able to meet them and see their beautiful and creative designed bags from the late 40's to the 80's by great designers such as: Elsa Schiaparelli, Karl Lagerfeld, Jane August and many more including their absolute favourite which they are keeping a secret until the show! They have searched high and low for stunning pieces that will no doubt have you falling in love with. Please come along and see what they have to offer and enjoy the show.
"We aim to make you look fabulous and give you a statement piece that says a big "Hello" to all out there" - Bernie and Elena
Thursday, 04 October 2012 17:25
Corset Course - 1 day event
Saturday 20th October
11am -5pm at East Dulwich Tavern
We are excited to announce that due to huge popularity and the overwhelming demand of Recycle and Sew famous 1 day corset masterclass, Anita's vintage fairs have joined forces with the fantastic duo to bring it to London as the first of it's kind.
Hosted at the idyllic and cosy vintage setting of the East Dulwich Tavern the Recycle and Sew team will provide a bespoke pattern designed individually to each course member and give step-by-step tuition on how to construct a fully shaped and lined corset - fit busks, boning and eyelets for lacing... a course where everyone will produce their very own fitted corset and all in just one day!
Professional sewing machines and equipment will be available on the day however we welcome course members to bring their own if they prefer. A sewing machine master class will be part of the days tuition. Covering how to thread the machine, how to diagnose problems with tensions, bobbins and manipulating fabrics.
All this for only £75
Not able to make this course? Recycle & Sew's next 1 day course is coming soon:
'The little black dress' - learn how to make a classic and timeless fitted dress that will highlight your good bits and hide your bad bits...every girls best friend!
Keep and eye out for details of this festive course.
About Recycle & Sew
June Allnutt and Ria Loveridge - a mother daughter partnership created Recycle and Sew and Lizeva couture 5 years ago.
Based in Southampton they cover the South, teaching sewing from beginner to professional levels and creating bespoke bridalwear, costume, vintage remakes/restoration and designing, pattern cutting and creating for almost any sewing project.
They have been seen on GMTV doing demonstrations, BBC breakfast, in The Times newspaper as well as local radio and media. With a combined 40 years in the trade the standard is high and friendliness implicit to this creative duo's success.
Tuesday, 04 September 2012 16:05
The start of the Autumn always has our calendars packed full of treats and events, which If like us you cannot wait for....
AVFF has put together a selection to wet your appetite until Anita’s Vintage Fashion Fairs returns on 14th October ’12 at 20th Century Theatre for your awaited vintage fashion fix! Until then why not check out these fab events taking place in the next coming months...
Everything Was Moving: Photography from the 60s and 70s
13 September 2012 - 13 January 2013
Barbican Art Gallery
Showcasing photographers from across the globe, all working during two of the most memorable decades of the 20th century. Everything Was Moving: Photography from the 60s and 70s brings together over 400 works, some rarely seen, others recently discovered and many shown in the UK for the first time. www.barbican.org.uk
Retrospective -Saturday 15th September 2012
The buzz of London Fashion Week is fast approaching and fashionistas will be flocking to the capital - this is one vintage event they surely won't be missing out on. Not only will there be catwalk shows exhibiting beautiful one-off pieces from the world’s finest design houses and collections you also have the opportunity to party the evening away and celebrate the finest fashion moments from the last century.
What we wore and why we wore it - Lunchtime History of Fashion Lecture Series from 19th Sep
A series of in-depth lunchtime talks on the study of fashions from 1955–76, led by author of The Chronology of Fashion NJ Stevenson. We have our eyes on Lecture 2: Mad Men: Modernists into Mods on Wednesday 26 September 12pm-1.30pm www.ftmlondon.org
Die Freche Muse September
A very secret location in Hackney E9 (address is revealed by email on ticket purchase)
Hosted by the impeccable Baron Von Sanderson, Die Freche Muse is one of East London's most high anticipated club nights. Created in the great tradition of 1920's Berlin Cabaret the night offers a beautifully adorned party set where London's finest and most glamorous guests can enjoy a concoction of entertainment including exotic burlesque, Dixieland jazz, chanteur and of course dancing till dawn.
The Little Black Jacket: Chanel's classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld Exhibtion
October 12 - October 28 2012
Chanel’s photographic exhibition dedicated to Karl Lagerfeld's latest book, 'The Little Black Jacket: Chanel's classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld', will open at the Saatchi Gallery in London this October, following on from Tokyo, New York, Taipei and Hong Kong. Visitors can discover the jacket through Karl Lagerfeld's 113 photographs, modelled on a range of friends of the fashion house, with each personality adapting the garment to reflect their own style - worn as a cape on singer Lily Allen, draped around model Stella Tennant, or on Dutch artist and model, Saskia De Brauw (pictured here).
Hollywood Costume - Victoria & Albert Museum
A collection of the most wonderful and iconic costumes to have been seen on the big screen over the past century. From characters such as Dorothy Gale, Indianna Jones, Scarlett O'Hara, Jack Sparrow, Holly Golightly and Darth Vader.
This ground-breaking exhibition includes over 100 of the most iconic and unforgettable film characters from a century of Hollywood filmmaking, 1912–2012. It is phenomenal that most of the collection has never been publicly displayed and have never been seen beyond the secure walls of the studio archives.
We actually are counting down the days till this best dressed exhibition...
DECADES: A Century of Fashion
Bloomsbury Institute are hosting a very exciting event with Cameron Silver, the founder and owner of the exclusive L.A vintage boutique, Decades, which is a firm celebrity favourite with the likes of Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes to name but a few.
Cameron Silver will be joined on the evening with internationally renowned fashion writer Sarah Mower for an intimate discussion of his iconic new book: Decades: A Century of Fashion.
It is a stunning showcase of twentieth-century style, decade by decade, with a fresh perspective on the past hundred years of fashion. Cameron will also be signing books after the talk.
AVFF are extremely looking forward to attending this event... be sure to book your tickets too at: bloomsbury.com/bloomsburyinstitute/decades
Cameron was named one of Time magazine’s 25 Most Influential Names and Faces in Fashion in 2002 and is a favorite commentator on US television. He has written about fashion for Harper’s Bazaar and C magazine and is currently filming his new television series. Since he opened the doors of Decades in 1997, the dress code in Los Angeles has irrevocably changed thanks to Cameron exhorting his frequently-photographed, trendsetting clientele to ‘dress up!’
Sarah Mower is a contributing editor for US Vogue and columnist for the Daily Telegraph. She was awarded an MBE for services to the fashion industry in 2012 and is the Ambassador for Emerging Talent at the British Fashion Council.
To find out more and to book ticket, please see:
Friday, 17 August 2012 16:42
Haunt is a quarterly online fashion magazine. Where each issue see a different theme explored by young and upcoming creatives to create inspiring and fresh imagery.
AVFF loves that Haunt aims to inspire and capture the moment whilst not taking itself too seriously and embracing the fun side of fashion.
Let us know what you think...
Tuesday, 14 August 2012 15:29
DID YOU KNOW THAT THERE IS VINTAGE AT CLOTHES SHOW?
It is at Anita’s Vintage Fashion Fair at Clothes Show Live that visitors can find stylish vintage treasures and one of kind pieces. Be the belle of Christmas and New Year balls in exquisite vintage pieces – this year we are teaming up with Urban Village to create a Festive Vintage Wonderland just for you.
ANTIQUE - RETRO - VINTAGE - UNIQUE
Clothes Show Live's very own Portobello Road, 'Anita's Vintage Fashion Fair' will be bringing a little bit of London to the heart of the NEC. An Aladdin's Cave of vibrant and eclectic fashion from time gone by, for essential items for your wardrobe, guaranteed your friends won't be wearing.
Find garments from the flirty 30s, fabulous 40s, swinging 60s, right up to the 90s, whichever era holds a place in your heart you'll find a fantastic mix of furs, accessories, handbags, shoes, tea dresses and sparkly evening gowns.
See a video of Anita’s Vintage Fashion Fair at Clothes show Live in 2011 below.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT CLOTHES SHOW?
The five-day event will feature catwalk shows and shopping from internationally acclaimed brands and high street labels, as well as showcasing work by up and coming, independent designers. The Suzuki Fashion Theatre will feature Daisy Lowe as part of its 45 minute show, featuring 40 models and dancers on stage.
There will also be talks by some of the country’s leading stylists and industry experts, workshops and career seminars on all things fashion related, as well as Q&A sessions with editors from some of the UK’s most respected magazines.
If you would like to **WIN** TWO Clothes Show V.I.P Tickets for Sunday 9th December with Anita's Vintage Fashion Fairs and Urban Village Vintage simply enter by clicking below.
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Monday, 13 August 2012 18:54
Do have post Olympic blues already? AVFF does ... cannot believe the 16 days of London Olympic Games has been and gone in a flash and wasn't it spectacular!
A fantastic celebration and Team GB really has made the country proud. Some of the AVFF team were lucky enough to experience part of the games in all its glory and went along to watch the Synchronised Swimming Tech team routines and cheer on Team GB of course!
It is a fascinating story of how "water ballet" (it's original name) all came about:
Berlin, 1932 Images & extract via Motley Glue
Here is a mini photo diary of AVFF's day at the Olympic Park:
What are your fondest memories of the London 2012 games? Did you watch any events?
Did you enjoy the closing ceremony? And will you be booking your ticket Rio 2016.
What a fantastic London 2012 Olympic Games!
AVFF Upcoming Fairs 2013