Sunday, 24 June 2012 15:38
Hats galore at Royal Ascot this year and the whackier the better we say... enough to make even Anna Dello Russo feel right at home (especially the cherry headpiece). Nice to see that many race-goers taking AVFF's advice from our summer events special vintage fair and opted for unique and classic vintage pieces to accessorize their looks. We picked the best vintage and 'vintagesque' looks from 4 day Racing event, the pouring rain didn't put off these starlets...
Nichole Fitch, (artist and vintage store owner) wears a beautiful light peach vintage dress matched perfectly with Kurt Geiger shoes and vintage floral hat. Image via Vogue.co.uk
Amanda Holden was one of the few celebs to hit the right mark with her Ascot look - a 50's style floral print tea dress with oversized bow with her nude pink Aspinal Hepburn bag and Hat by DeDe Valentine. Image (lrft) via Telegraph Fashion & Image (Right) via Yahoo.
Many also paid homage to Her Majesty's 60 year reign of the British Monarchy with Royal colours and English connotations. Some went that little further than others...
Friday, 22 June 2012 16:50
AVFF is an avid fan of www.frommotherwithlove.co.uk and have been since it launched earlier this year. We have routinely been clicking on to indulge in the intriguing stories, wonderful memories and enchanting old photographs featured on this captivating archive.
The founder and creator of 'From Mother, With Love', Emily Rose Froud has cleverly transformed her online showcase into beautifully produced hardback book; which AVFF just absolutely loves. Lucky enough to view the original version of the ‘From Mother, With Love’ book at Graduate Fashion Week, we wanted to share with you, this wonderful project.
Image supplied by Emily Rose Froud
'From Mother, With Love' display at UCA Epsom stand at Graduate Fashion Week 2012
AVFF caught up with Emily for a little Q&A…
Tuesday, 19 June 2012 14:17
Royal Ascot is back again... and despite the foray of controversy over the new stringent fashion rules, AVFF looks back at the incredible fashions, history & beautiful imagery from the Royal Ascots of the past.
We think the fashion police would approve these stunning vintage outfits...
If like us you love looking at the beautiful Ascot archive you will love James Sherwoods book it documents Ascot's iconic style throughout the ages from when Queen Anne opened the races in 1711, until the present day:
Fashion at Royal Ascot: Three Centuries of Thoroughbred Style (Thames & Hudson), £35, is available in stores now.
Sunday, 17 June 2012 11:52
Drum roll please.... we ever so pleased to announce that the randomly selected winner by illustrator Madalen Dixon of our Diamond Jubilee - Great British Style competition is....
Helena from Cyprus/London
Congratulations Helena you have won the grand prize of a personalised illustration from the talented Madalen Dixon plus a limited edition Diamond Jubilee Shopper bag full of beauty gifts and Lipcote beauty products.
Congratulations also to our runner up winner Kathryn from Woking who wowed our fans with her bold nautical and fun look and received a astounding amount of 'Likes' and has also won a limited edition Diamond Jubilee Shopper bag designed by Madalen Dixon and we will also be throwing in some beauty gifts and Lipcote too.
A Massive Congratulations to our Great British Style Competition Winners in association with Lipcote. We would like to thank all our entrants who will received a free entry ticket for 2 people to AVFF's next vintage fashion fair on 1st July at the 20th Century Theatre, Notting Hill.
With special thanks to our Beauty sponsor Lipcote
and photographer Wiktor Mech.
Friday, 15 June 2012 16:07
On Wednesday 13th June AVFF headed on over to Earls Court where Graduate Fashion Week which is now in its 21st year. Excited to see fresh design talent in the Gala Fashion show we were especially keen to see AVFF alumni uni's. We love to support young graduates and last years GFW is where we first spotted our talented illustrator Madalen Dixon.
The Class of 2012: Caryn Franklin with the Graduates
The Gala Show is a round-up of crème de la crème of graduate designers for 2012 across all disciplines it also attracts a star-studded celebrity guests too and AVFF spotted Matthew Williamson, Hilary Alexander , Suzy Menkes, Daphne Guiness and Julien McDonald to name but a few on the front row.
Here is our summary of GFW Gala Fashion Show - International, Knitwear & Textiles:
The International designers kicked of the show and Maria Martimo two tone tailoring was a sophisticated and wearable offering. The eye-popping accents flattered the softer flowing silhouettes of the romantic dresses.
Kwok's inspirations for her collection was marionette dolls, carnivals and punk which could be seen in corsetry, pleated skirts and neon colours. The multiple layers added texture and interest.
Karen Jessen collection was a mixture of mediums, from pinhole leather to fringed knitwear and was awarded The International Award.
One of AVFF's stand out of the international collections as the retro theme appealed to us. We loved the photographic equipment props as a hint to the photographic element to the garments. Constructed from hundreds of tonal pieces which looked like an underdeveloped snap, it evoked a paco rabanne glamour.
EMMA WALSH (NOTTINGHAM TRENT)
Emma's sports luxe knitwear had super slim lines and muted tones were reflected in each garment.
JOUSIANNE PROPP (MANCHESTER)
Propp is heavily influenced by her diverse interest in cultural contexts, philosophy, art, science and architecture. She incorporates strong, sculptural pattern cutting and textures into her work and this collection did not disappoint. Scooping the knitwear award presented by Christopher Bailey her body con knits with organic growing capes were a hit with the judges.
She was also the finalist for the childrenswear collection for George at GFW.
CAITLIN CHARLES JONES (KINGSTON)
Jones as managed tp pick up the knitwear award for her futuristic approach with flashes of yellow, black, orange almost in sports car graphics. The diamante knits had a wonderfully sporty twist.
AMELIA SMITH (NORTHUMBRIA)
Russian dolls paraded down the catwalk as Mary Katrantzou style prints and shapes were a major influence in this collection. The bold graphics a furry earmuffs added dimension.
Roz Lamkin, who had already had her collection shown on ITV’s This Morning, was a finalist for the Zandra Rhodes Catwalk Textiles Award. Her cityscape prints on silk were really versatile and wearable and the feminity of the overall pieces juxtaposed the harsh lines of urban prints.
XIAOPING HUANG (LANCHASHIRE)
A bonkers but we loved it collection of accordion craziness and explosion of colours. The Jack-in-the-box style assemble impressed judge Mary Katrantzou, who found it an "amazing breath of creativity and intelligent approach" and won the print award.
RIONA HORROX (EDINBURGH)
CLAIRE ACTON (CENTRAL LANCHASHIRE)
JAMES WALKER (UCA EPSOM)
GEORGINA KENNEDY (SALFORD)
CHARLI COHEN (KINGSTON)
EMMA BEAUMONT (ROCHESTER)
EMILY EDGE (NORTHUMBRIA)
CHLOE GAROOD (EAST LONDON)
Sunday, 10 June 2012 16:19
On Sunday 3rd June 2012 at the Diamond Jubilee Festival in Battersea Park our official style spotters were out in force snapping the looks that caught their eyes. It was the interesting mix of styling with vintage accessories to a bright and glorious pillar-box red lips that got our style spotters excited.
These Lucky lot were ‘papped’… and had the chance to enter our special Jubilee style competition… where they could win the grand prize of a personalised illustration from the talented Madalen Dixon. The winner will also receive a limited edition Diamond Jubilee Shopper bag designed by Madalen Dixon, full of beauty gifts and Lipcote beauty products.
AVFF Limited edition Diamond Jubilee Shopper Bag designed by Madalen Dixon. With a 200 limited edition print run this is sure to become a vintage collectable of the future. You can order yours online via eventbrite.
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 12:45
Despite the typically British weather we all had a great day at The Diamond Festival in Battersea Park on Sunday 3rd June.
Photography by Wiktor Mech.
Monday, 04 June 2012 12:02
Anita's Vintage Fashion Fairs are ever so proud to be have been apart of the historic Diamond Jubilee Festival and River Pageant at Battersea Park yesterday. It was a wonderful and memorable day... we would like to thank everyone who made it such a special event.
Here are a few photo snaps of the day...
Bandstand - center of Battersea Park
The crowds on the bank of the Thames at The Diamond Jubilee Festival - Battersea Park
Vintage Fit for a Queen in Anita's Vintage Fashion Fair marketplace.
Children's Jubilee Vintage
Pearly King & Queen
Jubilee Jelly Shots
Vintage Jubilee Scarf
Bunting - Jubilee Necklace
AVFF Limited Edition Diamond Jubilee Shoppers - Available to order online
We would love to see your Jubilee pics too so don't forget to send them over or tag us for a chance to win one of our limited edition Jubilee shoppers.
Saturday, 02 June 2012 11:46
With the run up to this weekends celebrations of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee... these are a few of our snaps and royal related spots we have seen in the past week:
Corgi window display
The celebrations begin - Live band in local pub
A window display - "The Queen"
The Flags are out down Portobello Road.
The Royals down Portobello Market
What Katie Did patriotic corset
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