Oh major lustlustlust moment here…..sadly not my size. But I would gladly own them just to put them in a glass case and worship…is that weird?
I find I have become quite, quite transfixed by these shoes just listed on eBay. They sort of look like they should be hideous. In the wrong hands they would have been hideous. But they’re not hideous. They’re beautiful. They’re green, they’re silk, they’re diamante.
Rayne shoes were of a very high quality, being shoemakers to the Queen and all that. Mr Rayne also made the shoes Diana Rigg wore in The Avengers. So you know you’re getting something good with Rayne.
They’re also about a size too small for Miss Muggins here, but please someone with 5½ feet buy them. I can’t promise you won’t be so transfixed that you’ll find yourself staring down at them all the time and keep bumping into people, but it’s probably a price worth paying.
Actually I’m not even sure I could wear them if they were my size. I’ve tottered around in some mighty platforms in my time, but none so mighty as these. They’re completely adorable though, in a messed up goth-y glam rock Minnie Mouse kind of way, and I love the little feature at the front where the platform sole is rounded so you can rock forward a little. A cute detail which makes it marginally easier to walk in them, but I would still need a taxi driver and sedan chair on tap if I had any hope of not falling over.
Size 3 is just obscenely enviably tiny. Buy them. Teeter around your house in them and just enjoy having tiny feet and gorgeous shoes!
Damn my big feet and head…..here are a couple of fabulous pieces which will never fit me but I would kill to own. Please buy and enjoy them!
I always become obsessed with hats in the winter. Sadly I only have a handful (and only two vintage) because I have quite a large head. Graduation day was entertaining I can tell you. I will post my two beloved hats at some point, a floppy felt number in aubergine with teardrop cut outs (very Biba) and a green suede Emma Peel hat by Edward Mann (who actually made the Emma Peel hats, so it’s a proper one too!!). If you ever see a great vintage hat with an inner measurement of about 23-24″, then give me a shout! I’ll probably want it! This one, the seller tells me, is a slightly stretchy 20″. But I’m not sure it could be 3-4″ stretchy!!
I really want to see these sell, and sell well, because the temptation is unbearable. I’m a girl who loves high waisted flares, and I love the idea of vividly printed trousers in a reverse of my normal statement top-half. And these are a Celia print Ossie, there’s no more delicious statement than that. They’re the kind of Ossie Topshop are unlikely to bastardise with their Celia collaboration (I’m not sure even the uber trendy Daisy Lowe-lookalikes who shop there are ready for these babies).
So why don’t I buy them? They’re my exact size, even down to the inside leg (yes, I want to cry!) Well lack of funds for one thing, but on a point of principle I shouldn’t buy another vividly printed pair of crepe high waister flares until I’ve worn my existing pair. Which aren’t Ossie but they are a rare Fulham Road (Sylvia Ayton and Zandra Rhodes for the uninitiated) pair in Zandra’s early, and legendary, lipstick print. I’ve been itching to wear them for ages but they’re white, and they’re tight……so they still await a perfect opportunity, and one where I’m unlikely to spill things down them.
I also have a tendency to bust zips on Ossie trousers and skirts; most recently in Liverpool when I realised that Tapas and ultra tight corset satin trousers with old metal zips do NOT mix well. [Probably as well they broke before I left the hotel, otherwise the excitement of seeing Duran Duran may well have made them pop while I was at the gig.]. So another skintight pair of Ossie kecks may well go the same way, unless I refuse to eat for 48 hours before wearing them, and that would be either cruelty to vintage or my stomach.
So pleaaaaase, someone else buy them, wear them, send me photos and enjoy them so I can enjoy them vicariously and feel so envious that I eventually just CREATE an event to which I can wear my Fulham Road pair!
Right: Quick and rubbish photo of the Fulham Road ones…[Odette is having a day off - plus the lighting is shocking today!]…what you can’t see are the red ties which tie around the back. They came from the same lady as the chiffon top and trouser Ossie set you can see on my website, but those trousers don’t fit me at all. Darnit!!!
If some millionaire wishes to purchase this piece for me, I’d be very grateful!
In the same magazine as featured the photo of Ossie and model in front of Quorum, are features on four other Vintage-a-Peel favourite boutiques (Biba, Marrian-McDonnell, Bus Stop and Foale & Tuffin) with photos of their owners inside (or outside). I will eventually get around to sharing all these features with you because I know you’re all like me and you love being sucked back in time with photos of the shops and designers themselves – not just the clothes!
I will start with Bus Stop, simply because I’m on a Bus Stop ‘Bender’ today. From my nudie girl print blouse with the gigantic buttons (a perfect date blouse….just wait for the penny to drop), to my fitted fake-floral (it’s actually tiny people who look like flowers) cotton jacket which has faded from jet black to brown at some point but I practically LIVE in when the weather is more jacket-y, to the cherry embellished black jumper mistakenly credited to Babs Hulanicki in the Biba Experience book (tsk tsk!!), to my black cotton floral Forties-style dress (a replacement for the infamous Kate Moss one….which I still have but still can’t bear to wear) which I wore to take a friend vintage shopping in Camden the other week and got thoroughly gawped at by the good people of my less-fashionable South London locality…….to the…..well pretty much the majority of my daily vintage wardrobe…..it’s safe to say I adore Bus Stop clothes. And if I can’t find it with a Bus Stop label, well I’ll just buy the lookalikes as well (Harold Ingram did some awesome Bus Stop-a-like knitwear!)
I was also going to promote my newly listed novelty print Bus Stop smock top on the website, but it got snapped up immediately – testament to the popularity and wearability of Lee Bender’s work. Instead I’ll promote the sizzling red dress on the left (sans label, sorry, but it’s definitely BS!) and the suit in the post below this one which are both available at Vintage-a-Peel. The simply wonderful Moni has got an awesome selection over at eBay right now as well…..all of which I covet but will probably have to restrain myself – so please go and buy them and I can live vicariously through you all!
Since I need to blog more, and since there’s an awful lot of amazing vintage out there sold by some awfully amazing sellers which I either can’t afford right now, wear the colour because it makes me look like a blotchy blotch-fest or because the damn thing would never fit me and I want to cry…..I’ve decided to start revealing some of my favourite pieces I think you might like and might like to buy.
Starting with this incredible yellow satin jacket from the wonderful Catbooks1940s. One of my absolute favourite vintage sellers, she is also a truly lovely and special person and we’re pretty much style sisters. Hers is a little more minimalist than mine, but she has the same love of great detailing, clean sweeping lines and collectables-of-the-future modern designers.
This jacket though, is pure British Boutique Movement as translated by American designers. I love that scrumptious Ossie-esque slightly matte satin, the beautiful deco-inspired buttons and the pure BBM cut…..
So make my day, and make me jealous….it’s a steal!!!