Tuesday, 15 April 2014

In your Easter bonnet

One of my favourite films is Easter Parade - the classic story of girl meets boy, girl looses boy all set around a song and a dance from Fred Astaire and Judy Garland.

The end scene sees Fred and Judy - taking part in the Easter Parade along Fifth Avenue in the most fabulous hats.

New Yorkers still do this today although it is more of a carnival in fancy dress rather than the glamorous affair in the film.

You know me any excuse to wear a fabulous hat so wherever you are this weekend get out your favourite titfer and step out in style on your on Easter Parade.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Going red - new hair colour

I have always loved red hair!! A few years ago I was a red head but due to a job with a well know cosmetic company I had to change it - not natural enough???

But now that I am self employed I can be any colour I want so I am red again.

Some of my favourite ladies are red heads ........

With a change in colour comes a whole new problem - will the current wardrobe work and if not what a fabulous opportunity to buy a new one!!
Fortunately I have a lot of colours that go with flaming red so I don't have to finance new clothes so these are the shades that you will me wearing more of from now on - they are very similar to the tones that I wore before but I love red hair with - green, red and one of my favourites - teal and blue.
One very striking combination is red and purple so I think that I will have to make a little purchase in that colour - a dress or maybe a hat??
So here are a few little colour combinations that I may have to try out ...................

And just so you can see here is my new red look - I hope you like it as much as I do???

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Vote for new frocks.

When I first launched the collection I had grand plans to bring new pieces each season creating a perfect capsule wardrobe that could be mixed and matched together.

It took a while longer to find the right manufacture and my insistence on having them produced in the UK makes it harder to finance new designs.

Inspiration for new designs comes from everywhere - my own wardrobe, movies, out and about at vintage events, old magazines - I collect fabric samples, buttons and trims where ever I go.

So it is a little frustrating that I can't quite put all my ideas into production yet so image my excitement when this competition pop into my news feed.

The prize is £10,000 to invest in the business so I would love you all for ever if you could take a few seconds to vote for me by following this link   https://campaign.triumph.com/uk/profiles/karen-james-welton
Just think of all the fabulous new styles I could make for you if I were lucky enough to win - so just give you a little hint at what I am planning

Loving these 30's styles.

A 40's suit and evening dress would be a fabulous addition to the collection.
So what do you think would you love to have one of these in your wardrobe??? Yes then follow the link and get voting so I can start production.  THANK YOU!!


Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Spring clean your wardrobe.

The sun keeps popping it's head up through the clouds promising the start of Spring so now is the time to get your wardrobe prepared for the warmer months to come.

First things first - get your winter coat dry cleaned, make any repairs that need to be done - don't pack it away if the hem or pocket needs mending then cover it (never in plastic and on a proper sturdy hanger to keep the shape) and put it in a separate wardrobe if you are lucky enough to be able to store your winter and summer clothes in different places or put it at the back out of the way.

Do the same for your heavier weight knits, jackets, woollen skirts and trousers. If you haven't got much space to store in the wardrobe - vintage suitcases or boxes look great, wrap in acid free tissue with a few lavender bags or cedar blocks to prevent moths.

Next step is take all you spring/summer pieces out and give your wardrobe a good clean - I know it is tiresome but you never know what you find lurking in the back, last time I did this for a client we found two pairs of shoes and a to die for 1930's dress that she had forgotten she had!!

Put back all the items that you love but make sure that none of them need cleaning, washing or mending - put all these in a pile - there is no point in putting them back in the wardrobe as you will forget and go to wear it when you are in a rush and find that the hem is coming down and you have to re-think your whole outfit for the day.

Be ruthless if there are any items that don't work, are too small then put them to one side to send to the charity shop, sell on ebay or store out of the way so it gives you space in your wardrobe for things that you wear all the time.

Move onto to your accessories, hats and shoes - clear away the heavy felt hats that don't fit in with your lighter weight suits and dresses, store away winter boots and thick tights ready for Spring sandals.

Taking time to sort out your wardrobe makes it much easier to get dressed in the morning, plan your outfits and keeps your clothes in good condition.
I recommend that you make a few investments to keep your vintage buys in tip top condition:-
  • Proper hangers - wooden ones for suits and coats. Padded ones for dresses and blouses - they will help to keep the shape.
  • A mending kit - buy a small vintage tin and keep a few needles, cotton in basic colours, a small pair of scissors - store it in the wardrobe so you can go to it if you need to make a repair.
  • Shoe cleaning kit - regularly polishing your vintage shoes and bags will help to keep the leather soft and stop it from cracking and splitting.
  • Hat boxes and vintage suitcases for storage.
Quite a daunting task so if you do find it all a little overwhelming you can always book me to come along to do it for you - check out my website - www.fabulousmissk.co.uk for all the details of how I can get your wardrobe Spring Ready??


Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Hep Cats Holiday - the season begins!

Being a vintage lover there are tons of events throughout the year that I love to go to, dress up, dance and see great bands.

This weekend the season kicks off with one of my favourite events of the year Hep Cats - hundreds of vintage guys and gals from all over the world take over a holiday camp to have a jolly time -    http://hepcatsholiday.com/page7.html.

It is fantastic place to meet up with friends, some that I see on a regular basis and others that I only manage to catch up with at events like this.

After settling into our chalet I took a wander around the campsite. Accidently (not really!!) I found the vintage shopping market and just had to take a little look - well it would be rude not to!!

Dress Circle and Shazam vintage stalls sell the most fabulous 40's and 50's clothes - I always manage to find a few things to part me from my cash and this time was no exception - expect new outfit posts when I wear my new purchases out and about soon!!

Friday night and the party started with bands and DJ's, cocktails and dancing. I wore one of my favourite dresses that my hubby bought me for my birthday a couple of years ago,

Saturday morning and I had to check out the market again and then it was a time to catch up with some friends and a few more bands.
I love this suit - vintage 40's suit bought on Ebay, blouse and shoes from Dress Circle Vintage (last year's purchases) and hat from 1940's for You.
In the evening we had a few friends over for cocktails in the chalet - I always travel with portable cocktail cabinet - a vintage suitcase, filled with glasses, and booze!!
The theme was Hollywood so I wore my latest purchase from Lulu Vintage - a long 1930's gown and the fascinator that I made myself and finished off with black gloves to add a bit of glamour.
Sunday's outfit was the Barbara dress from the collection - this is the best seller with very few left to buy so if you want to have your very own you can buy one here - www.fabulousmissk.co.uk.
Head scarf from Prim Vintage and the best way to look chic even when you have your curlers in or having a bad hair day!!

Sunday night was the night that I waiting for a chance to see one of the best swing bands around at the moment - Emanuele Urso    -   http://www.emanueleurso.it/  - playing swing in the style of Benny Goodman and Gene Krupa - if you get an opportunity to see this band do not miss it they will take your breath away!!
Back home it always feels a little strange to see people walking around in normal clothing when you have been used to "living" in the past for a weekend but there are so many more events to look forward to this year - you can check out where I will be and selling some of the collection to on my web site -    http://www.fabulousmissk.co.uk/#!events/cp4r - so see you out and about soon!!

Fashion Week - Vintage Avant Garde

After months of planning with blood sweat and tears fashion week came and went really quickly!! This year I managed to get to many of the fabulous events during the week - you can see all the shows here - http://norwichfashion.co.uk/.

With the help of the totally fabulous Kerry aka http://www.missyvintage.co.uk/ we organised the vintage element of the week.

My original concept was too look at vintage differently - there are always so many images of victory rolls and pin up style looks - don't get me wrong I love that but just wanted to do something a little different so Vintage Avant Garde was born!! A mix of Marie Antoinette with just a touch of Vivienne Westwood!!

This year the venue was the stunning Norwich Puppet Theatre - transformed for the evening with flowers and props hanging from the ceiling!!

It was a long day and the show was a sell out. Here are just a few images of the show.

Back stage - getting ready
Photo Laura Gardener

Zipping up back stage.
Photo Laura Gardener
The stage set - picture by talented local artist - Simon Pritchard.
Barbara dress in red on the runway.
Photo Julia Holland - www.all-about-image.co.uk
Just loved these cool dudes dressed in Wake Up Little Susie

Sexy Ladies in Proudlock and Harry lingerie.
The finale of the show was the totally amazing burlesque performer - Natalya Umanska -   http://www.natalyaumanska.co.uk/
Photo Julia Holland.
I must say a big thank you to all involved -   http://www.sandrareynolds.co.uk/ who organised the models with perfection, all the models, hostesses, photographers who captured the evening, the vintage shops and designers who showcased some stunning outfits and to everyone who came along and enjoyed the event.
My thoughts have already turned to next year - it is always hard to come up with new ideas and this show was such a success thanks to all involved it's gonna be difficult but I do love a challenge!!

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Costume and Textiles Association New Members Tea

On Saturday I ventured into Norwich Castle to a room that is not normally open to the public for the new members tea for The Costume and Textile Association - an independent charity which was set up to promote the unique costume and textile collection of the Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service.

Established in 1989 with a current membership of around 500. They put on events throughout the year - talk. exhibitions and tours around normally unseen areas of the museums in Norfolk.  This year they are planning Great War Fashion (think Mr Selfridge) - a history wardrobe presentation, and as they are celebrating the 80's with an afternoon of nostalgia of there 25 year history.

Until I went along I had no idea that such treasures were tucked away including original Horrocks Dresses along side books, and a wealth of information on the clothes we wore and the textile industry in Norwich.

Two of the stunning dresses they had on display.
And the cupcakes were good too!!
I am really excited that I will be working with some of the members to create a window display in the reception of The Maids Head for http://norwichfashion.co.uk/ so make sure that you pop along and check out the display.
If you want to find out more information or become a member yourself - and I thoroughly recommend it to get a chance to see all the fabulous costumes and textiles that have - www.ctacostume.org.uk