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GHOSTS FROM FASHION PAST - 26TH October

 

With Halloween around the corner here is a visual ghost from the past! Our lovely Rag&Bow staffer, Victoria, screamed when we pulled out this vintage number as she WORE IT back in the early 1990s as a bridesmaid dress. We thought we couldn't resist her recreating the look, we don't need to harp on, let the pictures do the talking! Happy Halloween!!

MR CUNNINGHAM - 12th Oct, 2011

 

Today we have fallen in love all over again, who with…Bill Cunningham ‘the’ best and original street style photographer. Bill has been taking pictures for the New York Times since 1978 and is still resolutely dedicated to documentary his city at the age of 80. But this is no fashion snob he is singularly obsessed (in a similar vain to Vivian Maier) with documenting style and fashion, not celebrities or labels. If he likes it he snaps it, the fashion exceptions and originals whilst wearing his iconic uniform of navy blue studio coat on his black bicycle. 

How this man doesn’t have a book is a travesty but he DOES star in a hugely overdue documentary Bill Cunningham New York; about his life, philosophy and travels. He is like an archaeological archivist of humanity so the term ‘street style photographer’ doesn’t cover his intrinsic passion or importance of his work. We have just heard that Dogwoof will be distributing the film in the UK. Whilst we wait we will keep re-watching the trailer, pausing to check if Iris Apfel actually does has a teddy bear on her sofa!

 

Bill's iconic 'On the Street' photographic montages for the New York Times.

HAPPY B DAY - 7th October, 2011

So its finally dropped, Beyonce's new video for smash hit "Countdown", it's so full of vintage style references that we've devoted a post to its obvious inspirations. First up Joanna Lumley's 'The Purdey' haircut named after her character in the 1970s UK TV series, The New Avengers. 

 

1950s iconic hair scarf as shown here in the film, Grease. 

 

The glamour of the 1960s group, The Supremes.

 

Now then, here she looks like her character Deena in the 1970s taken from the film Dreamgirls.

 

Audrey Hepburn in 1957 film "Funny Face".

 

Finally Brigitte Bardot's character Camille Javal taken from 1963 New Wave cult film by Jean-Luc Godard, Le Mépris (Contempt).

CAROUSEL OF LOVE - 6th October, 2011

As Paris Fashion Week came to a close we knew that Marc Jacobs would be pulling something out of his fashion 2.55 bag. His Louis Vuitton show was the climax of a four-week runway marathon (S/S 2012 we will mostly be wearing white) starting in New York via London and Milan. So what would cheer up the fatigued fashion…a flippin gigantic, heavenly white carousel adorned with Kate Moss, that's what! 

 

We wanted to take this opportunity to show you that the merry-go-round has been repeatedly used in fashion imagery. It’s a pretty symbolic of an industry that is constantly moving in a cycle of its own. Here are some our favourite carousel moments. 

 

Alexander McQueen 2009/10 - What A Merry Go Round

 

Bebe Le Strange, Steven Meisel for Vanity Fair 1992

 


Katy Perry, Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair 2011 

 

Sasha Pivovarova & Viktoriya Sasonkina, Mulberry S/S 2010Campaign by Steven Meisel

 

Chanel A/W 2008

 

Auguste Abeliunaite Sept 2011 by Luis Monteiro for Vogue Portugual

WHOSE THE BOSS - 3rd October, 2011

For the London Design Festival (17th-25th of Sept) we worked with The Boss Design Group to curate an exhibtion entitled ‘Design and Style Trends in Furniture and Fashion – A Retrospective’. We transformed their modern Clerkenwell showroom into a mid-century club lounge. The early 60 interior was recreated using authentic vintage furniture and furnishings with additions from their Lyndon Design collection. 

 

We also styled The Boss Design staff and lovely waitresses for the launch party, many couldn't say goodbye and bought their entire Rag&Bow outfits! The music was supplied by the always sublimely dressed Broken Hearts whilst we drank champagne served from our 60s bar and nibbled on canapés. 

 

There was no official dress code but creative guests fully embodied the evening arriving in some inspirational outfits, creative director of the event and Rag&Bow founder, Hazel, of course got in on the act too!

VIVA VERSACE - 2nd October, 2011

 

We can all agree that Gianni Versace was a master of his craft, creating a completely unique aesthetic internationally recognisable. His visual signature of medusa heads, primary colours, chains and abstract prints set him apart. Throughout the 90s his collections embodied glamour, exuberance and joie de vivre. He became a magnet for the rich and famous who wanted to become part of his clique, the embodiment of ‘the best’. He created the ‘supers’ making models into untouchables such as Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Helena Christensen, Veronica Webb, Yasmin Le Bon, Christy Turlington, Kate Moss, Amber Valletta, Carla Bruni the list goes on. Recently we all feared for the label as its opulence seemed meretricious, conflicting with the financial austerity of current times.  We even had a vintage Versace medusa rucksack that no-one wanted…until now.

 

Gaga has helped give the label a fresh perspective, dipping into the vintage archives to re-create the platinum blonde and groomed look of Donatella Versace. Combine this with the recent 90s style revival and much anticipated collaboration with H&M (released 17th of November) we have ourselves a defiant comeback!

 

1990's Versace advertising campaign and Versace for H&M 2011.

DEVINE PLEASURE - 1st October, 2011

We were happier than Sarah Harding returning to Girls Aloud when London Fashion Week finally arrived bringing our 4 day secret vintage dressing room to Tatty Devine, Covent Garden. Things kicked off with a launch party on the Thursday where Scatch Dollface entralled everyone with our Rag&Bow nails! We grooved to sounds of DJ and designer Cleo Ferin Mercury whilst supping on cider from Friels. We had rails full of specially selected pieces so spent the night helping customers and dishing out styling advice, quite frankly we had an amazing time!

 

We draped our mannequin in a Rag&Bow 80s disco frock and Tatty Devine new A/W collection pieces including this dinosaur necklace. Our sequin turban was one of our favourite accessories which quickly got snapped up (no pun intended)! Check out the amazing necklaces that Tatty Devine made for us, we haven’t taken them off since and have developed a branded tan mark...hmmm!