18.6.12

Modern Style Icons: VV Brown




I recently worked with a beautiful model called Kiki. Tasked with creating a fifties look suitable for her to take part in a catwalk show, in which amongst other things she would model a swimsuit – beautiful and brave I hear you say! Although an experienced model, Kiki hadn’t taken part in a vintage assignment before, but was interested in exploring vintage styles, so as I was doing her hair I began thinking about examples of famous modern women who are influenced by vintage.

Model: Kiki
Styling: Karen of Blue Skies Vintage
Photo: Darhling Photography
Model: Kiki
Styling: Karen of Blue Skies Vintage
Photo: Darhling Photography
I started talking to Kiki about singer (amongst her other talents) VV Brown. The distinctive almost trademark fringe roll screams ‘vintage’.




VV's  no slave to decades and mixes and matches new with old. Her hair is often poker straight with the only vintage part being that fringe roll. Many girls, would at the very least have a wave in their hair for a vintage inspired style. VV proves that you don’t have to conform and it’s okay to do your own thing. I often wear one victory roll and leave my hair straight. I don’t consider that to mean I’m non-vintage, I just consider that to be my style of choice on that day. 





Vintage style is now so main stream and popular. This may have upset some of the vintage diehards/purists but I think it’s fine that people want to experiment and try new trends (even if they’re old ones!) Isn’t that want personal style and fashion is all about? Why not mix it up? New with old, or fifties style make up with the most modern of outfits, vintage hair with……… leggings?........... 


It's okay to cherry pick from the eras, will anyone really care if you're wearing a beehive with a forties dress? Or victory rolls with jeans? If they do care I'd suggest it's their issue not yours...What I like about VV is the way she seems bold and confident. So is VV brave to mix it up or is brave too strong? After all it’s only hair and clothes, right?............

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  1. Great post, she is awsome. I like that she does her own thing too.There's been a bit of a backlash by some who think that victory rolls are being over done and some think they should only be worn with a forties look. I like that you are encouraging us to mix it up, makes me feel better and dare I say it braver! elle

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  2. Thanks for your comment Elle. I understand what you mean about the 'backlash'. Hair and fashion should be fun and sometimes I think it gets taken way to seriously. Victory rolls are a very iconic look, and whilst they may be forties,if that's a look someone likes then go forth and wear them with pride I say regardless of whether you are dressed in a forties way or not.

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    1. Totally agree, I always get told, that hair should be a certain way, your fringe should be a certain way, if its long it should be like this bla bla bla.

      I mean I sometimes prefer not to brush my hair, and I have been told, it looks cool.

      Feel free to check out my new blog, I started just this week.
      It is www.personalautographs.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. I think VV always looks great - I love her style and whilst I think the rolled fringe gives her style an edgy look rather than a 40s one, what's wrong with that? I personally don't usually do top to toe vintage so I really like it.

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    1. I totally agree with you, I just read charity shopping. I also get some really cool bits from charity shops. Feel free to check out my new blog and feel free to leave any comments.

      Thanks

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  4. I love VV Brown, her style and her voice are fantastic. I don't know whether she still does but she used to have a rather cool on-line vintage clothing store.
    I'd much rather mix up my styles and eras, slavishly following fashion be it vintage or current isn't particularly interesting or ground breaking. Give me someone who dresses for the sheer joy and artistry any day of the week. x

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  5. Hi, your first and last pictures are my fave. I love the first pic, it is so me.

    Your last pic is really cool I love the pose

    Feel free to check out my new blog, I just started this week and feel free to leave comments.

    www.personalautographs.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. I really appreciate people and designers who incorporate both modern and vintage pieces within their wardrobe. I feel like it creates a truly unique look.

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