Tilly Walks - Fashion on Film

Over the summer myself and stylist/blogger Karen James-Welton (AKA Fabulous Miss K) got together with model Tilly to create little fashion short. I'm really excited to be doing moving image as part of my degree and I can't wait to learn all the new things!
But to start off what will I'm sure be the first of many, here's 'Tilly Walks' featuring and amazing 80s striped dress.

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In Retrospect magazine

You might remember a while ago that I mentioned a Kickstarter campaign my friend (and super talented photographer of The Southern Retro project) Mat Keller was doing with some pals to launch a new magazine called In Retrospect. 

Following on from the launch issue being successfully funded by Kickstarter pledges, the guys have now made it to issue 4 (with a lot of bloody hard work!) and with issue 5 plans currently well under way, I just wanted to write a post to publicly high five these guys really. 

Slight disclaimer here as I write for the magazine but I wouldn't be doing that if it wasn't for the people behind the mag putting so much love in to keeping their dream alive so well done guys! In a digital world, creating a printed magazine is no easy task and some would have said it was impossible. Thank you for helping prove that print's not dead!

I'm currently writing a photography column which basically means I get research and chat about artists work that I love (lucky me, yes?!)  Starting off with Vivien Maier  issue 1 followed by David Bailey in issue 2.

Issue 3 was the summer issue so Bunny Yeager, model turned photographer and maker of bikinis and beautiful images (no the selfie is not a new thing!) seemed the perfect photographer of choice for bringing some summer glamour to the magazine) and in the current issue I'm looking at the beautiful images of Horst

Plenty of reading material there to keep you out of trouble on these chilly, long dark nights! Subscription info here and yes they ship worldwide. Hurrah! 
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I'm chatting about vintage style on #huffingtonpost

I know, I know two post in as many days. This is very good for me lately what with uni being back in full swing and plans for Norwich Fashion Week 2016 revving up plus all the other things that seem to eat up my time. So much to blog about... basically what I need do is take you ALL to the pub for twelve hours and just chat through everything that's been happening.

But until the day we can find a way to make that happen I will try try try my best to get you all up to speed guys. I know some of you began following because you loved the forties/fifties style I was rocking when I started the blog a few years ago and I've had a few questions asking me if I'm 'still vintage' the answer is yes but it's evolved to be much more eclectic rather than era specific and I have a post I'm working on where I discuss that gradual change of style.

 But in the mean time.....Huffington Post got in touch asking if I'd like to contribute to an article they were working on about shopping for vintage, So pop over and read my thoughts, along with two other bloggers Betty Pamper and Sheri Pavlovic  on vintage style and buying tips.

In the picture I'm wearing what I refer to as my 'Bear coat' fear not it is faux fur, each to their own and I don't preach but I choose to only wear faux fur vintage or otherwise. I picked this 70s number up in a charity shop for £20 and it's the most deliciously oversized coat. It's like being enveloped by a huge teddy bear. I adore it. More than my slightly serious face lets on.....
What do you think, any tips to add? 
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Norwich Fashion Week at The Norfolk Arts Awards

A couple of weeks ago I was behind the scenes at the Norfolk Arts Awards with my Norwich Fashion Week board member head on organising a fashion showcase of local designers as part of the awards ceremony. 

I arrived feeling a bit odd because I wasn't doing photography, hair or makeup (so I only had to lug two bags along with me instead of the usual half a dozen!) 

The fashion showcase wasn't vintage but a celebration of art and fashion heritage and designs were very kindly loaned to us from  Siofra Connor Millinery, April Lunch, Jessica Clarke, Toby Neave, Jo Randall and Gemma Hyde alongside items from The Costumes and Textile Association collection and William Wilde lingerie from London Street boutique Proudlock and Harry.

Photo by Gemma Lock

 This meant we were working with lots of amazing items including a dress made of paper and another made of dried glue. Fashion meets art indeed. It's a glitzy affair held in The Maddermarket theatre, a beautiful old building nestled away in the heart Norwich city centre. (It has a pretty interesting history section on the website which you can find here if you'd like to read it) 

Photo by Gemma Lock

 Taking behind the scenes shots, we had photographer Gemma Lock (thanks Gemma) and thanks also to my fellow NFW board members Emma Harrowing for sourcing such amazing designs to work with and Debs Dominic who was in full hairstylist frenzy creating and building hair which was unique to each model. 

Photo by Gemma Lock
On makeup was the lovely Mirriam and Cintia of Jackie Hamilton School of Beauty and of course thanks and well done to all the models who have this amazing ability to walk with ourt falling over - a skill I continue to be in awe of (news of my epic 'I fell over AGAIN' moment during London Fashion weekend in another post...) 

Photo by Gemma Lock
Here I am in my £5 Frank Usher sparkly number

Music is such an important choice for a fashion show, it shouldn't take away from the clothes but it does help set the scene. Knowing I was choosing a song for a theatre of art fans and with the room like any old theatre, being very atmospheric (don't you just love old theatres?!) I thought what better man to assist me me create a showcase which would open the second half of the show with a creative pow on the ears than Nick Cave. 

So on that note, I shall indeed leave you with the glorious track which we played as NFW turned the theatre in to a runway. If you want to see more images from the show head over to the NFW Facebook page or go have a look at them on our amazing new website (thank you Four Agency & Grit Digital

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