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!!