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Vintage Fashion Clothing Blog | Beyond Retro

  • The Easter Bank Holiday Edit

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    All hail the Easter weekend! 4 days of pure bliss; sun (hopefully), copious chocolate and no work! For those of you leaving the office today- Hop, skip and jump outta there as we have many a treat for you! And kids- enjoy your last weekend of freedom by ending half-term with a bang! Live like a local in London or get to know Brighton's Lanes with our weekly edit. 

    What we've got for you: Your go-guide for the weekend, 'Get to know Soho', plenty of events and a whole lotta vintage clobber, obviously.

    Get to Know Soho: What's there? Well, Beyond Retro of course! Oh and noodles.

    Beyond Retro, Soho: Tucked between Carnaby Street and the notorious back streets of Soho is Beyond Retro’s West End branch.True to the area’s flamboyant style and seedy streets, Beyond Retro Soho embodies the nature of the area. The shop has a certain décor that Hugh Hefner would be proud to call his home. Rich colours flowing through the store, a striking neon pink entrance that will do more than just catch your eye and details like the giant mirror ball will invite you to step into our luxurious disco lair.

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    The Marquee Club: Soho’s streets bleed with culture, housing the most iconic happenings of 20th century culture. A mere hop, skip and jump away on Oxford Street is the Marquee Club, where The Rolling Stones played their first gig in 1962. Legends followed legends at this club through the 60's and 70's with David Bowie, Cream, Yes, Led Zeppelin and many more gracing the stage.

    Chinatown: Embracing cultures from across the globe, Soho allows you to take an around the world trip in one evening. Feast on Dim Sum in Chinatown, then take a rickshaw to Ronnie Scott’s to catch a jazz show, or head over to Madame Jojo’s to watch the most glamorous of drag cabarets.

    Walk Ever Street in Soho in a day:  During a truly unique near 10 mile walk you will discover all of Soho's 119+ streets, mews, courts and other thoroughfares. We'll see, if not actually drink in, nearly 50 pubs too! Along the route you'll hear dozens of stories that aren't in the guidebooks, meet some locals and visit some hidden places well off the tourist trail. At the end of this walk you'll be able to say that you really have "done" Soho. More info on the tour, April 21st- HERE!

    Seeing is believing, so come and explore this magical area for yourself, bury yourselves into our glorious cavern of vintage clothing and be a part of the history.

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    Jumpsuit Weekend, Brighton: Don't be scared of this all-in-one ensemble, our very helpful team are excited to be on hand to help find the one the suits you. Rumour has it one very lucky lady found a Christian Dior number for a bargain £25 at our Soho event!- We are not jealous at all. Not one little bit.

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    Prom Night @ Cheshire Street:  It's that time of year, kids and there's one thing on your mind. Nope, not exams. Prom! Come and delve in amongst the rails this weekend before coming along to our PROM NIGHT!  It's been the social event of the year since dinosaurs roamed the earth, right? So, you don't wanna go turning up in the same frock as your BFF? Well, we have the solution. Go vintage!

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    More event details HERE!

     

    The Beyond Retro Book Club: Get your nose into a good book this weekend in prep for our in store exclusive with Naomi Wood, author of Mrs Hemingway. It's a must read. So, sit down with a cuppa and a cream egg and get lost in a tale of how it was to love- and be loved by- the most famous writer of a generation. Set against the backdrop of bohemian Paris in the 1920s to 1960s Cold War America, Mrs Hemingway is narrated by Ernest Hemingway’s four wives: Hadley, Pauline, Martha and Mary.

    If that wasn't enough, Beyond Retro's own archivist Bea will also be taking you on a journey through the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s with gorgeous clothes from the archives and explanations on how fashion may have influenced the four extraordinary women featured in the novel.

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    Dalston Cafe: Treat yourself to a bevvy or two at our Dalston Cafe! Bottoms up.

    Discover our Ultimate Easter hang-out- HERE!

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    Tatty Devine, Jewellery Making Workshop: Fancy getting crafty? Our friends down the road are kicking off this series with a very special crystal gem necklace workshop! Join the team to learn the skills and techniques needed to create your own sparkling statement necklace. Check out their events- HERE!

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    Fairground: This weekend is set to be a cracker for the 10 week pop-up on Kingsland Road. Masterclasses by Individualism on making it in the fashion business by creating something you love and at 9pm street style blogger, photographer and author of 100 Beards, Jonathan Daniel Pryce with do a session on ‘How to become a street photographer'. On top of that, there will be barbecue connoisseurs and street food sensations Smokestack and even a chocolate workshop with Coco Hernando!

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    Mondrian and his StudiosTate Liverpool:  We know it's a bit of a treck from London, but if you happen to be swinging by Liverpool on the off chance, then why not see what inspired our recent in store theme? Dutch painter Piet Mondrian (1872–1944) was one of the most important contributors to the development of abstract art at the beginning of the 20th century.Mondrian and his Studios, which commemorates the 70th anniversary of the artist’s death, will provide new insights into the artist’s practice, his relationship with architecture and urbanism, and his contribution to the development of modern thought.

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    What to Wear?

     

    Outlet @ Cheshire Street: Since this bad boy has opened, vintage gems have been flying in and out of Cheshire like hot cakes. As your mum would say, spend your pennies wisely, kids. 

    Pick of the Day: Check out this original 1920's dress we found hanging out in the Outlet! It's a real beauty! Gems like these ain't hangin' around! WAS £100 NOW £80! 

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    Fringe jacket, NOW £22 - 1960s shirt, NOW £12- denim jacket, £15 - peacock shirt, NOW £10-  check dress, NOW £6-  1960s short dress, NOW £16- cowboy boots, NOW £12-  desert boots, NOW £15

    Come and have a rummage for your self and #showuswhatyagot! 

    Here's some inspo from our very own Beyond Retro staff!

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    Happy Vintage Friday's! 

    With Love, 

    Beyond Retro 

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  • Meet the Team: Press Office Intern, Lydia

    Each week we interview inspiring people from a wide variety of industries, but recently we have turned to our very own Beyond Retro staff heading up Cheshire street! We ain't your ordinary retailer; our stores are run by talented and creative individuals who have a passion for the sartorial splendors of times gone by. Ever wondered what these cool cats get up to after work? From stylists to photographers and everything in between, our stores are like a who's who of East London creatives.

    Enter, the latest addition to our team- Press Office Intern, Lydia.  

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    I am a recent Masters graduate from the London College of Fashion where I studied the History and Culture of Fashion. My personal works at LCF were diverse and ranged from the exploration of subcultural styles of the 1980’s, to the modern uses of corsetry, to the social impact of using transgender models in fashion advertising.

    I chose to study Fashion History and Culture after studying an Art History degree. I’m basically obsessed with imagery and looking at the way cultures and societies move and reflect themselves aesthetically. History plays a huge part in this, as does religion, politics, the economy, music and film. You can understand a lot about a culture simply through observing the clothes they wear!

    At present I am interning in the Press Department at Beyond Retro where I get to work with the most fantastic vintage clothing every day and write about fashion history for the blog.

    What’s the most interesting/unusual job you have worked on?

    Whilst I was studying I also worked closely alongside fashion photographer Anthony Maule as his creative researcher and trend forecaster.

    My favourite project that I worked on was an editorial for Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book. The idea for the shoot was that it was about a young Scottish girl who runs away to India and goes through a transformation after falling in love! It was great fun researching Indian colonialism and coming up with ideas to stylistically merge Scottish and Indian references. It turned out to be a very visually dramatic shoot.

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    Who are your fashion icons?

    The ultimate 60’s siren, Bridgitte Bardot because she consistently looked simultaneously disheveled and sexy. Her style was so understated and effortless but always chic and cool.

    Also probably Alice Dellal, mainly because she clearly has a lot of fun with what she wears, but also because I don’t know anyone else who could pull of that goth/punk look whilst still managing to maintain such class and femininity! She makes me want to throw caution to the wind and cover myself in tattoos... Except I would never pull it off!

    Top tips on how to shop/wear vintage?

    Tons of people say that you should have a clear idea of what you’re after before going vintage shopping, but I think the absolute opposite! Go in open minded and try on fun things that you wouldn't normally wear. My best vintage items were bought on pure impulse.

    In terms of wearing vintage, be sure to mix up your outfits with old and new. If you’re dressed head to toe in an eclectic vintage mix you may end up looking like a bag lady or a Grayson Perry wanabe. Unless that’s precisely your aim... in which case go for it!

    Do you have a favourite decade of fashion?

    It would have to be the 1920's. A time when women were fighting for the vote, fighting to be recognised and fighting for freedom from the restrictions society had placed on them. Everything in culture is reflected in fashion and if you have a look at what women were wearing just a few years previously it was clear that something dramatic was happening. Women were chopping off their long locks into boyish bobs and donning loose, straight dresses that created androgynous silhouettes. The main thing was ridding themselves of their corsets, which was something considered highly indecent at the time. The act reflected their emancipation from social restrictions in general and was a powerful statement! It was obviously going to take more than this to gain equality but it was definitely the beginnings of change. As Vogue fashion editor Dianna Vreeland stated, ‘You can see the approaching of a revolution in clothes. You can see and feel everything in clothes’

  • In the Press: Fun in the Sun

    We're getting in the mood for the Bank Holiday weekend! Take a peek at copious Beyond Retro garb in these sunny editorials! 

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    Photography: Hollie Fernando

    Stylists: Cassie Walker and Hollie Clark Hair Stylist: Roger Cho using Bumble and Bumble MUA: Erin Kristensen Models: Jonathan @ Oxygen and Sam @ Established

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