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Vintage Fashion Clothing Blog | Beyond Retro

  • Coachella 2017


    Coachella 2017 baby!

    For two weeks in April, the world of celebrity descends on Coachella Valley in Palm Springs, California to soak up the sun, music and attend oh-so exclusive parties. Anyone who's anyone is there - from the Jenner sisters to Courtney Love. It’s a far cry from a typically drizzly British festival; no wellington-boots, waterproofs or cider in sight.
    Here at Beyond Retro, we’ve got all your festival fashion needs covered. The combination of styles, patterns and texture is endless!

    We’ve rounded up some of our favourite looks from some famous Coachella attendees that you can recreate with vintage garms and accessories for half the price!

    1) Vennessa Hudgens:
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    Hailed by many as the Coachella QUEEN, we can always count on Vennessa to serve us with her signature Bo-ho festival style. Shop our Black denim cut-offs and Fedora hats.

    2) Sophie Turner

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    Sophie keeps it simple and chic and makes her statement with her shades. Shop our amazing range of Spitfire and vintage frames.

    3) Sofia Richie

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    Sofia has well and truly ditched the florals for a killer street style look. Shop the look with some retro sportswear & red trousers.

    4) Kendall Jenner

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    You have probably already seen the Jenner Sisters whole Coachella trip in the form of instagram posts / snapchat stories, but this look from Kendall is definitely our fave! Shop Kendalls look here: LABEL cold shoulder blouse , Denim cut offs , Caps

    5) Rita Ora

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    We love this futuristic cowgirl look. We’re in fringe heaven! Show our fringed edit here!

    6) Selena Gomez & The Weekend.

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    Couple co-ordination done well! A classy look with subtle western vibes.
    Shop Mens denim, floral dresses, & silk scarves.

    7) Chanel Iman
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    Looking flawless as ever Chanel teams crochet with biker boots adding a sleek edge to her outfit.

    We’re counting down the days until festival season.
    We have 1000’s of unique, exclusive items online & in-store, it’s the perfect opportunity for you to get creative with your festival looks!
    Make sure to tag us in your funky, festival ensembles.

    Until next time!

    Words Lydia O'Sullivan
  • KATIE JONES X BEYOND RETRO


    Known for her colourful creations and sustainable methods, Katie Jones has recently been a part of Selfridges ‘Bright New Things’ initiative, receiving a full window installation and then going onto win the Bright New Things Bursary Award. Her business is forever growing, but Katie, like us, is determined to fight fast fashion and hold onto her ethos for saving the industry!

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    We've teamed up with Katie for a new limited edition collection for our Revolution Range made up of pieces from pom pom headbands to L O V E knitted patches, all handmade in her London studio using surplus fabric and yarn. The Katie Jones line will be launching online and in our Soho and Dalston stores this week, running all the way through festival season!

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    We spoke to Katie about her love of knitting and family inspirations prior to the BR X KJ launch.

    How did your obsession for the world of knitting begin?
    My family, my granny, nan and mum were my biggest influences and introduced me to the craft growing up and I just didn't stop.

    Did Studying at CSM and being in London influence your way of working?
    It's hard to say, as I studied and grew as a creative at CSM I think i couldn't say it didn't. I loved it there, the creative freedom and the people you're surrounded by is brilliant.

    Where does the main source of inspirations come from for your designs?
    I love traditional folk and tribal dress, this inspires me constantly. The passion and techniques that go into those garments for the sake of them being beautiful is just amazing.

    Knitting is a traditional craft, does tradition play a big part in your work and how do you intend to keep it alive?
    I'm very hands on, that's the part I love - The Make! I teach the skill of knitting and crochet a lot and as a brand we run lots of workshops where you can come and DIY a piece! It's a great skill and super relaxing (when it's not your job). I always say it's meditation for fidgets.

    Some of your items can take up to 100 hours to make & with sustainability a huge factor, how do you do it?!
    We make everything here in London so if it takes 100 hours it costs what a 100 hours of work should cost. It's very important to me that with production workers get at least London Living wage, it's a skill and should be valued. The 100 hour pieces are super special and investment pieces that will last a lifetime - we even offer a fix it for life service on all our clothes that you can send back if they ever need mending or repairing and we will fix for free.

    Your use of colours makes you stand out from the rest, have you always been a colour fanatic?
    Yes I have always been a walking rainbow, I love LOVE colour and how it can instantly lift a mood. Colour to me may be the most important aspect to a design.

    What does sustainability mean to you?
    Caring about more than yourself - we should value this world and the people in it. That's just common sense and good manners!

    Any hints or tips for new designers going into the world of sustainability?
    Just think about your impact and know your supply chain. Being sustainable as a new designer or small brand is really easy as you can control a lot and generally means you take a bit more time sourcing.

    Do vintage & second-hand fashion influence not only the way you express yourself, but your expression through design?
    I love vintage clothes - I adopted half my grannie's and mum's wardrobes (very happy to have a hoarder family). I love mixing different prints and styles together and I think this clash of eras and styles is definitely how I express myself. More is more in my book and buying vintage and second hand is totally guilt free shopping - which means for me a piece can be fun, bright and is full of joy.

    Apart from your dedication to the world of wool, what else do you get up to with your time?
    It's a bit of a busman's holiday but I crochet a lot in my spare time too! I like to spend sunny days in my Garden crafting- I'm quite a granny at heart!

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    Check out more of Katie’s work on her website & instagram!

    Are you as excited as we are?! To find out all the hot goss on the KATIE JONES X BEYOND RETRO launch, follow our FB, Twitter & Instagram for updates!

    Words Mary Costello
  • It's a sportswear revival


    Vintage sportswear is HUGE right now.
    It’s the clothing that defined our 90’s childhoods, the uniform of the Brit-pop movement and a timeless street style staple, brands like Fila, Champion, Kappa and Adidas SCREAM nostalgia, transporting us back to a better, more carefree time.

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    (Photo for Beyond Retro by: Rosanna Jones)

    Tracksuits, Sports Tees and Puffers can be styled up for the perfect effortless look or why not use as a statement to spice up any outfit. Check out our LABEL collection’s range of carefully selected, re-worked sporty gems that provide a modern twist on the classics.
    Many sportswear brands have recently re-released a lot of their famous vintage pieces due to popular demand, but lucky for you we’ve got all of your original, vintage sporty needs covered.

    SHOP THE LOOK:

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    (Photo for Beyond Retro by: Rosanna Jones)

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    | Reebok Orange Sports T-shirt | Straight Leg Dungarees | Label Louise Cropped Original Sports Sweatshirt | Scarlet Red Kangol Bucket Hat | Rose Embroidered Baseball Cap |

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    | 1990s Kappa Track Jacket | Adidas Printed Sweatshirt | Blue Nike Sports T-shirt | Champion Plain Sweatshirt | Adidas Track Pants |

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    | Royal Blue Los Angeles Baseball Cap | Nike Trainers |

    Photographer: Rosanna Jones
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    Models: Sophie and Victor
    Stylist: Charlie Lewis
    Assistant: Beth Powers


    Words : Lydia O'Sullivan

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