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Vintage Spotlight #42

Posted on July 21 2011

Once again, capes are going to be big news for winter.  But rather than the military vibes of 2010, this season sees fashion going goth.  And the lucky folks of  Beyond Retro | Brick Lane have this beauty flying their way.  We can’t help but think of this looking fabulous on the baddies of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, or the Evil Queen in Snow White (pre-hag-transformation, of course…).  From the 1930s, this hooded velvet cape is a true piece of vintage wonderment.  So simple, but so luxurious, it can be worn with anything, but we see this standing out best with a pair of white tights and black, patent mary janes.  A wicker basket of poison apples is recommended but not mandatory.

Hooded Velvet Cape | £60 | Available at our Brick Lane store

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When we showed you our ten favourite Hawaiian shirts yesterday, we secretly held this one back to star on the Vintage Spotlight; and it's not difficult to see why. This 1950s number is absolutely magnificent, subdued in colour-way to satisfy those who don't favour the more traditionally garish prints, but depicting the surfers and palm trees demanded by the classic aloha aesthetic. Hawaiian shirts usually let their prints do the talking, but the detailing here is stunning - constructed from crepe weaves, horizontal buttonholes house coconut buttons and the print carries through the pocket. Anyone willing to invest in this will own their own piece of paradise, but if it's beyond your budget, be sure to check out the rest of our Hawaiian shirts here.

1950s Vintage Hawaiian Shirt | £95

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