I fell in love with London Retro way back in 2011 when I first heard of them. I loved their vintage aesthetic that made liberal use of tortoiseshell, and I loved how they were inspired by the quintessence of London. The first pair of glasses I ever wore on a daily basis was the London Retro Hoxton, and it’s only recently that I’ve retired them as I need a new prescription. The charmingly indie brand recently launched their new A/W collection - titled Metropolitan, it consists of 17 frames, each one in 2 colourways, and all named after an iconic London Underground station.
I was recently contacted by MyOptique.com, an UK based online glasses retailer who very generously offered a pair of glasses or sunglasses from this collection to one lucky reader. According to their site, MyOptique is “the destination online boutique for designer eyewear, offering an unrivalled selection of luxury brands, including Burberry, Victoria Beckham, Prada and Tom Ford. It features a unique style finder as well as a style advisor, providing a premium personal shopper style service, underpinned by a highly experienced team of optical experts.” That actually sounds pretty great to me, because it’s after a lot of trial and error that I’ve discovered round frames to be best suited to my face, and I wish I’d had some personalised style advice when I was buying rectangular frames for years! I’ve picked out some of my favourite styles from the Metropolitan collection, but you could win any one of the pairs on the site! All you need to do is go through the steps on the widget below.
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Sadly, this giveaway is open only to folks in the UK but there will be other international giveaways soon!
My obsession with the 60s is back in full swing with the rediscovery of this vintage jacket. But unlike earlier iterations of this obsession, I want to leave behind Carnaby Street and Swinging London and venture in a more northerly direction this time. When I coordinate an outfit, I always think of who it is that I want to dress as on that particular day. I’ve made up characters in my head since I was about 7 or so, and it’s only recently that I’ve started writing about some of them, but I’ve been emulating their style for a long time now.
With this outfit, my point of departure was Pink Floyd’s Scottish tour of 1967 where they played 5 gigs to a mostly disinterested audience and were, according to Nick Mason, billed alongside a local fruitcake contest. From there I went on to think of Trezza Azzopardi’s The Hiding Place, a book about growing up in 60s Cardiff. And both these things tied in so very neatly with the way northern England has been on my mind lately, so I wanted interpret Mod through their influences. I kept the palette muted and mostly monochromatic with navys and greys, a stark contrast to the bright primary colours of Space Age fashion. There’s a bit of Teddy Girl in there too as a nod to the hard femme side of my persona. I have loved pretty clothes for as long as I can remember but what I find most liberating about fashion is how it allows me to live a million lives in my reclusive, monkish one, and how it’s part of the same creative impetus that leads me to write. For me, this is the real beauty of fashion, its true strength.
Vintage 60s jacket// ASOS layering top// ASOS faux fur collar // Brixton Fiddler fisherman’s cap // New Look shorts// M&S tights// Office pixie boots
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I was recently asked by ModCloth to style this BB Dakota dress for their Uniquely You campaign. Now black lace is a bit too gothy for me these days so I tried to figure out a way to make it work for me. I love the idea of winterising sleeveless dresses with blouses underneath and this check shirt ticked all the tartan obsessed boxes in my brain. Plus, it has some gorgeous detailing. I added cream over knee socks and gold glitter oxfords because cream and gold is just so Christmassy, and finished the look with a bag in beautifully Autumnal hues and a black lace cat ear headband to echo the dress ♥