This is my latest vintage find and one I was keen to share . The embroidery is wonderful, worked in metal thread, in silver and gold tone with deep blue on the peacock bodies. It is a classic Indian made velvet evening bag of a style that has endured for many years. These bags were popular both in the early and mid twentieth century and are perfect for teaming with an elegant gown.
I have two wonderful examples of early twentieth century English made handbags on the shelves of Coolclobber right now. Both in brown leather, one in a clutch style with a back strap, and one with top handles. Both handbags feature inner double purses on rolling hinges, and are lined in brown moiré fabric. Given their age, they are both in great condition, with just a little bit of tarnishing or corrosion in the inner purse frames, but both with very good fitting kissing clasps, good condition leather and linings.
I have been busy adding new stock to the collection, with over a hundred mens accessories now in stock, and women’s accessories up in the eighties, browse away! The complete store inventory is now over five hundred items of vintage clothing and accessories, sorted in to convenient sections.
Two great recent finds…..a 1960s London Maid car coat, made from fabulous Llama wool, with oversized crochet buttons…it’s classic, and a great key piece for any 60s wardrobe. The gentleman’s tailored overcoat was a particularly great find, as it was originally sold at a local gentleman’s outfitters here in West Wales, Daniel Davies, Men’s and Boys outfitters of Lampeter. It is in amazing condition with a glossy satin lining and a sealskin finish.
It is certainly the season for wearing a scarf. I have some fabulous silky headsquares in stock. Wear them like Audrey or Grace, or add an accent to a suit or coat by wearing them Western style, folded diagonally and knotted at the back of the neck. Always popular for men, the gentleman’s reversible silky and wool scarf, adopted in the 1960s by scooter riding Mods….so great with a traditional overcoat and equally good with your old fish tailed parka!
The Swinging Sixties, as it became know, is synonymous with an explosion of creativity in fashion and music and art, that put Britain on the map as the innovative capital of the world!
The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Hermans Hermit, David Bowie.
Pop Art, Op Art, Peter Blake, David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Andy Warhol.
Hair….the lacquered beehive…..Vidal Sassoon, the five point bob.
Make-up….eyeliner, false eyelashes, pale lipstick, pale nail varnish.
Over the decade, various styles emerged, and it is possible to find plenty of 60s vintage clothing in good wearable condition.
Space Age and Futuristic, with clothes made from plastic, metal or paper and new fabrics. Lots of white and silver. Helmets, short boots, geometric structure and keyholes, geometric prints.
André Courrège, Pierre Cardin, Paco Rabanne
The Mini Skirt
Courrège showed above the knee short skirts in the early 60s, however the term Mini skirt is accredited to Mary Quant, who, in the mid sixties, introduced skirts 6/7 inches above the knee. Mary Quant also designed groovy capes, mini skirts, dresses and bags using Welsh tapestry doublecloth in vivid 60s colour combinations.
Jean Varon, Mary Quant, John Bates, André Courrège.
The brainchild of designer Barbara Hulanicki, Biba started as a small store in Kensington in 1964, later, in the 70s, moving in to the old Derry and Toms department store in Kensington High St. Biba was a complete look, a distinct style, based on both Biba clothing and Biba make-up. Biba was a “dolly girl” look, big eyed and young.
Flower Power, The Summer of Love.
1967 is known as The Summer of Love, and marks a summer when over 75,000 hippies gathered in Haight Ashbury, San Francisco. 1969 was the year of the Woodstock festival. The late 1960s is associated with hippie fashion and inspired by American music.
Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, The Monkees, The Byrds, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, The Mamas & Papas.
Fingertip length mini dress, mini skirt, skinny rib sweater, ankle or knee high boots, baker boy hat, 3/4 length jacket, the headscarf, sack dress, smock dress, hot pants, palazzo pants, long floaty dress, headband. Welsh tapestry capes, skirts and handbags, the Afghan coat, a bibbity bobbity hat, satin loons.
The 1970s was a great era for the “dedicated follower of fashion” (thank you Ray Davies) , and plenty of authentic vintage pieces can still be found. Hippie flower power of the mid sixties had given us long flowing dresses and bell bottomed trousers, and this carried over into the 1970s, but became sharper and more mainstream. 1970s fabric patterns and styles are less whimsical and are generally bolder. Trousers become tight fitting , hipster and flared, shirts become more tailored, often with exaggerated collars and cuffs. Flared trousers are often combined with platform heeled boots. Fashion and music go hand in hand in the 1970s, and styles reflect the diversity of both….
Abba……Dancing Queen, David Bowie, Elton John, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Patti Smith, Blondie, Rock and pop in all of its various guises…
The maxi dress, flares, platform soles, the jumpsuit, hot pants, halterneck tops, shaggy faux fur jackets, feather boas, big brimmed hats, tight T shirts, big belts worn round the hips, crochet dresses, handkerchief hemlines, Palazzo pants, knee high boots, the wrap dress, prairie dress, fitted velvet blazers, long narrow scarf, tan leather shoulder bags.
Designers to look for:-
Gina Fratini, Laura Ashley, Ozzie Clark, Zandra Rhodes, Celia Birtwell, Ralph Lauren, Diane Von Furstenburg, Jessica McClintock, Vivienne Westwood, Gloria Vanderbilt, Barbara Hulanicki (Biba).
Models and Muses:-
Jerry Hall, Lauren Hutton, Iman, Cheryl Tiegs, Marie Helvin, Farrah Fawcett, Joni Mitchell, Cher, Stevie Nicks, Faye Dunaway, Diane Keaton, Charlotte Rampling, Donna Summer, Bo Derek, Debbie Harry.
Lots of :-
Acrylic and synthetic fabrics, wash ‘n wear, non-iron, bold colours, fit and flare, swirling bold patterns.
1980s Vintage is distinguished by a number of distinct styles and looks. Essentially over the top in every way, an 80s look is easy to re-create….you just have to think of a theme and exaggerate it! There is little subtlety here!
Punk. Mid and late 70s and right in to the 1980s…..The Mohican or Mohawk, Doc Martins, slogan T shirts, rips and safety pins, face jewellery and piercings, leather, tartan, bondage, S &M.
New Romantic. Pirate outfits, Braided jackets, big belts, frilly shirts, face paint, long boots, androgeny, night club glamour.
Dallas style Shoulder pads. Power dressing, big hair, Dallas, Miami Vice, Dynasty and other American TV series, Joan Collins, Linda Evans, Don Johnson.
The puffball skirt, acid washed jeans, spandex, leg warmers, leotards, headbands, Flashdance, puff sleeved prom gowns, the man ponytail, shoes without socks, pastel jacket over T shirt, Hammer pants, gold lamé, the body stocking.
The Sex Pistols, Siouxie Sioux, Vivienne Westward, Adam Ant, Duran Duran, Yasmin Le Bon, Boy George, Culture Club, Spandau Ballet, Lady Di, David Emmanuel, Katharyn Hamnett, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani, Madonna, Leigh Bowery, Steve Strange, Annie Lennox.
All of the styles above can be classified as either young fashion or power dressing….the two principal 1980s fashion themes. Young fashion takes its inspiration from pop music and Television and film and celebrates independence, the new, the loud, the alternative, the individual. Power dressing is all about assertiveness, taking control, creating a business persona, creating a successful persona. It is glamorous and based on the impression of wealth and taste ( ironic).