David Bowie – A Fashion and Music Legacy

All image credit to Michele Rosenthal

All image credit to Michele Rosenthal

Like the rest of the world, we at Judy HQ were shocked and saddened when we awoke on Monday morning to news that we had lost David Bowie to an 18-month battle with liver cancer. A star who really does need no introduction, what he has given to the world of music over the years is almost intangible, shaping the world’s outlook on topics as big as space exploration, gender and sexuality.

A huge part of this was Bowie’s approach to fashion. Constantly pushing boundaries and predicting trends decades before they came about, his dalliances with colour, shape and style have inspired both low and high fashion worldwide. We’re all familiar with his ‘classic characters’ – Ziggy Stardust, The Thin White Duke, Aladdin Sane, Labyrinth’s Goblin King – but less emphasis is placed on his more ‘wearable’ looks – smart tailoring, coloured hair, womenswear-as-menswear and vice versa. These are all looks we covet from our designers, our high-street stores and our vintage traders too, proof that David Bowie’s legacy will live on long after us all.

He’s with us every time we daub glitter on our faces for a party, every time we pair a frilly blouse with an androgynous suit, and every time we fall in love with an ‘out there’ outfit that it seems nobody else would wear. His attitude to fashion, music and life is an inspiration to our work at all three of our brands, and a hopeful reminder to all of his loved ones and fans that being yourself is the absolute best thing you can be. RIP David Bowie, you will be missed.

GIF by Helen Green

GIF by Helen Green

Celebrate individuality in fashion with us at our events this weekend –

Cambridge Affordable Vintage Fair – 16th January @ Cambridge Guildhall, £2 entry, 10.30am,4.30pm

Bristol Vintage Kilo Sale – 16th January @ Bristol Paintworks, £3 entry (11am-12pm), £1.50 entry (12pm-4pm)


Beehive of the Week!

Greetings vintage fans,

Now, if there’s one thing we love, it’s that 1960s vintage hair staple, the beehive! Popular [yet not an everyday occurrence] we couldn’t NOT show you this amazing shopper spotted at Cambridge…





Already hooked on that T-shirt, those trousers [and the touch of lippy] we soon found ourselves armed to the teeth with hairspray and brush, back-combing to kingdom come!

Retro Regards,

Judy HQ! x

1950s Vintage: A Betty Draper take on Chester & Cambridge

Greetings Vintage Fans,

From the soundtrack to the scotch and the costumes and one liners, it goes without saying that we are still [and always will be] totally infatuated with Mad Men. That said, this weekend at both our Chester and Cambridge vintage fairs, one was all but inundated with a plethora of 1950s vintage pieces, all of which wouldn’t look out of place draped on a Draper. Selecting just three, here are our picks…

 Trader: Magnifique

 Trader: Divine InterVintage

 Trader: Rebecca-Jade’s Vintage

If THAT wasn’t enough, fair founder [and outright vintage junky] Judy picked up what can only be describes as the mother of all hauls from Chester, including some very fifties bits…

Tea tray? Check. Owl bottle opener? Check. Sewing box? Check. Judy annual? Check. The ultimate showstopper of the set, Judy couldn’t resist this stunning 1950s vintage dress, complete with one of the sweetest prints we’ve ever seen…

Darling indeed! And so with a full heart [and an empty wallet] we say thank you to all who came to Chester and Cambridge [and all of our other events for that matter!] We’re off to kick back with Don, Betty, Peggy and Joan and indulge in a little ’50s reverie.

Retro Regards,

Judy HQ x










How to avoid a hair-mare at the Cambridge Vintage Fair

Greetings vintage fans,

Short cuts, long cuts, cuts that fill you with dread – we all know what a nightmare getting retro hair can be and so, this week, we decided to call in the experts. Coming to our Cambridge Vintage Fair this very Sunday, we chatted to retro beauticians ‘Salon Vintage‘ on the hows and whys of good vintage hair [and the styles that should NEVER come back…]

Q. Hey Venetia! Thank you for talking to Judy HQ! Now then, can we ask – how did it all begin??

A. Well, Vicky, George and I are all hair stylists and/or make-up artists who have been practising for many years now [more than we can count!]. Back in the day, I did a course called ‘Vintage Hair Styling for Camera’ followed by a course purely for vintage make-up, leading to a job working with The Vintage Hair Lounge (based in Southampton) at Goodwood Revival in September of last year. Vicky & George soon caught the bug and did the training too! Qualifications done, we then chose our vintage identities – Queenie, Vi & Georgie-Pie and ‘Salon Vintage’ was born!

Q. Now, with vintage fans being so eclectic, do you ever get any crazy requests?

A. Not crazy exactly, as almost anything goes, but we did have one customer who wanted to look older [crazy in our eyes!] and we were happy to oblige! She did indeed look older after being styled but most people just want to see a different look in the mirror and we never fail to disappoint. The ability to transform someone is a  fantastic perk and we love to see the look on their faces when the finished look is revealed to them!

Q. Just as certain eras of vintage are popular on the runways at the moment, do you find that that there are certain decades or looks that are on trend?

A. The most popular era is definitely the 1940s; victory rolls, land girls and head scarves, followed closely by 1960s beehives. Actually, at the moment one of the hottest trends is the 1950s beehive – a softer version than the 60s one, very classy & sophisticated! The most popular make-up feature is most definitely bright red lipstick – gorgeous on everyone!

Q. And for all those who want to try it at home ,are there are any products or tools that are a must-have in order to get the look?

A. There are 3 things that anyone would need to create a style at home – lots of grips & pins, lots of backcombing – not as damaging to the hair as most people believe – and finally, a ton of hairspray. In terms of make-up, we sell a fantastic range of vintage-inspired cosmetics – Besame is a great one [the packaging is pure luxury!]  It looks amazing on your dressing table and the colours are truly vintage. The ‘Red Hot Red’ lipstick (Marilyn Monroe’s favourite) is an absolute must to get the look!

Q. And finally, are there any vintage hairstyles that you NEVER want to see again?

A. Definitely the 1970s mullet – what on EARTH were people [i.e we] thinking!!

And there we have it folks, follicle tips from insiders in the know! If you’re popping down to the Cambridge Vintage Fair on Sunday and fancy some affordable retro TLC, email hi-de-hi@salonvintage.co.uk to book in [and for all the details on our Cambridge Vintage Fair, click HERE]

Retro Regards,

Judy HQ x


Bright Young Things at Cambridge

Greetings Vintage Fans!

Bringing all the glamour of the 1930s to the Guildhall last Saturday, we were STUNNED [yes jaw-on-the-floor STUNNED] by these gorgeous original ’30s gowns from Charlotte Rose Vintage…

With Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ only months away, we wish we’d bought them so that we could Charleston around a la Carey Mulligan all the way home!


Retro Regards,

Judy HQ x