Retro Inspiration from London Fashion Week SS16

We’d be a little hypocritical at Judy HQ if our personal wardrobes weren’t at least 90% vintage, but we’re sure we’re not alone in getting a wee bit excited everytime LondonFashion Week rolls around. A veritable whos-who of front-rowers, the street style, the soundtracks and wacky hair and makeup…we love it all! While we were not lucky enough to attend London Fashion Week ourselves this year, we did enjoy picking our favourite retro-inspired styles out on the Vogue website. Tres chic…

orla kiely ss16Orla Kiely
Kilo Manager Jenessa is a huge fan of Orla Kiely and her 60s-inspired floral prints, so it was no surprise to find her coveting almost everything from the collection! Set amongst a crazy golf scene, purple pastels held their own against vibrant yellows and of course, THAT clarks footwear collaboration. We best get saving our pennies…

holly fulton ss16Holly Fulton
Feeling more seventies? Studio Fulton is your place to be. We loved the autumn-pallette-meets-summer-shapes that makes this collection so wearable all year round. Catch us in that flare and blouse combo…or maybe a statement dress or two…we can’t decide!

jeremy scott moschino ss16

Jeremy Scott
Lead designer at Moschino, Jeremy Scott has been a kitsch favourite for a while. This season, he took things to the 80s height of Barbie once more, contrasting with edgy prints and neon colours. Not for the faint-hearted, but those electric blue boots have our heart.

mansur gavriel 2Mansur Gavriel
The colours, the prints, the super-cool models…we’re in love with everything about this Italian accessory designers collection. While the emphasis was on the shoes and bags, we can’t help but wish they’d whip up those pinafores for consumer sale as well…we want every colour!

Feeling inspired to grab some fashion-forward garments for your wardrobe? We’ve got a vast calendar of kilo sales and fashion fairs to get you kitted out in the sort of retrowear that will be influencing the catwalks for years to come. Let’s face it, vintage never goes out of style! Check our events tab for more information.

Fri 25th September – Leeds Freshers Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 26th September – Cardiff Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 26th September – Birmingham Vintage Kilo Sale
Sun 27th September – Bristol Vintage Kilo Sale
Thursday 1st October – UCLU Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 3rd October – Manchester Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 3rd October – Edinburgh Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 3rd October – Leeds Vintage Kilo Sale
Sun 4th October – Bethnal Green Affordable Vintage Fair
Saturday 10th October – South London Kilo Sale
Sun 11th October – Newcastle Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 17th October – Cambridge Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 17th October – Liverpool Vintage Kilo Sale
Sun 18th October – Bristol Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 24th October – Oxford Affordable Vintage Fair
Sat 24th October – Manchester Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 31st October – Lincoln Vintage Kilo Sale
Sat 31st October – Birmingham Affordable Vintage Fair

A very vintage fashion week

Oh London Fashion Week, how quickly you go! As we sit here [rather pleasurably!] looking through all the looks that make us want to fast-forward the summer and jump straight to Autumn, one can’t help but wish for a form of ‘Fashion Week Omnibus,’ a sort of sartorial ‘Black Mirror’ beamed straight through the TV and into our brains and leaving us trend-aware in an instant!

Dystopian Charlie Brooker-isms aside, what have we learnt from Fashion Week? Surprisingly, much of the same! From the ’60s to the Elizabethan to a take on Rydell High, the past is more present than ever, with ample designs to leave us drooling. Picking out outfits and plastering them together, here are a few faves from a very retro week on the runways…

Giles: Kicking things off chronologically with a spot of the Elizabethan, Gile’s floor-length gowns, puffed sleeves, lace and embellishments are so old-school that they’re practically out of a GCSE history textbook. Sighting his influence as ‘Black Adder!’ we may start channeling our inner Baldrick next season too! [if only we can remember where we put those ruffs…] Photo courtesy of: Vogue

Meadham Kirchoff: A monochrome march of leather, black velvet, virginal white linen, veils and crowns, duo Meadham Kirchoff explored the notion of ‘devotion,’ with heavy fabrics, embellished collars and floor-length cuts mirroring the Victorian. Putting one in mind of tempestuous moors, jilted brides and the juxtaposition of mourning with the celebratory, we think that we will be going back to black for Autumn, swapping taxi cabs for carriages and bringing headpieces into the office [too much?] Photo courtesy of: Vogue [and for a  backstage look, check out Wonderland’s review here]

PPQ: A good seven decades post-Victorian [and at the opposite end of the aesthetic spectrum] we couldn’t help but fall for the ADORABLE neon pea coats over at PPQ! 1960’s beehives, contrasting paneling and coming with an assortment of collars, we fancy channeling Twiggy green and adding a much-needed colour pop to our wardrobes. Photo courtesy of: Yahoo.

Orla Kiely: Well, where do we begin? Clearly, by the amount of images we’ve plastered above, you can see that we are officially IN LOVE! A strong believer that fashion [especially that which isn’t so easy on the bank!] should be experiential and not just a quick flaunt down a runway, we were smitten with Orla Kiely’s recreation of the classic 1960s typing pool, complete with beehives, props and [we like to hope] a lot of scotch! And so, the only thing more impressive than the setting? The clothes themselves! Gorgeous repeat-print shifts, layering, sheer sleeves, peter pan collars [and the odd squirrel or two, occupying a cardigan.] As practical as they are an occular delight, it makes us wants to time travel RIGHT NOW back to the 60s and live the Draper dream! Photos courtesy of: Vogue and Rush and Teal

Tata Naka: Taking ‘The Pink Ladies’ via Keith Haring, how anyone wouldn’t fall for the playful print clash of Tata Naka is beyond us! With the designers channeling ‘love in an ’80s High School,’ printed letterman jackets, coloured leather, knee-length skirts and pannelling remain outre but accessible, a giddy lovechild of 1950s styles and 80s angst that promises to put the fun back into an Autumn that feels a little grown-up. Photos courtesy of: Trend Journal

Well folks, there we have it! We hope you have enjoyed our little sartorial tour and feel free to let us know your favourites by commenting below!

Retro Regards,

Judy HQ x