Judy’s Fashion Police – Our top picks from the Grammy’s, BAFTA’s and Elle Style Awards 2016

Awards season is in full swing! We don’t think we’re alone when we say that we’ve been tuned into E! news on constant rotation, catching up with all the winners, losers and of course, the frocks that everyone is talking about.

It’s not really our style to critique the looks we didn’t like so much (RIP the silver tongue of Fashion Police’s warden Joan Rivers), but we are all for championing the best looks from the red carpet. This season is all about colour, glitter and flowing full-lengths…let’s get into it!

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The musical event of the year, the Grammy’s always sees it’s fair share of controversial and creative outfits. No huge dramas to be had this year unfortunately, but it’s fair to say that everybody was talking about Lady Gaga’s stunning homage to David Bowie, complete with flame-red locks. We love the fashion-forward retro shades of Florence Welch and Lianne La Havas gowns, but we have to say that our fave look was presenter Kaley Cuoco – the ‘Big Bang Theory’ star looked fun and effortless in a quirky playsuit that we’re coveting for our own wardrobe (if only our abs looked that good)

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For timeless glamour and classy hemlines, the BAFTA’s a ceremony to rely on. Stars often look chic but as lovers of the one-off, we’re sometimes left feeling a little uninspired. Not this year – stars like Isla Fisher and Gemma Chan managed to subvert the classic shades of black, white and silver with a hint of Hollywood screen siren. Kudos also to Cate Blanchett in a stunning Alexander McQueen, but it was breakout star Bel Powley  who really caught our eye – the glitzy Gucci rainbow gown with gold platforms was super-70s and totally befitting of her role in 2015’s excellent ‘The Diary Of A Teenage Girl’.
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Oh Elle, an awards ceremony after our own heart! Dedicated to inspirational women, we’d certainly love to gatecrash this party and get some serious girlcrush vibes underway. The informal sense of fun is reflected on the red carpet – models Suki Waterhouse and Karlie Kloss both went for traditional styles with a hint of youthfullness in the neckline. We love Paloma’s fluffy jumper, but we’re also pretty obsessed with Kate Moss’s younger sister Lottie and her barely-there tinfoil number that brings back some amazing 90s memories. We hope there was a big fur coat just out of shot…

All of those outfits and we still have the Brits and the Oscars to go! Tweet us @judysvintagefair to tell us your fave, our even show us your own red-carpet look…we’d love to share our favourites!

Fest-Envy – Vintage Style at Glastonbury!

image courtesy of ukrockfestivals.com

image courtesy of ukrockfestivals.com

We’re heaving a collective sigh of jealousy at Judy HQ this week – we’re not off to Glastonbury! Although we have a very exciting summer of festival ahead of us with Beatherder and Festival No.6 (more info here!), we can’t help but lust for those rolling pilton hills and a line-up that reads like a who’s who of music industry.

In recent years, Glastonbury has also become synonymous with some of the world’s best street style. Vintage is a great option for festivalwear – it is often much more hardwearing than modern clothing, will make you stand out in a crowd and can be customised to your hearts content without breaking your budget. If you’re still hurriedly packing our bags before heading off to Somerset, take note from some of our favourite celebrity Glasto looks that can be easily achieved with a bit of vintage!

Golden Girls

paloma faith beyonce kate moss glastonbury fashionWhile looking as flawless as Paloma or Beyonce may seem a little unachievable after a few nights in a tent, glitter is an absolute must at Glastonbury. Lamé, sequin or lurex garment are easily found at vintage fairs and look great as a statement piece over darker shorts or tees, adding a little glamour to the muddy fields.

Earth Child

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With it’s hippy connotations and blissed-out vibes, Glastonbury is the perfect place to get your free love on. Florence, Laura and Lana display just a few of the ways to channel 60s/70s folklore – the key is all in the pattern. Pick one bold minidress, kimono or shirt in a floaty cotton for easy wearability and light packing – you’ll thank us later when you have much more space for all those tinned gins!

Simply Does It

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if you don’t fancy going all out at Glastonbury, there are plenty of ways to dress simply while still making a nod to retro. Whether it’s a pretty 50s blouse like Emma’s, 70s leather ‘n’ breton combo like Alexa or 90s oversized tee and round sunnies like Ella, these looks are all maintenance but still make an impact. Just remember to add a pop of luxury – a gold chain, patterned belt or perhaps even a gorgeous vintage handbag like Alexa’s (a girl can dream…)

What outfits are you planning on rocking this festival season? Don’t forget to share your looks with us on instagram @judysvintagefair – we love sharing our favourites.


East London Vintage Furniture Flea, 5th July (click here for info)
Beat-Herder Festival, 17th July (click here for info)
East London Vintage Kilo Sale, 2nd August (click here for info)
Edinburgh’s Affordable Vintage Fair – The Fringe Festival Edition!, 8th August (click here for info)
Glasgow Vintage Kilo Sale – 8th August (click here for info)


V&Oak Post: Vintage Make Up

In a society dominated by the entertainment industry, celebrities have us in the palm of their hand. They could dictate the most ridiculous trends and we would still follow them blindly.

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I will raise my hand – I’m guilty of this. There are a few VIPs I am absolutely in love with and I look up to them for inspiration. But even they must have found their inspiration somewhere. Today I am going to talk you through the signature looks of a few celebrities who know their vintage style.

First up, the 1940s. We cannot mention vintage make-up without thinking of American burlesque dancer, model, actress and vintage goddess Dita Von Teese.


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Dita’s make-up rarely changes: her winning look is bright red lipstick and black winged eyeliner paired with luscious fake lashes, all on porcelain skin. Finish with a bit of blush or contouring and strongly defined brows and you’ve got the Dita look.


Dita gets her inspiration from 1940s burlesque dancers such as Bettie Page, with her jet black hair, and Betty Grable, with the tight curls. Both rocked the iconic red lip.

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pic 4bNext up is Lana Del Rey. The American indie singer stays true to the black winged eyeliner, but she softens it slightly with a brown smokey eye or a defined crease to add more depth to the eye.


The lipstick is also more subtle; Lana chooses a nude lip and finishes her look with big ’60s-’70s hair.


 Lana is said to have taken inspiration for her artist name from American 1940s actress Lana Turner, but we see more of a resemblance with French iconic actress and model Brigitte Bardot. Her kitten eyeliner, nude lip and big tousled hair made her a sex symbol in 1960s France.


An artist who likes to jump between both looks is British singer Adele.


Adele has confessed to loving vintage clothes and to working with her stylist to create one-of-a-kind dresses for big events. She often completes her outfits and make-up with voluminous hair.


 Her simple red lip and defined eyes remind us of Marilyn Monroe.

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Lastly, someone who certainly knows how to have fun with her style and will go with whatever look crosses her mind is English pop singer Paloma Faith. The eyeliner and strong brows are ever present, but the lip and hair change as she pleases.

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 We learnt to expect anything from Paloma: her hair always reinvents retro styles verging on eccentric fun looks. Her style goes all the way from the 1940s with the bold red lip to the 1980s with the big hair and bright lip. Her Jessica Rabbit-like red wavy hair is often compared to actress Veronica Lake

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Paloma has said she likes to have fun with her fashion choices: she knows she’s going to make mistakes and she’s ready to forgive herself and have more fun, and we adore that about her.

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For more vintage beauty inspiration, check out V&OAK Magazine.

See you next week!

Giulia Nespolo at V&OAK