Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Halloween Fun with Fleur

A few weeks ago I offered my services to the fabulous Fleur De Guerre as a male manikin (I hasten to use the word 'model') so she could dress me up in vintage style Halloween clobber for a shoot she'd been asked to do by o2. The shoot was part of their #lookscary launch campaign for the Blackberry Curve Red phone.

All in good fun I spent the afternoon dressing up as Gomez Adams, a Zombie James Dean and most bazaarly of all having a huge green apple painted on my face to be the subject of Magritte's "The Son of Man"!


Monday, 16 July 2012

"...Smile and Whistle under all circumstances"

Me as a Cub Scout
This subject of this post came up in conversation with The Lady Wife the other day and I thought 'Hmmm, I could do a nice little bit about that on the blog!' plus, in a way, it's something of a reaction to the myriad of recent posts by fellow enthusiasts Retro Chick (here and here) and Tuppence Ha'penny (here, here and here) about why they wear 'Vintage', partly in relation to the recent 'Vintage backlash' (I might do a proper post about that as well).

Now, over the last few months I've had the pleasure of being interview about my Southern Retro project for publications such as Vintage Life Magazine, Flush Magazine and Milkcow Vintage - and one of the questions that often comes up is why the retrospective life appeals so much over that which modern life has to offer.

My answer nearly always has something to do with keeping history alive, or the great music and dancing, or the important of clothes and pride in ones appearance or, most importantly, ones positive attitude to life in general.

This last one I think is interesting because it's so fundamental to me and I have trouble understanding why it is that modern life just doesn't seem to embrace attitudes such as good manners, courtesy and respect in the same way that it did in the past. I think the reason for this is it was instilled in me at a young age and in such a positive way it just makes sense.

This 'instillation' for want of a better word was carried out during my time as a boy in the Boy Scout Association.

Monday, 27 February 2012

Shopping Guides: Shoreditch Vintage

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Vintage Mafia's Ric Rac club up in Shoreditch, London in aid of Naomi Thompson's "Style Me Vintage" book launch.
It was a great night hanging out and drinking with such glamorous Vintagites (I'm coining that one Charlotte ;-)) as Charlotte, Fiona, Charly, Gemma, Margaret, Shona, Hannah, Claire & Lena to name but a few.
But enough of that... we all had a great night and most of them have blogged about it by now.

During the afternoon before the event I had some time to kill so I went off on a bit of a shopping adventure around Shoreditch, based roughly around the Brick Lane area.

Friday, 17 February 2012

My Personal Style - A 30s Look

A few weeks back I responded to a tweet forwarded by fellow photographer Tigz Rice from Melissa Love Design asking for Men to help out by standing around in suits modelling for a Burlesque themed photo shoot they were organising at the beginning of February. The shoot happened to be at the Proud Brighton Ballroom which is round the corner from my house and I do love dressing up in a suit so I thought "why not!".

So last Tuesday (7th Feb) I headed out to be a male model for the day.


Monday, 16 January 2012

How to: Detachable Collared Shirts

Greetings and a Happy New Year to you all!

Apologies for the lack of posts in the last few months but if you follow the progress of my Southern Retro project you'll see that I've been busy adding some fabulous new people to the collection!

Anyway, "Get on with it old chap!" I hear you cry.

Without further ado; welcome to this, my first (and hopefully not last) "How to".
Where-upon I will show you how you can turn a readily available collarless "Grandad" shirt into a detachable collared shirt at no expense!

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