Archive for June, 2009
With the first event being a success (over 700 paying punters through the door), the Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair returns on Sunday 12th July 2009.
It takes place at The Old Sessions House, Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R ONA from 10:30am trade (£4 entry) or 11am public (£3 entry), running through to 5pm. For that, you get to take in 35 'quality' dealers from all over the UK & Europe, selling clothing from the 1800s-1980s for both men and women.
There's even an in-house tailor for alterations, an on-site cafe, some vintage tunes over the sound system, dancing exhibitions in the foyer and a vintage-inspired beauty parlour
Find out more at the Clerkenwell Fashion Fair website
It's been 10 years in the making, which just might give you an idea of the depth of From Jazz Funk & Fusion to Acid Jazz – The History of the UK Jazz Dance Scene.
The work of Mark 'Snowboy' Cotgrove and designed by one of our favourite artist/designers Swifty, this 290-page book looks at the evolution of black music and clubbing in the UK from the early 70s to the mid-90s, taking in the all-dayers, weekenders and clubs, including The Goldmine, Chaplins, Lacy Lady, Berlin, The Central, Chaplins, Crackers, Electric Ballroom and The Wag.
Barry Murphy returns once more trawl the TV and radio guides (so you don't have to) to find anything worth tuning into this week. All listings are for UK terrestrial TV, Freeview and national radio, with the shows running from Friday 26th June to Thursday 2nd July 2009.
Highlights of the week
This week's television and radio is dominated by coverage of this year's Glastonbury festival. Among the highlights are performances from the recently reformed Specials ( BBC 4. Friday 26th, 9pm) and Madness (BBC 4. Sunday 28th, 7pm) both introduced by Mark Radcliffe.
Although a repeat, Soul Britannia (BBC 4, Friday 26th, 10pm) is unmissable. The second part of this excellent 3 part series charting the dynamic impact of black American and Caribbean sounds on British music and society is absolutely essential viewing. This weeks episode explores the time-frame of the early 1970s to the mid 80s, featuring Northern soul, skinheads, Ska and 2-tone. With contributions from Pete Townshend, Paul Weller and Kevin Rowland, among others.
If you ever went to the Outrigger in the 1980s, you might appreciate this clip of the club, dating back to 1984.
Apparently from BBC Midlands Today, the film has been retrieved from an old video tape and given a new lease of life courtesy of YouTube. Even if you didn't go, it's still an interesting insight into the mod scene of the mid 80s.
If you fancy taking in some ska – for free – in London, you need to check out Skaville at Filthy MacNastys.
Comprising of Nick Welsh (Selector and Bad Manners) and Louis Alphonso (Bad Manners), they'll be playing a selection of ska hits acoustically on Saturday 4th July at 68 Amwell Street, London EC1.
For more about the band, see above. Or just turn up on the night – you don't get value like this very often.
Filthy MacNastys website
Just added to the events listings is the write-up and flyer for the New Untouchables' Brighton Mod Weekender 2009.
It takes place from 28th – 30th August 2009, offering 3 nights of entertainments, 2 allnighters, 4 live bands during the daytime events and a host of guest clubs plus a scooter ride out. There is also a launch of ‘I’m One’ (21st Century Mods) by Horst R Fredriechs (which we featured the other day), with 15ft prints of some of the images featured in the book on display on the wall of Sea Life next to the daytime events venue.
if you want to know more, check out the link below to the listing on the site.
Brighton Mod Weekender 2009 listing
We’ve previewed these on the site for some time now, so we’re finally glad to see the Brutus Trimfit shirts
in the shops.
As we mentioned previously, the shirts offer all that classic 1960s detailing, with a slim fit, bold button-down collar, box pleat and a choice of tartan, black gingham or blue gingham as colours.
The first batch of stockists are Jump The Gun in Brighton, Oi Polloi in Manchester and Hip in Leeds, all three offering online sales too if you don’t happen to live nearby. You will also be able to buy them directly from Brutus at the end of the month. The shirts are priced around the £45 mark. More images over the page.
Brutus Trimfit website
New Look is probably best known for affordable fashion that moves fast, which happily means that once in a while they take a chance on some very retro pieces. These Shift Dresses are a great pair of sixties looks that are affordable and effortless.
Both the Circle Print Dress and Button Shift Dress start with a simple, chic cut that instantly looks vintage. The high neckline and mini length hem are kept classic by the cut being structured, not tight to the figure. The colour palettes are bright, without looking too modern and keeping these dresses grounded in sixties influence.
Get yours from New Look now from £30.
Find out more from the website
Via Retro To Go
We have featured Tuk's slim-fit shirts in the past and by all accounts, a number of you have bought the shirts in the past. Sadly, Tuk has operated strictly online until now, which means you don't get 'hands on' until you get your shirt through the post. That's not the case anymore.
If you happen to be in York, the Coggles store now has stock of its first batch of limited edition Tuk shirts (with and without button-down collars), which you can view via the link below. The price is the same (indeed, you can order online from Coggles if you prefer to get it shipped from within the UK), but if you can get to the store, you can actually try one on before you splash the cash.
Apparently other stockists are also being sorted out in the UK, so if you can't make it to north Yorkshire, sit tight and hopefully a stockist will arrive near you.
Tuk shirts at Coggles
A hug portion of the retro reproduction looks available today are sixties inspired, but it can be surprisingly hard to find a true Swinging London look from new clothing. This Carnaby Street Dress from ModCloth is a perfect mid sixties mod look.
Taking a simple, menswear inspired waistcoat, this treads the line of femininity perfectly for mod style. The sharp monochrome palette, deep V back and sleeveless look provide vintage looks, while detailing like octagon buttons and epaulettes add flair.
Get this dress online from ModCloth for $47.99.
Find out more from the website
Via Retro To Go