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Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Never Too Old to Play With Dolls

Admit it - we have all spied gangs of little girls playing with barbies and wanted to join in - not least to try out the latest outifts with those terrifyingly pointy plastic heels. Well, now you can do this without feeling childish as Barbie is set to release not one but 3 dolls to celebrate the late and great Grace Kelly!





The three dolls wear replica vintage dresses from Kelly’s envy inducing wardrobe. The ‘To Catch a Thief’ Barbie wears a blue chiffon gown modelled after a dress Kelly wore in the 1955 Hitchcock film opposite Cary Grant.




The bridal version of the doll is dressed in a mini-replica of Kelly’s still-iconic wedding gown (squeak). 


Finally, the Romance doll will rock a black floral dress that mirrors the one Kelly wore when she met Prince Rainier III at the Cannes Film Festival in 1955. That doll, which will be available in October, also comes with a cute navy blue skirt suit like the one Grace wore when she arrived in Monaco for her 1956 wedding.

Also, you can pretend that, rather than acting like a big kid, you are actually just doing your bit for charity as a percentage of the sale price will go to Princess Grace Foundation-USA, which funds the professional development of emerging artists in theatre, dance and film. 
So, dig out your Ken (you know you still have it) and get ready for make believe all over again!
Note: This should only really be done in the privacy of your own home (or Barbie Dream Castle) as we suspect that this will raise eyebrows in the office. 


Friday, 12 August 2011

Festival Of Britain Exhibition



FestivalOfGreatBritain1951 Festival of Britain Exhibition
At a loose end this weekend? Make your way to the second floor for of Marylebone’s Alfie’s Antique Market for an exhibition room set out with iconic pieces from the original Festival of Britain in 1951.
The small exhibition features pieces of design history from Alfie’s dealers’ private collections including a Gazelle table designed by Ernest Race, original Exhibition postcards, brochures, textiles, rare furniture and collectables. It is going to be fabulous and a real, rare insight into genuine vintage treasures.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Very Very Vintage

What a weekend we have had at the quite fabulous Vintage Festival on the Southbank. Not only was it a great chance to speak to all the wonderful vintage addicts about their love of all things retro, but we also got to oggle all those fabulous vintage outfits and even pick up a few vintage treats ourselves! 


We had a lovely little stall featuring a small but perfectly formed selection of RMV goodies to tempt the good people of London - and tempted they were! We had to say goodbye to our treasured Mary Quant Jacket Dress and our collection of vintage bold block colour clutch bags lasted about 45 minutes before they were all re-homed! 



Our Little Stall Of Vintage and Inspired Treats!

The sun was out, so were swing skirts, 40s hair dos, lava lamps, flat caps and everyone looked blinking marvellous. It seemed like the 50s prom was the ladies first choice and, as the weather was so brilliant, the floral and lace prints looked simply stunning swishing their way along the riverside. Our celebrity radar spotted Florence Welsh and Daisy Lowe looking vint-alicious but it was you lovely shoppers that really impressed us with your total commitment to vintage whether in full on pin-up or a pic n mix with high street or contemporary brands. Thanks for coming along to say "hi" - We loved it and can't wait till next year! 




Lovely Ladies With Vintage Dos


Our Retail Neighbours Putting On A Show!


Cool Britannia - No-one does Vintage Better
Going with the Flo - We stalked her picking up some lovely Biba!





I Spy with the London Eye something beginning with V!

Photos from Getty, Vintage By Hemmingway and Our Own.