Pedaling back in time: Melbourne Tweed Ride

Melbourne’s weekend Tweed Ride couldn’t have asked for more idealistic weather conditions. Except that, well, most people were perspiring a little than they would have liked to in their vintage plus-four suits. But a far merrier option to the previous day’s deluge of rain, Sunday’s event was smiled upon by sunshine and calm winds as the 200 strong participants pedaled their way along the city’s…
MTR 2011
MTR 2011
MTR 2011
MTR 2011
MTR 2011
MTR 2011
MTR 2011
MTR 2011

The beach and young Bardot: vintage inspiration

If your definition of woman is a full bust and hips separated in the middle by an impossibly tiny waist, than the dictionary entry can be replaced simply with a photo of Brigitte Bardot. Odds are you’ve seen these images, many times – Bardot on the beach, near invisible waistline cinched in by a belt while her then-moussy hair spilled over exposed shoulders. The outfit…
Brigitte Bardot by Kary Lasch (1955)
Brigitte Bardot by Kary Lasch (1955)
Brigitte Bardot by Kary Lasch (1955)
Brigitte Bardot by Kary Lasch (1955)
Brigitte Bardot by Kary Lasch (1955)
Brigitte Bardot by Kary Lasch (1955)
Brigitte Bardot by Kary Lasch (1955)

Illustrations by Carl ‘Eric’ Erickson: vintage inspiration

The topic of how much a fashion week of the 1940s differed to those of the present day proved fascinating when we recently came across an account by Rosamond Bernier. It was an extract, published over at The Paris Review, from her book Some of My Lives: A Scrapbook Memoir, and in it she recounted what it was like to travel with illustrator Carl ‘Eric’…
Fashion illustrations by Carl 'Eric' Erickson
Fashion illustrations by Carl 'Eric' Erickson
Fashion illustrations by Carl 'Eric' Erickson
Fashion illustrations by Carl 'Eric' Erickson
Fashion illustrations by Carl 'Eric' Erickson
Fashion illustrations by Carl 'Eric' Erickson
Fashion illustrations by Carl 'Eric' Erickson
Fashion illustrations by Carl 'Eric' Erickson

Swimming caps but no bikinis: weekend watch

The entertainment value of this video is multifaceted. Mostly, it stems from how times have changed. In the 1950s a fashion show dedicated to swimming caps was somehow warranted. An adorable Punch & Judy booth setup – well, good luck finding Punch or Judy now. And passing up the valid excuse to send models in bikinis down a runway? Not likely to happen anymore. Note…

For love of Gainsbourg & Birkin

From the day Jonatan Frenk posed for Gucci’s spring / summer 2009 campaign, his vintage magnetism flashed all over the fashion maps. His careless hairstyle, curled-up lips and old school looks didn’t go unnoticed. Especially, when the inspiration for a photo shoot is drawn from the best of the bygone era. But sometimes, fashion icons inspire more than a given trend of that particular era.…
Jonatan Frenke for Trunk Magazine
Jonatan Frenke for Trunk Magazine
Jonatan Frenke for Trunk Magazine
Jonatan Frenke for Trunk Magazine

Decades of elegance: the photography of Lillian Bassman

Not much needs to be said about Lillian Bassman’s impressive body of fashion photography work that spanned the 1940s to the 1960s; the pictures speak for themselves. Shooting mostly for Harper’s Bazaar, her high contrast black and white style is characterised not just by artistic flair but by a perpetual leaning towards all things elegant. While the fashion changes across a decade, the elegance of…
Vintage fashion photography by Lillian Bassman
Vintage fashion photography by Lillian Bassman
Vintage fashion photography by Lillian Bassman
Vintage fashion photography by Lillian Bassman
Vintage fashion photography by Lillian Bassman
Vintage fashion photography by Lillian Bassman
Vintage fashion photography by Lillian Bassman
Vintage fashion photography by Lillian Bassman

Kate Winslet as Elizabeth Taylor

When we found out that the ‘Heros’ issue of V Magazine would honour Elizabeth Taylor, we knew we’d be in for lots of eyebrows and lots of glamour. It’s only fitting, after all; plus with Carine Roitfeld and Mario Testino working on the project we could only expect some big names to get involved. Now the cover has been revealed and it’s Kate Winslet that’s…

Grace Coddington by Helmut Newton: vintage inspiration

We’re not yet ready to farewell the 1970s as a fashion trend, so before we even contemplate it here’s a look at an editorial from the era that’s not too far removed from this year’s revival. Shimmering lurex maxi dresses and floating sunray pleats in block colours could quite easily be modern Gucci offerings. And while 2011 takes the era and gives everything a slicker,…
Grace Coddington, Karin Feddersen & Cathee Dahmen: Vogue UK, October 1973
Grace Coddington, Karin Feddersen & Cathee Dahmen: Vogue UK, October 1973
Grace Coddington, Karin Feddersen & Cathee Dahmen: Vogue UK, October 1973
Grace Coddington, Karin Feddersen & Cathee Dahmen: Vogue UK, October 1973
Grace Coddington, Karin Feddersen & Cathee Dahmen: Vogue UK, October 1973
Grace Coddington, Karin Feddersen & Cathee Dahmen: Vogue UK, October 1973

Always greener: vintage inspiration

With its fresh spring green hue, ruched waist, and all-over gathered fabrics, you’d be forgiven for mistaking this swimsuit for a modern-day Lanvin offering. You’d be right about one thing though; that a full-breifed vintage style swimsuit is certainly a style to take inspiration from this year. And the perfect way to wear something with a little hint of Grecian goddess, right now? With some…

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