NUA Guest Blog: The Vintage Show
Students currently studying on the BA (Hons) Fashion Communication Programme at Norwich University of the Arts share their experience of Norwich Fashion Week 2017.
Lauren Johnson attended The Vintage Show.
If I had to choose one word to describe this year’s Vintage show it would be ‘sparkle’, from the glitter on the audiences faces to the shimmering lips of the models – you couldn’t miss it! You could feel the nostalgia upon entering, the smell of vintage clothes clear in the venue and the audience dressed like they could be in the show themselves. The stage in particular set the scene; bright pink glitter curtains, palm trees and faux fur throws, so seventies it almost hurt.
The show started off strong with The Stylist and the Collector churning out look after look, starting with a matching pair of lycra body suits paired with huge sunglasses, an ongoing theme throughout the show. Then things got elegant, evening wear covered in sparkles, draped and embellished so delicately.
Crafty Stitchers brought us pattern clashing, mismatched and homemade vintage looks. A favourite of mine being the dress made from triangles of denim cut and sewn together. The male models came out with flares and bowties, complete with crafty stitchers shirt.
Kooks Vintage was next, bursting in with stunning floor length gowns that gave off a 70’s glam vibe with loose fitted suede. A nod to pop art was also included, a ‘pow’ printed skirt matched with a huge yellow bow. The use of colour was interesting, all the bright yellows, pinks and reds were offset by modern cuts, paired with oversized floppy hats and shoulder pads, they really brought the old into the new.
Sue Ryder Vintage went with a more casual theme, denim jackets and bright printed shirts, less sparkly but screaming nostalgia, even the suits had throwback elements with the plaid bowtie and oversized cuts.
The dresses from Prim Vintage had me wishing I lived in the 70’s, the flare, vivacity, patterns, all contributing to what was an overall excellent collection, certainly quality over quantity.
Attik and Seller showed off the theme of the show ‘Spring’ with floral flowy dresses, sunglasses and clothes made for spring time.
Retreat Vintage showcased low cut, backless dresses in bold prints in a 90’s style, followed by a 60’s cut coat dress and metallic skirt. I loved the mix and contrast between the varying decades.
Hyde and Johnson couture played into the androgyny so synonymous with the 90’s, the men wore women’s jackets, scarves, floral backpacks, frills, even skirts yet somehow they’re styled in masculine way, they pushed androgyny to its limits. This collection certainly peaked mine and the audience’s attention.
Polka dots and 50’s cuts featured heavily in Chenik Betts collection, the circle skirts and high necklines made everything feel very 50’s diner, in a good way.
Boho patterns and cuts came out to play with Butterfly Vintages collection, longline shirts and retro dresses were the key pieces of this show, undeniably inspired by hippy fashion.
Superqueenie retro took us to the seventies with the huge glasses and chunky belts over floral maxi dresses and muted colours, the styling really brought this collection together.
Wake up little Susie brought us retro nightwear, a niche which they cater to perfectly, using interesting cuts and patterned fabrics that look luxurious and soft, perfect to sleep in.
Vintage wedding dresses? Yup! Frock Spot showcased beautiful vintage inspired design with their collection, puffy skirts, dresses with pockets and diamantes for days.
With an incredible playlist The Vintage Show was much more of an experience than just a fashion show. Many of the people who came to watch reminisced about when they had worn similar clothes to these and grinned at the modern twists and unique perspectives that the designers showcased. The show succeeded in bringing nostalgia to Norwich through excellent design, styling, makeup, hair and music.
(All Images Andi Sapey)