Autumn and Winter are my favourite seasons sartorially speaking. I’m longing for gloves, hats, and capes. Woolen vintage finds and my ever-expanding collection of tartan and check prints are all carefully stored away in anticipation of their necessity. OK so I’ve been a little down on this incredible summer – it really has been incredible – but that is only because I am always excited about the layers of wrapping up against the cold, about the hearty Autumnal food (Shepherd’s Pie and crumble, anyone?), about the church candles that throw off heat and a romantic glow from the fireplace in my living room.
Whilst I hope that we have a few more warm days in September, I am shamelessly looking forward to the cold after seeing a tantalising preview of my A/W wardrobe at London Edge last weekend. For those of you who have not heard of this wonderful trade show, I attend twice each year for Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter and it is there that I chat to the amazing people behind the vintage reproduction clothing in my wardrobe. I have known many of these brands and makers for many years now and I love having this vantage point from which to watch their growth and development… as well as earmarking a few bits for my wishlist as soon as they hit the stores!
Let’s get this thing started…
I do love to catch up with friends at London Edge and my first port of call is ALWAYS to see the wonderful Clare Quartermaine at The House of Foxy. If you love mustard yellow, you must(ard) check out the new collections coming from their rails. I love how Clare pairs mustard with navy to make it less scary for the paler customer!
Old friends and new, I mentioned Bethany Jane Davies at the S/S show earlier this year. Her new lipsticks, inspired by vintage shades, are coming very soon. In addition to being cruelty-free, the production of these lipsticks was postponed so that more sustainable ingredients could be used in their production. THIS is the kind of company that you want to buy from. I’m on the waiting list and will be buying myself one of these babies as soon as they are ready for an ethical pout.
There is going to be an emerging theme as I move around the show – the theme is ‘you can never have too much leopard’. I stand by this.
My next stop was to see my friends at Voodoo Vixen. I love this brand for really well-made affordable bits that are so much fun. The crazy hot day on Sunday meant that I could wear this season’s amazing leopard print dress whilst looking forward to more in the colder months.
Voodoo Vixen has the perfect top, it’s 3/4 length in the sleeve with a sweetheart neckline and ruching on the shoulders and down the centre. It really is perfect for anyone with boobs! It’s called the Von Teese top and you cannot go far wrong with buying one in every colour. Now available in leopard!
It’s not all leopard, there are plenty of tartan and check designs. This one felt a bit Vivienne Westwood to me. I kind of love it.
There were gorgeous accessories added to an ever-expanding offering from Voodoo Vixen. The brollies felt cheerful, all lined up ready for duty.
And how much do I adore this mistletoe brooch for Christmas? I think that this would make the perfect small gift.
There were even other prints to stick my teeth into. I’m torn now as to whether I would choose a lipstick print over a leopard. This is a new blouse which is already available online if you want to bag one before I do!
Who am I kidding? I am the queen of the leopards and I have the cape to prove it. The photo-bomber clearly approves…
Moving on to more understated territory, I popped along to Zoe Vine London to admire their gorgeous frocks.
A new find at this London Edge was Little Pig Jewellery Design. I’m just going to leave these here and give you gift options for me at any given time of year!
London Edge is not all vintage reproduction. Kennedy are bringing glam rock back to take over the world from Glasgow! There’s a little bit of leopard print going on here.
If you really want to do prints, you have to check out Victory Parade. Every beautiful style is available in every incredible fabric.
Another favourite of mine is The Seamstress of Bloomsbury. The authentic choice of fabrics and prints work perfectly with their authentic 1940s clothing. This print is brand new to their rails and I think it is incredible – if you thought that everyone wore monochrome and brown in the 1940s, you were mistaken!
I could not visit The Seamstress of Bloomsbury without visiting their sister company RocknRomance. Bolder 1950s styling and fantastic prints, all made with the same attention to detail and quality as I am used to with their sister.
There were more fab accessories on offer from Punky Pins. I have followed this wonderful brand on Instagram for years and bought a few of their gorgeous enamel pins as presents for friends (my favourite gift was a ‘Zero Fucks Given’ pin to a friend who was feeling the pressure). Admiring their collection of feminist pins, I am thinking of buying a little collection to adorn my ‘leather’ biker jacket this Spring.
No visit to London Edge would be complete without a catwalk show. The stylists love to play around with the clubwear that is exhibited at the event and the resulting looks are nothing short of spectacular.
I’m not sure I could pull off some of the more colourful looks!
I am now totally ready to start stocking my wardrobe for the cold months ahead. Please tell me I am not the only one…
Even as we went to leave, I could not resist looking at shoes. I am physically incapable of walking past shoes! These beauties were from Lola Ramona. Their strapline is ‘she who dies with the most shoes, wins!’ which I love more than I can say.
It’s true, you can never have too much leopard print!