Thursday, 9 June 2011

Vintage Schmintage.... opting for old fashioned style, or trying to...

Recently I have found that what I consider vintage, elegant, unique or useful doesn't entirely accord with the so called vintage community. I am possibly too old, been wearing old stuff for too long and too much of a Londoner in tooth and claw. I'm finding it immature, too cliquey, too bitchy, too full of crap late 60's and 70's schmutter and too, well basically lacking in bloody style.  I had to leave a few comments off of my vintage survey because they were so petty and dim.

Having said that between the Chap Magazine cabal, those with Sohoitus (not 'vintage' but iredeemably drunken and bohemian around the edges) and some of the lovely vintage maff ladies who spend their time considering matters of sewing, getting dresses and getting plastered  there are lots of lovely people swishing around the place. 

But I don't bloody like East London, seventies crap clothes, dangly hair and sodding clubs full of bankers, hipsters and people in feather headbands and donning false moustaches .. I suspect Bourne and Hollingsworth must have a secret mailing list for twats. Then there is the amount of  bloggers and journalists and organisations who know sod all about design history or old clothes and set themselves up as experts which would be fine but they lie! they lie!  Really knowing arsingly nothing, I have read several lots of complete tosh in the last week and really at my age I have to start watching my temper.

So retro vintage is off the description, but soho, booze and old style glamour remain, the booze particularly remains.Any one got any tequila?!

Minn x

6 comments:

Dandy Man said...

Very well said! A pleaure to read!

Straight Talking Mama! said...

As always a lady who thinks as I do, and actually when you said I have to watch my temper at my age I had to snicker, I do too....!

Porcelina said...

I screamed at the TV recently at Gok Wan, who I presume must have studied fashion history at some point, when he mixed up the 1950s with the 1940s in terms of clothing styles...

Your posts are always great and say a lot of things that generally go unsaid!

Miss P xx

AnnieLindsay-Smith said...

I just understood what you're posting about and I agree. I think. you are just too gosh darned intellectual for my poor brain..!

Falcieri Designs said...

Spendid. I wish I could be that honest in my own blog, but I'm worried about upsetting people and people can be incredibly naff. I always get shot down in flames every time I say something on Facebook so I've just stopped bothering. I totally concur with your musings though. Everyone is jumping on the bandwagon. Hopefully they will move off soon when something else takes their fancy.

Helen Highwater said...

Oh jesus, I know what you mean, so many experts who actually know sod all! I had to bite my tongue the other day when someone kept calling a dress a "shift dress" when it clearly wasn't, and thought they had a pair of 1930s shoes when they were clearly 1970s or 1980s! I wanted to gently point out that they'd made an error, but just thought... nah.

And there's so much 80s crap in vintage fairs. I just don't bother going to them. I went to that one in the Bloomsbury Lanes and they had some stuff there which was vile in the 80s and still vile now!

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