Judy's Affordable Vintage Digest Judy's Affordable Vintage Digest Issue 2 - Page 34

Going Gatsby Jack Zelenka guides us through his picks of last years films with a homage to vintage The Midlands Birmingham - A brilliant read for all you thrifty lovers, Victoria is an expert at blagging a bargain, whether that be through car booting or online competitions. Her love of Laura Ashley and Cath Kidston will speak to many of the girlie girls hidden inside us all. www.victorias-vintage.co.uk Leicester - It may boast a fairly nondescript layout, but The Leicester Secondhandista is a key to the vintage city. Writer Amy Jane Barnes knows the city inside outside and doesn’t mind sharing her knowledge with you lucky midlanders. www.leicestersecondhandista.wordpress.com Derby - A self confessed high street addict, Becky’s vintage connection is more of a homage than a dedication, but that doesn’t stop her putting together trend-clashing looks that you could easily achieve for yourself at one of our kilo sales. Music fans will have a great time guessing the song from her post title. www.beckywhatshername.blogspot.com Lincoln - A Londoner at heart, Sade is studying in the Midlands and has featured everywhere from Company Magazine to Rimmel’s youtube campaign. Her unique street style is the work of someone who truly loves experimenting and having fun with fashion. www.inmysundaybest.com Nottingham - With a wardrobe so on-trend that Topshop Leamington Spa - Redressing is run by Angie, vintage might as well hire her as a fashion forecaster, 18 year old loving wife, mother and business woman who declares herself to be ‘on a mission to restore a sense of self worth in all women, everywhere!’ Angie’s body shape guide and self employment tips bring a well needed sense of realism to the world of vintage dressing, where not everyone is blessed with Hepburn hips. www.redressingblog.blogspot.co.uk Ellie’s stylishly minimal layout allows her photography and wishlist collages to pop with youthful vigour. We’re super jealous of her adorable cat-shaped clothes hangers. www.elliesfavouritethings.com Scotland and Wales Cardiff - Stating in her ‘About Me’ that she will only wear dresses and skirts, never trousers, Gemma is a girl after our own heart. Winner of Best Lifestyle Blog at the Welsh Blogger awards, she has been known to frequent some of our very own fairs and loves to share vintage events with her readers. www.fatfrocks.com Edinburgh - Bright and colourful, Oranges and Apples should be saved in the favourites of every Scottish shopper for it’s handy guide on the charity shops of Edinburgh. A library of everything from lifestyle pieces 34 to ethical fashion to feminism, Franca is a prolific writer who offers something different every time you visit. www.oranges-and-apples.com Glasgow - The Vintage Lassies is run by Jenny and Claire, who spend their day job as owners of vintage tableware and accessory hire company Butler and Taylor. As you would expect, their blog is a collection of all the gems they find on their thrifting trips, as well as an insight into their busy lives. www.thevintagelassies.blogspot.co.uk 2013 was a simply mesmerizing year for cinema goers (and you crafty downloaders). While Despicable Me 2 and The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug topped the UK Box Office, some of the years other big releases featured some truly wonderfully vintage costume design. Gangster Squad is a violent and action packed look back at one of history’s most infamous criminals, Mickey Cohen. With an all-star support cast including Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Giovani Ribisi and Anthony Mackie to name but a few, costume designer Mary Zophres had plenty to work with and every single character is flawlessly styled. Suits. Suspenders. Fedoras…not to mention Emma Stone’s stunning red dress. Despite having some of today’s biggest stars, Gangster Squad feels like a product of its time but with modern production value. A highly recommended watch for anyone with an affinity for post war America. The 20’s hit the High Street The Place Beyond The Pines is a three part drama chronicling the aftermath of a spate of motorcycle bank robberies conducted by Luke Glanton (Ryan Gosling). Also starring Eva Mendes, Bradley Cooper and Dane DeHaan, The Place Beyond The Pines follows the knock on effects on the characters involved with Glanton’s crimes. We love Goslings’s Metallica Ride the Lightning tee, sleeves cut off into a vest revealing countless tattoos. Set in prohibition era New York, The Great Gatsby is a faithful and lavishly stylish retelling of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s tragedy of the same name. Told from the perspective of Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire), it is the tale of one man’s wealth, aspiration and obsession. In keeping with the books theme of affluence and frivolity, the film showcases some truly spectacular 1920s décor and costumes. When combined with Baz Lurhman’s music video-esque directing style and Jay-Z’s contemporary film score, the elaborate costume and set design create a deliberately garish and almost vulgar tone. This being said, there are some subtle and tasteful costumes such as Gatsby’s Beige-on-Beige corduroy and sweater combo. While always overshadowed by DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire’s Nick has a slightly less groomed look than Gatsby with earthier toned suits compared to Gatsby’s outlandish bright colours. Once you see his bright pink suit…you’ll know. While 1920’s vintage requires a certain amount of dedication, it was an undeniably smart period with keeping up appearances held in high regard and being in the right social circles equally so. By Jack Zel