Monday, 22 October 2012

Fur and Gold...

Sometimes there is nothing more satisfying than feeling a little too over dressed!

Daytime opulence is an interesting foray to experiment with when it comes to clothing - layering up textured fabrics with luxury accessories, or adding unexpected pieces which would normally be best suited for the midnight hours...In this instance, fur and brocade made my decadent ensemble for a trip to a Brighton exhibition with the lovely Kelly Marie of 'A Harem of Peacocks' and Amber of 'Theatre of Fashion' (what a great way to meet someone!)

My new cigarette pants were a find in the H&M sale (I love the black-on-black texture!)
They aren't something I would normally have chosen, and Joshua was very surprised when I showed them to him upon arriving home - but hey! Why do we like the things we do eh? No rhyme nor reason!

My princess coat and gold brogues were eBay finds, and the vanity case was from a car boot sale.

The metallic blue and gold crop blazer was originally Topshop (I have the cocktail dress to match!) however I snapped it up for a couple of quid at my favourite car boot sale.

The fur (which I think might be rabbit?) is my first real fur purchase, and something which I admit I deliberated over for a few days.
I guess I reached the conclusion, that I have no qualms against the wearing of vintage fur (something I never minded on others, but I had to cement these opinions to comfortably wear it myself) just the use of fur in modern design. Blindingly obvious stuff eh?

The vintage fur stole, with my late Nannas ring. (I really miss being able to wear nail polish! My job doesn't allow it!)

The full ensemble...Please note the Heidi braids which I can do at last! (My hair is long enough!) Definitely a new favourite hairstyle...

So what exhibition bought those beautiful twosome down to Brighton?

The fabulous 'Biba and Beyond' at the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery!

For those of you who can travel and visit - I highly recommend it! For readers overseas, or too far away I tried to snap what I felt were the best bits, to share with you...

Barbara Hulanicki on Brighton fashions in the 1950s... (Dreamy or what?!)

This killed me...I don't know how I managed to restrain myself from jumping up and stealing the mannequin! 

The walls were littered with admiring quotes, such as this from 60's icon Twiggy...

One of the aspects I loved most about the exhibition was how personal it seemed. A large amount of the clothes were donated by their original owners, and even had photographs to supplement the memories the wearers had of the clothes. One of my personal favourites is below...

Look at all of those prints!

Dotted around the exhibition were quotes of Biba lovers, and their memories of the infamous stores...

I love how tiny and fitted everything is! Made ideally for the young, post-war malnourished teenagers of England!

Barbara on how she fell in love with her store...

Perhaps one of my favourite features of the exhibition was the Biba make up! Anybody who has seen Lisa Eldridge's incredible Biba make-over videos will understand my fascination with these incredibly coloured cosmetics...

Just look at those vibrant shades! Urgh! Too good!

The final wall of the exhibition...

I really recommend a visit to anyone who can! 'Biba and Beyond' runs until April 2013 so more than enough time to plan a day trip to B-town!

More soon, including some exciting news for anyone who is also Brighton-based!

Love Yours Truly, x


  1. wow! I love Oxford!
    metallic color!
    her outfit looks very cheerful and warm :)

  2. I love your style!!

  3. That outfit is so cute, dressing up in the day time is always a must! I can’t believe I’ve only just found your blog, I am actually in love, everything is so cute and kitschy. I’m also living in Brighton too so this made me happy :) If you have a chance you might like to take a look at my blog, I feel like we have a lot of similar interests! We’re also going to the Biba exhibition soon, we’ve just been putting it off so long so nice to hear how much you loved it :)
    Look forward to speaking to you,

  4. you always have the most gorgeous coats! and what an incredible exhibit!!

  5. I love all the textures, awesome!!

  6. Such an amazing post! I'm crazy about everything Biba and can't wait to check the exhibition! Being abroad never been so bad...I did an interview with Angie Smith, who owns big part of the pieces on this exhibition. If you want to check it was one of the last posts! xx

  7. Thanks so much for sharing your summary of the exhibit. It was so interesting.

    I love the outfit. I too have been debating about the real fur and getting a detachable collar . I'm just so against the whole idea that I finally decided I need to get something that is faux. Yours does look lovely though.


  8. your style is the most amazing. so inspiring to me!

    lindsey louise

  9. Love that furry scarf!

  10. I absolutely love your blazer! I am with you on the fur front it seems silly to leave vintage fur to waste. Although I feel if an animal is being killed for meat then it is only right to make use of everything including the fur, which is now left to be buried and wasted. This exhibition looks amazing, thank you for sharing - I might have to get myself to Brighton to visit it!


  11. You look lovely and I love the little fur stole! Where did you get the oxfords? I would love a pair like that! I only have some patent black ones and I wear them to death :) Also adore your hair, you should do a tutorial on that hairstyle x

  12. This is the most perfect outfit & you look amazing! I love everything. Do you mind me asking what height you are? I've wanted cigarette pants for years. I'm only 5'2. Those are fab on you. I don't wear vintage fur as modern fur will be vintage some day too. I'm veggie but not vegan tho so I can't really talk.

  13. Beautiful outfit, it all works together like a charm! I agree with the fur stance. I myself have a rabbit jacket that I got almost 20 years ago, in a second hand warehouse. I wouldn't have bought it if it was new.

    I am planning on going to Brighton before the xhibition closes, I really wanted to see it. Now that I've seen your peek, I want to see it even more! I just need to find a companion :)