The holiday party season has swept upon us in a dazzling shimmer of sparkles and satin. A favourite time of year for us at Vitalised Vintage as it is the perfect excuse to unveil our very special vintage dresses; the ones that gave us a flutter of glamour-loving butterflies when we first found them, the ones that made us want to put them on immediately with the unadulterated delight of a wide-eyed little girl, and wear all the time because they are simply just too beautiful to take off, even when we have to go to the post office and buy stamps! But sadly, as we at least have to make a show of being sensible and grown up, we dutifully tucked them carefully away in the wardrobe, impatiently counting down the days when their spectacular moment would come. And here it is, the festive season, when every woman, and every man too (if perhaps sometimes a little reluctantly) are positively encouraged to indulge their suppressed starlet and shine just as brightly as any twinkly light or the very brightest star at the top of the tree.
We kicked off the party season early at Vitalised Vintage, unsurprisingly perhaps due to the inexorable siren call of our party dresses. Our fabulous launch party was held at the wonderful Paradise by way of Kensal Green. The delightful whimsy of their elegant rooms was the perfect home-from-home for Vitalised Vintage with scented candles, flowers tumbling out of pretty jugs and jam jars and a deliciously party-pink cocktail created for us by their lovely bar staff. Two of our most show-stoppingly fabulous dresses were on display: our Escada Couture gown, accented beautifully with our gold Elephant necklace and our breathtaking 30s hand-applied jeweled evening dress. These were admired by some of Vitalised Vintage’s lovely friends including our gorgeous cover girl Leah De Wavrin and stunning super model Jade Parfitt.
Ellie and Leah
Ellie indulged her inner ballerina by wearing a dreamy, floating empire line dress made from vintage lace with her hair swept up in to a perfect prima ballerina’s French plait and bun, finished off with a dusty pink bow, whilst Fleur channeled a more structured 50s Hollywood glamour with waved hair and waisted 50s green striped satin dress with 70s gold embellished suede belt. Two totally different vintage party looks to swish about in and feel a little bit fabulous.
Ellie and Fleur
We’ve also been inspired by 60 years of exquisite gowns and party frocks by the maestro of couture Valentino at the Valentino: Master of Couture exhibition at Somerset House www.somersethouse.org.uk/visual-arts/valentino
137 awe-striking gowns, dresses and ensembles line an elegant catwalk in a rainbow array of not just colours but also styles and textures and is a fascinating view of evolving styles throughout the twentieth century, seeing which decades influenced each other and the timeless classicism of a genius artistic creator.
Ellie’s Favourite from S/S 1969 white satin evening gown with hand painted coral design
Photo by © Ruven Affandor
Fleur’s Favourite A/W 2002 red and yellow taffeta ensemble with sable trim
photo © Valentino Garavani, Virtual Museum
Just in time for the party season we have sourced some fabulous new party treasures and wonderful winter warmers to keep you looking at your most spectacular up to New Year and beyond. Our favourite pieces are a breathtaking ¾ length 60s mink coat for effortless glamour, even thrown over fleecy pyjamas to keep out the cold! Our favourite party dress of the season is our lovely new 50s pink and black cocktail dress. The soft pink under-dress gives a warm dimension to the black netting over-lay, making this an elegant twist on the little black dress.
These will be available to buy on the website 19/12/12