From winged eyeliner to promptly trimmed bangs, retro fashion is back and it’s stronger than ever. As hot as the cherry-tone lipstick, found on the likes of 50s pinup girl Bettie Page, this time round the trend incorporates a variety of iconic must haves.
Relishing in a haven of dainty print petticoats and high-waisted capri pants, LondonEdge welcomes a number of different retro/pinup exhibitors this September. To make things a little easier we’ve put together a list of our favourite eight that give you a one-way ticket to a world where the girls like their cocktails sour and boys with a rockabilly edge.
Or if all-American calendar girl is more your thing, there’s always the pencil fitted wiggle work dress. Available in a range of colours and patterns, it’s a devilish must-have with a seductive bodice and tightly fitted skirt.
The label’s new spring/summer range gives rock and roll fashion a pastel flair, where salmon pinks, lemon yellows and mint greens are welcomed with open arms. Amongst the designs there’s also timeless accessories such as the ‘Lana’ sunglasses and ‘Retro Kiss’ clutch bag. Pierced with old Hollywood glamour and a nostalgic twist, there couldn’t be a better way to channel the summer season.
Voodoo Vixen, is a classic brand that delivers an ageless essence of glamour in an affordable and stylish way. From soft pink petticoats to bolder hues of red, the label specialises in complimenting curves and allowing women to channel their inner vixen. Passé prints dominate the collection and dramatic cuts give it the alternative edge it truly deserves.
As for your undergarments Midnight Peepshow is an East End London label that gives old school lingerie a desirable charm. Whether it’s corsets, carters, teddies, babydolls or more, the brand create sexy pieces that are the epitome of femininity.
There’s Audrey Hepburn stretch pants, with a snug waist, slim legs and deep pockets, or even a pair of Katherine Hepburn high-waisted shorts. Super comfortable, the shorts have a fitted waist, best worn with high shoes, a striped bodycon top and the hottest vintage hairdo.
Think glitzy bows, animal-esque print and the odd anchor or two, the brand create one-off pieces that are made to order. A striking way to dress up a look, we’ve got our eye on the tropical rainforest headscarf.
Envisage fitted pencil skirts made from kooky fabrics, that feature motifs such as mermaids, ponies and comic books, to dramatic black and white petticoats. Alongside the clothing Silly Old Sea Dog also offer a range of kitchen wear, which is sure to give any home a classic twist.
Stocked in a variety of boutiques across the globe, the brand's labels, Pinup Couture, Deadly Dames by Micheline Pitt and Dixiefried by Melanie Komenkul to name a few, offer customers a range of different garments such as dresses, outwear and hosiery.
Our personal favourites include the striking ‘Harley’ dress. With a high neckline, the sundress is the epitome of on-trend practicality. Not to mention, the charmeuse bodice and full gathered skirt being both comfortable and fashionable.
As for the other designs, let’s not forget the ‘Scandalous’ swimsuit. The perfect way to make a splash this season, the swimsuit is ideal for lounging around by the pool, cocktail in hand. We’ll take a retro piña colada please.