Monday, 13 February 2012

Very Vintage

Following a recent Vintage themed work trip to Paris I have a new found fascination with all things vintage and jumped at the chance to visit ‘Frock Me’ at Chelsea Town Hall last weekend. Having spent a weekend enjoying Madame Tra la la’s vintage master class I was thrilled to see Tara Munro, founder of ‘Ooh La La Vintage’ again, but this time sadly in the heart of Chelsea and not gay Paris.

The building lends itself so beautifully to the event, the intricately illustrated ceiling enhancing the atmosphere of stature and elegance reminiscent of a deeply sophisticated era. The various rooms were adorned with rails and rails of fabrics ranging from the softest silk to the blindingly embezzled. Tara’s stall featured some beautiful pieces with lace so delicate and colours vivid enough to excite even the most conservative of dressers.

Pieces ranged from the prettiest 1920’s tea dresses to mesmerizing patterned 1960’s dropped waist numbers. Every item had a story, and interestingly the shoppers were just as diverse as the clothes. I spotted girls as young as 16 bustling alongside 70 something vintage aficionados pawing over the bargain booty.

Once we were rail raided out we headed to the charming tea rooms for a traditional vintage tea, complete with bone china and scones. Frock me has a huge cult following and is increasingly popular, so much so that the waiting list for vendors is apparently years long. The next Chelsea Town Hall event is on the 29th April and runs from 11am- 5.30pm. Whether you are a vintage nut or fancy a culture change on a Sunday afternoon I highly recommend checking it out, but don’t forget to find Tara Munro- if anyone knows vintage it’s her!

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