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Inspiration: London Vintage Fashion, Textiles & Accessories Fair

This weekend our vintage loving Accessories Editor was one of the first in the queue at the monthly London Vintage Fashion, Textiles and Accessories Fair. With an emphasis on bridal, this edition of the show presented a range of collections from dealers, from early Victorian specialists to excessive 80s enthusiasts, inspiration was everywhere, and we wanted to give you an insight into some of the highlights and ahead of our full vintage accessories reports on Stylesight.

Boxy 60s handbags were popular, particularly in dainty proportions. Graphic snake skin and tactile furs, like curly lamb and long haired fox confirm the luxury aesthetic of vintage, which works for a range of markets.

One of our the most interesting trends seen at the fair was the emergence of 60s and 70s humble craft, abstract jewelry. Polished copper, and molten mixed metals feature rustic artful motifs and embellishments.

Dramatic eyewear was a must at a number of stands, with exaggerated cat eyes, bug eye round, and T.V screen square shapes dominating displays. Unique materials and finishes for face frames are one of the most important elements of these vintage examples, rarely found in contemporary collections.

Opulent Baroque displays reflected the renewed interest in elaborately feminine pieces, such as tiaras and chandelier earrings, recently reflected on the F/W 11 runways. Soft, faded pastel color palettes and bright yellow gold stuck out throughout the show, and tied in to a sense of vintage romance.

A small selection of men’s pieces swayed towards the turn of the century, formal top hats, flat caps and tweed deerstalkers accessorize jaunty gentlemen’s suiting and tailored College jackets. Monogrammed travel bags and small leather goods caught our eye, and we were particularly smitten with this small Gentleman’s correspondence case, that once belonged to a L.W.J.

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