Wallis 1923 collection – beautiful retro styles.

After the  gorgeous 1950s printed Summer dresses, Wallis are again raiding their vast archives to bring vintage chic to the High Street. This time they have looked to two very different eras in terms of style, the 1920s and the 1960s. I absolutely adore the 1920s collection which just screams GLAMOUR.

The 1920s era encapsulates decadent vintage glamour. Wallis has taken inspiration from the Jazz Age for its 1920s evening dress collection. This has been inspired by sketches recovered from the Wallis archives and also by  the Speakeasy bars evoked in Boardwalk Empire.  The gold boardwalk dress evokes the glamour of the period with its rouching, bead work detailing and drop waist hem line, 1920s fan Kate Moss would love this dress! Other favourites include the pink or black tassel dresses with delicate art deco inspired beading and bow neck tie and the grey or pink  firework embellished tunic dresses. The look is completed with the cocoon drop waist coat in cream or black accessorised with a faux fur stole.  These styles are going to continue to be a big story into 2012 with the release of ‘The Great Gatsby’, so invest in the  trend now.

Gold 1923 Beaded Dress £90.00 

Pink 1923 Embellished Dress £99.00 

Black 1923 Tassel Dress £85.00 

Cream 1923 Fur Collar Coat £130.00 

 

Black 1923 Fur Collar Coat £130.00 

 

Lily Allen weds!

Lily Allen performing on February 18, 2007.

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This Saturday saw the wedding of Lily Allen and Sam Cooper, and the surprise but heart warming news that Lily is more than 12 weeks pregnant.

All eyes were on the dress, as Lily is known as a vintage aficionado, who has here own vintage clothes shop, Lucy in Disguise, that she co-runs with sister Sarah, and has recently launched her own vintage-inspired line to be sold through Harvey Nichols. Lily is also a sometime muse of Karl Lagerfeld of Chanel, so he was another possible designer name in the frame.

As it was, Lily plumped for an exquisite 1920s style dress by French designer Delphine Manivet, that owed something in style to a certain royal wedding dress, with its long sleeves and use of lace. It perfectly framed her neat baby bump, and looked exquisite when worn with a 1920s style headdress that reminded me of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother´s wedding veil from 1923.

This is definitely one of my favourite wedding looks from this year, and with Kate Middleton, and now Lily, opting for such pretty, elegant, but covered-up gowns, you have to ask, is the penchant for strapless wedding dresses over?