Monday, 2 November 2009
Furs, frocks and all manner of vintage fripperies flounced to the music of several decades at the first ever Grand Vintage at the Rivoli Ballroom on Saturday 26 September.
1950's jivers sized up glam 70's disco queens and 80's retrosexuals at the ball offering fine London folk an opportunity to don their best vintage and retro outfits.
Contestants in the Vintage Attire Pageant competed fiercely for the first prize of a bottle of Babycham and quality satin rosette. Categories included, Dictators wife, Retrosexual, and most dapper gentleman.
Tunes from Buddy Holly, Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Whitney Houston and Erasure encouraged revellers of all ages throw serious shapes on the dancefloor.Disc jockeys on the night included designer extraordinaire Julian Smith and femme fetales the She Set. Comperes on the night - the fabulous alternative cabaret act Bourgeois & Maurice who grilled contestants on everything from their most hated celebrity to most embarrassing moment, revealing a lot more than a vintage corset in the process.
The next ball will be held at the Rivoli on Saturday 8 May!
For more information go to http://www.umiandco.com/ or call 08453 708 078
P.S Apologies in the delay in this post. I think I had 'post event depression'...
Thursday, 24 September 2009
The good people at Lastminute.com tell me that there are a few remaining tickets for the Grand Vintage Ball & Vintage Attire Pageant this Saturday. Why is this? Do you not want to shake your body like a horny little pony to tunes from the 20's to the 80's?Do you not want to have a vintage makeover by Nina's Hair Parlour or enter the pageant? Or is it that you're not sure about seeing the fantabulous Bourgeois & Maurice, the She Set or Julian J Smith (pictured), who'll be hot footing it across town to do a set after showing at London Fashion Week? I'm confused? Edith, put the kettle on…
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
Just a little reminder that the Grand Vintage Ball & Vintage Attire Pageant is fast approaching.It's going to be amazing. We've got fantabulous alternative cabaret duo Bourgeois & Maurice, The She Set spinning tunes from the 20's to the 80's, designer and DJ extraordinaire Julian J Smith, vintage makeovers, cheap booze and of course the pageant which starts at 9.47 sharp. The categories are:
Best outfit from the 20’s to the 80’s
Most dapper gentleman
Tickets are selling fast at http://www.blogger.com/www.ticketweb.co.uk.
You can pay on the door but why risk it? Buy your ticket right now, there's a dear.
Saturday, 5 September 2009
Are you worried that you would dearly love to come and join the vintage festivities and frivolities but simply don’t have a stitch to wear?
Then allow us to turn Cinders into the belle of the ball. In collaboration Nina’s Vintage Beauty Parlour, Ooh La La! Vintage and vintage lifestyle photographer Carole Evans, one very, very lucky reader will be offered an amazing VIP vintage makeover.
The VIP vintage treatment for the night, includes: four VIP tickets to the ball, a darling up-do or magical make-up by Leila from Nina’s Vintage Salon and use of a frocktastic gown by Ooh La La! Vintage and UMI & Co Vintage.
Who knows you may even win the pageant itself.
To win this amazing price answer the following question: Which grand dame de la mode gave us the following fabulous quotes?
“Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty”
“I don’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little – if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that’s the day she has a date with destiny. And it’s best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.”
To win, email the answer to firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t forget to include your favourite era, dress size, measurements and style wishes. The winners will be notified by 15 September 2009.
There is no cash alternative and the usual terms and conditions apply.
Tuesday, 18 August 2009
Each one of the sassy collective specialises in a different era, genre and has her own sense of style and appreciation of music.
The ladies also run monthly club night The Sect.
Each month has a different theme inspired by a person, era or culture. Marie Antoinette, Studio 54, Britpop, Delia Derbyshire, Dirty Dancing have all recently featured in the eclectic random night of aural pleasure.
For more information on the She Set go to:
Thursday, 16 July 2009
Bourgeois & Maurice, dubbed as musical couture the fantabulous alternative cabaret duo, have just been confirmed as comperes for The Grand Vintage Ball & Vintage Attire Pageant. The duo are on a mission to better the lives of all humans in the world, starting with their own. Merging film, fashion, fear and gossip is what they do. Copy their style if you dare!
Thursday, 11 June 2009
The first ever Grand Vintage Ball will be a night of glam music, mindboggling feats of derring-do and decadence.
Whilst the powdered preening pansies fight it out at London Fashion week, to see styles plundered from the past, the event will show the real sartorial creativity and design London has to offer.
Just like music sampling, which involves rifling through the past with scant regard for periods, styles and eras, the ball will be a non purist homage to the past.
Held in the sumptuous environs of the Rivoli Ballroom in Brockley, South East London, the night is the perfect opportunity for the Retrorati and the Sartorial Intelligentsia to don their best vintage and retro outfits and enter the ultimate Vintage Attire Pageant, where they can be crowned Best In Show.
Contest categories include:
Best outfits from the 20’s to the 80’s
Best English Gentleman
Disc jockeys include designer extraordinaire Julian Smith playing Jive, Rock ‘n’ Roll, 1970s Glam Stomp, 80s New Romantic Pop, Patriotic English, Studio 54, Motown, Punk and 90’s nonsense
When: Saturday 26 September 2009
Where: Rivoli Ballroom, Brockley, London SE4 2BY
Time: Doors: 8pm -1am
Tickets: £14.99 plus booking fee from www.ticketweb.co.uk
http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/user/?region=gb_london&query=schedule&venue=rivoli&month=8&day=26&year=109 or more on the door
For more information call 08453 708 078
Dress code: Strictly mothball chic
This is not a purist event
This is not a fancy dress event
Afro wigs will not be permitted