River Island used to be known as Chelsea Girl, oh peeps younger than myself. It rebranded in the 1990s, after fading from its glory days in the 60s to 80s. (If you want to read up on the history this Telegraph article is a quick summary and an affectionate review may also be found in The Independent.) And now, I am happy to report, it has decided there's a demand for designs from its heyday to those of us who prefer our vintage psychedelic to cookie-cutter high street 50s prom dresses. And so it was, I was tempted away from the sale rail on my last visit! Well, lovely though all my real retro stuff is a couple of the original CG designs really caught my eye, especially a swirling paisley mini dress with incredibly vast collar and dangling gold ties. Oh yes please.
Sadly my enthusiasm did not shine through in the outfit photo, where I sport my patented angry stare and moon face. I tried to take advantage of the nice weather, but a sunbeam dazzled me. Gah.
|I actually really like the dress.|
|Check the big floppy|
collar and paisley.
Well, I am impressed with the dress - it's even slightly crimplene-ey (which RI could have shied away from, but it actually adds to the retro feel of the garment) - and very wearable. It's sleeveless so I'm layering it with a matching sweater and leggings at the moment, but in summer it will make a nice beach-to-bar dress with bare legs. Ha ha hark at me acting as if I have a beach-to-bar lifestyle.
The canny part of me is planning, during mid season sales, to raid River Island's website for left over Chelsea Girl designs. I strongly suspect these items aren't for everyone and that is to my thrifty advantage! Excellent, normal service is resumed.
I'll leave you with another picture of me, this time in 70s vintage and off to the Style Me Vintage launch. It was a wonderful evening but sadly I took hardly any photos (grr) however you can read all about it at Style High Club (which includes a photo of moi smiling- just to prove I can smile in photos!).
|See. I can smile and my|
face isn't a paper plate
with a scowl drawn on.