Monday, 31 January 2011

Vintage fashion and cocktails!


Our meeting last Thursday was a vintage-lovers dream. Caroline Brown from the House of Rose and Brown in Saltaire talked about her life, her shop and her passion for vintage.

We now know that to be vintage, clothes have to be at least 25 years old (murmur of shock from the audience as it dawned on us that half our wardrobe is 'vintage': i.e. not been cleared out since the eighties). We also know to avoid fakes by looking out for hand-stitched labels and double-interlocked hems (or something).

Caroline then gave us a sneak preview of the new stuff she'd brought for her fashion fair on Saturday. We fell over each other to try it on and then bought most of it. Highlights included a dress printed with boats and automobiles purchased by Diana, a fabulous red taffeta cocktail dress grabbed by Sally, a sequinned butterfly top to Sam and umm... a silver lurex bolero to me (not too sure I'll get that much wear out of it...)

The committee and helpers made jugs of cocktails (raspberry cosmopolitans and old-fashioned) and we munched on vintage-style cupcakes. We ended the night with even more cocktails in the pub afterwards. All in all, a great meeting and a brilliant start to 2011!

Sara x

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