Here’s to doing it all again in 2017!
Well, I’m sad to say that the Festival of Vintage 2016 has now been and gone…
It went so quickly but what a weekend it was! I’m, frankly, still on a come-down and probably could do with a holiday to recover…
BUT it was amazing as always!
For those of you who couldn’t make it, here’s a sneak peak and a quick recap of what went down…
The Fashion Shows
Oh. The Fashion Shows.
They were divine!
Endless beautiful ensembles swished and swayed down our catwalk from a host of lovely vintage sellers.
First up, we had our annual Festival of Vintage Parades, which showcased original vintage clothing from the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and 1960s!
Megan, from Purple Rabbit Vintage, supplied all the fabulous vintage garments and compared the fashion show; sharing incredible design information and garment histories.
Now, I have to give all the models a rather BIG shout out here, for volunteering and really making the parades the best ones yet! Their continuous enthusiasm was highly infectious and certainly wooed the crowds! They pulled out some serious moves and pouts along the way! The photographers had a blast!
I would also like to say a massive thank you to all the backstage help we received, including the fabulous hair & make up team! You know who you are!
Thank you very much for participating, you all did wonderfully!
Secondly, we had the incredible House of Foxy showcasing their stunning vintage inspired collection. The quality and detail that go into each of their designs is astounding; it was a joy watching their shows and hearing their behind-the-scene inspiration.
Clare Quartermaine, Founder of House of Foxy (their absolute secret weapon) simply captivated the audience with her vintage knowledge and let us in on her design secrets. If you caught one of her shows over the weekend and spotted something you haven’t stopped thinking about since, click here and saunter on over to her website.
My next shout out goes to…. The Vintage Beauty Parlour! Yes, they were back in full swing providing all my lovely visitors with stunning vintage looks. They also styled all of House of Foxy’s models too! What a busy weekend it was for them – Bethany Davies and her team are such professionals though so they made it all look too easy!
I have to admit that I spent most of the weekend rushing left, right and centre, making sure that everything went smoothly so I didn’t get the chance to shop…
BUT I, the busy bee that I was, couldn’t help but be taken aback by the sheer beauty and quality of my stallholders this year.
Honestly, it was next to impossible not to get distracted!
I’m not just taking about the immense array of vintage offerings or quality here but the level of dedication and creativity involved in setting up each stall. So much love went into every one of them and the impact they made, collectively, was so powerful. It made me feel really humbled and privileged to have them at my event!
Here are a few snaps I managed to take…
I wish I could list each and every stall holder and tell you all exactly why they’re amazing but you’ll just have to come along next year and see for yourselves!!
All Singing, All Dancing
Music is a really important aspect of The Festival of Vintage and I always take great care in booking the best quality performers. From Rock n Roll to Blues we catered for all vintage tastes and the result was electrifying! The atmosphere wouldn’t have been the same without them!
We also had some fabulous vintage vehicle displays, workshops, dance lessons – you name it!
Another special shout out MUST go to the fabulous M&S Company and York Castle Museum for their great talks! This was a first for the Festival of Vintage and it went swimmingly so a huge, warm thank you to them!
SO much went into making The Festival of Vintage 2016 really special so thank you to everyone who helped, attended and fell in love with vintage all over again! Remember we are an annual event so we will be back in full force next year on the 22nd & 23rd April 2017!
There’s no time like the past…