Monday, 13 December 2010

Christmas with a Vintage Twist

[Seasons] Greetings loved ones! We hope you're feeling as festive and eager for the season as we are. As fair season 2010 winds down, we give Judy HQ a good spruce and Bookings [and Facilities - never forget Facilities!] Manager Sam Collins ponders over what colour post-it notes will be 'on-trend' in 2011 [Honeysuckle perhaps?] we wanted to give you a short write-up of all the antics from York's Affordable Vintage Fair and some thoughts on a fantastic season.

As our final fair of 2010, located smack in the middle of this wonderful month, it's safe to say we were a little bit psyched for York. Set within the museum gardens, York's Affordable Vintage Fair is always that little bit more bewitching than others. Perhaps it is something about The Hospitium, but our stock always seems extra appealing, the cakes extra tasty and both traders and shoppers alike bursting with enthusiasm. Hosting an evening event for the first time, the entire fair had an air of Fantasia about it, as if the suits might ask the dresses to dance at any moment. Greeting the guests at the door, the caramel vocals of Ruby Macintosh and her festive troupe ensured that the magic never wavered all night [take a look below]

To hear Ruby in action [and because i'm having an absolute technological 'mare] click here.

Wandering around the fair, it made me realise what a phenomenal year this had been for Judy's, for vintage and for fashion as a whole. Perhaps I was blinded by the fairy lights, but seeing the dramatic silhouettes of the capes and coats hanging on the rails, the abundance of leather and shearling and the timeless dresses made me think this may be my favourite A/W to date.

With a constant stream of shoppers coming out of the cold, it made me realise how far vintage clothing has come; gone or the connotations of something for students, the wrinkled-noses associated with 'second-hand' or something that's not completely new. Although some still hold this true, in today's increasingly shoestring society, our former penchant for something in size-order, uneconomical and one of many almost seems selfish, if not lazy. Whilst stuffing our faces [thanks Tea Dance ladies] and observing all those who had come to York instead of the hernia-inducing Highstreet, it dawned on me that vintage was victorious. The streams of people at York, the thousands that came out to London, Lincoln, Scotland and Leeds, the new cities that welcomed us with open arms were all testament that Judy's is onto a winner. Milling around the rails of eighties glitter, fifties glamour and forties dapper-ware, it was never more apparent that old-fashion isn't old-fashioned. Maybe all that mulled-apple juice had gone to my noggin, but I felt proud to be a part of it.

Phew! That's enough of that before we get even more misty-eyed. Taking a wee break for the holidays, the vintage Style blog will be back early ready next year, jam-packed with all the Judy news, dates and trends as we burst into 2011. We've even gone and got us a new design...Fancy!

And to end on a rather 'festive' note, check out this rather incriminating piece of evidence from the Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair Christmas bash. Five booze-hounds, one bar tab. You do the merry maths [safe to say, all I want for Christmas is a new liver.]

Merry Christmas vintage fans and see you next year!

Vintage Vulture out xVx

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