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Fashions Fade, Style Is Eternal

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on Monday, 17 September 2012

Bourne and Hollingsworth are renowned for hosting fabulous vintage themed parties in London and their debut at this year's London Fashion Week did not disappoint.


The idea behind their unique show (held at the rather beautiful Bloomsbury Ballroom, Fashion Retrospective), is that fashion is cyclical- what was in vogue in 1901 still influences fashion runways the world over today- albeit in a new way. The first ever vintage fashion show to hit the runway at LFW was also a celebration of London's thriving vintage scene.


To the soundtrack of Michael Jackson's Thriller and other pop classics, the best of fashion from 1901 to present waltzed down the catwalk. From 1970s chiffon and 1901 lace to 1930s fur, I don't think there was one trend not represented by the leggiest of ladies.


And in true Bourne and Hollingsworth style, the after party was just as thrilling. Much like the fashion show itself, the party also charted history but this time through dance as opposed to clothes. At intervals through the night there were flash mobs performing 20s Charleston, mods and rockers with Vespa's in toe, and break-dancers.


As a first timer to London Fashion Week, I had worried about what to wear and if at a size 12/14 I would be the largest lady in the room. But happily I was delighted to be in a room full of people who love fashion (and cheesy music) whatever their shape or size.


YSL once said that "fashions fade, style is eternal." And the crowd at the show on Saturday most certainly oozed style - even whilst singing along to Blondie.

Words by Melonie Clarke

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