My fashionation with Chris Francis Shoes

*Splashes cold water in your face*

Wake Up! I understand the boots you’ve just seen are absolutely faintworthy but read on….

So, there I was waiting in the Post Office que scrolling through Instagram at fashion/vintage related pics (and the cute dogs, double tap, love them all) when WALLOP! these boots jumped out at me, I’m sure I felt the force of the platform up the back of my head!
I can not believe these platform boots, but they look so much like originals, I thought they had to be vintage Terry de Havillands?!
They wouldn’t look out of place on the feet of Brian Connolly of Sweet stomping around belting out Blockbuster on Top of the Pops in ’73

But no, these feet sculptures are the work of shoe designer & maker Chris Francis, in L.A

He creates one-of-a-kind shoes by appointment only, and custom-sized for every client (lucky b*stards). Including a string of celebrity customers. He finds inspiration in every aspect of his life from his favorite books, to the music he listens to, to a flea market find.  All of his shoes are handmade with no technology involved, just a few pieces of hand-powered old shoemaking equipment. “The only technology I use is my iPhone for music,” he says.

His Instagram has some great pics of the process of the shoes being made step by step in his studio @chrisfrancisshoes

Artist in Action

"Untitled" by Chris Francis. On display at Craft and Folk Art Museum. | Photo: Courtesy of the museum.

Really now?! just stop!
Google him, and if you’re ever in L.A get him to send me over a pair of the Biba-esque black and gold peep toe Mary Janes in the photo above, size U.K 5, right!

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The Rochester Flea, and the fashion forward shoppers you have to watch

Setting up

On Saturday I set up shop at The Rochester Flea, the rain held off thankfully for the sellers outside, however we were indoors, with a fantastic pitch (Thanks to the gorgeous Tracy)
And what a great day it was, catching up with some old friends and meeting some new, The Rochester Flea has a great buzz full of creative minds & fashionistas with a real friendly atmosphere
We were selling mainly vintage & quality fashion clothing, vintage & bohemian jewellery and handbags, which seemed to go down really well.
I’d just like to say a huge Thank You to everyone you came along and shopped or browsed at Desdemona Style & Vintage, after all these years I still get such a thrill seeing someone walk away looking really pleased with their new purchase, or just to think I’ve helped them find that little sum’n sum’n they’ve been searching for.

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Shoppers

Here is the fabulous Zara Carpenter in some of her jewellery she bought from us at the weekend
Zara really is one to watch as she has fantastic style and is an amazing “Maker of beautiful things”  Zaras hats would of given Isabella Blow a run for her money!

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……..and here is one of Zaras’ sculptures, Persephone, made using gathered and found objects (silk flowers, birds wings, insects) isn’t it just the most beautiful thing you ever did see?!

You can see all what Zara has to offer on her website www.zaracarpenter.com
Another beautiful lady I met was Kathy Keefe, I’d like to say our very own Advanced Style fashionista but I’m sure she’s too young for that!  Check Kathy out with her Frida Kahlo hair…

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Kathy is a great artist with paintings of Frida and she paints her own SHOES!!! I couldn’t get the shoes in the photo I took Saturday so I’ve stolen a photo from her Facebook page (hope you don’t mind Kathy)

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I can not wait to see some of her fantastic work in the flesh. so inspirational.

you can check her Facebook page out here Kathy Keefe Originals

I’m looking forward to doing the Rochester Flea again, I will be sure to let you know when I am.
If you fancy popping by yourself then here’s the dates….
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Right, that’s me done, Thanks for reading, I’m off to sort through my shoes and see which ones I can ruin by trying to paint them!
Ta Ta for now xxx

Desdemona Style & Vintage will be having a pop up shop this Saturday at the Rochester Flea

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Any of you readers live in or close to Rochester, Kent? …….. if so you are in for a real treat Desdemona is popping up at The Rochester Flea in Rochester High Street this Saturday (29th)

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Desdemona will have clothing, bags, jewellery, sunglasses etc up for sale, so come and have a browse 🙂
If you are not local then you can always shop online (all links are on my website, or feel free to contact me if you are after something in particular)

This week, I was honored to be picked as their featured seller on their blog this month, here’s my interview…..

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By tracyaffleck, Aug 23 2015 07:40PM

Hi Hayley! Really looking forward to seeing you at the Rochester Flea on 29th August. How long have you been selling vintage and how did you start?

I’ve been selling vintage and quality fashion items for around 15 years now. I started off working in an underwear boutique in Bluewater and the owner always mentioned what I was wearing and customers would ask me where I got my clothes from. She gave me a budget and I would go out and buy items and customize garments for her to sell in her shop alongside the underwear and those items flew out the shop, so I started setting up my own stalls, beginning at Greenwich market in London, and it’s all gone from there.

I had my own boutique that some of you may remember, Up the Junction along the lower Rochester road, and that’s where I started off my styling side of things and sourcing and supplying clothing and accessories to costume designers and wardrobe departments for TV and stage, which I still do now.

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What do you love about vintage clothing?

Well, I love the romance of where that piece has been, who wore it before you, what it’s seen and all that hippy dippy stuff!

But more seriously, it’s the design, the cut and the quality of clothing then, time and care was taken over making a garment, it wasn’t knocked up in some sweat shop in China, which brings me to the ethical side of it… for starters wearing vintage or second hand clothing is recycling so it’s good for the environment, it cuts down on the energy and pollution made by producing and transporting disposable clothing, and less goes to landfill.

Desert Island Discs?

I love this question!! If Carlsberg asked questions this probably would be one of them 😉  I’m a castaway!!

I have to start with a Beatles track as they are my all time favourite (BIG John Lennon fan over here!)It was my mum that got me into The Beatles when I was a kid (as well as Rod Stewart, T-Rex and Reggae!)

  • No.1 is The BeatlesCome Together.
  • No. 2 Eddie Cochran Twenty Flight Rock. It’s in a great film The Girl Can’t Help It with Jayne Mansfield and it’s a great tune, nuff said!
  • No. 3 a bit of Doo Wop now that sounds like it could of fell off the Grease movie soundtrack….Del VikingsWhispering Bells.

I was a Indie kid in my teens when I started wearing vintage clothing, 70s flares, some kitsch skinny rib t shirt and my Adidas Sambas, thinking one day I might be the first female member of Oasis!! Oasis singles where great because you’d get 2 or 3 B sides that where just as good as the A side so you got a lot a bang for your buck so…

  • No.4 is Talk Tonight Oasis (B side on Some Might Say)
  • No.5 Another track from the 90s Indie days ..The Stone RosesWaterfall . brilliant song.
  • No. 6 Love this song…. Ramblin’ Man by The Allman Brothers Band
  • No. 7 Free BirdLynyrd Skynyd. I have my Dad to thank for my love of 70s rock music, he was a drummer in a band in the 70s, they were called Mind Cage! Hehe!
  • No. 8 is Bo Diddley – Who Do You Love, just because !

And then I know you only get 8 but I NEED 9! This last track is not only my teams song (Liverpool FC) but it’s the lyric, simple but always pick me up when I need it, and its fitting with the lost of Cilla Black this month…

  • No. 9 Gerry & The PacemakersYou’ll Never Walk Alone

Artists that inspire you?

These are all artists too me in one way or another..   Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards, John Lennon, Barbara Hulanicki, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Rachel Zoe, Iris Apfel, Karl Lagerfeld, Kate Moss, Edith Head, Elsa Schiaparelli, Elizabeth Taylor and Brigitte Bardot.

What was the last exhibition you attended?

Last week I visited the Imperial War Museum for their Fashion On The Ration exhibition, The exhibition was a little smaller than expected, but was really good if you are into fashion or 40’s fashion.

It includes uniforms, utility clothing, “make do and mend” garments, wedding outfits etc.

My favourite piece was definitely the “Siren Suit” a kind of (more stylish) onesie that was designed to wear over nightwear to maintain a ladies modesty while traveling to and seeking shelter during night time air raids.

'Fashion on the Ration' at The Imperial War Museum

(Read my blog post about the exhibition HERE)

Favourite thing about Rochester?

The history, the boutiques, the coffee shops, the cobblestones

Sushi or Italian?

I’m not much of a meat eater and I’m not keen on sushi at all, you can’t go wrong with an Italian…. I do love a mean pizza!

Pink or Red?

Definitely red! My hair gives that away, I’ve never been that much of a pinky girly girl, I even tried to dye my dolls hair red with my mums’ red food colouring when I was a kid!

As of this spring I am also a trained hairdresser, so I’ll stick to proper hair colourants from now on, Promise! I’ll have a mannequin head with a victory rolls hair style on display at the Rochester Flea so if anyone’s in need of some vintage hair styling for events then come say Hi!

Favourite ever vintage purchase?

Well that has to be the Austin Mini I had, 1966, Red with a union flag on the roof, next to no mileage, he’d been sat in a garage for years, he was a stud! But I had to let him go, I didn’t trust my driving !!

Where can we find you?

www.desdemonastyle.wordpress.com

Twitter: @styledesdemona

Instagram: @desdemonastyle

Facebook: Desdemona Style & Vintage

All these links are on my website www.desdemonastyle.moonfruit.com

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Thanks for reading 🙂 See you there!!
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Fashion on the Ration at The Imperial War Museum

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Took a trip out this Wednesday to the Imperial War Museum in Lambeth, London to check out the Fashion on the Ration  Exhibition, and what a jolly spiffing trip it was.
The building itself is steeped in history as it was previously The Bethlam Hospital for the mentally insane or “Bedlam” as quipped by Lord Rothermere, it was well known for its excess of lunacy! It became The Imperial War Museum in 1936. The museum closed in 1940 and re opened at the end of the second world war, so that moves us swiftly onto the exhibition…..

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The exhibition is on the 3rd floor and is comprised of six sections

  • Into Uniform
  • Functional Fashion
  • Rationing & Make Do & Mend
  • Utility Clothing
  • Beauty as Duty
  • Peace and a New Look

I loved the ‘Siren Suit’ which was (a much more stylish) version of the modern day onesie, designed to easily put on over night wear to maintain a ladies modesty while traveling to and seeking shelter during night time air raids

Just as much, I loved the handbags with compartments for the ladies gas mask and the luminous paint to apply to hair flowers etc during the blackouts! They went to such effort to still look stylish even through a traumatic time, people were made of much stronger stuff back then, I dread to think what assembles would be worn by a lot of todays’ women to run to an air raid shelter probably a Juicy Couture track suit, Ugg boots and a scruffy dressing gown with yesterdays gravy down the front!! (oh the glamour!)

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I really hope you get a chance to see it,

The exhibition is on until the 31st of this month (so hop to it!)

The Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London, SE1 6HZ

and if you don’t get a chance to see it, there’s always this book by Julie Summers

Style in the Second World War

Fashion on the Ration: Style in the Second World War

Thanks for reading…….

tally ho

Happy 55th Birthday Carnaby Street

Firstly I’m gonna start by wishing a Happy 55th Birthday to The Carnaby Street we know today
Carnaby Street has a huge reputation for such a tiny street, just a cut through street from Regents Street to Soho.
Before 1960 it was not notorious at all, with just a few warehouses & tailor supplies for the nearby Saville Row.

Being just a 3 min walk from Soho, the street firstly became popular with the gay community, then when the Mods came across it, it became known, and the place to shop.

Major music artists managers all had their offices on or around the street in the 60s….

Brian Epstein on Argyll Street, Robert Wace on Kingly Street, Andrew Loog Oldham on Maddox Street, Don Arden on Carnaby Street,

so bands such The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Small Faces, The Kinks & The Who would get their suits on Carnaby Street because they liked the modern cut, bringing together music, fashion & art & putting Swinging London firmly on the map!

other people to shop on Carnaby Street were Twiggy, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix & an unknown face Mark Feld later to become Marc Bolan.

“The high street for the stars” – Robert Orbach from Lord Kitcheners Valet

New independent fashion boutiques were popping up one by one Lady Jane, Take 6, Male West 1, Lord John, Kleptomania, Gear, Lord Kitcheners Valet, Foale & Tuffin to name but a few

I couldn’t end this piece without mentioning the “King of Carnaby Street” Mr. John Stephen. John Stephen was the first to open a boutique on Carnaby Street in 1957, after a fire in his premises in Beak Street.
John’s boutique His Clothes grew popular for their coloured jeans and Breton shirts & John Stephen was the first person to import Levi Jeans to the UK
Carnaby street peaked in 1967 and has never quite been the same again

Today the shops that line Carnaby Street are Liam Gallaghers Pretty Green, Lambretta Clothing, Irregular Choice, The Kooples..
I’ve done a little bit of Cyber Shopping for you here and have picked an outfit that can all be found on Carnaby Street today

(In my opinion, nowhere near as fun as some of the clothing being sold or worn on Carnaby Street in the 60s, but as Bob Dylan once sang…. the times are a changin)

Iced Coffee on Carnaby Street

Supertrash swift skirt £90. Cheap Monday Glam perspex sunglasses £25. Dr. Martens Aila shoes £125. Skinnydip bee clutch bag £45. Peckham Rye Boulevard Golden silk scarf £65. Classic plain white Pepe Jeans linen shirt £65

I hope you have enjoyed reading this, I’d love to read your comments
Hayley xx

Trend Alert: “Don’t Pull The Short Straw” you do not want to miss out on this Summer trend: Straw hand bags

Straw hand bags are often made of plaited raffia, cane,
dried grass or rushes.
In the mid 1950s straw hand bags appeared on the arms of all the fashion movie elite, in the south of France such as Brigitte Bardot, Elizabeth Taylor & Jane Birkin.

Elizabeth Arden went on to create a high-fashion take on a shrimp basket in 1956, outfitted with a compass!!
By 1958 woven basket bags were staples of high fashion magazines, and still as stylish today as they were then,
With designers such as Kate Spade, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Lulu Guinness & Bottega Veneta designing their take on this classic bag

Here’s how some of you fashionistas rock yours….

Left: Instagram  Missrougenz
Blog www.missrougenz.wordpress.com
Right top: Instagram  Florcitamuffin
Right bottom: Instagram Kittehinfurs
Blog www.curiousfancy.com

Are you feeling like your life (ok, maybe not life but definitely, wardrobe) is incomplete without one of these bags? well, lucky you, Desdemona has done all the hard work for you, and has found a couple of beauts..
(click on link under the picture to go look at the bag)

Thanks for reading

Vintage 70s Rainbow Maxi Dress by Quad ……

This is one hell of a dress we have for sale today

Its an original vintage 1970’s Maxi dress on the QUAD label

Quad was one of the many fashion boutiques that sprang up in London in the late 1960s” – Vintage Fashion Guild

Quad dresses are becoming really sought after, I’ve never seen anything quite like this one!!
Black with a Rainbow Missoni inspired chevron pattern on the front

Large pointed collar so iconic of 70s fashions

For Sale now on our eBay site…… but you’ll have to be quick it sells out in 4 hours

click here to take a look at this dress on ebay

A Moroccan Leather Belt is a must have accessory for the BOHO/GYPSY trend

I just love these belts and have a few of them myself that I wear constantly. They are a great accessory to add to any boho / southwestern / gypsy outfit

A must have to finish off that OOTD with the 70s floppy felt hat, Fringed kimono, Paisley Flares, and giant turquoise jewelry

 

Well you’re in luck!…….

Desdemona has a couple of gorgeous Genuine Moroccan leather belts for Sale on Etsy now

Snatch one up quick!!!

The first one is brown with silver metal studs all the way around and a striking tooled silver horn and concho on the front which fastens the belt in place (and adjusts the size)

for sale for only £19 / $29

Vintage 70s Moroccan brown real Leather Belt Hippy conchos Southwestern aztec ethnic hipster bohemian studded SoCal rocker Rock n Roll

click here to take a look at this belt

Then there’s the black

which has tooled silver metal conchos all the way around the belt and a larger one for the clasp of the belt

for sale for £15 / $23

Vintage 70s Moroccan black real Leather Belt Hippy conchos Southwestern aztec ethnic hipster bohemian studded SoCal rocker Rock n Roll
click here to take a look at this belt

What outfit would you wear a Moroccan Concho belt with???

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