150th Anniversary of Wanganella Sheep Station

What an amazing team of Vintage Allsorts I have the pleasure of working with……

Last September 15 of my favourite creative allsorts accompanied me to a wonderful location for a very special and surreal event. I was asked to art direct , style and produce a vintage fashion parade to help celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Wanganella Merrino Stud which is the original home of one of Australia’s most influential merino sheep breeds in the industry.

The journey to this famous Australian property located north of Deniliquin, meant a little bit of creative logistics and planning which resulted in private charter fights being the best way to access the event. The Vintage Allsorts team are used to travelling for shows but his journey was quite an adventure and had some of the ladies either squealing with delight (or perhaps a touch of fear ) as our small planes took off the runway ‘Boonoke’ Bound.

When we arrived at the property it was every bit as beautiful as I had imagined it to be, using the homestead as a backdrop for the parade provided a picture perfect iconic setting to display beautiful examples of vintage wool garments.

I worked closely with Lorraine Foster and Grayson Cole from the Vintage Clothing Shop to showcase the incredible array of original and authentic wool garments from the 1920s through to the 1960s housed in their private archives. Together we curated a captivating retrospective parade ,which paid tribute to the wide spectrum of colours, designs and uses encompassed by Australian wool fashions.

We collaborated with Vintage Allsorts’ team of talented performers to create a fun and frolicking, sentimental sheep story romp, set to a quirky soundtrack and taking the guests on a time travelling trip ‘through the looking glass’ – with a few surprises in store…

The amazingly talented Lisa Toyer was responsible for the choreography and dance concepts which perfectly executed my vision and brought to life the characters and colour I wanted to add to the parade , including a Mad Men style secretary routine which lead into an a beach leisure wear party with all models wearing fine examples of vintage wool. Hula-hoop wonder woman Kira Carden truly stole the show with a high energy surf style routine that had the crowd gasping with glee and begging for more.

The intelligent , interested and animated feedback I enjoyed throughout the day was so incredibly satisfying. I had all demographics of people , curiously asking relevant and varied questions about specific elements of the parade and the most rewarding part was that it had them all talking about wool fashion, the history , design , culture and clothing. The parade sparked peoples imagination and they were desperate to know more. So for me asides from the obvious entertainment value we provided it had people looking deeper into the reason behind the parade and for me that is much more important as this is ultimately what the client wanted so we satisfied on all levels.

The night ended with some impromptu Go-Go dancing for Kate Cebrano and a whole lot of Rock’n'Roll.

I was so grateful for all of the individual efforts and commitment of Lorraine and Grayson and the Vintage Allsorts team to make the parade what it was.I am so proud to work with such a wonderful team of talented , multi-skilled , humble creatives. Looking forward to the next adventure…..

 

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ELVIS 77th BIRTHDAY BASH

 

ELVIS 77th BIRTHDAY BASH

 

 

Elvis’ 77th Birthday Bash
Preen your quiffs, starch your jumpsuits and dust off your blue suede shoes as The Vanguard invites you to a very special night celebrating Elvis’ 77th birthday in a manner fit for a king!
From Sun Studios to Soundtracks to the ’68 Comeback Special, let Miss Pia Andersen and her Lonesome Playboys take you to Graceland, Memphis Tennesee with a huge list of guests including: 

• Mikelangelo (MEL)
• Frank Bennett
• Christian Power (Lonesome Train)
• Wes Pudsey
• Ezra Lee
• Robert Taylor ( Sonic Aces )
• Drew Fairley

…and many more, performing all their favorites from the King himself. Performances also by the Go-Gettes and a few surprise acts will ensure a night filled with entertainment hotter than a fried banana sandwich.

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE……….

ttp://www.thevanguard.com.au/shows/2012/01/08/elvis/9578

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HHT Annual 50′s Fair – 2011

Another winter almost over,  another 50′s fair passes by……..The annual Historical Houses Trust 50′s fair has been a highlight on Sydney’s Vintage Calendar for as long as I can remember. This year marked the 16th Birthday of the event and the ‘Sweet 16′ theme appropriately hallmarked the occasion.

I have worked on the event in various ways for the last 11 years. Throughout that time I have produced fashion parades, co-ordinated roving entertainment , assisted with endless marketing campaigns, radio interviews , newspaper articles , judged the best dressed awards, styled staff, sung , danced and promoted the event sharing it’s story and encouraging people to celebrate all of the things that I love about 50′s culture.

 

Selection of Various 50's Fair Press Clippings

Advertising Images for 50's Fair 2003

Earlier this year the rumours started to circulate that this would be the last time the HHT put on the 50′s fair in it’s current format. Devastated lovers of the day have approached me to ask questions and shared opinions over the last few months. Some agreeing that perhaps it is time to move on and others so very saddened by the thought that their favourite day might no longer exist.

Well the truth is nothing as yet has been firmly decided and we will all have to wait and see what happens with the event. I adore the Rose Seidler House and think it would be sad to not have a day to remember it’s historical significance but when the day is so crowded and intense can you really appreciate the well chosen colour scheme , the romantic atmosphere and the original features of this brilliant example of Mid- Century Design ? And wasn’t that the motivation for the event in the first place ?

The first time I really fell in love and valued the beauty of this house was during a day of shooting there for the ABC collectors program quite a few years ago. Between takes I lounged leisurely , enjoying the afternoon sunlight, absorbing all of the finer elements of the location.

I encourage everyone who has been to the fair and not had the opportunity to wander through the house, to return on a Sunday when the house is open for tours and take some time to enjoy it’s glory away from the hustle and bustle of an energetic fair.

Perhaps it is time to look beyond a one day event and see what other interesting ways the HHT can celebrate vintage culture not just at the Rose Seidler house but at it’s other properties. I for one am excited about the possibilities.Watch this space , soon as news reaches me about what the HHT has planned i will be sure to pass it on.

In the meantime here are some fabulous images captured at this years fair by my favourite photographer Louise Whelan. I spent a fun day singing and roving with the Hollywood Honeys and some of the gents from the Black and White Big Band. Despite the patches of rain and the fact that it all ended with a heavy downpour , we all had a fantastic 50′s day of fun.

 

The Hollywood Honeys - Photos Louise Whelan

Familiar faces at the Fair - DJ's Limpin Jimmy and the Swingin Kitten, Chrissy and Daughter Delores, Ben and Elvis from Porteno and Danny, Damo and Pat. All photos Louise Whelan.

Swingtime Dance Troupe - Photos Louise Whelan

Roving with the Honeys and Gents of the Black and White Big Band- Photos Louise Whelan

Sarah Doyle from Porteno Shopping for treasure- Photos Louise Whelan

Rove with me Honeys- Photos Louise Whelan

Sterling and Atomic Life shared a space selling pomade , shaves and styled cuts. Photos Louise Whelan

For anyone interested in visiting the Rose Seidler House is open for tours every Sunday from 10am-5pm. There are more details here………….

http://www.hht.net.au/museums/rose_seidler_house

 

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‘Swing into Spring’

Swing into Spring - Saturday 8th October

Watch our last event the \’Mid Winter Warmer\’ Teaser Video on You Tube

It’s time to put some swing in your Step ! “Following their sold out “ Mid Winter Warmer”, Function Entertainment Group and Vintage Allsorts are proud to present “Swing into Spring”
Catch a dose of Spring fever with the ‘Cocktail Cabinet’s’ Peggy Lee Tribute Set featuring Vintage Blonde Miss Pia Andersen and the Senator then get some ‘Black and White Big Band’ treatment to sooth your soul. Featuring Vocal Trio ‘The Hollywood Honeys’ with Kitty Van Horne , Miss Pia and special guests ‘Sarah J Hyland’ and ‘Wayne Cornell Jr’ . A Dapper Thorn between the roses the vocal stylings of this musical garden will have you in full bloom.
Special Guest just added to the bill is Melbourne’s own Homegrown Rockabilly sensation ‘Scotty Baker’
We are thrilled to have you in the garden young man, looking forward to hearing your rich vocals backed by the Black And White Big Band.

 

-There will also be prizes for best dressed Mid Century Spring Ensemble, Judged by Sydney’s Vintage Minx Kelly Doust.
-Get Spinning in the knockout dance contest hosted by Swingtime.
-Culinary Creativity provided by a Love Grub Pop Up Bar and a confectionary stall by Jepska filled with Danish Inspired delights.
-For the fashion hungry you can purchase treasure at Coco Reposes boutique stall
-Decorate yourself at Vintage Allsorts Accessory Parlour with New Stock and Spring Specials especially for this event.
Polish up on your pomade with Atomic Life’s mens den.

Coco reposes Pop Up Vintage Shop

Sweet Treats from the Jepska Confectionary Stall

DETAILS:
When: Saturday 8th October 2011
Where : Balmain Town Hall
Time : 7.00pm – 11.30pm
Tickets : Pre Sales $25 + Booking Fee Available Online at
Daisy Tickets – Follow this Link!
https://secure.daisytickets.com/Event/Sydney-SWING-INTO-SPRING-ticke.aspx
$30 on the door if Available
( We sold out last time so get in early online) 

So don’t be a wallflower come with us and
“Swing into Spring”.

Swing into Spring Flyer Design by Red Pepper Retro

 

 

 

 

 

*Flyer Design By Sue from Red Pepper Retro.

 

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Newcastle Vintage Fair – 2011

Children's Vintage Fashion Display

Vintage Allsorts Fashion Boutique loved having a stall at the Newcastle Vintage Fair last week. Organised by Jeanette Luke from Here to Eternity the fair is held in the beautiful Newcastle City Hall and was another great success. Not only was there an abundance of top quality treasure for sale , there was a vintage  fashion parade , an adorable children’s  Vintage Clothing fashion display , a best dressed competition , vintage hair styling and book readings from the Crafty Mix herself the wonderful Kelly Doust.

Models paraded beautiful pieces from Jeanette Luke's Private Collection

Vintage Fashion Parade -Produced by Jeanette Luke

It was delightful to spend some time with fellow Sydney Antique Centre Shop owner Jessica Guthrie from Coco Repose and Kelly. Their shared love and appreciation of vintage clothing and culture provided for some incredibly inspiring conversation and much laughter.  Thank you to all involved for making it such a pleasant and memorable day. See you next year ! Xxxx

The beautiful Jessica Guthrie and Kelly Doust, Jacinta from Circa Hats, Vintage hairdressers.

Pia Andersen and Siobhan Lowthe of Vintage Allsorts

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On Sale – Shops and Shopping Exhibition Launch

Photo -Louise Whelan

 

On Sale – Shops and Shopping , Is a fabulous new exhibition at the State Library of NSW which was officially launched last night. For the event Vintage Allsorts was asked to bring to life shoppers through time. Using reference from the exhibition and a little bit of creative license we created roving installations to interact with the crowd.

It was a fabulous evening and such a pleasure to spend time in the wonderfully curated exhibition.I highly recommend that you take a trip to our beautiful library to enjoy it’s offereings.Read below to find out more about the Exhibition- Excerpts Taken from the Library Website

All of these event photos were taken by the incredible Louise Whelan.

Roving Models help to launch 'On Sale' at the State Library - photo Louise Whelan

c1940's Wartime shoppers Georgio and Rosalie ,c1950's Shopper Pia and Doorman Nathan at the State Library

Shoppers through time At The State Library - On Sale Exhibition Opening

c1950's Shopper -Pia at the State Library photo Louise Whelan

c1940's Wartime Shoppers - Outfits supplied courtesy of Vintage Clothing

c1920's Shopper Meelah - outfit Courtesy Vintage Clothing Shop

Shoppers Through Time - Roving Through 'On Sale'

Shopping Through time - at the State Library Photo Louise Whelan

State Library NSW - 'On Sale' Exhibition Opening - Photo Louise Whelan

Visit the Official State Library Website for more information

http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/events/exhibitions/2011/on_sale/index.html

 

About On Sale

One of Sydney’s best loved cultural icons is transforming its galleries into a giant ‘shopping mall’ that will have shoppers clambering to see some 250 vintage and contemporary goodies from the Library’s billion dollar collections!

The State Library’s major new exhibition offers a unique shopping experience where ‘customers’ will be immersed in the sights, sounds and extravagant visual pleasures associated with shops and shopping!

“We look at shopping from its humble beginnings to the emergence of ‘fashionable emporiums’ and retail dynasties, upmarket arcades, chain stores, malls and e-Shopping,” says Margot Riley, who spent six months curating the exhibition On Sale! Shops & Shopping.

Margot Riley is great talent and can share fascinating stories on what people purchased through time and where they shopped, as well as read out some of the amusing advertisements of the time eg. Every woman deserves a washing machine!

Everybody shops!

Most of us don’t need to buy, we want to buy. Originally we shopped from necessity; now its a leisure activity and a form of entertainment. It is the job of retailers to create an irresistible world designed to make us spend.

Settlement of Australia coincided with the emergence of ‘shopping’ as a pastime. Sydney was the scene of Australia’s earliest shops and maintained its dominance of the Australian retail market throughout the 19th century.

The retail industry is Australia’s largest employer, with retail figures an important economic indicator.

In 2010-2011, Sydney shoppers are witnessing the largest retail devolvement of the CBD since the 1970s, and the city is set to reclaim it position as Australia’s retail capital.

EXHIBITION DETAILS

8 Aug 2011 – 30 Oct 2011

Exhibition Galleries

State Library opening hours

Admission: Free

 

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Mid-Winter Warmer Wrap Up

On the 2nd of July Balmain’s Carbon footprint got a swing in it’s step, as guests at the Mid Winter Warmer danced those winter chills away. Vintage Allsorts joined forces with Function Entertainment to transform Balmain Town Hall into a deco dance palace for a whole lot of sophisticated fun.We wanted to create a night that celebrated the culture of cocktail cool. Using the existing colour theme and decadent deco detailings of the majestic hall we planned a night that brimmed with atmosphere and activity.

 

Photo Courtesy Kris Ezergailis

 

'The Cocktail Cabinet' - Photos Courtesy Kris Ezergailis

The Opening Set by The Cocktail Cabinet paid tribute to the Legendary Louis Prima who would have celebrated his 100th b’day this year. Led by Simon ‘The Senator’ Bartlett the combo’s vibrant energy and infectious good humour set the party in full swing and the dance floor was jumping from the first note. Pia Andersen ,the cabinet’s pink champagne cocktail shared the microphone with Special guest vocalist boho-swing chanteuse Sarah J Hyland. on some of the classic Keely Smith tunes.

There was much activity during the band breaks . Sharon and Nathan from Swingtime judged a knock out dance contest. There was some pretty tough competition on the floor but the audiences Applause-a-meter raised the roof for the winners 7 year old Lale and her ‘Dapper Dad’ dance partner David Mclachlan. They cleaned up first prize kindly donated by Retrospec’d , and the smile on Lale’s face that stayed for the rest of the night was prize enough for all of the other contestants.

Dance Contest Hosted by Swingtime. Photos by Louise Whelan

Winners of the Dance Contest Lale and dad David, Photos Louise Whelan and Romualdo Nubla

 

The best dressed awards were Judged by Sydney’s Queen Dame of Vintage Value and History the Lovely Lorraine from The Vintage Clothing Shop. From the moment doors opened she secretly swept through the crowd assessing the fine collection of Mid-Century Cocktail Ensembles and tapped the two winners on the shoulder just before the announcement was set to take place. Lorraine awarded a prize for best dressed male and female but as they were standing apart at the time she had chosen them what she didn’t realise was that she had chosen a couple.The always immaculate Robyn and Georgio. Two of the best dressed people in all of Sydney Town and beyond. Always groomed in well chosen sophisticated authentic outfits they were well deserving of the fabulous prizes, two delicious bottles courtesy of Cointreau and a voucher for Lorraine’s fabulous Vintage Clothing Shop.

 

Best Dressed Portraits Taken by Louise Whelan in the Shooting Starlets Parlour

The Mid Century Soundtrack for the second set was provided courtesy of The Mad Men of ‘ The Black and White Big Band ‘ They played and eclectic collection of classics and rare tunes especially chosen to compliment the evening. The Senators arrangements were such a delight for the dancers with intoxicating rhythms and brilliant beats.The vocal stylings of the ever vivacious ‘Hollywood Honeys’ delighted an already excited crowd.

'The Hollywood Honeys' Backstage - Photos Louise Whelan

The combined voices of Kitty Van Horne, Sara Jeanne O’Connor and Pia Andersen provide a strong sensual tone and the genuine love they have for each other and the songs they share make them a true delight to watch. Always beautifully styled they Dressed for the occasion in Bright Satins and taffeta , frosted with opulent jewels they looked like a Ravishing Rainbow of Cocktail Couture. Special Guest Vocalists Sarah J Hyland and Edoardo Santone also joined the Big Band Bounty and added an extra dimension to the already decadent vocal palette.

 

The Senator, The Hollywood Honeys,Sarah J Hyland and Edoardo Santone-Photos Courtesy Louise Whelan

 

'The Hollywood Honeys' centre Stage with guest Sarah J Hyland- photos courtesy Romualdo Nubla

Through out the night Coco- Reposes pop up shop provided a welcome break from the dancing, drinking and desserts . Jess always has such exquisite frocks in beautiful condition, I noticed a few ladies adorning them selves with a little extra treasure throughout the night and others making plans to visit her store in the Antique Centre to view her full assortment of amazing vintage masterpieces.

 

Coco Repose Pop-Up Shop ,Photos Courtesy Kris Ezergailis

The Vintage Allsorts Beauty Bar kept guests perfectly pinned, lined and lashed and the Shooting Starlets Photo Parlour captured some enchanting portraits as well as sneaking some incredible event images in between clients. Lou Lou , as always your photos perfectly capture the colour and clarity of a moment. Thank you for sharing your shots.

 

Vintage Allsorts Beauty Bar- Photos Louise Whelan and Kris Ezergailis

Sophisticated Yum’s decadent dessert booth kept every one sweetly satisfied. The Chocolate Mouse and cupcakes in a jar being favourite items amoungst the cultured crowd. Always beautifully presented, it is the quality of the food items that always impresses. When Sophisticated Yum is in attendance it is definitely a case of tasting as good as it looks.

 

Sophisticated Yum's Decadent Dessert Booth , Photos Courtesy Pauline Sophisticated Yum

'Love Grub' Pop Up Bar , Photos Kris Ezergailis

 

Love Grub’s Pop Up Bar offered a selection of fine organic and boutique beverages. The beers quirky branding and hep names of Hop Rocker and Sassy Red were a hit with the crowd, however being the first Weekend of Dry July it’s no surprise that their tasty softer drinks were in high demand.

 

Meagan Fitton from Armchair Traveller Radio program and her team joined in the celebration and I have to thank them for not only providing me with some great images post event ( Thank you Kris Ezergailis ) but for truly getting into the spirit of the night and offering assistance and help where ever they saw it was needed. It was a pleasure to have you at our Warmer.

Elegant Guests at the Warmer - photos Courtesy Kris Ezergailis

 

Dancers at the Mid Winter Warmer - photos Courtesy Louise Whelan

With a packed dance floor and sizzling hot musicians , chills were chased and all in attendance were well and truly toasted and with The Middle of Winter passing by in the right direction it seems that the teams from Vintage Allsorts and Function Entertainment have caught a touch or spring fever and plans for a ‘Spring Fling’ are already in full bloom.

Watch this space, details blossoming very soon….

 

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Pret-A-Porter Fashion Parade Retrospective

Whilst editing photos for this website I was amazed at how many fabulous event images I have that I haven’t yet shared with the world. So I have decided to write a few retrospective blog posts so I can showcase them in full colour glory. In July, 2009 Vintage Allsorts worked with the State Library on a glamorous salon style fashion parade in the grand ballroom of the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth.

The Pret-A -Porter parade featured stunning examples of French Model Gowns from the Darnell Collection , and featured Vintage Allsorts Models who brought to life a visual extravaganza, recreating the glamorous fashion parades of the worlds great 20th Century Couturiers. Compered by Curator Margot Riley , these fabulous garments were set against a nostalgic backdrop of Sydney images from the Library’s collections.

Vintage Allsorts Models - Photos Louise Whelan

 

It was a wonderful sell out event and a true pleasure to work with not only the wonderful Margot Riley but also Lorraine and Grayson from Sydney’s Vintage Clothing Shop who assisted with the styling and dressing backstage.I have a few projects in the pipeline with these knowledgeable souls and look forward to sharing details soon. In the meantime I hope you enjoy these images courtesy of Louise Whelan and the State Library.

 

 

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‘Get Smart’ Event June 2011

All 'Get Smart' Photos in this Post by the Amazing Louise Whelan

Vintage Allsorts hosts a Get Smart Event for The Young Presidents Organisation End of year dinner.The event was held at the Sergeants Mess in Chowder bay. A picturesque venue overlooking the water with a modern mid-century influenced design. The perfect environment for a classic 1960′s themed event.  The evening began with guests being greeted with vintage hollow stem champagne coupes from Vintage Allsorts private collection and podium Go-Go dancing courtesy of Sydney’s Go-gettes who also featured later in the evening with a specifically choreographed Get Smart Go-Go routine.

The Go-gettes 'Get Smart'

Using the Get Smart theme our client wanted us to create a sophisticated interactive theming display and provide additional entertainment on arrival and at the end of the presentations. As the night had a formal dinner , speeches and awards component the themed area had to still be effective when people were not using the interactive element and become a visual backdrop that added atmosphere to the main dining room.

The Chief's Office at Control

Using the chiefs office as Inspiration , we set up a version of his office, complete with interactive props and our very own Umbrella of Silence. We designed spy documents that had the organisations logo and featured specific guests names and personal details. In the flower arrangements for the table centres we hid vintage cameras and microphones so as to give the illusion of the displays being bugged.

The most fabulous thing about the concept was the revolving bookcase in the Chief’s office area that revealed a hidden chamber where guests could go to pick up their very own spy gadgets and disguise items. Fez Hats, fedoras, fake moustaches, glasses, guns , handcuffs, wigs all the things a budding control agent needs to tackle even the most outrageous assignment.

Hidden Chamber with Disguise Items

 

Guests loved the Interactive Display and the novelty of the novelties.

The night was a great success with guests enjoying the concepts inspired by an iconic 60′s television comedy. The staff from the Sergeants Mess were an absolute pleasure to work with and treated my crew brilliantly, offering much assistance and nourishment during an ambitious project. I have been so inspired by the idea of a secret disguise chamber ,I am currently thinking that perhaps we should install the set up in the Vintage Allsorts office……

Now where did I put my shoe phone????

 

 

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Love Me Tender, Marie Claire Fashion Story

Marie Claire July Issue, 16 page Fashion Story ' Love Me Tender' Produced by Pia Andersen

Marie Claire July Issue, 16 page Fashion Story ' Love Me Tender' Produced by Pia Andersen

Johnny Wishbone from The Snowdroppers , chilling out at the Vanguard

Johnny Wishbone from The Snowdroppers , chilling out at the Vanguard

I recently produced a 16 page photo story that has just been published in the July issue of Marie Claire magazine. My role was to bring the reality of the Sydney vintage scene to life , by showcasing real people in their environments. Creating a stunning visual backdrop for a modern fashion spread. The Marie Claire Team were really passionate about this story and as I had worked with photographer Hugh Stewart before I knew from the very beginning that I was in for a fun experience.

I was responsible for the casting , locations and scheduling of the shoots. The Biggest Challenge with this shoot was the scheduling , juggling location availabilities with the work commitments of all the people involved. There were a few significant faces missing from the story due to the simple fact that the timing just didn’t allow for their involvement. Limpin Jimmy and The Swingin’ Kitten, I’m looking at you. I wish you could have both been captured in full colour magazine print glory.

Two of my favourite places, Porteno restaurant and Sterling Hairdresser and Barber Shop.

Two of my favourite places, Porteno restaurant and Sterling Hairdresser and Barber Shop.

The Hollywood Hombres at stage at the Roxbury and Sterling Barber Shop.

The Hollywood Hombres at stage at the Roxbury and Sterling Barber Shop.

I loved Singing with the Hollywood Hombres on stage at the Roxbury, the energy in the room was electric. The vibrancy of the colours and the sheer sense of fun really embodied what appeals to me about 50′s fashion. Much of this was filmed for Marie Claire’s upcoming behind the scenes television show , Marie Claire Under the Cover . Episode 2 which airs on Sunday the 19th June will feature this story and I’m hoping that some of the energy I felt has translated into the edit of the show.

Pat and Damien take a seat at Newtown Old Wares, Sue and Marc host a Cocktail Soiree

Pat and Damien take a seat at Newtown Old Wares, Sue and Marc host a Cocktail Soiree

'Cadillac Cool' This is one of my favourite shots from the story

'Cadillac Cool' This is one of my favourite shots from the story

The Cocktail Scene At Sue And Marc’s house was a perfect representation of our social gatherings. Like minded passionate souls who enjoy the decadence of vintage fashion and appreciate each others unique sense of style. This was such a relaxing part of the story for me, Good Friends and Stunning Frocks. My favourite things. Having such well dressed friends meant that co-ordinating their outfits was an absolute pleasure , as each came with brilliant examples of mid century fashion, perfectly matched outfits and extra options. If only all of my shoots came with such an extensive wardrobe department.

It’s always interesting to see someone else’s interpretation of your world expressed in a single frame. I think Hugh did a brilliant Job of capturing the personalities of the subjects and I loved seeing how Jane Roarty’s modern styling complimented the vintage clothing in print. The bold , vibrant colours and styles worked well with the authentic garments.

Sweet Sisters Sharon and Teena at Retrospec'd and Glamorous Sarah Doyle Maitre d' of Porteno Restaurant.

Sweet Sisters Sharon and Teena at Retrospec'd and Glamorous Sarah Doyle Maitre d' of Porteno Restaurant.

Singing and dancing with Pat and The Fellas in the lane way behind Newtown Old Wares

Singing and dancing with Pat and The Fellas in the lane way behind Newtown Old Wares

Model: Fabienne at Porteno, Lanie Lane and Lillian Starr at the Vanguard.

Model: Fabienne at Porteno, Lanie Lane and Lillian Starr at the Vanguard.

It was great for me to be able to share my professional world with my personal ,involving many of my friends in this project was incredibly rewarding. We had two fast paced, fun filled days and those memories shared will last just as long as what was captured in print. I have posted some behind the scenes photos to my Pia Andersen, Facebook Page. Thank you to Marie Claire and everyone involved, Love me Tender indeed!

Marie Claire Behind the Scenes Sue And Marc's Cocktail Soiree

Marie Claire Behind the Scenes Sue And Marc's Cocktail Soiree

Behind the Scenes with The Hollywood Hombres at The Roxbury Hotel

Behind the Scenes with The Hollywood Hombres at The Roxbury Hotel

Behind The Scenes at Sterling HQ.

Behind The Scenes at Sterling HQ.

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