The Hollywood Honeys – Spring Shake Up

The Hollywood Honeys Spring Shake Up - Kitty's Sydney Swansong

The Hollywood Honeys Spring Shake Up - Kitty's Sydney Swansong

The 24th of September was a sentimental evening of song as The Hollywood Honeys sung farewell to their beloved red head, cabaret loving songbird Miss Kitty Van Horne. Our lovely Kitty has spread her wings to Melbourne town ( their gain, our loss ) so we wanted to send her off in vintage vocal style.

The Hollywood Honeys Kitty Van Horne, Sara Jeanne and Pia Andersen

The Hollywood Honeys Sara Jeanne, Kitty Van Horne and Miss Pia backstage at Django Bar

Simon The Senator Bartlett , The Cocktail Cabinet and Honeys Sara Jeanne and Kitty Van Horne

Joined by Simon ‘The Senator’ Bartlett’s 8 piece swing band The Cocktail Cabinet with special guests Chuck Morgan on guitar and Dave Seidel on Bass we played all our favourite Hollywood Honeys tunes to a sold out house at Marickville’s Django bar.

The Hollywood Honeys and Cocktail Cabinet at Django Bar photos Anna Rek

The dance floor was full, the energy high and laughter filled the room. It was such a fitting send off to one of the most wonderful ladies I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.

We will miss you darling Kitty! Can’t wait to see what magical adventures you have in Melbourne and we hope you’ll come back to sing with us again soon.

On a brighter note Sara Jeanne and I have decided to continue The Hollywood Honeys and we have our first rehearsal with our newest members this coming Saturday. Watch this space for updates on our new combo and we will share our upcoming gig dates with you very soon.


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Great Gatsby Garden Party

Great Gatsby Garden Party event Sydney 2015 Photos Elliot Toms

Last year Vintage Allsorts had the pleasure of working on a Gatsby themed Christmas Soiree as part of the end of year celebrations for the Sydney Pacific Chapter of YPO.


It was the perfect summers afternoon for elegant jazz and lawn games in a truly stunning private home on the north shore. Decorated with fresh flowers, vintage props and deco styled garden furniture it was a beautiful event from beginning to end.

Delicious Catering by Sophie Barlow photos Elliot Toms

The feast of scrumptious food was catered by the always amazing Sophie Barlow. Her food is raved about by all who gets the joy of enjoying it, and her selection of hot and cold canapes and hearty vintage inspired offerings at this party were definitely a delight for the senses.

Great Gatsby Garden Party Vintage lawn games photos Elliot Toms

We supplied all of the lawn games, handmade event signage and produced all of the entertainment for the party. We arranged for swing dancers to work as event hosts, meeting and greeting on arrival and encouraging participation in all elements of the event among some of their inspiring dance demonstrations. It added lots of fun and colour to the theme and plenty of atmosphere.

Vintage style swing dancers Patricia Falzon and Sam Humpreys photos By Elliot Toms

Great Gatsby garden party - Miss Pia Andersen jazz / swing quintet Photos Elliot Toms

The band played til just after dusk and at that time Pia Andersen swapped her vintage vocals for DJ duties and the flappers and dapper gents danced on til the midnight hour.

Thank you to YPO for having Vintage Allsorts as a part of your celebration. It certainly was a party to remember.

Great Gatsby garden party Playing vintage lawn games in the afternoon sun Photos Elliot Toms

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Strike-A-Pose Liverpool Library Event


The Go-gettes at the Strike a Pose Event

The Go-gettes Strike a Pose at the front of the Liverpool Museum


Late last year Vintage Allsorts was approached to work with the Liverpool Museum on an event to help them celebrate a touring exhibition of Australian fashion photography.The exhibition was called Strike- A- Pose and it celebrated the emerging local fashion industry from the 1960’s and 70’s.

The 89 photographs were taken by Australian Government photographers during a time of great cultural and social change.The collection showcases both posed fashion advertising shots and spontaneously captured street culture images. They capture the personality , trends and influences of those decades and were used to promote the fashion industry and the lifestyle of Australia during that time.


Strike a Pose Images Australian Archives

Strike a Pose Images Australian Archives

Jo Morris from Liverpool Council wanted our help to create an event that would bring the quirky , fun fashions to life in an interactive , entertaining and memorable way. So we created a roving fashion parade and installation that featured original and authentic vintage 1960’s – 70’s fashion garments. All the clothing was provided by the Sydney Antique Centre’s Vintage Fashion Emporium collection.

The models in the parade were the wonderful Go-gettes. Sydney’s incredible 60’s Go-Go dancing troupe led by the amazingly talented Tasia. Throughout the day the Go-gettes showcased a great variety of fashion styles, from long printed chiffon dresses to sexy brocade minis. Each new ensemble was greeted with a delighted sigh from the crowd.

The Go-gettes performed a fabulous high energy routine and invited the crowd to join in a fun dance lesson which was a great interactive crowd experience and allowed everyone to really connect with the energy of the event. The day was a great success and provided a memorable experience for all who attended.








The Go-gettes in evening wear at the Strike a Pose Event

Go- gettes Strike a Pose

The Go-gettes in evening wear at the Strike a Pose Event

The Go-gettes at the Strike a Pose Event

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Chess Records Wrap Up


At last, I had the opportunity to celebrate my favourite record label ‘Chess Records’.

Last April Vintage Allsorts produced a night that paid tribute to a label that was instrumental in bringing early blues, soulful jazz and rock n’ roll to the world, launching the careers of acts such as Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Etta James, Chuck Berry and Howlin’ Wolf to name just a few.

With the help of an impressive lineup including:
– Mikelangelo ( MELB. )
– Pugsley Buzzard ( MELB. )
– Pat Powell
– Eric Rasmussen
– Kira Peru
– Christian Power
– Sally Marrett

It was an amazing night celebrating some of the most important and influential acts to come out of Chicago in the 50′s and early 60′s.Thank you to all of the wonderful performers and once again the Vanguard for hosting the night and to the incredible AV guru Darren Robinson for these amazing photos.

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Fraser Motorcycles Pin Ups and Pistons Event 2011


Vintage Allsorts provided meet and greet ‘Pin Ups’ for Fraser Motorcycles PIN UPS AND PISTONS open day event in October 2011.

Held on the same day in three different locations Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle the Vintage Allsorts team  served candy buffets and provided eye candy for all who attended.

The girls mixed and mingled, provided a make up beauty bar and even got to play on Harley Davidson bikes with Angry Anderson.

Thank you Fraser Motorcycles for having us as apart of your celebration.




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Vintage Swimsuit Parade

Late last year I was asked to produce a vintage swimwear parade as part of the 75th anniversary celebrations of North Sydney swimming pool. When it was opened in 1936, North Sydney Olympic Pool was hailed as the ‘wonder pool of Australia’ because of the high standard of its facilities and the sophistication of its modern filtration system – at that time one of the most advanced in the world.

Vintage swimsuit parade for North Sydney Swimming Pool photos Louise Whelan

In a country such as Australia public pools are not just recreational facilities but a space that allows communities to combine swimming with other leisure pursuits . North Sydney Olympic pool is in a spectacular location, with its fantastic views and facilities it is a well known Sydney landmark overlooking Sydney Harbour, next door to Luna Park and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. What a perfect environment for a swimsuit parade.

Vintage Allsorts Models in action - photos Louise Whelan

Vintage Swimsuit Parade - photos Louise Whelan

The 20th century revolutionised swimwear with designers, inventors, and retailers developing new silhouettes and textiles for all types of swimming activities so I wanted to create a retrospective parade which paid tribute to the wide spectrum of fabrics , colours and designs encompassed by Australian swimsuit fashions.

Model Meelah Hamilton in a fabulous 60's ensemble - Photos Louise Whelan

All of the costumes for the parade were sourced from the incredible array of vintage garments housed in the private archives of THE VINTAGE CLOTHING SHOP. Owners Lorraine Foster and Grayson Cole have a particular love for vintage swimwear so the resource of outfits available to work with showcased the different styles and designs in active leisure wear , meant to both conceal ,display and to excite. Designs have seemed to have gotten smaller along with the ability and desire to show more skin.


Selecting only original and authentic garments from the 1980s through to the 1930s, The styles seen in this parade run the gamut from gamine to vixen. Some are relatively modest, others full-on pin-up girl worthy beguiling, leaving just a hint to the imagination. All, however, share in common the fact that they are beautiful, well-tailored, elegant, feminine, and marvellously appealing.

Swing Dancing as part of the vintage swimsuit parade photos Louise Whelan

Kira Hu-la-la performing as part of the parade -photos Brendan Mcmullan from BJMphotography

Vintage Allsorts models -photos Brendan Mcmullan from BJMphotography

Vintage Allsorts models - photos Louise Whelan

As women’s swim wear witnessed a gradual evolutionary process, men’s swim wear also underwent many changes over time. From the beginning men’s swim wear was distinctly different from the female’s suit, with pronounced characteristics of boxiness and uniformity keeping the gender properties defined in contrast with the exaggerated curves of the women’s wear. However with women’s suits becoming more flamboyant than ever during the 1950’s and beyond, the male bathing costume was not to be outdone, resulting an explosion of colour patterns and fancy detailing which began to blur the gender lines.

Vintage Allsorts Models - photos Louise Whelan

Vintage Allsorts Models - photos Louise Whelan

Kira Hu-la-la performing as part of the parade PhotosBrendan Mcmullan from BJMphotography

Vintage Allsorts’ team of talented performers really brought the parade to life ,creating a fun and , sentimental splashback story, set to a quirky soundtrack and taking you on a time travelling trip ‘backwards through the looking glass’ – with a few surprises in store thanks to the Go-Go talents of the Go-gettes , Kira Carden’s Hula Hoops and a swing dance display from Swingtime Dancers. Thank you to all involved.




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Mad Men Christmas Party for HDY

Party Location for Mad Men christmas party Sergeants Mess, Chowder Bay Sydney

Vintage Allsorts was lucky enough to work on lots of wonderful events late last year including a fabulous Mad Men themed christmas party for Henry Davis York.Held at Sergeants Mess in Chowder Bay , the night was a luxurious and decadent cocktail soiree taking it’s inspiration from the television series and all things early 1960’s.Early evening classic cocktails were served in the Manhattan Bar upon arrival , soon after the main room was opened to reveal an elegantly styled setting complete with Ice Swan Sculpture and champagne tower.

Mad Men - Roger Sterling and his bevy of beauties

Mad Men styling - Guests after visiting the Vintage Allsorts styling Parlour

Lucy Topp in action in the Vintage Allsorts Mad Men - styling parlour

Vintage Allsorts styling parlour was a highlight of the evening with our hair and make up stylists helping to bring out everyones Joan or Betty. Guests were lined up and lashed , curled and coiffed with a touch of vintage glamour and sophisticated style.

Lulu and the Go-gettes taught everyone how to shake a tail feather 60's style.

Lulu held an inspired and entertaining Go-Go lesson assisted by the beautiful Go-gettes and Roger Sterling even made an appearance , flirting with all the ladies and generally causing trouble.The evening was a wonderful success and as always the staff at the Sergeants Mess an absolute pleasure to work with.

Mad Men Roving Party Models

Roger Sterling and the Go-gettes


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Australian Women’s Weekly Retro Cookbook Launch

Life in the land of Vintage Allsorts has been busier than ever. The rise in popularity of vintage culture meant that end of 2011 truly flew past at record speed.We worked on so many wonderful events and projects that we haven’t yet had time to share them all, so I am slowly revisiting the archives and catching up on some blog entries to keep you up to date with all of the wonderful things we have been fortunate enough to take part in.

In November last year I was asked to work on the launch of The Australian Women’s Weeklys new Retro Cookbook. Written by food director of ACP books Pamela Clark, the beautifully designed book is a trip down memory lane. It features pages from old cookbooks, recipes and advertisements showing what we used to eat and buy. With particular homage to the 1950’s when the kitchen was a woman’s domain and the dinner party reigned supreme.


Vintage Allsorts Models with Author Pamela Clark

The launch was held at the Famous AWW test kitchen. An industrial working space with modern appliances and plenty of stainless steel. My design brief was to transform the kitchen into a soft , feminine , vintage space. Whereby guests would be transported to the look and feel of ‘At Home’ 50’s entertaining.

The Australian Women's Weekly test kitchen,


This task was easier said than done as I only had access for a few hours before the event to make the transformation happen. I used lots of soft furnishes , warm lighting and original vintage kitchen props to take away the functioning modern edges and create a sophisticated personal mood.

Vintage Allsorts roving models provided a meet and greet installation. Dressed as perfect 50’s housewife’s the ladies showcased traditional tasks associated with vintage life at home. Serving Hors d’oeuvres with a smile they truly were hostesses with the most.

The event was a wonderful success and the team at ACP books were an absolute pleasure to work with. Video footage of the launch shows just how much fun was had……

Retro cookbook Launch Video

Fabulous fifties indeed.

Fabulous 50's Fun in the AWW Test kitchen

Vintage Allsorts roving housewife hosts

Miss Pia Andersen plays housewife at the launch.












Vintage Allsorts Roving Models



























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It’s time to iron your wiggle frock, pull on your peep-toes and shimmy on down as Miss Pia Andersen in conjunction with The Vanguard presents Rockafillies, a night filled with good girls gone rocking, good girls gone bad and rock n’roll mamas de luxe.

Featuring tracks from the women who pioneered jump blues, rockabilly, rhythm & blues, soul and rock’n’roll including Etta James, Ruth Brown, Big Maybelle, Ella Mae Morse, Wanda Jackson, Aretha Franklin and Nancy Sinatra.

Performed by Sydney’s leading line-up of sassy, seductive ladies of song:
Kira Peru
Carrie Phillis (The Booby Traps)
Sally Street
Pia Andersen
Sally Marett
Kitty Van Horne
Sarah J Hyland
Sara O’Connor (The Velvet Set)

* Just added to the bill DJ ‘Pigfoot Pea’ playing all your hard to find but easy to please rare and rockin filly tunes.

More special guests to be announced to feed your chick habit and get your heart racing faster than forty cups of coffee.

General admission
$18.00 (plus booking fee)

Meal & show package
Admission + reserved seating + main meal$53.00
(plus booking fee)

Tickets available here :



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Elvis B’day Bash Round Up

Well, what a night! It was a rainy, steamy hot January Sunday evening in Newtown, but still we managed to fill the Vanguard theatre to capacity with faithful Elvis fans, all dolled up and ready for a rockin’ dose of The King, from Sun Studios right through to Vegas.

Everyone came out in their Sunday best. No gold suits or flares but there were a few rhinestones and a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on as the night got underway, with an early performance by Drew Fairley followed by all the best from Elvis’ Sun years as performed by Wes Pudsey and guitar legend Robert Taylor, it fast became a hot mess of dancers and shaking legs. The second set was finished off by local favourite Ezra Lee, master of the keys, hammering out great renditions of ‘Hound Dog’ and ‘I Got a Woman’.

Mikelangelo , Pia Andersen , Christian Power and Drew Fairley Backstage at the Vanguard


After some trouser swelling go go dancing by seductive groovers The Go-Gettes, it was time for some serious action, from the man with Action as a middle name, no less, Mikelangelo. Opening with the slow ‘Loving You’ gelatinized the romantic fats of every girl in the audience, just soft enough before grabbing us all firmly by the hand and leading our hearts to be seared on the coals of an energetic ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ and ‘Suspicious Minds’ (Mikelangelo will surely approve of such an over-the-top description.)

The Go-Gettes

Above :Mikelangelo , Ezra Lee, Pia Andersen and Drew Fairley Below: Frank Bennett and the Go-gettes

With a short set by Christian Power including a couple of fun duets with me, I had the honour of being Frank Bennett’s music stand, holding up his lyric sheets for an impromptu performance of a few famous tunes including a hilariously fast ‘Bossanova Baby.’

As the night wound-down with an all-in finale of ‘Viva Las Vegas’ and an encore of ‘Johnny B. Goode’, it was great to see so many people braving the heat and humidity on the dance floor.

Above : Mikelangelo Below : Christian Power and Pia Andersen


Special thanks to Russall , Nigel and The Vanguard team for making the night possible, Edith for her costume contributions and Darren the sound guy for his ever wonderful aural mastery.

Also a huge thanks to all who performed and all who came to see, overall it was a great way to spend a balmy Sunday, there were so many familiar faces and a lot of new ones, all helping celebrate a worthy birthday in a manner truly fit for a king! I hope to see you all again at the end of February for my next night, Rockafillies, a celebration of the chicks that pioneered rockabilly, jump blues and rock n roll.

Elvis fans in their finery enjoying a hunk a burnin' humid night out.


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