Something romantic happens when flowers and vintage come together – whether it’s old Hollywood glamour or rock festival hippy chic. Spring has hardly sprung yet the city is vibrant with a kaleidoscope of floral colour. Here, we’ve done some colour matching around town. Everything featured is from a local vintage or op shop.
Since it’s 2014, these poppies remind us of all the young men who lost their lives for the cause of freedom between 1914 and 1918. We would like to mention two in particular. Firstly, our second cousin Albert Alfred Sammons who was killed in action on 25 April 1915 while serving with the Royal Fusiliers. Also, Morgan Morris (our great grandfather’s brother) of the 9th Battalion Welsh Regiment. He was 27 years old when he died on 1st February 1917 following an enemy gas attack.
On an O-Week summer’s day, the girls came out to play, along with their bold colours, feminine florals and funky footwear. And there was Wesley!
We love mixing vintage with contemporary pieces, especially accessories. It’s a great way to create a unique and timeless look.
Sixties swing, seventies psychedelia, 80s grunge, Madonnaesque power dressing – it was all there at the old Lone Star (Princes Street) last Saturday when The Vintage Roundup returned. And the crowds came! Once again, this spectacular event was organised by Tannia Lee of Most Wanted Vintage. We had so much fun foraging for goodies from stallholders whose interests were diverse and eclectic. As usual, most of them were Dunedinites but a few came from further afield.
Warren and Vanessa from Two Squirrels came all the way from the fringe of Central Otago. They moved there from Christchurch after the earthquakes destroyed one of their shops and put the other in the red zone. On a positive note, their new shop in Milton has its grand opening weekend on 5-6 October. We can’t wait!
It was lovely to see Liz King of King’s Emporium (Herbert, North Otago) here again. She has a great eye for beautiful dresses – we couldn’t resist buying another one! She’s also a bit of a sewer on the side.
Daisy, from Little Moon Designs, is based in Dunedin. Her eco-clothing line for children is inspired by her six year old daughter. She also loves hat making, especially since she finds it frustrating when hats don’t fit or spoil hair styles.
It was exciting to see the unveiling of Swish in the City which Tannia Lee has helped organise. It will be Dunedin’s first official clothing swap on Saturday 5 October at the Dunedin Railway Station! It promises to be an amazing event with live entertainment, spot prizes and a complimentary drink.
The weather was so incredible that vintage lovers spilled out onto Princes Street creating a hub of activity and excitement. It was very convenient having Purple Rain Cafe practically next door, giving shoppers the opportunity to grab a quick cup of coffee between purchases. Colourful, quirky mannequins lined the street and we were even entertained by a retro busker, who recited limericks.
Thanks so much Tannia – you’ve done it again!
Why wear vintage? There’s lots of good reasons. Quality, originality, affordability, nostalgia and indulging in your secret sartorial fantasy. We are lucky in Dunedin; there’s lots of good vintage to be found. This is what we bagged at the recent Vintage Roundup at Queens.
Top quality vintage clothing and accessories were up for grabs, today, as Queens Bar metamorphosed into a kaleidoscope of colour and texture. Stallholders came from far and wide, from Herbert to South Otago, and Dunedin’s finest were there too! Tannia Lee from Most Wanted Vintage organised the event. Her meticulous attention to detail ensured that there was a style of vintage to suit everybody (even the boys) and that the day ran smoothly. The bar was open, serving coffee and beer to keep the thirst at bay. It was certainly hard to drag ourselves away!