H&A stylist Kiera Buckley-Jones reports from the chicest East End knees-up you’ve ever seen for the launch of Naomi Thompson’s new book Style Me Vintage Clothes
Last Saturday, as London celebrated current and future trends with the capital’s fashion week in full swing, I attended the launch of Vintage Secret blogger Naomi Thompson’s new book Style Me Vintage Clothes, a fabulously insightful guide to sourcing and creating looks of yesteryear.
The vintage glitterati were out in force in all their finery, including the Vintage Mafia girls, who all feature in the book as models. The venue, an East End pub, was awash with frocks, fascinators and feathers - all the eras of style reflected.
A spread of giant cupcakes adorned with cameos and jewelled icing, savoury cupcakes and mini bottles of cava was laid on to refresh the hungry fashionistas. For those who needed their barnets tidied up for the event, there was a hairdresser on hand, which I, of course, took full advantage of and opted for a rockabilly look with three victory rolls.
As the evening progressed, the party turned into the Vintage Mafia’s Ric Rac Club, a regular club night of dancing and merriment, culminating at midnight with a raffle. Prizes included a pork pie and, as a top spot, a year's subscription to H&A.
Naomi looked fabulous in a black lace vintage frock.
Fay Stevenson, Lena Weber (Vintage Guide to London, Queens of Vintage) Hannah Asprey looked like they'd just stepped out of the pages of Naomi's book.
Naomi's mother Frances Thompson, her sister Harriet Thompson and her friend Molly Scanlan.
Gemma King of the Vintage Mafia entertains the crowds on her ukele.
Photographs by Hanson Leatherby Photography