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Peaky Blinders

For those of you that have seen the first series of Peaky Blinders, you will know well the intriguing story line, the allure of Cillian Murphey, the fabulous 1920’s gangster style (a big step away from Bugsy Malone!) and the all important girl power. For those of you that haven’t seen it, I suggest watching it IMMEDIATELY on BBC iPlayer. How much this stays true to the reality of the real Peaky Blinders, I’m not so sure. However, compelling viewing this does make.

Now into the second episode of the second series and I find myself rushing home just to watch it already. Everything must stop for this hour, nothing else exists. I’m not even a ‘TV’ person but seriously this is go-od. Oh and just to make this even more of a must see – Tom Hardy has appeared! Ding-dong!

For this post I want to concentrate on style.

It’s all in the tiny details. The way that the men and women dressed to impress, the non-existence of casual clobber, the absolute quality of the cut. Clothes were made to last, not three months, but for years. Clothes were made of strong, hard wearing British made fabrics. Clothes were made by hand either in the home or for the very wealthy, by a tailor.

The men were not concerned with frivolous, foppish attire but more of a smart, slick and paired down silhouette. The baker boy hat, the wool top coat, the tweed waistcoat and the round neck shirt with attachable stand collar and the all important collar clips. Think Boardwalk Empire but in a very British way – simple, chic and lots of black! The influence that Peaky Blinders has had on mens fashion has been immense. From the surge in undercut hair styles and facial grooming to the rise in gorgeous brogues and well cut proper trousers.

New women’s winter style icon: Polly Shelby. Everyday glamorous is the new casual. A hat with feathers, a plush red wool coat with a light pink detail silk shirt, intricate embellished waist belt, a black mid length skirt and black leather ankle boots. An uncomplicated yet strong image that portrays the strong exterior but soft interior of the character. Coats with fur collars and cuffs, beautiful embroidery. Refined bohemian.

I take my hat off to the wardrobe department on this series. I can feel a new ‘proper’ 1920’s sub-culture (minus the Gatsby-esque flapper girls please) is on the rise, in fact, I may even start this myself. Bring on the faux fur and big hats!

Emily Morris

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POP goes spring time colour


Feeling inspired by all amazing spring time colours. The silver lining to all the dark grey clouds full of rain we’ve been seeing as of late.

Emily Morris

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Happy Munday Collaboration

To celebrate this years Tignes Winter X Games, Nikita snowboards and The Loop Bar invited Basingstoke born artist Kev Munday to decorate it’s interior. True to his skate influences, he has created a unique ambiance via snowboard lighting. An ingenious way of taking the humble board using it in another dimension.

Emily Morris

Kev Munday - Nikita snowboards - The Loop Bar collaboration

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Modern Classic

A new trend that has been bubbling under the radar is Sixties. A trend that has been seeping into the music industry with bands such as Beady Eye, Last of The Shadow Puppets and The Arctic Monkeys using a chords reminiscent of those heard in The Beatles and many more bands from this iconic era.

A re-valuation of vintage furniture via the platform of Ebay see’s a trend which harkens back to the days of good, simple design classics such as G-Plan side boards, Stag chests of drawers and Eero Aarnio plastic chairs. It seems a re-discovery of this design definitive decade is on the cusp of exploding, with designers such as Prada and Jil Sander jumping on the band wagon, although with a hint towards the style of Jackie O.

Get ready for modern takes on the Swinging Sixties to flow into your homes, iPods and wardrobes well into 2012.

Emily Morris

Jackie O (circa, 1960's)

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Edie Sedgwick (circa, 1960's)

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Michael Caine photographed by David Bailey, 1965

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