Flare Street Blog
london fashion 60's
We've never received so much love from sneak peeks before! During the design process of these flares, we were too excited and had to show our Instagram community... the love for them blew us away!! Flare-lovers were nostalgic, reminded of cushions, curtains, cups and wall papers of their Nana's houses, amazing op-shop finds or dreamed up prints.
Our Terra Nova Flares were hand drawn by one of our favourite artists, Golden Daze. Using psychedelia and late 60's references, these swirls and floral notes can be worn casually or with their matching high neck top for that jumpsuit look!
Yana Abramova @yana.conda
Lena Louise Hampton @mummmaaaa
Photographer, Creative Direction & Styling: Nik Shimmin @nikshim
Assistant, Creative Direction & Styling: Lucy LaReyna Sotelo @lucyloooove
Location: Fonzie’s Diner @fonzies.diner
We're huge lovers of a purple set! Milkshake anyone?
A place to try on, tune in and drop out... ‘This is a nice place isn’t it?’ We looked up, and of course it was John Lennon and Paul McCartney.”
Bright, bold, beautiful and quite short lived, The Apple Boutique by The Beatles was designed and stocked by design collective, The Fool, in 1967 in bustling London.
The store was managed by Jenny Boyd, sister of Pattie Boyd, and Pete Shotton, who was John Lennon’s school mate. In addition to psychedelic and vintage clothing, the boutique sold books, music, spiritual objects, instruments and art.
The concept of the store was that everything within it’s walls was for sale and was meant to capture the vibrant essence of the Fab Four and be a cultural centre for their friends and fans alike.
Despite the overwhelming popularity of The Beatles at the time, the boutique was not ultimately a success for Apple Corps and had to shut its doors after only eight months.
On closing day, The Apple Boutique opened up for the last time and decided to give away the remaining treasures within the store for free, on a “one item per person” basis, could you imagine??!
Even though their boutique was short lived, the fashion and style of the iconic Beatles is sure to inspire until the end of time.
Mary Quant: Refreshing and Revolutionary. She transformed these styles into a fashion revolution that would pave the way in ladies fashion for decades to come…
I Was Lord Kitchener's Valet is the latest boutique to feature on our 'Babe's who inspire us' blog series! In the heart of 1960's swinging London was this wonderland of Victorian style clothing with a main focus on military uniforms!
"Eric Clapton was the first one to buy a military jacket early in 1966 when Cream's first album came out.
I'm sitting there one morning and in walked John Lennon, Mick Jagger and Cynthia Lennon. And I didn't know whether I was hallucinating… but it was real. And Mick Jagger bought a red Grenadier guardsman drummer's jacket, probably for about £4-5."
"So Mick Jagger bought this tunic and wore it on Ready Steady Go when the Stones closed the show by performing Paint it Black. The next morning there was a line of about 100 people wanting to buy this tunic… and we sold everything in the shop by lunchtime."
The name 'Lord Kitchener's Valet' was thought up by Ian Fisk just because we sold Victoriana. It conjured up images of Edwardian smoking jackets, top hats and canes and Birdcage Walk on Sunday - pure nostalgia.
"With incense burning, it was great, like paradise, you didn't know who was going to walk through the door."
Snippets from the interview with Robert Orbach in 2006. Read the full interview here: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/i/robert-orbach/