Frockery Talk

  • Good to go for Goodwood

    September 12, 2013

    We have been embarrassingly neglectful of our blog for the past few weeks, mainly because it has been so busy at the frock face. With one frocker down due to illness and the chief frocker off on a couple of  trips, we have had to prioritise the business nuts and bolts to get the orders fulfilled and stock updates posted. Our customers like to keep us on our toes!

    This year's upcoming Goodwood Revival weekend has seen a huge surge in interest in our wee website and we have had a very busy couple of weeks kitting out Goodwood-going customers (both preloved and new!),  as well as providing pieces for Goodwood-inspired photoshoots. We hope the lovely Jenny, Sarah, Liz's mum, Sam, Emma, Christina and other Goodwood-goers have a great weekend rocking their frockery!

    Normal blogging service should resume shortly as we catch up on ourselves, but here are a few Goodwood goodies to 'get the look' -  even if , like us, you aren't going to the extravaganza this year.

     Vintage daisy print rockabilly swing dress

    50s vintage daisy print rockabilly dress

    Vintage 50s floral rockabilly skirt

    50s vintage rockabilly skirt

    Vintage 50s novelty print dress (coming soon!)

    50s vintage novelty print dress

    Men's vintage nautical blazer

    mens vintage nautical blazer

    Turquoise polka dot swing dress

    turquoise polka dot swing dress

    Why not check out our Get the Look: Goodwood Revival section for more vintage and retro frocks, footwear, accessories and inspiration? We'll be replenishing our stock after the latest rush, so please keep an eye on our What's New  section for new arrivals as our stock room is bursting at the seams!

     

  • Wild things, we love you!

    August 14, 2013

    Animal print is a style statement that never fails to impress, and we especially love leopard.

    This summer we have seen the Duchess of Cambridge don the dalmatian print for her last pre-baby public appearance, while her mum chose a leopard print dress to cheer on our Andy at Wimbledon. And judging by many of the London Fashion Week shows,  the trend looks set to stay well into the autumn and winter.

    leopard pony hair shoes

    Having recently 'lost' our treasured leopard print pony hair loafers to Kirstin Frocker (whose need was apparently greater than ours), we have had to content ourselves with other animal print pieces for our own A/W wardrobe; however, we have made sure there are also some really wild things in the Frockery catalogue for our lovely customers to get their claws into!

    Oasis leopard print top

    leopard print top

    Leopard print stretch maxi dress

    leopard maxi dress

    Iceberg designer leopard print silk scarf

    iceberg leopard print silk scarf

    Think Bee! designer animal heart embellished tote bag

    think bee! animal heart tote bag

    Gold animal print shawl

    animal print gold shawl

    Leopard print maxi dress

    vintage inspired leopard print maxi dress

     We also have this sumptuous 70s vintage ocelot print coat in the stock room which will be coming to the catalogue in time for the chillier days ahead, as welll as some other feline footwear and finery, so do keep your eye on our What's New section.

    vintage leopard coat

    leopard shoes

  • Cor Kirstie, that's really free!

    August 7, 2013

    So who else has been watching Kirstie Allsopp's Fill Your House for Free series on Channel 4?

    "Kirstie and her team will demonstrate how to upcycle and restore old furniture, as well as showing viewers where to go and how to salvage their own treasures while spending as little as possible on doing up their homes."

    The programme is right up our street as we've been freecycling, flea marketing, car booting and house clearing for years and have all the free, cheap and stylish (we think!) stuff to prove it! When we lived in Germany, householders used to leave unwanted items out on a specified day every month so that people could help themselves to 'treasures' before they were cleared by the council for recycling. Compare that to stories of  individuals in the UK being fined for 'stealing' stuff destined for, or actually deposited in, skips and council tips!

    Since we are planning to downsize in the fairly near future, we have already started selling and giving away some of our surplus items, which is proving quite therapeutic and has the added benefit of  helping someone else out who needs what is taking up space in our home. Our recent giveaways have included a vintage Sega megadrive with games which went to a family with five foster children, two sofas and a TV / video combo with freeview box which was snapped up in minutes after posting on the local freegle group.

    We have also enjoyed some fantastic freebies over the years, including an Apple Mac computer (the model with the innards on show!), which Kirstin Frocker used for her designs, and 'Christine', one of our frockery mannequins who was looking for a new home when her owner moved away after finishing her art degree.

    christine frocker

    As some readers already know, the chief frocker used to work in a previous life for a Member of the Scottish Parliament, during which time she enjoyed responsibility for the waste portfolio as well as education and children (the two complemented each other remarkably well!)  One local charity we had regular contact with then, and of which Johnny Frocker is currently a director, is the Tayside Re-Use Centre (formerly Tayside Recyclers) which occupies a  large former jute mill building and collects, repairs and re-homes all sorts of goods, from bric a brac, clothing and soft furnishings to small electricals, domestic and office furniture and white goods. The Emporium is well worth a visit if you are ever in the Dundee area and the Skill Share project, which is also based there, provides a myriad of learning opportunities to support and enable more sustainable living.

    tayside reuse centre

     tayside reuse centre

    tayside reuse centre

    There isn't a lot of spare money around in most households these days, so it makes sound financial and sustainable sense to source and re-use items that might otherwise end up in landfill. What you no longer need or want will undoubtedly enjoy a new lease of life with another owner, and take it from us, giving stuff away is entirely painless; indeed it engenders a positive feelgood factor!

    Just as vintage clothing used to be sneered at by fussy fashionistas who have since begun to embrace it enthusiastically, second hand furniture, fittings and household eclectica have had an entirely undeserved Cinderella-like image for far too long. Having never really understood the appeal of  'brand new', our own house is crammed full of vintage finds, antique pieces and other hand-me-downs that we have acquired over the years - and we also have far too many vintage tea sets and kitchenalia stuffed into too many drawers and cupboards! It's just as well that older  furniture is generously sized to accommodate the acquistive tendencies of the frockers, who are unashamed hoarders of old crockery, cameras, clothes and collectables (various).

    So it's full marks to Kirstie for championing the recycling and upcycling cause and bringing it to more mainstream attention. We're sure that really free and nearly free stuff is going to catch on in a big way, and not before time.

  • Princess Diana's Dresses (and the rest)

    July 17, 2013

    OK, so we admit to being suckers for 80s fashion and could not resist the pull of last night's Channel 4 programme, Princess Diana's Dresses, which documented her fashion ascendancy from shy, awkward teenager sporting stereotypical Sloane Ranger attire to one of the most revered style icons of the 20th century.

    Soon after coming to public and paparazzi attention, Diana ditched her famously transparent Laura Ashley cotton skirts and cutesy tops in favour of a new level of sophistication,  demonstrating a growing confidence and natural ability to rock every type of outfit for every type of occasion, from casual to red carpet.

    Who could forget the black strapless taffeta Emanuel number she wore on her first official outing in 1981 and the accompanying press furore? Coincidentally we have a strikingly similar 80s Bernshaw  dress and matching coat in the stock room at a much more affordable price than the $192000 the original recently raised at auction! When we find it we'll post a picture here. We also have this stunning 80s Emanuel pleated silk blouse that may find its way into the catalogue eventually (if we can bear to part with it).

    80s emanuel silk blouse

    Watching the documentary was like reliving 'our' fashion era and even now we are drawn to alpaca jumpers, Laura Ashley and Liberty prints, hats with feather flourishes and other Diana style vintage pieces which we would have worn ourselves back in the day. We still have many of our own clothes and accessories that were bought in the 80s, some vintage (before it was popuar!) from Kensington, Portobello Road and Camden markets and others actually made in the 80s, including a few designer investment pieces which we are carefully storing for the next generation of frockers.

    Below is one example, a Belville Sassoon black cocktail dress with delicate lace bodice and satin cuffs modelled by Kelly Donaghy and photographed by Oliver Schneider, with hair and make up by SC MakeUp Artistry. Princess Diana wore a similar Belville Sassoon dress in 1989.

    80s black belville sassoon dress

    But there was more to Diana Princess of Wales than just her dresses. Here are a few pieces from the Frockery catalogue that are reminicent of her unforgettable fashion heyday.

    80s does 40s fuchsia dress

    Princess Diana style fair isle jumper

     

    Brown velvet hat with feathers

    80s Princess Diana style navy dot dress

    Electric blue 80s shoes

    red wool riding jacket with velvet trim

    White 80s tea dress with lace collar

  • 15% summer special on Boho Festival frockery

    July 2, 2013

    It's the height of the festival season, so we are offering a 15% discount on all purchases from our Get the Look :Boho Festival Category throughout July 2013.

    Please enter code BOHO-15 at our checkout to take advantage of this summer special offer.

  • Here comes the vintage bride, 80s style

    June 27, 2013

    We think this 80s vintage Ronald Joyce wedding dress, which has just been added to the Frockery catalogue,  is so gorgeous it deserves its own featured post! It is a fabulous fairytale princess designer dress which reminds us of  the inimitable Princess Diana's early 80s style.

    ronald joyce 80s wedding dress

    vintage 80s ronald joyce wedding dress

    vintage 80s wedding dress

    ronald joyce 80s wedding dress

    ronald joyce 80s wedding dress

    ronald joyce 80s wedding dress

     

    Please visit our Wedding Frockery section for more bridal and special occasion outfits, footwear and accessories.