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  • Ashes to Ashes fashion

    September 10, 2010

    Anyone who has been following the Frockery on Facebook or Twitter will already know how much we loved the BBC cult series  Ashes to Ashes. We have a particular crush on the gorgeous Philip Glenister, who plays Gene Hunt and who even appeared in the 2010 general election campaign alongside his famous red Quattro!

    Along with its prequel Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes undoubtedly helped fuel a revival in retro  fashion. Like many fans, we were positively bereft when the last series ended, so we have decided to devote our latest ‘Get the Look’ to Ashes inspired early 80s frockery.

    Alex Drake, played by Keeley Hawes, really rocked the white leather jacket and boots look, not to mention that sumptuous fur jacket, and Gene Hunt’s cowboy boots stole more than one show as he stepped out of the Quattro.  Leather jackets, white boots and stilettos,  denim jackets and off the shoulder slouch tops were de rigueur for the 'goodies' in the cast, while Jim Keats hid his decidedly devilish intentions behind an ordinary looking beige mac.

    Like 2010, the 80s brought enforced frugality for many as recession bit Britain. To get into the  zone, think Thatcher, Princess Diana, Dallas and Dynasty, big hair, shoulder pads, Fame (and legwarmers!),  Boy George (with hair!) and Culture Club, New Wave, Blondie, Adam Ant and new romantics.  Then go back in time to bring out your inner Alex (yet still stay fashionable) with a distinctively Ashes to Ashes look, like this one from our catalogue.

    White leather jacket White leather boots Max Mara jeans Black and gold tie neck blouse 80s black belt Black 80s bag

  • Ashes to Ashes, the finale

    May 26, 2010

    Whatever will we do on a Friday night now that Ashes to Ashes has ended? The finale was so good we had to watch it twice! Shame about the Quattro, but oh what a poignant episode as all the loose ends from Life on Mars and the previous two Ashes series were tied up (sort of).

    These two popular BBC series have undoubtedly helped fuel a 70s and 80s retro revival as cast members flaunted the fashions of the decades that good taste forgot without a hint of embarrassment. We have some fab retro leather jacket in stock and a selection of 70s dresses for which sunglasses may be required! And while Alex Drake tottered about in high heels like these and donned highly impractical white leather gear and some distinctly dodgy off the shoulder numbers for work as a DI at Fenchurch East, Ray seemed almost surgically attached to his leather bomber jacket. Those were the days...

    As a consolation, Gok's Fashion Fix is back and got off to a flying start last night on Channel 4 with the "buy less, wear more" message. He is a savvy stylist who, we are pleased to say, recognises the potential of vintage pieces to personalise an ordinary high street outfit. Brix Smith-Start, the designer junkie he vies with every week to win over an audience with his high street chic, may have her work cut out this series as we are all having our belts forcibly tightened to reduce the domestic deficit and won't have the budget for many (or even any) £800 dresses. The solution is to shop smart at stores like The Frockery - but we would say that, wouldn't we?

  • Happy Easter

    April 3, 2010

    Happy Easter to all our customers and website visitors! We will be closed on Easter Monday but have been burning the midnight oil to bring you another catalogue update to peruse over the holiday weekend.

    We have just listed an Aquascutum navy raincoat in immaculate condition and in a generous size 16, along with a selection of fab footwear including these cute tan suede pixie boots and these vintage blue peep toe heels. If it's denim jackets that take your fancy this spring, take a look at our selection here.

    We thoroughly enjoyed the return of the Gene Genie (along with a perm free Alex) in Ashes to Ashes last night and will be firing up the Quattro to get away for a day or two ourselves!

  • New arrivals

    March 23, 2010

    We have just added a few more pieces to the catalogue, including a beautiful 1970s Marion Donaldson deep red velvet and lace dress and the cutest retro red pleated skirt from Clockhouse.

    We also have quite  number of Laura Ashley summer dresses in stock, mostly size 8/10, which will be making their way onto the website in the next week or so, as well as a selection of scarves, shoes and accessories to put some spring into your wardrobe.

    And don't forget that Ashes to Ashes is back for its third series starting Friday 2nd  April! We are all looking forward to revisiting the 80s and catching up with our favourite Gene Genie.

  • Ashes to Ashes fuels 80s fashion revival

    May 11, 2009

    At last the sun is breaking through in this corner of north east Scotland. Let's hope it lasts so that we can give the woolly jumpers a bit of a rest.

    It's been a busy couple of weeks, with many of our recently added Clearance items having been quickly snapped up. We have also managed some successful sourcing of items for customers with specific requirements and have received some great feedback. We were especially delighted to hear that another bride-to-be will be wearing some of our frockery at her wedding next week.

    The return of Ashes to Ashes seems to have fuelled a growing demand for 80s fashion, which - like Marmite - you either love or hate. As we have previously mentioned, what we all agree on here is that the gorgeous Philip Glenister (Gene Hunt) is unmissable!

  • The Burberry effect

    April 26, 2009

    Burberry certainly hasn't lost its appeal, given the number of enquiries we receive from lovers of this classic label. So it was no surprise that the trench coat we catalogued last week was gone within hours and we had several emails asking when we might have another in stock. The truth is we never quite know, which means it's a good idea to keep dropping by to see what's new on the site - or you can always ask us to contact you if a particular item comes in.

    The long anticipated new series of Ashes to Ashes started last week, which pleased us no end as we absolutely love Philip Glenister and his  various sidekicks. The 80s music and fashion flashbacks are great reminders of the days when life seemed a lot simpler, although we confess we are happy that the sexism which permeates this and other retro series has now largely been consigned to history.

    On the fashion front, Gok's Fashion Fix influence has been evident on high streets everywhere, with accessories such as belts being used to jazz up otherwise dull outfits without busting the budget. We are particularly liking the self-tie leather cummerbund style belts, some of which we have in stock. It seems that belt tightening is now more fashionable than ever!