The 1950s have been a rich source of inspiration for films in the last 35 years or so. Time and time again filmmakers have captured the 50s look in all its jitterbugging, Technicolor glory. So here, in no particular order, are the Top 5 Movies with a 1950s retro twist. If you're looking for 50s [...]
So you’ve been invited to a fancy dress party and the theme is “The Movies”. Happens all the time. Well… quite often. But who do you look to for inspiration? After all, the last thing you want is to leave the party, find there are no cabs, and have to walk home in the early [...]
Maybe it’s just us, but we’ve noticed that the whole ’50 Shades’ mania seems to have died down a little lately, after exploding into our collective consciousness a little over a year ago. One minute, we’d never heard of E.L. James, the next minute everyone we knew – friends, mothers, mother-in-laws, aunts, grandmothers, old ladies [...]
Terry Pratchett's Discworld series is probably the most popular 'fantasy' series ever. We put those quotes around the world fantasy because like most fans, we think that these books are much more than that- only real literature could inspire such a deep and diverse following. Devoted fans range from pre-teenage kids just discovering real novels [...]
Buying a corset for the very first time can be a daunting experience, and it’s often difficult to know which one will be right for you. Corsets, like almost any other type of garment, come in all shapes and sizes, and in a very wide range of styles. Luckily, no matter which style you’re after [...]
Though most popular in the late 19th and early 20th Century, the origins of “Music Hall” can be traced back as far as London in the early 1800s. Then, people from all walks of life could enjoy a night of food, drink and entertainment at venues such as the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens on the south [...]
Ali's tips on moving from daywear to evening wear
With summer lurking just around the corner, I've started to give some thought to Clark Kent vs Superman lightening quick office outfit changes. It may also come as little surprise that I’ve also just gotten around to unpacking my summer clothes and have discovered some lovely things I’d completely [...]
Fascinators and Ascot go together like Rolls and Royce, champagne and truffles, French and Saunders. It was something of a surprise when, in January 2012, organisers at the famous racecourse banned the wearing of fascinators within the Royal Enclosure.
Since then, ladies must wear proper hats while gentlemen must wear waistcoat and tie, and never a [...]
Whether it’s a night on the town or a weekend away, at home or abroad, the fundamental dos and don’ts of planning a classic hen party are pretty much the same, no matter how many people are invited. We asked around the office for top tips and came up with this list:
1) Organise, Organise, Organise!
For more than 200 years Flamenco has been Spain’s – if not Europe’s – most famous combination of music and dance. It combines the evocative and distinctive singing style of the cante, the dramatic strumming of the toque (guitar playing), the rhythm of the palmas (handclapping) and the colour and action of the baile (dance).
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