Love Vintage Show – Melbourne
Story by our Vintage Shops blog contributor : Gabrielle from Drama of Exile
Gabrielle: The days are getting warmer here in Melbourne, and it’s time to pack away the furs and coats and dust off the summer frocks and hats! If you’re anything like me and are utterly at a loss as to what you wore last summer, the state of your wardrobe post this never-ending-Narnia-like-winter can be a bit overwhelming. Luckily the Love Vintage Show rolled into Melbourne for the first ever Love Vintage Melbourne Summer Show last weekend to spread a bit of summer lovin’!
The Love Vintage Show is an annual event held in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane throughout the year. This year they have decided to hold a second Summer Show for the lucky vintage devotees in Sydney and Melbourne, showcasing over 50 stall holders of quality vintage and original designer fashion for girls and guys, as well as some great entertainment including fashion tips for Spring Racing Carnival, makeovers, burlesque demonstrations and more! Being a winter loving gal, I headed down to the Royal Exhibition Centre at Carlton Gardens on the Friday night to get some sunshine into my wardrobe.
As I entered the hall I was greeted by the sweet voice of Rachael Dee, who serenaded the vintage shoppers with some lovely 40’s and 50’s tunes. The sheer volume of incredible vintage, retro and antique garments, collectables and homewares was almost overwhelming that my friends and I had to do a couple of laps before zeroing in on the stalls that caught our attention. Like a raven circling, I like to think I have shopping down to an art form, but this little birdie still managed to get caught up in the amazing vintage gowns, furs and gloves – I had to be told more than once to ‘keep my eye on the summer’!.
After seeing the beautiful entrants at the May event’s red carpet Best Dressed in Vintage competition I was a little bit shy of entering this time round, but I decided to take a chance and get amongst the action. Everyone who entered looked amazing, and I was so shocked when I won! My prize was a voucher for Leigh’s Collectables (a beautiful antique jewellery stall at the show) and a pair of vintage sunglasses. I was so chuffed, I never win anything! Thankyou so much to the Love Vintage Show and Leigh’s Collectables, I took home a stunning pair of antique marcasite and onyx earrings.
Unfortunately I was unable to get along to the Saturday show due to work commitments, but I got back up on those 40’s pumps and ventured back on Sunday for a full day of stage presentations and to shop some more.
First up on the stage was the lovely ladies from the Lindy Charm School For Girls giving some etiquette and style tips for ‘Cup’ day. The girls had a great range of products and accessories available to re-create that perfect vintage look, and I wished I still had longer hair as I would have loved to partake in the workshop they hosted that afternoon – unfortunately my bob doesn’t lend itself easily to 40’s hairstyles!
I then went and checked out Candice DeVille, vintage stylist and blogger, giving a talk on hats and how to wear them this season. Hats are a weakness for me, having studied millinery and being an avid collector, so this was a real treat. There were some fantastic creations for sale, my favourites being from Circa Vintage Hats who stock beautiful headwear from the 1920’s through to the 1960’s. A bit out of my price range for now, I definitely have my eye on some future ‘investment pieces’!
I stuck around the main stage to catch the catwalk parade of looks for the Spring Carnival, presented by Miss Bonnie Rose. From Derby Day to Oaks Day, there were crowd stopping vintage looks for all, which got me inspired for Melbourne Cup.
It was easy to get caught up at the stage with all the enticing entertainment, I had to drag myself off to peruse the stalls! I fit some serious shopping in though and it was so hard not to fall in love with the 1920’s flapper dresses, antique head pieces and piano shawls. I ended up taking home a beautiful 1930’s straw hat with flowers, a 1940’s crepe day dress and brooch from the Fabulous 40’s & 50’s stall as well a a new compact of Besame makeup from Deja Vu Vintage Rose.
Fresh purchases in hand I headed back to the stage to catch a fabulous presentation on Collectable Jewellery from Circa Collectables, a talk on Modern Vintage from Miss Bonnie Rose and (my personal highlight of the day) a high energy burlesque demonstration from the effervescent Foxtrot India. I even want to learn tassel twirling now!
The last thing on my must-see list was the catwalk parade of ‘Sizzling Summer Looks with a 70’s Vibe’, presented by Bonnie Rose on the main stage. A fantastic display of all things boho to disco, it was a brilliant end to the show!
With Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne under wraps, that’s it for the Love Vintage Show until next year! Be sure to like them on Facebook to receive information about future shows.
Happy Vintage Summer everyone!
A huge thank you to Gabrielle from Drama of Exile
We cant wait to read Gabby’s next contribution.
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