Monday, May 12, 2014

A Vintage Vava Voom Afternoon



You are invited to a full day of Vintage Fun & Fashion at the Southern Antique Centre on Sunday 25th May between 10am – 5pm. Come along dressed in your favourite, most creative Vintage outfit for your chance to win a $100 gift voucher.  Take your time and enjoy the unique Vintage experience with stalls to explore, food and drinks on offer and military muscle and Impala cars on display. All to set the Vintage scene and much much more.

Plus! You will have the unique opportunity to meet the NSW PinUp Australia contestants, grab a photo and get some hair and makeup tips from the best in the business. They will also showcase what they have been learning in their workshops by putting on a fashion parade for us all. 

Bowerbird Vintage will be making an appearance between 1pm – 3pm showcasing some of their best Vintage fashion to get you inspired, so come down and say hi.

Let your hair down and get creative in Vintage!




Monday, March 10, 2014

Vintage on TV


I was watching the new show, Love Child on Channel 9 and just reveling in the wonderful vintage wardrobe. Nothing sets the time and place of a television series like the costume. Think Downton Abbey (did anyone see Lady Edith’s ‘peacock’ gown – pure heaven) or the glorious Miss Fisher where the murder mysteries might be a bit much but the clothes are to die for.

Love Child is set in Sydney’s Kings Cross, mainly the Kings Cross Hospital in that delicious year of 1969 – just as the sixties are about to become the seventies. It captures what I imagine were the tumultuous times when women were starting to gain some real freedom and Kings Cross was as wild as it gets.

The wardrobe team has got it so right. I’m loving the swinging mini length coats in tangerine and blue, geometric printed mini dresses, the crocheted peaked caps, the pixie hair cuts and fabulous sixties jewellery. They’ve even got the make up exactly right, and you know what? It’s exactly now. 

Walk into Bowerbird Vintage any day of the week and you can be transported back to the sixties and seventies. We always have a wonderful selection of genuine vintage from this unique and quite amazing time. 


Click here to view our full selection of amazing vintage dresses and accessories.

They say if you remember the sixties you weren’t really there but if you want to show how much you love the sixties, you can always do it in vintage.

All for the love of the television dramas that show us how wonderful a vintage wardrobe can be. 

Kim

Monday, February 24, 2014

Vintage wins the most awards.


We are smack bang in the middle of awards season, both in the UK and America. We have had the Golden Globes and today we are all excited about the Oscars.

We have shared our favourite gowns across our Facebook page, this year there were so many gorgeous Vintage inspired gowns. Which was your favourite?

                                                                                                                                Courtesy of dailymail.uk

In previous years many actors made waves on the red carpet in vintage designer outfits. In fact Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman were both wearing vintage Valentino when they accepted their individual Academy Awards.

 
One of the big talking points this year was the hat worn by Pharrell Williams at the Grammy’s. Not many realised it was a vintage Vivian Westwood designed by her in 1982. It made its first appearance in Malcolm McLaren’s iconic music video Buffalo Girls. Yes, if you want to be noticed, vintage is always the way to go. Especially vintage from Bowerbird Vintage.

The Brits starred again when the beautiful Emma Thompson wore vintage Lavin to the Golden Globes. Her daughter Gaia was not to be outdone in vintage Laura Ashley, just perfect for a young woman at her first awards night. 


Designers are always clamouring to get their designs worn on the red carpet and the amount of money they are prepared to invest in this means not as many stars do wear vintage. However those that do really stand out. In Europe, the trend towards ‘green’ clothing or sustainable fashion has made vintage glamour bigger than ever.

We would love to help you make a bit impact in vintage at your next major event. Not only do we have the perfect outfits to choose from, we can also accessorise head to toe. Perhaps not in Pharrell’s vintage Westwood hat but there will be something just perfect for you at Bowerbird Vintage.

In the meantime enjoy this award season and let’s be thankful we don’t have this many flashbulbs going off in our faces when we go out and about.

Finally, a big congratulations to the ever stylish Cate Blanchett for her striking performance in Blue Jasmine, winning her second Oscar for an Australian. So proud.

With love. The love of vintage.

Kim




Wednesday, December 18, 2013

What a great way to end the year- a Bowerbird Vintage Photoshoot.


We had a wonderful week setting up and photographing our new vintage collection. Our brilliant photographer Ali Peck from Webbird Digital managed to capture the exact looks I had in my minds eye and there’s nothing more exciting than watching your creative vision come to life.

I love taking my existing pieces into a new realm with a careful selection of accessories and always have my current stock in mind when I’m sourcing these wonderful treasures. Naturally I also have one eye open for new vintage outfits that will fit in beautifully with our Bowerbird collection.
When searching for the right clothes and accessories I believe it’s important to have a practical use in mind. When you buy your vintage it’s because you want to wear it and get the most out of it. It is glorious to see precious, single vintage pieces but they are mainly for collectors to curate. We are all about making vintage a part of every day life.

Our shoot gave me a real insight into how every one can enjoy some vintage glamour and I’m even more convinced Bowerbird’s collection should have something for everyone. Buying and wearing vintage doesn’t have to be complicated and our desire is to make it a practical as well as magical experience for everyone.

If you would like to check out our shoot – both the results and behind the scenes – please visit our website and our instagram site. I know you’ll quickly understand why I’m so excited. Here are a few snippets below.

I’d like to acknowledge Peneleope Quinn  our wonderful model – I can’t thank you enough for your dedication and energy. Joanna from Webbird Digital, our resident stylist and who also makes my website look so great.  Thank you Phionna Tomaszewski for the hair and make up and Renee Opperman from  100’s and 1000’s Marketing for your marketing advice and assistance and managing my account with dedication and detail.

And I’ll save the biggest thank you for my fabulous clients – for you! I would like to wish you all a wonderful festive season partying on in your gorgeous Bowerbird Vintage and I can’t wait to see you again in 2014 when a whole new world of opportunities will be waiting for all of us.

Kim.








 



And that my friends is a wrap!



Thursday, November 21, 2013

Meet the new face of Bowerbird Vintage

A classically beautiful face, meet Penelepe.

We found each other through the world of social media and first met just last week for a chat.
It was an instant attraction (for us anyway, look at Penny's beauty)!



Penelope Quinn is a craft fanatic and vintage lover with a passion for upcycling, environmentally sustainable fashion and craft. 

The darnsexysecondhand.com craft blogger is also the official craft expert of Lifestyle Channel http://www.lifestyle.com.au/penelopequinn/ and has enjoyed a career as a TV presenter, model and journalist. 

When she's not blogging, upcycling, holding craft demonstrations and throwing the occasional crafty party for hens and baby showers, you can find her ferreting through op shops, markets and vintage stores and trying (unsuccessfully) to convince her cat Steve to wear hand-knitted beanies.     

Penelope is delighted to come on board as the face of the divine Bowerbird Vintage and is  being a devoted advocate for vintage and sustainable fashion. 

We welcome Penelope on board and look forward to the great dreams we can achieve together.



Kim

All you need for Christmas is Vintage

Christmas is coming and although the songs may tell us it’s about jingling bells and reindeer we know that, ding dong merrily on high, it’s about parties. It’s that festive time of year when too many parties are barely enough, especially when you have a beautiful vintage wardrobe to sashay through every one of them.

In fact, quite a few people believe this is the best time to bring out the vintage because with the right outfit you can look like the girl from Christmas past and future.

This is when you can show all the sparkles, keeping in mind the more sparkling the accessories, the simpler the dress must be. Beautiful, flowing Gatsby inspired dresses will have pride of place this year and the very figure flattering and floaty A-Line skirt below a nipped in waist and tailored vintage top will always feature. It’s always important to know your size in vintage and get it right every time.

                                          Photo Courtesy of Examiner

Vintage must fit you like it was made for you and that’s one of the reasons why Bowerbird is the perfect place to get you ready for Christmas. We have such a wide and wonderful range to choose from and we make sure everything looks divine and fits you perfectly. The range of vintage colours can suit and flatter women of every age and the right dress will make your silhouette look slimmer, younger, and more romantic. 


Vintage dress with matching crop overlay buttoning at 
the back in silk is one of my favourites in store now

Dress to impress #1950s #satin 

Christmas party inspirations #1940s inspired 
.

Your outfit will bring your own theme to every party. It might be in a Victorian or Edwardian style – a touch of Downton Abbey perhaps or new age jazz with long strands of pearls. You could wow them in a flirty fifties outfit or something svelte and swinging from the sixties.


Here at Bowerbird, we can’t wait to help you find the perfect outfit and make this the most wonderful festive party season ever.

It’s for the love.  The love for vintage at Christmas.

Kim