Diamond Vintage Ball a glamorous success

5 December 2011 No Comments
Diamond Vintage Ball Bournemouth Royal Bath Hotel

Glitz and 1940s glamour came to Bournemouth on Friday, as the Diamond Vintage Ball drew in a generous and fashionable guest list. Continue Reading

Is Pokesdown Bournemouths new Vintage Quarter?

28 November 2011 1 Comment
Is Pokesdown Bournemouth's new Vintage Quarter?

Pokesdown went one step closer to firmly establishing itself as Bournemouths vintage quarter, after a busy late-night shopping event last Thursday. Continue Reading

Vintage-style calendar shot in local businesses

21 November 2011 No Comments
Vintage-style calendar shot in local businesses

In the countdown to 2012, Pokesdown vintage boutique What Alice Found has released a vintage-themed calendar for the new year. Continue Reading

Beales Girls Night Out

13 October 2011 No Comments

Earlier this month, Beales department store in Bournemouth held its semi-annual fashion show, Girls Night Out, featuring performances from former X-Factor contestants and local lads, The Reason 4. Continue Reading

First grotesque parade in Bournemouth for 100 years

26 September 2011 No Comments

On Saturday 24th September, the much-anticipated Grand Grotesque Parade drew hundreds of onlookers to the Lower Gardens and town square in Bournemouth. Continue Reading

House of Frasers fashion fix for charity

23 September 2011 No Comments
House of Fraser's fashion fix for charity

Following the huge success of House of Frasers ‘Summer House of Fashion’ show at Aruba, Bournemouth earlier this year, the department store on Old Christchurch Road, held an autumn catwalk show earlier this month. Continue Reading

Poole-based Hey Dude shoes reviewed

22 September 2011 No Comments
Hey Dude’s ‘Wally’ shoe

As a wearer of mostly smart boots and lace-ups, a pair of casual shoes from Poole-based footwear company Hey Dude would’ve generally gone unnoticed. But having put these, as they have been dubbed, ‘super light’ shoes to the test, they have proven to be the lightest and most comfortable shoes I have so far experienced. Continue Reading

Vintage fashion: bringing back old school glamour

10 August 2011 No Comments

When you buy vintage, you breathe new life into fashion, a fashion that once upon a time was outdated and unwanted. But now, vintage and retro clothing has become timeless – a clear advantage against the come-and-go trends of the high street. Continue Reading

All Walks Beyond The Catwalk, an interview with Caryn Franklin

30 June 2011 No Comments
Caryn Franklin

Tomorrow, third-year students from the Arts University College Bournemouth will be celebrating their graduation at the historic Wimborne Minster. Alongside the graduates collecting their degrees, four creative professionals will receive Honorary Fellowships for their contributions to their respective industries, including British fashion expert Caryn Franklin. Continue Reading

Updated: Aruba Fashion Show raises money for local Cancer trust

14 June 2011 No Comments

Yesterday evening, Aruba Bar & Restaurant on Bournemouth Pier played host to House of Frasers annual fashion show. Continue Reading


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