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Archive for July, 2011

Vintage For The Weekend

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Want to get out and about this weekend while the weather is good?  Head down to the Southbank and enjoy the Vintage Festival.

We certainly enjoyed ourselves last year when the festival was held at Goodwood.  Here are some of our videos of the sights and sounds of the weekend:

Goodwood Vintage: Portraits 2010

Goodwood Vintage: Boogie Woogie

Goodwood Vintage: Rock & Roll

Black Eyewear: Nice To Draw

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

Artist Elizabeth Graeber‘s drawings interpret items, that appeal to her sense of design, in her own unique style.  She featured two Black Eyewear frames on her illustrated blog Nice To Draw!  We especially like the pink lens tint in the Benny sunglasses.

Here are Elizabeth’s illustrations and the frames from which she drew inspiration:

Vintage Glasses worn in The Hour

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Tonight is the start of the much anticipated BBC2 Drama The Hour.  The series follows two reporters Bel Rowley (Romola Garai) and Freddie Lyon (Ben Wishaw) as they join a start up current affairs program.  Set in 1956, fantastic vintage specs are worn by a variety of characters in this show which has been compared to Mad Men for the quality of sets and costumes.  If the brief clips we’ve seen are anything to go by this is a must see for vintage lovers!

 

 

 

 

Tennis Champs in Retro Glasses

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

As Wimbledon comes to a close we look at two tennis legends, Arthur Ashe and Billie Jean King, who wore fantastic glasses.

Billie Jean, who has worn glasses throughout her adult life, is perhaps best known for winning the ‘The Battle of the Sexes’ match against Bobby Riggs in 1973.  She has been an amazing advocate of women in tennis.  Here she best remembered wearing fantastic upswept frames such as these.

 

Arthur Ashe is the only black man to have ever won the men’s singles title at Wimbledon, which he won defeating Jimmy Connors in 1975.  He is considered to be one of the greatest players of all time, winner of a Grand Slam Singles title.  After suffering from heart disease and undergoing two surgeries Ashe contracting HIV from a blood transfusion.  Later in his life he did much to bring AIDS sufferers to the attention of the world.  This great 1960s style frame is similar to those he wore on court.