Into The Sensual World: Four Heavenly Seventies-Inspired Dresses

Dress by Just Cavalli. Picture © Greg Sorensen

Dress by Just Cavalli.
Picture © Greg Sorensen

Dress by Gucci Picture © Greg Sorensen

Dress by Gucci
Picture © Greg Sorensen

Dress by Preen Picture © Greg Sorensen

Dress by Preen
Picture © Greg Sorensen

Dress by Thakoon Picture © Greg Sorensen

Dress by Thakoon
Picture © Greg Sorensen

Summer reading: A change is gonna come…three post-modern musicians

Summer holidays gives me precious time to read and learn more about the women who continue to inspire.  This season so far three books have entertained, posed questions and provided joyful new perspectives.  

To start at the beginning, I must recall Patti Smith’s book ‘Just Kids’  I was struck immediately by how much attention to detail Patti gives when writing about her belongings.  Identifying a kindred spirit from a normal working-class background, it is testimony to how she lovingly describes every new addition to her sparse wardrobe.

Patti and Robert (Mapplethorpe) began their relationship with a poetic purchase of a Persian necklace which became the physical symbol of their love for one another.  Patti records her encounters with others so perceptively, understanding their mood or belonging to a particular ‘tribe’ in New York by their garments or the conspicuous absence of them.

Patti’s style of dressing is forensic and fascinatingly linked to her music. Patti’s strong androgynous appearance on her album cover ‘Horses’ is a real see-change in Smith’s self-belief, as being a woman beyond the patriarchal gaze of the music press.

Patti’s writing is a little too indulgent at times but is swiftly tempered by her talent for understanding people in an instant but never judging them on how they look. Patti’s kindness to dysfunctional characters, in contrast to her strong personality makes her writing all the sweeter.  “You’re a pearl…a pearl of a girl” she purrs comfortingly to a distressed Janis Joplin.

Summer reading: Patti Smith, Kim Gordon and Tracey Thorn.

Summer reading: Patti Smith, Kim Gordon and Tracey Thorn.

A very good friend of mine, always in the loop about good music and who is also a great lover of fashion told me about Kim Gordon’s “Girl In A Band”.

The book begins on the last leg of a Sonic Youth tour in South America and introduces the actions that have resulted in the band parting company. Due to a series of complications and interests outside of the band, the unhappiest being Thurston’s secret affair with a fan, Gordon is left to deal with the emotional impact of working together alone.

Gordon courageously finished the tour without making a ‘car-crash’ of herself. She then picks up the story by slowly unraveling the very intelligent, witty and sensitive woman she is.

Much like Patti, Kim takes us on a journey through her childhood and on to the music and artist scenes in New York.  Spoken with a no bullshit West Coast deadpan, Gordon reminds everyone of her credentials as a creative individual and scene-starter beyond her years with Moore and co.

Kim first arrived in NYC in the late 1970s, describing her look as ‘A hodgepodge of thrift-shop styles, boho symbols mixed with conventional ones’. She goes on the confess that in the early days she wore glasses and professes to being ‘uncool’ with ugly face furniture.  A nasty, bullying encounter with tired junkie, Johnny Thunders (The New York Dolls) shouting insults like ‘Four Eyes’ at Kim in a coffee shop, makes Gordon re-evaluate her appearance.

Kim grows in confidence making fewer mistakes in love and work. Meeting many great minds who collaborate on ground-breaking projects, whilst Thurston Moore is still recovering from a hurtful comment made about his trench coat by an art show goer.

Kim eventually meets this man (five years her junior), her soulmate and creative partner until sadly, years later, Thurston becomes a matrimonial cliché.

What strikes me is Kim Gordon’s understanding of the visual and the musical combining to create an experience.  Gordon’s ability to negotiate the choppy waters of the music industry with three male members of a band is no mean feat.

It is arguable that she is the most important member of Sonic Youth, as a square is only a four-sided shape having all its sides. However, It is undeniable that Kim Gordon brought a uniqueness to sound-making and played bass guitar her own way.

Next: A bedsit disco queen gets naked at the Albert Hall!

Next: A bedsit disco queen gets naked at the Albert Hall!

The last memoir and my favorite read of the year so far. Tracey Thorn’s ‘Bedsit Disco Queen’ is a gem of a book and Thorn has all the hallmarks of a truly honest and insightful writer.

Tracey’s story chronicles the life of a suburbanite schoolgirl with prevailing stage fright who somehow managed to, with a lot of lyrical talent, become a singer of songs. Tracey’s disbelief in her raw talent is what makes her so great – not a hint of a show-off.

Getting into bands with haphazard guitar playing, being collared to sing when no-one wanted to do it and bravely doing so from the safety of a wardrobe! Tracey fondly remembers not quite being a punk, her tentative years in two-tone outfits, new wave hairdos and notes her frustrations at what she describes as ‘the limitation of femininity’.  Being an introvert in a extrovert’s wet dream, Tracey recalls tedious treatment and sexist behavior she endured from music journalists who didn’t know how to talk to women.

Starting a successful band ‘The Marine Girls’ with her school friends, Thorn went on to influence countless other fledgling musicians (Kurt Cobain to name but one).  Having her own recording contract at 19, getting a First in English Literature from Hull University and forming Everything But The Girl with Ben Watt were game changers. Throughout the book, Tracey is coherently herself and steers her own course.

Tracey’s look had been important to her personally but she explained that in the 1980s and 1990s ‘Popstars’ on the mildly famous level were never given much flack about the way they dressed.  Tracey acknowledges that one of the reasons she has stage fright (sadly to this day) is wanting to be heard but not seen.  I for one understand where she is coming from.

Tracey Thorn’s ‘Naked at the Albert Hall’ is all about singing and is my current read.

Wardrobe of Dreams – The Collector’s Lot Returns!

The wardrobe of dreams returns and shall be see in Brighton on Saturday 8th August at Green Brick Pop Up Shop

Amazing #vintage, #preloved and #designer finds being collected from far and wide for you this week!

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#Vintage #Brighton Magazine Feature for Green Brick Pop Up #Shop #Saturday 8th #August 2015

'Tis better to prelove and to score than to never preloved at all'. In season, on trend and always worth a look! Love that Green Brick stuff.

Tis better to prelove and to score than to never have preloved at all’. In season, one of a kind and always worth a look! Green Brick for one day only this Summer don’t miss out!

Green Brick Vintage & Preloved Pop-Up

Saturday 8th August: Vintage & Preloved enthusiasts Jane and Vanessa are back at Fair for one day only, selling vintage, preloved clothing and accessories plus new independent jewellery from Oh Someday.

Green Brick Pop Up
The Fair Shop
21 Queen’s Road
Brighton

OPEN 10am – 6pm

Check out more at: http://www.vintagebrighton.com/vintage-events/

Watch This Space: Saturday 8th August 2015 #Vintage #Preloved #Handmade #PopUP @g_brickvintage

Next month we'll be back for one day only..Vintage and Preloved plus handmade heaven from Oh Someday!

Next month we’ll be back for one day only..Vintage and Preloved plus handmade heaven from Oh Someday!

#Getthelook – #Catch my drift? #Crop it if you dare!

Shirt by Paige, bandeau by Toga and shorts by Marques'Almeida © Chloe Mallett

Shirt by Paige, bandeau by Toga and shorts by Marques’Almeida © Chloe Mallett

Top by Dries Van Noten, skirt by American Retro and bag by Pepe © Chloe Mallett

Top by Dries Van Noten, skirt by American Retro and bag by Pepe © Chloe Mallett

Top by Neuw and trousers by Joseph © Chloe Mallett

Top by Neuw and trousers by Joseph © Chloe Mallett

#Joys of #Summer – Get Peeper #Shades #Vintage #Style

Cat's Eyes: Adam Selman x Le Specs, Fendi and Urban Outfitters. Image © Victoria Ling

Cat’s Eyes: Adam Selman x Le Specs, Fendi and Urban Outfitters. Image © Victoria Ling

Blue bayou: Philip Lim, Prism, Rayban and Sun Buddies. Image © Victoria Ling.

Blue bayou: Philip Lim, Prism, Rayban and Sun Buddies. Image © Victoria Ling.

Pina Colada Brain: Dsquared2, Max Mara and Dorothy Perkins. Image © Victoria Ling.

Pina Colada Brain: Dsquared2, Max Mara and Dorothy Perkins. Image © Victoria Ling.

#Joys Of #Spring – Get Your #Vintage Inspired #Print Looks Here!

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Pussy Bow Georgette Print Dress by YSL © Stella Magazine

Embroidered Wool Waistcoat by Vilshenko © Stella Magazine

Embroidered Wool Waistcoat by Vilshenko © Stella Magazine

High Neck Cotton Embroidery Dress by Dior    © Stella Magazine

High Neck Cotton Embroidery Dress by Dior © Stella Magazine

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Georgette Top and Silk Skirt by MaxMara, Crystal Earings by Aurelie Bidermann © Stella Magazine

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Layered Jumpsuit and Acetate Sunglasses by Celine © Stella Magazine

Vogue Magazine Features Green Brick Vintage: Issue April 2015

#strikeapose #VOGUE #April #2015
#strikeapose #VOGUE #April #2015

Green Brick Vintage has made it onto page 162 of Vogue UK (April 2015).

We are looking forward to seeing you all at our next event Art Junky on Saturday 28th March at The Phoenix Gallery Brighton.  We will have a selection of gorgeous vintage pieces, hand made Jewellery from Oh Someday and Promises Promises.

Art Junky – Indoor Market at Phoenix Gallery Brighton

Unique and affordable Vintage and Jewellery designed and handmade in the UK!

Unique and affordable Green Brick Vintage and Jewellery from Oh Someday and Promises Promises, designed and handmade in the UK!

Phoenix Brighton, 10-14 Waterloo Place, Brighton BN2 9NB

Phoenix Brighton, 10-14 Waterloo Place, Brighton BN2 9NB