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Helena

Cowes Week 2015

Cowes may have a reputation for being the home of identikit crew wear, but we found some very stylish people making their own mark in the streets – and not a salmon-coloured trouser in sight.

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Swallow

Crafty sew-and-sews

Following the success of the first Wight Catwalk swishing event, we were delighted to be asked to run an upcycled fashion workshop for trend. This popular eco-friendly shop and youth cafe is going on tour and will be popping up at Cowes as trend@CowesWeek, and we’ll be there to show the young ‘uns how to customise their clobber.

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See the light!

Reflective Glory

Forget spinfit, a real bicycle is where’s it at. I am an enthusiastic – if fair weather – cyclist. I’m also a big fan of space fabrics. And I’ve discovered the best way to combine those two interests: hello reflective clothes.

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Fields' tweed bar

Smokin’ tweed

Before vintage was the new by-word for charity shop chic, there were jumble sales. Every Saturday I would crank the handle on my Ford Anglia and do the rounds of the sales, buying what is now colloquially known as DMC (Dead Men’s Clothes).

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It was acceptable in the 1960s version of 80s

Space Hair

Back in the day – before a trip beyond the Earth’s atmosphere was in the reach of (wealthy) space tourists – life on the moon was imagined via the programme Space 1999.

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The clothes rail starts to fill up

Making a Swish

There’s a joke that’s made on the Isle of Wight every March, when the clocks change, which is: “Don’t forget to put your clock forward – to 1952”.

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Black and white flowers

Monochrome Floral

Current favourite monochrome floral cigarette pants from a local store ‘Luchelle’ £25 #bargain (6 Pier St, Ventnor, Isle of Wight). I do love local small fashion outlets as you can always find something not-on-the-high-st and a little bit other amongst the frocks for ladies that cruise (no, not in that way).

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