Tuesday, 6 October 2015

BETTY'S WEEKLY PICKS...


@nikachickvintagecorner is our fave Instagramer this week. The vintage shop and hair salon from Ukraine shares beautiful vintage hairstyles, fab fashion, and awesome vintage inspiration.

In need of some retail therapy? Market at the Moon is held the 1st Saturday of every month at The Full Moon in Bristol. Full of independent Bristol businesses from fashion to fresh produce, Market at the Moon is home to stalls as well as performers and workshops.  More info


Russian Artist Iv Orlov is top of our favourites this week! Orlov has a great collection of work that employs the use of geometric shapes, fine textures and bold colours.  We're in love with his unique, vintage looking illustrations! Check more of his work out.


The new album “Currents” from Australian rock band Tame Impala has been on repeat in the BettyRae head office this week. Released on 17th July, the album was eagerly awaited by fans and Tame Impala’s website calls it a “soundtrack to life’s turbulent flow”.



Words by Elly MacDonald




Tuesday, 29 September 2015

TREND TUESDAY: MARVELLOUS MODS



Mod was a trend in the 1960s that started in Britain and was centred around music and fashion.

The subculture was started in the late 1950s by a group of fashionable young men in London who listened to Modern Jazz.

Mods were once said to be a “fashion-obsessed and hedonistic cult of the hyper-cool" young adults who lived in metropolitan London.

When Mod fashion became more mainstream, the first youth-targeted boutique clothing stores opened in London, in the Carnaby Street and King’s Road districts.

Models like Twiggy began to wear the female Mod look, with short haircuts, little makeup, and progressively shorter mini skirts.

Male mods wore tailor-made suits with narrow lapels, thin ties, button-down collar shirts, and Chelsea boots. 

Most mods also wore military parkers while riding their iconic scooters, which they chose over motorbikes because they were a symbol of Italian style.


Mod fashion contrasted with the muted pastels of the 1950s, with bold, bright colours and geometric patterns.


Words by Elly Macdonald

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

TREND TUESDAY: ROCKIN' ROCKABILLY...


Fun and flirty, the vintage style of Rockabilly is very popular in the contemporary world of fashion. 

Originally dating back to the early 1950s in the USA, artists such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis started the legacy of rockabilly. This rock and roll style went away from the social norms, with an attitude of rebellion and freedom, which appealed to the teenagers of the time.

Rockabilly has been revived with neo-rockabilly starting in the 1990s. Bands such as Kings of Leon, Black Keys, and the White Stripes were influenced by Rock and Roll of the early 1960s.

The modern “pin-up” models you see today often wear this style. Whether you are going all “Rosie the Riveter” with a bandana, wearing some high-waisted jeans, or feeling a bit nautical with some stripes, Rockabilly fashion is wearable every day.

Swing skirts, wiggle dresses, and boleros are staple pieces in a rockabilly wardrobe. Think of the outfits in Grease, Footloose, and Dirty Dancing. Polkadots, stripes, leopard print, and floral are all popular patterns on rockabilly-wear, perfect for those inspired by 1950s pin-up girls.



Monday, 21 September 2015

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE...


Each year since the early ‘80s, the UN has marked September 21st as the International Day of Peace. Although the theme of the day changes yearly, the basic concept remains the same: it’s a day of non-violence, ceasefire and commemoration to try and create a safer, more peaceful world, and one that is free from hatred and prejudice. 

This year’s theme, entitled Partnerships for Peace- Dignity for All, is pretty simple: working together for a cause that's both deserving and worthwhile. 
At a time when news reports and stories about conflict, war and violence are an everyday occurrence, the impact of millions of people coming together for a day of peace is nothing short of phenomenal. 

This year, Peace Day events range from vigils to ‘wear it white’ days and twelve hour non-stop yoga sessions (you can take a peek at events here), while smaller actions, such as lighting a candle, meditation, a minute’s silence or even posting about the day on social media (#PeaceDay) are just as effective.

Words by Anam Rahim

Friday, 18 September 2015

VINTAGE GIRL MODERN WORLD...


Dressing vintage in the modern world is sure to turn some heads.  Whether you’re heading to the office, hitting the town, or just hanging out with some friends, keeping true to the vintage you is easy with these staple pieces from BettyRae.


Bertha Coat
Speaking of colder weather, on those days when you need to venture out into the word, a warm coat is a must. With a classic faux fur collar and lining, this coat will keep you toasty throughout autumn and winter. The neutral tone goes with anything, so you don’t need freeze for fear of clashing colours.

Bobbie Jumper
For those that are a fan of the casual “boyfriend” look, this oversized jumper is ideal for snuggling up in the coming colder months. Wear it with some faded denim jeans and your favourite scarf for a cosy autumnal outfit.


Tweed Skirt
The pop of bright red in this gorgeous skirt will make you stand out among the other office workers. Paired with a white shirt and some black pumps for a classic look, it’s perfect for looking fabulous behind your desk.

Bernie Bag
Need a new travel bag but can’t find one to suit your tastes? This sixties style burgundy travel bag is right up anyone’s street. Not only is it a lovely colour, but it’s big enough to fit in all your necessities.


For more clothes, take a look at our online shop.

Words by Elly MacDonald

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

BETTY GOES TO GOODWOOD...



Take a trip back in time with fabulous fashion, awesome aeroplanes, old-fashioned surroundings, and classic cars, Goodwood Revival is the place to be for lovers of all things vintage.

The Revival, held annually on the Goodwood estate near Chichester, is a fantastic opportunity to dress in classic post-war attire. Ladies are seen fashioning a 1950s swing skirt, or a “Rosie the Riveter” jumpsuit with a red bandana, while the gents dress in tweed with bow ties and flat caps.

Whether you’re looking to purchase some vintage clothes or to have a ride on an old school carousel, the Revival offers something for everyone. There are plenty of opportunities to treat yourself, with stalls selling a range of things such as fur coats, scarves, homeware, and leather jackets. There is even retro Tesco, complete with displays of items from back in the day.

The cars are great for posing next to for fab photographs, but petrol-heads can also cast an eyeball at classics and modern sports cars. With races throughout the day, fanatics have their eyes glued to the classic cars burning rubber around the track. The screeching of tyres on tarmac is unmistakeable, although there is also the pitter-patter of feet as the kids race in pedal cars. 

Throughout the weekend air displays take place over the estate, including Spitfires, British and American World War II Fighters, and the Vulcan.  The Goodwood Revival this year coincides with the 75th anniversary of the battle of Britain and each day a memorial flight commemorates this. All three days of The Goodwood Revival this year sees a memorial flight, as the weekend falls on the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

If you love cars, planes, or post-war fashion, then Goodwood Revival is a must at least once in your life. But I can guarantee, you won’t be able to keep yourself away next year.


Words by Elly MacDonald

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

VINTAGE FESTIVALS...



Festival season is well underway! To celebrate, we've picked out three up coming events for all you vintage lovers...

Twinwood Festival
29th - 31st August: Twinwood Arena, Bedford
Back for its fourteenth year, this year’s line-up at Twinwood is set to feature sixty bands and music from the twenties to the early sixties. The full line up is yet to be announced, but expect lots of swing, rockabilly and big bands. Combine all that with comedy, burlesque, beauty salons, a vintage market and a Mr. and Miss Vintage Pageant, and you've got yourself one hell of a Bank Holiday weekend.


Goodwood Revival
12th - 14th September: Goodwood Estate, Chichester 

Goodwood Revival is a mix of motor racing, swing and jazz music, as well as vintage glamour from the late forties to mid-sixties- a time when Goodwood was one of the UK’s biggest racing venues. From full-skirted New Look frocks to sixties shift dresses, race-goers are encouraged to look the part too, with pop up shops and salons on hand to help complete your look (a far cry from the mud splattered wellies of Glasto, we think).

Salute to the Forties
19th – 20th September: The Historic Dockyard, Chatham
Salute to the Forties is exactly that: a celebration of forties life and culture, with a specific focus on wartime Britain. If last year was anything to go by, the weekend is set to see Kent’s Chatham Dockyard filled with vintage vehicles (think spitfires, military transport and steam trains), Vera Lynn sing-a-longs and Home Guard re-enactments. This year’s music comes in the way of acts such as Natasha Harper, Madeline Brown and the Polka Dot Dolls. The event is in aid of Chatham’s Historic Dockyard Trust too, so get your hands on some tickets pronto!

Are you off to any of these? Head to our website, bettyraevintage.com, for some vintage and retro threads to get your festival wardrobe sorted!

Words by Anam Rahim

Thursday, 9 July 2015

THE HOLIDAY SHOP...


From fifties style dresses to summer florals, our holiday shop is full of one-off pieces to keep you cool (and looking incredibly stylish) this summer. This week, meet our holiday must-haves- at their best when paired with lots of sun, sand and sea of course!

Celine Skirt
The sweet pink and purple blooms on this skirt are a perfect match for sunnier climates- and a perfect remedy for dull summer days back home too. Its high waist and pleats come together to create a full, New Look inspired silhouette (we challenge you not to start swirling around the minute you put this on). Keep the emphasis of your outfit on the skirt by teaming it with a delicate white blouse or crop top for a more contemporary look. 

Ivy Dress
If bold summertime colours aren't your thing, take a peek at this little gem. Its pattern of hibiscus blooms is a subtle take on the classic fifties motif. The result? A dress that not only has a strong retro feel, but one that's pretty damn practical too.

Rita Dress
Gathered at the waist for a truly flattering fit, the lightweight cotton material of our Rita dress makes it a perfect summertime item. We’re not ones to shy away from a statement print, and the dress’s bold florals are a welcome contrast to more delicate patterns. Dress it up with a white or indigo belt and necklace for an instant fifties feel. 

For more dresses, shirts and cover ups, have a look at the rest of our holiday shop

Words by Anam Rahim

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

TREND TUESDAY: TAKE COVER



Ah, the classic British summer. As we put this post together, the month of June is drawing to an end- which, apparently means one thing: grey skies, digging scarves back out from the bottom of our wardrobes and lots of drizzle thrown in for good measure. While the weather might just sort itself out by the time this post goes live (yeah right), here’s our pick of vintage cover ups to help keep the chill at bay.

The Kaftan
You know when you see an item of clothing that’s a little bit quirky and you fall head over heels? That’s how we feel about our Kalua kaftan. Its statement colours, geometric shapes and sweet ribbon tie come together to create one of the most playful cover ups we’ve seen in a while- and it’s light enough to be whipped away into a bag when the sun (finally) makes an appearance.

The Denim Jacket
Our sunshine yellow Diesel denim jacket gives this season’s denim trend a summertime twist. It’s all about the details with this piece, with its sweet floral embroidery and metal collar wings adding a feminine touch to its oversized shape.

The Oversized Shirt
Taking cues from seventies icon Jane Birkin, we love throwing on an oversized shirt over a feminine summer dress. The leaf print on our Hazel shirt, edged with white loop stitching, makes it the perfect piece to team with a white dress, either worn loose or knotted at the waist. In a much cooler hue, our sky blue Lani shirt looks sweet not only with high waisted jeans, but worn over a dress too. (And, as if its versatility wasn't enough to earn it some serious style points, did we mention it’s only £10?)





All items are available at bettyraevintage.com.

Words by Anam Rahim

Friday, 19 June 2015

REMEMBERING JANE RUSSELL...


In 1940, a nineteen year old Jane Russell was signed to a seven year contract by film maker Howard Hughes. She made her debut as Rio McDonald in The Outlaw (1943), the first of a string of films in which Hughes was determined to emphasise her sex appeal. The film's exposure of Russell’s figure stirred up a highly publicised censorship scandal and the film was only fully released in 1950. Its publicity shots, showing Russell reclining on a haystack, made her one of the most sought after pin-ups of World War II. Hughes’s obsession continued in 1954’s The French Line with a cut out swimsuit, and he later declared, ‘there are two great reasons why men go to see her. Those are enough.’

What Hughes failed to see was that there was so much more to Russell. Her portrayal of showgirl Dorothy Shaw in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) was a perfect example of her sharp wit, singing talent and comedic side, and became the ninth highest grossing film of that year. It was this singing talent that earned her an Academy Award in the 'Best Song' category in The Paleface (1948), and another nomination for the film's 1952 sequel, The Son of Paleface. 
In 1954, she formed the Hollywood Christian Group (despite being at the forefront of censorship controversy, she was actually a devout Christian), reaching number 27 on the Billboard Singles chart in 1954 with ‘Do Lord’, and releasing an LP soon after. And if that wasn't enough, she formed Russ-Field Productions with her first husband, Bob Waterfield, churning out titles such as Gentlemen Marry Brunettes (1955) and The King and Four Queens (1956). She deliberately addressed Hollywood’s manipulation in 1957’s The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown (another Russ-Field release) saying, ‘that splendid career of mine? Don’t mix me up with the girl in the movies . . . all that’s only make-believe.’

Words by Anam Rahim

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

ALEXANDER McQUEEN: SAVAGE BEAUTY



One of the first garments by Alexander McQueen featured at the V&A was a soft pink jumpsuit as part of its 1997 exhibition, Cutting Edge, a showcase of British designers of the twentieth century. Eighteen years later, Savage Beauty is dedicated solely to the McQueen and features over two hundred of the designer’s creations, from his MA collection at Central Saint Martins to the final set of garments he designed in 2010. Amongst the exhibition are items from some of his most memorable shows: Highland Rape, The Girl who lived in the Tree and Voss to name a few, laced together with quotes written on the walls and recordings of McQueen’s voice.

Savage Beauty captures the key themes throughout McQueen’s work well. A ghostly hologram of Kate Moss (the finale of the 2006 show, The Widows of Culloden) and a dress eaten away by silkworms show the designer’s fascination with decay, while gowns of skin, fake hair and dried flowers show the way McQueen’s designs also took influence from the natural world. For McQueen, fashion wasn't just about creating pretty pieces (although his designs are damn stunning). His shows were a theatrical performance, an idea that Savage Beauty, through its use of film, performance and media reflects.

What's really breathtaking when seeing the garments close up is the way McQueen took the most fragile materials and transformed them into something so much more powerful: a corset made of glass, gimp masks encrusted with tiny black pearls and structured frocks made from flowers that look as though they would crumble at the first touch. At the heart of the exhibition is the Cabinet of Curiosities, a trove of beautiful oddities: a corset made of metal coils, towering armadillo shoes and fierce headdresses while, in the centre, a paint splattered dress revolves around slowly in an echo of McQueen’s Spring Summer 1999 show. The last room in the exhibition shows McQueen’s final collection, Plato’s Atlantis, set in a futuristic underwater world. With structured shoulders and pronounced hips, the rich metallic minidresses are a perfect example of McQueen's signature tailoring. 

Savage Beauty celebrates McQueen's imagination and creativity, his talent for tailoring (an understatement) and the way he blurred the boundaries between art and fashion. We're calling it a must see exhibition.



Words by Anam Rahim
All images c/o Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

TREND TUESDAY: SHIP SHAPE


Ahoy there! Of the fashion trends that constantly recur, the nautical trend is one of the biggest that designers remain fixated on year after year. This season, Stella McCartney did it with roomy white sailor trousers and J. W. Anderson paired navy flares with brass buttons and quirky rope embellishments. From crisp, icy shades to teal, turquoise and sapphire hues, blue featured heavily on SS15 catwalks, while the traditional black and white Breton stripe was made over in vibrant oranges, purples and reds. The folks at Altuzzara put a further twist on the trend by sending models out in head to toe stripes of varying thickness and directions. Look back at past Fashion Week collections, and you’ll see various reincarnations of the nautical theme.

So where did it all begin? Nautical fashion goes back to the mid nineteenth century, where Queen Victoria dressed her four year old son in a mini version of a sailor uniform, which had been introduced at the beginning of the century. By 1871, nautical motifs had made their way into women’s swimsuits and leisure wear. Introduced as resort wear fashion, it was Coco Chanel’s 1917 nautical collection that transformed the Breton top from a naval uniform staple to a fashionable item, eventually being worn by trend-setters such as James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face (1956).

The beginning of World War II brought military influences to the forefront of fashion, as influential Parisian and London fashion houses were forced to close. Instead, people began to look to Hollywood actresses, who wore nautical inspired garments on screen, for their fashion fix. The colourful hues of the 1930s stripe had transformed to focus on the old red, white and blue in a show of patriotism. Forties sailor dresses gave traditional navy uniforms an elegant and playful twist: pleated dresses were finished off with square collars, sailor-tie bows and buttons shaped like anchors and stars. After the mid-forties, however, the nautical look virtually died out until the following decade, with the 1958 release of South Pacific helping to spark a nautical revival. Our favourite nautical looks of the 1950s include Ginger Rogers's sailor top cinched in at the waist with a white belt, Marilyn Monroe's roll neck dress, a boldly striped playsuit worn by Grace Kelly and model Lucinda Hollingsworth dressed in a sharply cut, dark blazer, paired with crisp white trousers.

Nautical themes continue to set sail next season (see what we did there?), with the House of Holland’s bright yellow and black stripes, Isabel Marant’s chunky knits and punkish stripes at Saint Laurent. We’re sure that nautical motifs will pop up amongst next summer’s trends too- can they ever go out of fashion?

Words by Anam Rahim