The Nachos, the foam fingers and the chance to pull out that annual Americana outfit, yes- the Super Bowl is on its way! With Maroon 5 confirmed for this years super slot we’re looking back on some of the best Super Bowl half time moments:
In 2007 Prince bought all the feels with an iconic rendition of purple rain in a genuine Miami downpour. In a baby blue two-piece and his legendary guitar solos, Princes performance is one to watch and rewatch and then watch again. I mean..who doesn’t LOVE Prince??
Lady Gaga took making an entrance to another level and quite literally threw herself off the top of the stadium. The 12-minute mash-up of all her best songs featured a huge amount of sequins, some air dancing and a whole lot of hair swishing, it’s extra, it’s drama, and darling we love it!!
Madonna opened the show to Vogue, wearing a gold headdress. Need I say more! We were then catapulted through her insanely vast career through different hits. what.a.treat.
Thankfully there was no cape incident but MIA presented her middle finger to 114 million viewers landing them with a $16.6 million lawsuit from the NFL. Scandalous!
Michael filled us with aaaaaalllll the good vibes in this performance. In a classic monochrome ensemble, he wiggled around to “Black or White,” “We Are the World” and “Heal the World.” Michael, we hear you, and we love it.
Beyonce / Destiny’s Child
We all know Beyonce knows how to put on a show, she didn't get the title of Queen Bey for nothing. But this gets into the top 5 for Michelle and Kelly! The infamous trio bought all the sass and for an amazing rendition of all their bests.
Whoever wins, let's celebrate everything American with our range of all American range of Team jackets, basketball vests and unique sweatshirts in our American Sports online edit.
Now we all know that the Cheese Burger was invented at the 1904 St Louis World Fair and Donuts were introduced by the Dutch settlers of New York, duuuhhh, but have you ever looked at your trusty canvas cons and queried “WHERE ARE YOU FROM, HOW DID YOU GET HERE?”
But we just got our mitts on a whole bunch, so I’m about to drop some serious Chuck knowledge with a brief history of Converse.
In the Beginning
Believe it or not, Converse All-stars were not invented for maximum traction on booze-soaked indie/nu rave dance floors of the early to mid-2000s. Nor were they invented to help assist the anarchy uprising of the mid-70s. The first incarnation was actually invented over 100 years ago in 1917, for the newly emerging American sport of basketball. The flat-footed, zero shock absorbent first Converse shoe was actually made for physical activity. Mental.
Original Converse ‘Non-Skid”, note no Chuck signature
Surprisingly, the All-Star was quite technologically advanced for its time. The rubber ‘ non-skid’ sole and the lightweight Canvas was the tits in 1917 and by 1918 they were making 20,000 shoes a day! It wasn’t till 1921 that a man named Chuck Taylor changed Converse forever.
Chuck Taylor, a semi-pro basketball player, started wearing the first Converse shoes in 1920. Converse noted this and gave him a job as a salesman and brand ambassador and toured America with his Converse team showing off their kicks. During these tours, Chuck suggested some design tweaks to Converse to help improve the flexibility and ankle support of the ‘Non-skids’. Converse adopted his ideas and in 1932 slapped his signature on the ankle patch and the Converse All Star we know today was born!
Chuck Taylor, great posture, greater shoe designer.
The Sports Sneaker
Converse All Stars quickly became America’s preferred basketball sneaker. It was the official shoe of the Olympics from 1936 to 1968 and during WWII All stars were the official athletic training shoes of the U.S armed forces.
Post World War II the Chuck Taylor All Stars became sporting standard for all basketballers, from Highschool gyms to the Pro NBA and ABA leagues, everyone was wearing Chucks on the hardcourt. It was so popular that in the 1960s Converse had captured 70-80% of the basketball market share, to put that in perspective industry leader Nike has about 40% of the basketball share today.
Trends and technology changed but Converse All Stars remained the same, and the inability to adapt to the sports market meant that the Chucks slowly faded out of the realm of the athletic sneaker world. The classic canvas All Star was last seen on the NBA court worn by Tree Rollins in the ‘79-80 NBA season, 63 years after the Chuck Taylor All Stars was born.
Tree Rollins, wearing canvas All Stars
Off the Court
Fortunately for Converse, another movement was shaking during Converse’s basketball boom. Back in the 50s, wearing athletic sneakers outside of the gym was seen as a slightly rebellious act, similar to Marlon Brando wearing underwear (a T-shirt) and blue jeans on the silver screen. Greasers started to slowly adopt Chucks and wore it as a subtle fuck you to the tie wearing, straight-laced “Man”. Converse’s low price point also helped, due to the no-frills canvas and rubber construction, it was affordable to the working-class and teens.
Rock n Roll
This counterculture association stuck and started gaining more traction throughout the decades. Slowly, Converse All Stars became apart of the uniform of nonconforming Youth. By the mid-70s, the counterculture explosion of punk reared it’s scraggy face and wrapped around its feet was our mate Chuck- The first commercially successful basketball sneaker, one of the first mass-produced sneaker, had become a punk footwear staple- OH THE IRONY. What also may have helped that the two largest punk bands on either side of the pond, The Ramones and The Sex Pistols, were also donning them and that they also looked mint in a pair of drainpipe jeans.
Ever since Converse, All Stars have become synonymous with music and individualism.
Hair metal, Gangsta Rap, Grunge, Post Punk, Indie and New Rave; the music trends changed but the shoes remained the same.
Converse on the Catwalk
These subconscious advertisements from industry leading musicians and artists helped Converse gain a certified ‘classic’ and ‘cool’ rep and with Converse’s current and past collaborations with brands such as Off White, Comme des Garcons, Carhartt, J W Anderson and Dover Street Market, the classic Converse All Star will continue to remain relevant for another 100 years.
Icons and artists who braved the bleeding heel blisters of Converse All Stars include: Eddie Vedder, Farrah Fawcett, Elvis, David Bowie, Robert Plant, Blur, James Hatfield, The Strokes (and every Indie band of the 2000s), Drake, Wiz Khalifa, Hunter S Thompson, Jane Birkin, Pharrell etc etc.
Rapper Ice Cube
Robert Plant and his lemon rocking the reds.
Teenage Heartthrob turned Dad bod spokesman, Leo in Basketball Diaries
Gonzo Journalist Pioneer, Hunter S. Thompson in the white ‘Oxford’ All stars
Elvis, not Costello, wearing Converse on set
1970s style icon Jane Birkin
Words Damien Watt
Our Beyond Retro London stores are not vintage clothing warehouses in the middle of nowhere. We didn’t want your visit to see us to be a mission up the M25 trapped in a tiny car with your most annoying mate because, despite their insistence on playing the Black Eyed Peas on repeat, they’re the only one who can drive. We chose to open up in our three favourite parts of the capital, so the jaunt down to your fave Beyond Retro isn’t just a shopping trip, but a full day (and night) out in one of the most lively areas of not just London, but… well, anywhere!
TBH, we picked scenes that would be more of a laugh for us as well. Our crew have smashed heads together and come up with some neighbourly knowledge, so you can have an affordable experience of our ends, Beyond Retro-style.
From the Shop Floor to the Local Tour
Each of the three stores is bang in the middle of a cultural hot-spot, which in turn are very different. We’re all about individuality, so here are few suggestions to help bring out the unique personalities of the areas.
For a long time, Soho was famous for being London’s red-light district; both steamy bedrooms, and a hotbed of arts and culture. These days, the main roads nearby have become more mainstream, but in the backstreets surrounding Beyond Retro, you will still find little gems paying homage to the scene of the old Soho, very much keeping the new one alive and kicking.
Denmark Street: Full of music culture, this guitar shop heaven is home to many bars and live venues. The likes of The Stones, The Beatles, John Denver and Black Sabbath have played here. Why not check out our vintage band tee's, an essential for anyone wardrobe!
Photographer’s Gallery: One of the more affordable galleries in central London, and the first ever in the UK dedicated to photography. Always has a buzz and truly eye-opening exhibits.
The Soho Theatre: On-the-button comedy and theatre, on a mission to make you laugh and think. First chance to see some fresh material from some big acts, and you can be guaranteed that if you’re not familiar with the names you see listed here, you will be soon.
Probably the fastest-changing area of London, Dalston is a vibrant home to people of all ages and backgrounds. A warm, tolerant neighbourhood feel is essential to the locals and makes it a haven for those who have just arrived.
Rio Cinema: Possibly the best independent cinema in London. Dates back over 100 years and hugely important to the community. Mainstream and world cinema, LGBT-friendly nights, vegan food… open 364 days a year.
Ridley Road Market: African prints, phone chargers from 1998, far too many pigs trotters for comfort, this classic London street market has everything. “Pound yer bananas! Two paaahhhnd yer paaaairs!” Actually, a big bowl of any fruit or veg is a quid here, including avocados. Remember to check the ones at the bottom of the bowl too, some of them are, erm… pre-smashed. Ideal for a packed lunch at our next venue…
Eastern Curve Garden: This free-to-enter East London oasis provides relief from the busy and urban surrounds, and perfectly sums up the neighbourhood vibes Dalston exudes. A team of volunteers runs a café, with a pizza oven, home-made soups and cakes, and independently-brewed beers. The proceeds all go to keeping this vital, tranquil green space growing. Join in with the love.
Our first UK Beyond Retro, set up in an old dairy, lies just off the world-famous Brick Lane. This area was the most difficult to come up with the list for because you just can’t go wrong. This really is London’s centre for vintage and alternative shopping. Here are a few of our favourites.
This Shop Rocks: If it could, Google would mark this on its maps with an X. A treasure trove of vintage homeware, clothes, books, furniture and toys.
Rough Trade: Record shop, label, with a café by day and gig venue by night, Rough Trade is a rite of passage for any breakthrough band or artist. Keep your eyes peeled for record launches, and get a gig with a signed vinyl LP, all for the price of a ticket!
The Vintage Market: Even we can’t stock everything. After picking your pieces at Brick Lane Beyond Retro, go on a vintage voyage to complete the look by heading to Lunettes London for vintage specs and sunnies, pop-in to a pop-up and unearth a pre-loved pearl, and dig up some vintage vinyl at, well… Vintage Vinyl. Did I use the word ‘vintage’ yet?
Special Mention: Nomadic Community Garden.
From the Racks to the Snacks
Make no mistake, shopping sustainably is an exciting challenge, and you gonna gets hungry. Satisfying shopping isn’t as simple as grabbing a one-use-only t-shirt from PriMan and covering it with greasy fingers of vintage oil from the bottom of the Chicken Cottage fryer. Let’s eat the way we look: economical and delicious.
Thirty years before the vegan junk food explosion, Mildreds was one of the first veggie restaurants to move away from dull pulses and dry desserts. Burgers and pies stand out on an international menu, and the puddings are as full-on sexy as the 80s S&M dungeon this restaurant was built on. No bookings, come early.
Mangal Pide & Lahmacun Salonu
Home to a titanic Turkish community, many of the restaurants would be worth travelling across London for. We’ve gone for Mangal Pide & Lahmacun Salonu, as it’s our favourite spot to grab a lahmacun (lah-ma-choon, kinda Turkish pizza wrap) on our lunch break for only £2. All the salad, all the sauces please, boss! For vegans, there are a thousand falafel places nearby, or if you are chock-full of chickpeas, check out Fed By Water, or Dalston’s recent addition to the Mildreds family.
The north end has bagels for under two quid, the south end has curry for days (sometimes literally; never underestimate the power of the phall), and you are encouraged to haggle your discount with the dudes out the front of the curry houses. My PB is 30% off each, two free beers cheers Monsoon. Our recommendation here though is Mooshies, a completely-plant-based burger bar. Healthy junk food?!!! Keep up.
From the Shop to the Chop (Stylists)
You’re not done yet. You’ve got that new garms feeling, and you can’t wait to show it off. You’re probably gonna sleep in ‘em tonight, but first, time to take the new you out for a spin. Chuck on your clobber in the restaurant bogs and… wait. Your barnet is a mess. So much static from trying on 70s shirts all day, your perfect peroxide lid has ended up looking like Boris Johnson’s crotch. Time for a fix-up.
Not much in the budget range, but for a top-class cut head to Beak Street’s vintage style Barber Barber, or around the corner from our shop to Fish London, whose first-rate range of products is beginning to make it onto the high street.
A short bus ride from our store, ‘London’s Cutest Hair Salon’ Rockalily Cuts is worth the trip. Friendly, cosy and specialising in bright colours… the ultimate vintage salon experience. For guys cuts, the Turkish barbers nearby will do a grand job for a fraction of the price. Especially if you have hairy ears.
Make an exception to the old rule. Judge Not Another Salon by its cover. There is nowhere like this place. Looking initially a bit like an episode of Maniac, step inside and it’s a playground. Also, a big retro shout-out to The Hairy Bastard, timeless experience at about half the price.
From the Shop to a Drop of Hop (Places for Beer)
I’m thirsty. Are you thirsty? I’m very very thirsty, for a proper pint. A proper pint, at a proper pub. Poured properly down my proper gullet. Pub? These are our regulars. Let your grub go down a bit, do up your trousers and we’ll see ya there.
Finding an affordable pint in a pub central in Soho can be a challenge. Ticking the boxes is our local Sam Smith’s pub The Red Lion. A bit chicer is the French House – opened in 1891, by a German, obviously – a Soho boozer with a Parisienne vibe.
Home to a lot of bars, good pubs are a little harder to come by in Dalston. But no matter, because here stands The Shacklewell Arms, everything you need. Great pints, a crowd of happening young regulars, and a huge range of live gigs and DJs almost every night keep the feels strong.
A proper boozer. The carpeted, wood-panelled Pride of Spitalfields is possibly one of the most authentic pubs in London. You get the feeling the staff turned up for work in the 1960s and somehow haven’t left the building since. If you can wade through the street-pint city-boys outside… This. Is. London. If you’re after being a bit more hip, try our neighbours at the Carpenter’s Arms.
From the Shop to the Bop (Places to Dance)
Thirst quenched. No? Course not. But you’ve had a sit-down, and you’re ready to get your jive/groove/skank/foxtrot/dagger on (delete as applicable).
When in Rome, ride on a moped and shout at pizza. When in Soho? Go to G-A-Y. If you’re after something a bit more classic, time-travel to Trisha’s in your red lipstick and 50s dress and go for a boogie in the back room. This place hasn’t changed since that dress was born.
If you’re new to Dalston, try out Dalston Superstore or Birthdays. Our favourite is the sweaty little basement Vogue Fabrics Dalston (or VFD). Self-styled ‘incubator of queer arts’, you won’t find a more inclusive space anywhere in London. Join their social revolution. Dance, party… just be.
A stone’s throw from Shoreditch, the nightlife isn’t difficult to find yourself immersed in. Café 1001, just up the road from our gaff, turns from daytime café to all-night playground. If we had a penny for every time we’d found ourselves settling down for a coffee and ending up raving till sunrise, we’d have… well obviously, we wouldn’t actually have very much money, it’s a pants metaphor. But it happens a lot.
Words Joey Bartram
Discover the best things to do this Christmas in London, with truly special, and slightly weird things to do all over the capital there’s definitely something worth braving the chilly weather for!
Christmas Crafting in London
Why not try something different this year with a crafting workshop? Have a go at chocolate making, not only will you be learning a new skill but think about the brownie points you’ll get from giving out handmade gifts? Another one we’re keen to try is Christmas Floral Decorations, again great for gifting and wowing the fam but also helping to reduce the environmental impact of shop bought plastic decorations, if you do go foraging for DIY Christmas decorations, remember to do it responsibly, cutting down fir trees in Victoria Park is not ok.
London Christmas Lights
Looking for a way to see the best Christmas decorations in the city that doesn't involve traffic or packed tubes? Why not jump on a bike and see all the sights instead! The London Bicycle Tour Company have curated a route that takes in the best of London’s Christmas decorations, all the equipment you need is included and you even get a free Santa hat!
22nd November - 5th January
Great Christmas Pudding Race
If you fancy a bit of fun AND want to support a good cause, why not enter a team into the Great Christmas Pudding Race on 8th December. This annual event draws hundreds of people to Covent Garden every year to dress up and race around with Christmas puddings, what's not to like? Last year over £26,000 was raised for Cancer Research, good fun and a great cause!
Saturday 8th December
Festive Dog Fair
When it comes to our four-legged friends, you could say we’re pretty obsessed at Beyond Retro, so you can imagine we were ecstatic when we found out about the Christmas Fair that's just for dogs! Bring your beloved hound along on the 9th December to enjoy exhibitors ranging from pooch portraits to posh dog accessories. The entry fee is a donation All Dogs Matter, so you’ll be doing your bit for charity as well as having the best day out.
Sunday 9th December
The Vaults Christmas Party
If you’re looking for something a bit more wild, head deep into The Vaults at Waterloo for a Christmas party with a difference. Christmess in their own words is ‘A joyful mishmash of the dilapidated bohemia of the deep south meets Vaudeville strip clubs’, combing good food and plenty of booze the is the place to go if you’re bored of behaving well this Christmas and fancy a knees-up.
Saturday 8th & Saturday 15th December
Last but not least head down to the amazing Winterville (our favourite winter spot ) and check out some of the activities they have to offer, mini-golf, roller skating and a cinema to name a few, plus the food on offer is delish ( we highly recommend getting s’mores from Chin Chin dessert ). Winterville also has a great lineup of events, join us for Jumpergeddon by the Mighty Hoopla, wear your Christmas jumper or buy one from us at the event for a night of ‘sass and sparkle’ with Sink the Pink DJs. All proceeds are going to Royal Trinity Hospice, see you there!
15th November - 23rd December
Oh, and don’t forget to get your Christmas jumper ready for Christmas Jumper Day 2018 on Friday 14th December! Find out more about the history of the Christmas jumpers over on our blog.
Did you know that for the last 2 years the trans flag has been the most requested flag emoji? Have we got one yet? Nope. But, did you also know that lobsters can be gynandromorphs (having male and female characteristics). So, until we get the real trans emoji, we’re getting the lobster.
This trans awareness week, we’re getting our Claws out at Beyond Retro Soho. Join us on Thursday 15th from 6-830pm for nail painting, photos and a talk from trans activist and writer Charlie Craggs herself.
The Nail it campaign is petitioning Unicode (the people who decide which emojis appear on our keyboard) and using the lobster to show how much a real trans symbol would be used. The first step in our movement was awareness, and we’ve secured over 3,500 signatures already!
If you want to show your support this trans awareness week, this event’s got you covered. Come down, get your nails done, flip off Instagram, sign the petition and have a chat with the Nail It gang.
Follow #ClawsOutForTrans on Instagram and keep using the emoji so we can show how much the Trans community deserve their own flag.
Although Halloween is usually a huge excuse to get spooky and transform yourself into a monster, witch or goblin, some of us love to use the occasion to dress up as our favourite Netflix characters or iconic pop culture moments. Although scary costumes are forever appreciated, these kinds of looks usually get the biggest laughs. We’ve come up with the ultimate list of 2018 related outfits that you’ll totally want to recreate this October 31st.
- Sabrina The Teenage Witch
Although this will never have anything on the Melissa Joan Hart original, we’ve been long awaiting the Sabrina reboot that crosses over into the Riverdale universe. Played by Kiernan Shipka who you may recognise from Madmen, this version of our favourite teen witch dresses a lot less 90s pop but totally chic in a vintage red midi dress. Layer up with a flattering check jacket and accessories with a plain black headband.
- Royal Wedding
Potentially the biggest event in the last year, the news of the Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was inescapable but definitely makes for great couples or besties costumes. Shop vintage wedding dresses online to complete the look and for an even funnier outcome, swap out the prince for a car door.
- The Incredibles
After 12 long years of waiting, fans of this Pixar movie finally got the sequel they’d be waiting for and it’s a great option for a group costume! Rep your fave superhero family with skin-tight red looks, accessories with vintage leather boots.
- The Nun
Every year Hollywood coincides the release of the horror films with Halloween, just to get everyone into the spooky spirit of the season. This year’s sacrificial offering is The Nun, a spinoff from The Conjuring, where Christian officials from the Vatican are sent to investigate a demonic energy in a European church. As well as a replica habit, the makeup for this look is key, and don’t forget the glaring yellow contact lenses!
- That Moth Meme
The most recent meme that’s shook the internet has to be the moth lusting over a lamp, the internet has always been weird but we didn’t know how weird it could get. A follow-up meme titled ‘cute couples costume’ showcased both a moth outfit and a lamp together, and we couldn’t agree more.
- Melania Trump
The First Lady is as much of a stirrer as her husband and who could forget the time she boarded a plane to meet migrants wearing a trench coat that read ‘I Don’t Care Do U’ on the back? We sure didn’t. DIY this look at home with one of our vintage trench coats and your own white paint of choice.
- Kim Woodburn
After How Clean Is Your House ended over a decade ago, we didn’t hear much from this cleaning supreme up until she starred in last year’s Celebrity Big Brother. Since then she’s been causing a stir pretty much everywhere she goes and is somehow still making headlines with her feud with Loose Women’s Coleen Nolan. For this Halloween extravaganza, tie your hair up tightly into a bun, dust off your kitten heels and get out the rubber gloves.
- Jonathan from Queer Eye
It’s already Halloween, can you believe?! Pay homage to Queer Eye’s ever fabulous Jonathan Van Ness by taking the hair and beard out from a Jesus of Nazareth costume and dressing in head to toe vintage chic. Peruse acceptable styles from our website for your own personal vision board, so major.
- Benny the Thames Whale
All white everything, spend the entirety of your evening claiming to be lost. Spitting your drink out in someone’s face is optional.
- The Kardashians
Last but not least, as every Halloween celebration in recent memory has featured at least one Kardashian moment and wouldn’t be complete without one. Whether you go for a Kim Kardashian wearing Yeezy beige ensemble or one of Kylie’s many rotating styles, you’ll be instantly recognisable and Instagrammable at your upcoming Halloween event.
Still in need of inspiration for Halloween? Check out the horrifically head-turning looks we’ve pulled for our Paranormal Party edit. If you’re the host of this years Halloween party, check out our tips on pulling off the best Halloween party of 2018.
Welcome back to goth month!
Where every fan of all things haunting and scary start counting down the days until the next Halloween night.
Obviously here at Beyond Retro, we’re huge fans of the spooky season, and although we never really need an excuse to dress up we have a handful of frightening tricks and treats for our readers to devour for themselves.
How To Make Halloween Decorations
Everyone’s a little grossed out by pickled body parts in jars, so why not turn your own face into one? It’s pretty simple, just follow these simple steps:
- Take a selfie and side profile shot and upload to photoshop
- Align images and blend
- Print and laminate
- Fill your large jar, add food colouring to make it look like preserve
- Place the head image in the jar and freak out your friends!
Cockroach Hand Soap
You know those bags of plastic creepy crawlies that are everywhere this time of year? Well, they look super icky oozing in gooey soap bottles, especially when your guests least expect it.
Maybe consider saving some for later in the year as a prank.
Probably thanks to the need to have an Instagrammable bedroom, we’ve noticed that everyone has slowly become obsessed with houseplants.
Incorporate the trend into your Halloween decorations with a little bit of black spray paint.
Another brilliant idea is to create a gorgeous Halloween party favour. All you need is wax chips, black wax dye, and red roses!
Admittedly this is just the first two decoration ideas combined but popping a few fake insects into a jar amongst fake cobwebs with one of those electric tealights placed in the center make for a terrifyingly cool addition to your Halloween crypt.
Because pumpkins are so last year.
To Die For Party Themes
They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, they’re altogether ooky and they make a classic Halloween theme.
Deck your house out as though it’s haunted and get your mates together for an iconic group costume.
Clowns are a lot of people’s idea of a nightmare but the rest of the circus can be equally as terrifying. Think mutations, rabid animals and garish prints. For more inspo, be sure to watch the American Horror Story series with the same title.
Lay down the red carpet and make a Hollywood Walk Of Shame before asking everyone to arrive dressed as their favourite dead celebrity.
Challenge your friends and family into inventing the scariest monster or creature. It’ll be a graveyard smash!
Out Of This World
Let your house be abducted by aliens and deck it out like the inside of a UFO or a Roswell crime scene, which if you’re on a budget means a lot of tin foil and silver streamers. Lime green punch is a must!
Killer Halloween Costume Ideas
The backbone of a traditional Halloween, we’ve made the skeleton costume just a little bit more fashion with our hand painted blazers. Complete the look with cheekbone defining and super scary skull makeup.
Everyone's favourite sci-fi Netflix series, Stranger Things, is coming to Secret Cinema! With an array of lovabhle characters, there's plenty of costumes to choose from.
Browse our curated Stranger Things collection now to find your perfect costume, straight outta 1985.
Gone are the days of warty noses and green fingers, that look is over.
Another Netflix favorite, we’ve got on trend peter-pan collars and hooded capes for every teenage witch or wizard in our Halloween section.
The Girls from Booksmart
Booksmart stole our hearts and money when it hit cinemas this year, and we're not alone.
Nobody could stop talking about this movie - so pay tribute to your favorite heroines by donning a vintage boiler suit!
Other Spooky Ideas For Your Halloween Party
Get your guests the heebie-jeebies and show off your freakish dance moves with our special Halloween playlist with hours of grooving to Halloween classics and hidden gems.
Spooky Nail Art
An easy way for a subtle everyday nod to Halloween this month is with some scary nail art. Think cobwebs, eyeballs, bats, pumpkins and more!
Summon a subtly demonic look by tying your laces in a pentagram-like we did last year. Follow the tutorial here.
If you’ve enjoyed this, be sure to check out our 2019 Halloween Fancy Dress Ideas for some more spooky inspiration! Don't forget you can celebrate Halloween with Beyond Retro through an array of events we are hosting, and once the party is over you can recycle your Halloween costume back to us and receive £5 voucher!
Since 1996, our idol Wes Anderson has been making aesthetically pristine and witty films for those with who love vintage styling and Pantone perfection. Since 2014, our heroes at Wes Fest have been putting on various celebrations for everything about our favourite director and more. This year they’re bringing us their biggest production yet and we luckily had the chance to get involved.
We’re hosting the launch night screening of the nautical classic The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou on the 11th October in our Brighton store, and we’re giving all festival ticket folders an exclusive 15% discount to get decked out in vintage garms for the weekend! Each party encourages attendees to sartorially dress as their quirky character of choice, so here’s a round-up of our favourite character looks for inspiration...
1) Mr Fox, The Fantastic Mr Fox
Based on the 1970s Roald Dahl book of the same name, Fantastic Mr Fox became an immediate family favourite after it hit the screens in 2012. Voiced by George Clooney, Mr Fox dresses almost as impeccably stylish and smooth as his voice actor. Achieve the look yourself with a vintage blazer, a 70s shirt, suit trousers and one of our Halloween fox masks available in store.
2) Madame D, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Arguably the creepiest looking character in the Wes Anderson universe, this homage to Tilda Swinton’s character Madame D from The Grand Budapest Hotel was made possible with a vintage yellow dress and statement accessories. We’ll leave the makeup up to you.
3) Chas Tenenbaum, The Royal Tenenbaums
Co-ordinated trackies and sports luxe are fortunately still on trend which totally makes Chas Tenenbaum and his red Adidas look one of the stylish Wes Anderson moments. Shop vintage Adidas sportswear online to complete your own rendition.
4) Steve Zissou, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou
All aboard this iconic Wes Anderson look from The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, played by a familiar face to the franchise Bill Murray. A few hues’ of blue and the pretty iconic team Zissou beanie and you and your friends have got this look down.
5) Sam, Moonrise Kingdom
The Moonrise Kingdom protagonist has a wardrobe full of looks we’re envious of but the scout costume complete with racoon tail is by far the most memorable. Find one off genuine vintage scout bits for boys and girls, as well as other khaki styles in one of our stores or online today.
Don’t forget that all Wesfest attendees receive 15% off everything in our Brighton store up until the 15th October, don’t miss out!
For something that came and went in the space of two years (and which some even claim never even happened at all), New Romantic's influence was decidedly far-reaching. It spawned some of the 80s most famous pop stars, from Boy George to Spandau Ballet, and launched some of the decade's most remembered trends; sharps suits, flamboyant makeup and power silhouettes. The original New Romantic movement though was ephemeral, difficult to define and the product of an amalgamation of influences, from decadent Wiemar Berlin to Bowie.
What is the New Romantic Look?
Burned by the commodification of punk, the next generation of subcultures strove to evolve fast, dropping trends as soon as they were identified.
"...nobody would ever call themselves a New Romantic. Not just that, but nobody even knew what to call it. Were they Blitz kids? Were they Bowie kids? Were they futurists? As soon as anyone was called a New Romantic in the press, they'd instantly do an interview to deny that they were New Romantic. As soon as frilly shirts were identified as being a part of the New Romantic kit, bands immediately stopped wearing them." - Journalist Dave Rimmer interviewed in Vice.
Nevertheless, there are still certain elements of '80s fashion that can be firmly established as New Romantic. The lavish materials of the subculture's period costume influences, the flamboyance of glam, androgyny and blending of the genders, dandyish smart suiting, 1940s broad shouldered shapes and the fetish and leather influences of punk.
New Romantic Cultural Moments
Bowie Nights at Billy's Club
The subculture began simmering in 1978 when Steve Strange and Rusty Egan began holding 'Bowie Nights' at Billy's Nightclub in Soho. In reaction to the prescriptive look that some perceived punk had become thanks to its mainstream appeal, teenagers and art school students began looking back to glam rock, and even further back to the dandies and ruffles of the Romantic era in order to find something with more glamour. This is where the scene incubated, a middle ground between punk and New Romantic.
By 1979, the night had moved to the Blitz Club in Covent Garden. The door policy demanded originality and attitude (rumour has it they once turned Mick Jagger away) influenced by Bowie's spirit of constant reinvention. A precursor to the club kids of the 1990s, Blitz kids strove to reinvent their dramatic looks every week - another reason why the trend is so hard to pin down. By Blitz, the subculture was fully formed. Nights at Blitz were frequented by the likes of Spandau Ballet, Boy George, Dylan Jones and Princess Julia.
David Bowie's Ashes to Ashes
Just as Bowie influenced the Blitz kids, the musician took influence back, paying Steve Strange and other Blitz kids £50 each to star in this decidedly New Romantic music video, styled in ecclesiastical robes.
Emerging directly out of the Blitz club, Spandau Ballet took New Romantic mainstream and are credited as being the band who once again 'made it hip to play pop'.
Boy George's First Appearance on TOTP
The Culture Club's first performance on British television with 'Do You Really Want to Hurt Me' in October 1982 looks fairly unremarkable by today's standards, but Boy George's androgynous appearance, though a hit with fans, caused a furore in the press.
The Naked Civil Servant
Airing in 1985 on ITV, the Quentin Crisp biopic fit right into the New Romantic movement thanks to John Hurt's dandyish portrayal of openly gay writer and raconteur Crisp, who wore makeup and nail polish day to day in the 1940s, when homosexuality was a criminal offence.
Leigh Bowery and Taboo
By the mid-80s the Blitz Club had given way to the far more subversive Taboo, run by performance artist Leigh Bowery. The polysexual, drag-influenced night marked the end of New Romanticism in club terms and paved the way for Club Kid nights like New York's Limelight and Disco 2000.
New Romantic Icons and Inspiration
The original Blitz kid, Strange's look spanned slick tailoring and Pierrot and pirate costumes.
No-one made New Romanticism's androgynous aspects as famous as Boy George, known in his Blitz days by his real name - George O'Dowd.
The fashion writer and muse to milliner Stephen Jones was rarely seen at the club without an elaborate hat.
British photographer Derek Ridgers has been documenting social scenes and subcultures since the early '70s from punk to Sink the Pink. New Romantic fashion inspiration can be found in his beautiful book 78/87 London Youth (if you can get your hands on it). Otherwise, try Pinterest.
From Club to Catwalk
Thanks to the many Saint Martins students frequenting Blitz, the movement influenced the collections of several hot young British designers, including...
The British milliner owes thanks to his nights spent dancing at Blitz Club for some of his first clients... including Boy George and John Galliano.
Created in 1982 by Stevie Stewart and David Holah, Bodymap was inspired directly by the club scene and designed both to stand out and to dance in. Blitz Kids and celebrities such as Boy George, Michael Clark, Leigh Bowery and Marilyn wore their designs down the New York runways.
Galliano was studying at St Martin's in the early '80s and came of age at clubs like Blitz and Taboo. You can see New Romantic's dandy influence in the designer's graduate collection - Les Incryoables - named after the original dandies of 18th Century France.
Although the designer was decidedly a punk, dressing the Sex Pistols and married to the band's manager Malcolm Maclaren, you can see the conversation between the two subcultures in Westwood's work. Her first collection, 'Pirates' in 1981, had an undeniable influence on ex-punk Adam Ant's look circa Kings of the Wild Frontier, released the same year.
How to Wear the 1980s Trend Today
The 1980s are back with a bang on the A/W 18 runways. Here's how to update the New Romantic style influences for the party season ahead with some well selected vintage items.
Look out for opulent textures - lace, velvet, brocade, leather, anything that will catch the flash of an Instagram snap.
Girls in suits, boys in lace, lashings of eyeliner and big-shouldered blazers for everyone. Shop both sections of the store so you don't miss out on that statement piece.
Nipped in waists, tapered jeans, frilly high-necked blouses, big, big shoulders and an incredible hat to top it off. Tailoring is also an important element of this 80s revival. Suits, preferably checked, are ideal, along with waistcoats layered under jackets and partially undone neckties.
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Get some inspo for re-creating Bowie’s Ashes to Ashes look with our blog on Religious Iconography in Fashion.