Wednesday, October 1, 2014

There's no place like London


London Scarlet Rage Vintage
Scarlet Rage Vintage Camden
Scarlet Rage Vintage - Camden

I just came back from one of the best weekends I ever had. I was lucky enough to go back to London after my visit for the Collectif Clothing Shooting this summer. 
Jade Stavri, owner of Scarlet Rage Vintage, was celebrating her second vintage shop (in the Stables Market) on Friday the 26th of September 2014 and I wasn’t only invited – I was on her amazing invitation! What an honor! 
I’m so lucky that I’ve finally worked with her because she is one of the funniest and nicest persons I know and has become a dear friend of mine. 

There were sweets from Camden Sweet Co. and London Marshmallow Company, drinks and sexy vintage music from even sexier DJane Hadley Smythe at the party. Swing Partol London danced (and teached us how to dance – wowser!) and we were surrounded by all the amazing vintage pieces in Jade’s new shop. I met so many sweet and beautiful ladies – Well, what can I say?! This was definitely a night to remember! 
If you’re into vintage clothing and going to visit London you have to go to Scarlet Rage Vintage (the Camden shop and/or the Crouch End shop)! You will find amazing pieces from the 1920’s to the 1960’s. I promise, you won’t regret it! If you’re not able to visit London have a look at their online shop.

Scarlet Rage Vintage Camden
Owner of Scarlet Rage and dear friend of mine Jade Stavri and me
Scarlet Rage Vintage Camden
Vintage DJane and luxury swimwear/bodywear/lingerie designer Hadley Smythe and me

Scarlet Rage Vintage Camden
Jeweller and fashion blogger Pip Jolley, me and Fleur

Scarlet Rage Vintage Camden

Scarlet Rage Vintage Camden
Melanie, Simone (Miss Turnstiles), Christie, me and  Pip Jolley

Scarlet Rage Vintage Camden
Hadley Smythe

Scarlet Rage Vintage Camden
Swing Partol

Scarlet Rage Vintage Camden
Kilian and me
The next morning I was shooting with the super talented photographer Elliott Morgan (take a look at his website - he's amazing!) for Scarlet Rage Vintage which was super cool. 
I’ve already seen some of the unfinished pictures. I can’t wait to share them because they are going to be super cool! 
The shooting was filmed by videographer Dan. The film can soon be seen on Scarlet Rage Vintage’s YouTube channel. I’m going to tell you as soon as it’s online. 
 All the pieces I was wearing for the shooting are available on Scarlet Rage’s website and within the stores (except of the Faux Fur Leopard Print Coat I took home with me – couldn’t resist it.) Actually I would’ve love to take all the pretty pieces home with me…


Vanessa Frankenstein

Vanessa Frankenstein
Videographer Dan, photographer Elliott Morgan and me

Vanessa Frankenstein

Right after the shooting Kilian and I visited Highgate Cemetery. You’ll probably know that I’m into spooky things, so this was a must. 
The cemetery is huge (there’s a map!) and we “only” visited the east part so you can get an idea of how big it actually is. 
Highgate Cemetey is truly beautiful and I’m so happy that we found the time to visit it.

Highgate Cemetery

Highgate Cemetery

Highgate Cemetery

Highgate Cemetery

Highgate Cemetery

Highgate Cemetery

After Highgate we went to see The Making of Harry Potter. I’m a Harry Potter maniac (!) and ever since they opened the Studio Tour I wanted to see it. 
I can tell you - It was so worth it! 
The Warner Brothers Studio Tour is MASSIVE. They had everything! Costumes, wigs, masks, sets, … and everything ORIGINAL from the Harry Potter film series! There are no copies – it’s the real deal! I was absolutely amazed. 
We stayed there for about three hours but I could just visit it again and discover new things. It’s a must for Potterheads but also very interesting for everybody else. 
If you like Harry Potter – Go! 

And yes, they have Butterbeer.

The Making of Harry Potter
Original costumes of the Harry Potter film series

The Making of Harry Potter
The Great Hall

The Making of Harry Potter
Fleur Delacour's costume

The Making of Harry Potter

The Making of Harry Potter

The Making of Harry Potter
The Chamber of Secrets

The Making of Harry Potter
Masks, masks, masks

The Making of Harry Potter
Flourish and Blotts

The Making of Harry Potter
Magic is Might statue
We closed the day with traditional English food in a pub (I had a delicious Wellington with beans, potatoes and cheddar sauce) with lovely Jade and Hadley. 

An amazing shooting, a visit at the cemetery, Harry Potter Studio Tours and dinner with friends – What a perfect day!

Jade and Hadley in the Pub
Jade and Hadley in the Pub
Well, of course I couldn’t go back to Germany without some beautiful pieces. I took pictures of all the pretty things for you but they’re much better in the flesh. 
I got Pip Jolley’s super cute Lisa Freemont Street LIMITED EDITION Powder Coated Dinkie Hair Roller Necklace and Lisa Freemont Street LIMITED EDITION Powder Coated Bobby Pin Studs which are perfect for vintage and beauty enthusiasts. 
I’ve already posted a picture of me wearing them on my Instagram and Facebook. Since I’m going to specialize in hair and makeup styling during the next year, these are the perfect little accessories for me.

Goodies
Lisa Freemont Street Limited Edition Powder Coated Dinkie Hair Roller necklace and Powder Coated Bobby Pin Studs from Pip Jolley
The gorgeous vintage DJane Hadley Smythe is also a luxury swimwear, bodywear and lingerie designer. She started her label this year so everything is new and exciting. 
I brought one of her amazing swimsuits – the Sweetpea – home with me. 
It has a unique design which I haven’t seen before. It looks just like an amazing vintage swimsuit. It’s super classy, elegant, sweet and sexy. The fabric is amazing and the straps can be worn in two ways (like you can see them on the pictures and as a halterneck). 
I’m definitely going to wear this on a shoot in the near future. 

I know, it’s not a secret that I go crazy for animal print. I was searching for a leopard print coat for a long time and the moment I got into this amazing late 50’s/early 60’s coat during the shooting I knew that it had to be mine. 
It obviously looks a lot better when it’s worn but I’m going to show you the pictures of the shooting. However I’ll be wearing this super chic coat the whole fall and winter so you will probably see me wearing it.

Goodies
Sweetpea Swimsuit From Hadley Smythe, late 1950's/early 1960's faux fur leopard print coat from Scarlet Rage Vintage

Goodies

Goodies

Goodies

Goodies

Goodies

Well, last but not least – of course I couldn’t leave the walls of Hogwarts without some Harry Potter merch. 
Ron is my favorite character and I really wanted his knitted sweater very badly for many many many years. Obviously I couldn’t resist it as I saw it. It’s made of Scottish lambswhool from the Scottish team that also did all the knitted clothes for the films. You see, this sweater is quite special ;) (And it’s super warm) 

I also got an obligatory Chocolate Frog (including a wizard card – haven’t opened it yet but I’m quite sure it’s Dumbledore). ;) 
You see, I’m a Harry Potter victim. I really had to calm down to not spend my whole money for Bertie Botts Beans, Edible Dark Marks ("They’ll make anyone sick") and all the amazing things they had in the shop.

Goodies
Ron Weasley's Knitted Sweater, Chocolate Frog, The Making of Harry Potter Guide

Much love,
Vanessa

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Jungle Rock - Vivien of Holloway


Vivien of Holloway Jezebel
Vivien of Holloway

Vivien of Holloway Jezebel

I don't know how about you but I go craaazy for animal print. (I know, surprise surprise ;) ) Animal print is wild, sexy and fabulous - especially when paired with retro/vintage clothing and accessories. It just screams Bettie Page! 
I’m pretty sure most of you will be familiar with the English retro brand Viven of Holloway. I’ve also seen a lot of their dresses before but I’ve never owned one. Until now!
The Jezebel Wrap Pencil Dress I’m wearing is a fabulous 1950's style dress with a wrap top, a peplum feature and a V-shaped back. Meow! 
It’s made of cotton sateen and is therefore very comfortable and lovely to wear. Fabrics are very important to me. I don’t wear Polyester at all. I think it just feels horrible on the skin. 
I’m wearing size B32 W24 H36 and I’m totally happy because it fits perfectly! It's definitely true to size.
To me, the Jezebel has the perfect length. I wish all my skirts and dresses had that length. It’s long enough to cover the knee even when you’re walking. Perfect! 
It does not reveal too much but it’s still sexy and elegant. I feel very very retro once I’ve put it on. 
The Jezebel comes in a wide range of prints and color ways (the brown leopard print is new) and the black cotton sateen one is definitely the next one on my wishlist. 

Leopard Inspiration

 Ginger Grant
Ginger Grant
Ginger Grant - Gilligan's Island

Bunny Yeager Bettie Page
Bunny Yeager and Bettie Page
Bunny Yeager Bettie Page
Bunny Yeager Bettie Page
Bettie Page by Bunny Yeager


Vivien of Holloway Jezebel
Vivien of Holloway Jezebel 
Vivien of Holloway Jezebel
Vivien of Holloway Jezebel
Vivien of Holloway Jezebel

Much love,
Vanessa
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