Though many high street brands have injected some vintage inspiration into individual pieces of late, it's River Island that's ahead of the pack with their Chelsea Girl range. Taking on the name and image of River Island circa 1965, we loved some of their 2010 items, and the relaunched 2011 fare looks set to impress.
Taking inspiration from the brand's own archive designs, the line offers 60s, 70s and 80s looks with a sprinkling of modern cut and fabric choice. From the original UK fashion chain, expect easy to wear pieces that are unmistakeably retro. Shown above are two of their sixties looks, paving the way for some impressive looks at high street prices.
The line launches in River Island stores and online on the 24th of March, with Selfridges planning an exclusive pop-up shop too.
OK, we might pop in and out if we see anything interesting or indeed, anything cool going cheap in the sales. But to be honest, we're winding down from now, taking some time off with an open fire, Christmas TV, food and plenty of drink.
So from all at Retro To Go, have a great Christmas and a happy new year. Aside from the odd update, we'll be back in full force from the start of 2011 – a year which should see some changes (for the better) and a clutch of new writers joining the existing team for even more of what you've come to expect.
Thanks for sticking with us – we do appreciate the support.
We've neglected it for a while, but Switched On Set is back and being regularly updated once more.
For the unintiated, it's the modern flipside of Retro To Go, with pretty much the same subject matter covered, only without the retro – just interesting, art, design, homeware, gadgets..etc etc.
So if you like the idea of a Paul Smith chess set, the return of the Boombox for the modern era, a DJ-friendly BPM watch or a Christmas lights tower, it's all there and more. You can follow on Twitter too – check out @switchedonset or simply add to your RSS reader.
Switched On Set website
We have a rare opportunity to write for Retro To Go currently available.
The position is to write two posts daily, two days each week, although this could be increased in time. Ideally you'll read the site fairly regularly and be doing it because you want to – we do pay per post, but it's certainly not going to make you rich and to be honest, we don't want anyone interested in 'just another writing job'. We want someone with a feel for the site who can find interesting items to write about – and write about them with enthusiasm.
No experience is necessary, but you will need to be able to write in the style of the site. Interested? In the first instance, email us at [email protected] telling us something about yourself and your interests. Please note this is a UK-only position. We are considering looking for someone outside the UK in the near future.
Deadline: Sunday 14th November 2010.
Some of you will know that we started a spin-off site recently called His Knibs, covering what you can loosely call men's style. And it's now available on both Twitter and Facebook, if you want to keep updated with minimal effort.
If you missed it first time around, the site will essentially be digging a bit deeper to cover classic and heritage brands, as well as modern brands with a classic twist. If you like your clobber, you'll probably find something to appreciate.
The site is now live and has plenty of items already online, but with requests for both Twitter and Facebook coming in, we've decided to set up both. If you want to follow the site via either, here are the links you'll need.
His Knibs on Facebook
His Knibs on Twitter
Ok, admission time. A lack of time has resulted in one or two of our sites not quite getting the updates they really need, especially Switched On Set. Well, that's changed as of today.
Switched On Set is going to be updated again on a daily basis, starting today. So a similar agenda to what you see on here, but with a contemporary twist.
Check it out, bookmark it or follow the Twitter feed.
Switched On Set website