After last year's Bowiefest, we have something else along similar lines at London's ICA – Smithsfest. Yes, you guessed it, a celebration of The Smiths.
Fancy a Retro To Go weekend to the Midland in Morecambe?
Ok, we did talk about doing a Retro To Go weekend, but never got round to sorting it out. Well, after some discussions and a reconnaissance mission to the town this weekend, we are considering a Retro To Go weekend event in Morecambe.
Aside from the (severely) faded glamour of the place itself (a great place for charity shopping, vintage clothing and vintage books), we're looking at trying to book the art deco Midland Hotel, recently renovated by Urban Splash and a stunning mix of the old and the new.
We have ideas to keep you busy all weekend, but before we start planning anything, we want to know if people would be interested. Feedback across any of our social networks, the site and 'old school' email. Just let us know and we can start looking at this seriously.
Ostrich Suitcase from Urban Outfitters
With the hundreds of unreliable wheeled luggage pieces around at the moment, there really is nothing quite like a well crafted vintage style case to see you right. This Ostrich Suitcase from Urban Outfitters more than makes up in style and craft what it lacks in modern features.
The faux-ostrich skin outer has great retro looks, while the lining and hardware don't put a foot wrong in the style stakes either. The size is ideal for a weekend bag or holdall, keeping all your bits and bobs looking achingly cool. Simple and chic is all you really need.
It's now available from Urban Outfitters for £48.
Wool Check Dress from Marks and Spencer
The chic, sharp lines of sixties style are usually found among the high street's Spring and Summer lines, but enough digging can produce great Winter options. This Wool Rich Check Dress from the Autograph Weekend line at Marks and Spencer combines all the structure of a retro look with practical fabric for the colder months.
Ideal for both mid-sixties mod or later ska styles, the check pattern is classic and subtle, with contrasting diagonal check pockets for accent. The high neckline, t-shirt sleeves and mid thigh hemline combine to create a sharp style that's countered by a loose sixties fit.
Get it now from M&S online or in selected shops for £45.
London Weekend print at Bodie and Fou
Sadly not a large graphic of the old London Weekend Television image (there's an idea for all you graphic designers), the London Weekend print at Bodie and Fou is still a very unique and eye-catching piece of art.
Designed by Betsy Benn, it features what are described as 'London's most popular weekend destinations' in a vintage font against a matt black background that's probably going to be familiar to seasoned bus users in the capital.
It's printed on 305gm Hahnemuhle photo rag, ultra smooth paper and sixzed at A2, which is 42 x 59.4cm. Sold unframed, it sells for £45.