The 70’s Trend is Back For Autumn/Winter 2015!

August 28th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

We’re so happy to see the 70’s trend back with a vengeance on the catwalk for this autumn/winter. From Calvin Klein to Michael Kors to Marc Jacobs, they all showcased a sexy, bohemian feel with a modern twist to there collections. So if your looking for some original 1970’s autumn wear then you’ll be happy to know we have some fabulous items to sink your teeth into.

1)This striking burnt orange 1970’s stripe print dress would look amazing paired with that all important staple item, the trench coat, followed by some knee-length boots and a saddle bag! Perfect autumn outfit right there if we don’t say so ourselves!


UK Size 8-10


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2) If you’re looking for something a bit more subtle but still very much 1970’s.  We have this stylish beige camel colour dress with classic 70’s pointed collar and shoulders. This simple but elegant dress would look fabulous with a long printed poncho, boots and a slouchy boho fringed bag. Devine!


UK Size 8





3) We’re just loving this 1970’s emerald green dress!! There are so many nice details to it such as the wonderfully pointed collar which almost looks padded, this is emphasised again in the sleeves, it also features a matching belt and fabric covered buttons. The simple cut makes the design of this dress so elegant on.  We recommend pairing a cropped fitted jacked with a chunky necklace and either healed ankle boots or t bar shoes with this one.


UK Size 10





4) A wonderfully girly 1970’s pink stripe boho maxi dress with adorable pearly cream buttons. This is very bohemian and right on trend for this autumn. The a line cut makes this dress rather flattering and would look amazing paired with a long chunky cardi.


UK Size 8



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5) This deep red flecked pattern dress just screams 1970’s and would be perfect for that autumn look! We love the matching belt with gold buckle and the red enamelled buttons to the dress. It makes the dress so chic and quite honestly you could wear the dress on it’s own as it’s so striking as is.


UK Modern Size 8



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6) We really love this cotton tulip print dress!

Patch work designs were really popular during this period. Using various different fabrics colours and prints to create the designs the clothing was bold and eclectic.  Although the maker of this dress has maintained this idea, it’s more subtle as they’ve used the same colour pallet and print throughout. We really love the clear buttons to the front of the dress, the slightly ruched shoulders and of course the classic pointed collar.


UK Size 8




Love ,

Past Forward Retro x







Five London Vintage Shops You Have To Visit!

August 13th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

It goes without saying that Past Forward Retro is one of the best places to find beautiful vintage clothing but where on earth do you go to buy vintage for the home?

Here is some of our favourite places for buying vintage textiles, homeware and furniture around london.


1). The first Place on our list is Circus Antiques located in Kensal Rise. This place is certainly not bargain basement but they do have a fantastic and unique collection of 18th – 20th Century furniture.

So if your looking for an interesting and quirky piece to go into your home then this is definitely the place to find it.

We spotted this amazing palm metal wall light for £240, it’s not cheap but it is seriously cool.

Circus Antiques

60 Chamberlayne Road
Kensal Rise
NW10 3JH

Tel: +44 (0)20 8968 8244

Mob: +44 (0)7957 184 007

Opening Hours: Wednesday to Saturday: 11:00am – 5:00pm


2). One of our all time favourite places to go and find vintage treasures is Alfies Antique Market. If you haven’t been here before you are in for a real treat!!

Located in a wonderful 1930’s former department store, the building is everything you would hope an antique shop would be.  The shop is full to the brim of amazing stuff and what makes this place so special is that there is a huge range of dealers selling a wide verity of items. “The Market is a treasure trove where you can buy a huge range of antique and retro goods from the 20th century including vintage fashion and accessories, modernist furniture, costume jewellery and 20th century decorative arts”.  This is a place where you can definitely find a bargain or spend some real cash. Either way it’s a place you should absolutely visit.








Alfies Antique Market

13-25 Church Street
London, NW8 8DT

T: 020 7723 6066
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10am-6pm


3). WE  LOVE Judy’s affordable vintage fair but did you know they also have a retro furniture flea?! Ok so technically this isn’t a shop but Located in York Hall, this amazing fair has everything from retro furniture, atomic print furnishings, kitchenalia, to retro electricals! Everything the vintage gal could ever dream of, all in one place!!

“Doing away with expensive replicas and focusing on quality and affordability, the Flea provides an antidote; a celebration of mid-century living from the 50s and beyond, the event offers up 50 TOP vintage traders, all offering furniture and homewares without costing the earth!”.

So now you can see why we had to add this to our list! This is absolutely an event you shouldn’t miss.  The next furniture flea is on the 3rd September and we highly recommend you there early.


The Vintage Furniture Flea

York Hall
5 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green
E2 9PJ

Opening Hours: 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM

3rd September 2015


4). Les couill de chien (meaning the dogs bollocks) is another treasure trove.  This wonderful characterful emporium is located on Golborne Road and is packed full to the brim of vintage collectables and antiques. They sell everything from crystal chandeliers, taxidermiy fish, art deco lampshades, vintage chairs to wooden dolls, but quite frankly if the name alone doesn’t make you want to go to this shop,  we don’t know what will! The owners are friendly and there is always something to be found in this amazing shop. There are a lot of antique shops to visit along the Golborne road but this one by far is the most interesting. You really never know what your going to find here and thats what makes this place a little bit more special than everywhere else.

Les Couilles Du Chien
65 Golborne Rd
London W10 5NP


5). Crystal Palace Antiques and Design Emporium is crammed full of wonderful items! It houses a large collection of furniture and lighting which spans over four large flours and is packed full of vintage and antique objects.  Is it a classic piece of 1960’s danish furniture your after? or perhaps a large victorian mirror? Whatever it is, you’ll be sure to find something you never knew you needed at this establishment.

The items range in price but we can safely say that there is absolutely something here for everybody.

Retro 50s, 60s and 70s - Mid Century Modern chairs

Crystal Palace Antiques

Imperial House, Jasper Road
(just off Westow Hill)
Crystal Palace SE19 1SG

T. 0208 480 7042

Open hours: Monday – Saturday 10am till 6 pm
Sundays 10 am till 5 pm



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