Some girls have turned shopping for and styling vintage into an art form - and one of those is Coco Fennell, says Jen Barton...
Coco Fennell is the go-to girl for fun and fabulous party dresses, and the London designer always brings a little vintage glamour – and some of that enviable, curve-hugging aesthetic of the past – to her creations. She's also got a home and wardrobe full of ridiculously covetable vintage finds (like a red patent telephone-cum-handbag!). Trust us, you'll want everything...
Tell us a bit about your style.
I love flattering feminine dresses and love wearing lots of black and big costume jewellery.
Where are your favourite places to source vintage items?
eBay or Etsy - I love shopping online.
What are some of your tips for styling vintage outfits?
Some vintage pieces can be made of quite synthetic fabrics so I like to stick to more classic fabric like cotton or crepe for vintage.
What are your favourite vintage eras and style icons?
I love clothes from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. I love a bombshell babe like Sophia Loren or Jayne Mansfield. There is a gorgeous American woman called Jasmin who does a blog called Vintage Vandalizm - she really knows how to make vintage look amazing!
What are some of your top tips for scouring the best vintage pieces?
Online is always great and Beyond Retro in London, Screaming Mimis in New York and Melrose Avenue in LA are amazing!
How does vintage inspire your own designs?
Entirely! My whole ethos is that I want to make fun, feminine and affordable dresses for women that flatter you, whatever your body type. I think past decades were much better at designing for a woman's shape as opposed to what is just in fashion.