When it comes to vintage dressing, Folie A Deux London founders Katie Sangers and Halimah Haque mix authentic, repro and modern pieces to create mix-and-match ensembles with pops of colour, kitschy prints and Gothic influences. Jen Barton goes for a rummage in their wild wardrobes...
Design duo Katie Sangers and Halimah Haque, founders of newly founded, vintage-inspired womenswear label Folie A Deux London, love to inject a bit of Old Hollywood glamour into their everyday looks - with a twist. It's no surprise that their wardrobes are packed with curve-hugging silhouettes, boldly patterned designs and eye-catching accessories.
Halimah: Old films, exuding that old Hollywood glamour, had me mesmerised from childhood. The colours and prints worn are always more fun and the care taken over the patterns and cuts and fabrics just isn't there these days.
Halimah: 1. Accessories will help individualise your outfit and help you put your own mark on it. I like wearing a clashing shoe and a couple of Gothic or childish Japanese-style accessories.
Always have a good face - if your face looks good, your outfit will just look better!
If you're short of time, stick to a bit of concealer to even the skin, darken your brows, rouge up your cheeks and pop on a gorgeous matte lip colour (preferably in the red/berry category - Illamasqua red in Box is my absolute favourite for intense colour that doesn't budge).
3. Always add nail varnish. It's such a quick colour fix and never worry about clashing colours, just go with what suits your character that day.
Hosiery. I'm obsessed with tights. Use them to totally change up an outfit.
Halimah: I often rummage around family members' wardrobes and jewellery boxes. I'll always scour around charity shops when I visit friends or families in other towns - Bromsgrove has a few really nice vintage furniture shops and the prices are so much cheaper than London.
Halimah: A red statement lip is my most trusted beauty look - it works when you have no time for the rest of your face as well as with a full-on vintage-glam look. I also love the drama of the 1920s eye with a claret lip if I have a bit more time. I love experimenting with glitter and sparkles around the eye.
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