New Vintage Clothing Collection

Here’s a snippet of our latest collection of vintage clothing just arrived in store!

We’ve got 50s vintage dresses to style yourself in sexy vintage glamour, 80s vintage jumpers to keep you cosy, oversized Grandad cardigans to slouch about in, 70s vintage blouses for instant chic, 50s vintage coats to keep out the winter chill and the classic vintage Levi’s denim jacket to add a touch of boho cool to any outfit!

SHOP THE VINTAGE CLOTHING COLLECTION HERE

Boho Vintage Jewellery

Now there’s even more delightful vintage jewellery in store in time for Christmas. This gorgeous collection of brass rings and bangles with semi precious stones and ornate detailing will bring out the boho in every girl!


View the full collection here: Shop Vintage Jewellery

Also check out a fantastic range of vintage jewellery at Kalmar Antiques.

Autumn Vintage Accessories

Autumn is well and truly upon us and we’ve got the perfect selection of vintage accessories to brighten up even the
dullest of days!
Vintage briefcase‘s perfect for the preppy ‘back-to-college’ look along side an array of vintage leather handbags and
rare vintage gun belts if you like something more unusual!
Some classic 50s leather driving gloves for day trips on the open road with a fabulous 60s retro scarf to go with it
and a stunning pair of 70s vintage Charles Jourdan sunglasses to complete the look!

And to add some kitsch fun to your home, a fantastic set of Russian nesting dolls to perk up your mantelpiece!

View the Vintage accessories collection here

Art and Suffering

“Tattoos detract attention away from the clothes in which you are modeling.” OLD NEWS! Thankfully it seems, the fashion industry has histrionically evolved from a time in which that was a collective actuality to pastures new, embracing the art form as a means of accentuating personality, something we here at The Stellar Boutique are tremendously appreciative of. Firm believers of suffering for our art (we have matching ink here at Stellar HQ,) we really think that the cultural shift toward tattoos is directive in concerning our desire to live in an incessant flow of art-directed personality, but is this a new age of professionalism, or is it strictly the acceptance of the creative industries?

A sign of the times...
Vintage lace and tattoo inspiration
Tattoo design

We’re not so sure, but in accordance to The Guardians online article “The Rise and Rise of the Tattoo” in 2010, one in five Britons are tattooed with those figures on the increase, precipitously. It’s almost 2014 and we’re pretty sure that art expression isn’t just a tendency but a way of life. Something that dates back 5000 years ago and once an art form of sailors, bikers and assorted deviants, this is a trend (if you can possibly call it a trend) that has quintessentially stepped up to the mainstream on a whole new and incomprehensible level.

Gang inspired tattoos
Navel tattoo
Sailor Jerry tattooist
Jean Paul Gaultier "Le Male' Ad Campaign with tattooed sailor

Ink is everywhere and has been for a pretty long time – in the 18th century, prominently historical explorers such as James Cook brought back drawings and told tales of Polynesian islanders’ spectacular inks with the intentions of warding off evil spirits. Ultimately, as time has progressed, tattoos have moved from symbolism of great cultural importance to that of artistic forms of self-expression. Like a sewing machine without the thread, the modern twin coil electromagnetic tattoo needle was patented in 1891 and was the catalyst of something beautiful. No longer a partition of class, displays of creativity and eccentricity are present on the streets and in the palaces alike – They are not dissident; they are not contravened and they are not a mark of the outlaw. A slave to the art of individualism, even Winston Churchill’s mother had a discreet snake tattoo on her wrist.

Kat Von D tattoo needles
Tattooed Maori family
Tattoo gun

Nowadays, they have personal meanings of original symbolism alongside a historically perceived meaning – Scarlett Johansson never discloses the meaning of the sunset tattoo discernibly extant on her forearm and why should she? And in regards to inspirational artistic phenomena, we read an article about Marc Jacobs’ views on tattoos in the industry in New York Magazine in which he expresses that his tattoos are a diary of his creative life – of his interests and his relationship to the world. “In what is perhaps the greatest fashion shift of a generation, tattoos are now as desired and admired as a Céline bag, a Prada shoe, or one of those long mountain-man beards.” He speaks the truth! Tattoos are distinguishable and expresses diversity and disposition, with Kate Moss’ bird tattoos drawn unambiguously for her by Lucian Freud and Chanel’s ad campaigns conspicuously featuring Freya Beha Erichsen’s ‘breathe’ tatt in synchronization of the release of their very own transfer tattoos in 2010 for the less inclined of fortitude.

Kate Moss, Lucien Freud tattoo
Chanel transfer tattoos on the S/S 2011 catwalk
Freja Beha Erichsen by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel S/S 2011
Freya Beha Erichsen by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel S/S 2011

Alongside this we’ve seen the current Valentino ad, a brand renowned for their modest femininity and contemporary glamour, feature not a pure, fresh-faced model but the big, hairy tattooed arm of photographer Terry Richardson, clutching heels and handbags for the female form. And to finish with a real insight into the future of the self-expressive nature of tattooing we’ve seen the House of Holland take a “trip to balmy Mexico City by way of the tattoo parlours of Venice beach,” with the designers Spring Summer 2014 collection showcased at London Fashion Week yesterday, capturing an existing and new generation with dazing ink printed luxury in a sugar skull, antiquated floral and love heart frenzy.

Terry Richardson for Valentino A/W 2013
Henry Holland for House of Holland S/S 2014
Henry Holland for House of Holland S/S 2014

Excuse us while we suffer for our art! View the full Stellar Collection here.

Vintage rose and crucifix
Dream catch me

No One Is Innocent

It’s officially “bedtime for democracy” (excuse the pun,) mind control is no more and the nostalgia of youth culture domination has overwhelmed the world! The Stellar Boutique loves punk and in merriment of the Met Museums up and coming punk exhibition, Punk: Chaos to Couture, we have seen the art of punk celebrated through an array of exhibitions such as Southbank’s Someday All The Adults Will Die: Punk Graphics 1971-1984 and most prominent, the University of the Arts London’s LCC campus’ accolade to the iconic punk graphics style in The Art of Punk in order to celebrate the unveiling of their significantly influential graphic design lecturer, Russell Bestley’s new book of the same title. Offering an assortment of punk designs and illustrated art from album art covers to ephemera, the reserve represents an interesting indication of, in the words of the author, “an ugly and brutal side that can’t be appropriated,” from artists like Jamie Reid and Peter Saville  expressive of bands of The Sex Pistols and The Damned. Combining this with the rebellion of anarchy we saw on the Autumn Winter catwalks from Versace’s “vunk” collection of safety pinned understatement (no sarcasm…,) it’s no wonder we have seen the likes of luxury fashion retailer Moda Operandi prospectively launch a collection deliberated by renowned designers from Balmain to Vivienne Westwood and Givenchy to Moschino paying homage to punk with exclusive pieces as a means of providing women with the opportunity to encapsulate the spirit of punk through a combination of high fashion and rebellion.

Moda Operandi, May 22 2013
Versace Autumn Winter 2013/14
Peter And The Test Tube Babies Artwork

Where did it come from? The most revolutionary event of the 1970’s was the notable youth movement that happened presently late in the decade. A state of mind, punk was built in on Kings Road by The Sex Pistols manager, Malcolm McLaren (1946-2010) and one of the most influential designers to date, Vivienne Westwood with their ability to transform youths into extremists and anarchists, just by the way in which they wore and styled their clothes. Much to the public’s dismay, the profligate identity of the Punk movement referred to that of political and sexual bad taste and down-right filth with the deployment of anything set to irritate those worth rebelling against – t-shirts were sold audaciously at Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s shop displaying distasteful phrases, like “Paedophilia” and “Cambridge Rapist” as well as indecent displays of exhibitionists, of which they were arrested for. We can only imagine such manifesto led to a larger number of congresses, in a time where rebellion against politics and the undertaking of “anarchy in the UK” was the way forward!

Vivienne Westwood Swastika Tee
Vivienne Westwood in the shop that she and Malcolm McLaren owned in the 1970's

Punk style created imagery of lost adolescence and the anguish and pain of losing their childhood, through destructive, asexual clothing centring on self-mutilation.  Au natural was demolished, making way shocking deployment of decorative elements and attire.  Political bad taste was addressed and teenagers ran free wearing Swastikas’ teamed with cheap taste bin bags and safety pins and filthy lavatory chains seen this season by the likes of Givenchy and Moschino. The metamorphic “Queen of Punk” became revolutionised by her creation of aggressive, pornographic looking accessories and everyday attire for hers and Malcolm McLaren’s band The Sex Pistols.  Her unconventional readiness to take risks and fascination for different cultures still assists in her ability to push the boundaries, displaying liveliness and eroticism teamed with elegance and potency in her works, encouraging wearers to be individual and non-conformist, an attitude that has been adopted by designers such as the late Alexander McQueen and Jean Paul Gaultier in more recent years. Phenomenally and most monumental, the “Pirates” collection, inspired by 17th century theatrical and historical dress of Pirates, buccaneers, dandies and highwaymen of which she explained style as “just putting things together that aren’t anything to do with fashion.”

Vivienne Westwood photo shoot
Punk fashion circa late 1970's

With fashion comes art and with art comes music. Idols of the time saw bands like The Clash and The Sex Pistols rise to fame with bassist Sid Vicious originating the most offensive and inventive punk fashions of that time – he was only in the band for the way he looked and his anarchist insurgence after all. Their 1977 hit record “God Save the Queen” was released at the same time as the Queen’s silver jubilee, with Artist Jamie Reid causing major offence after defacing the original Cecil Beaton royal portrait, and in his ransom notes styled lettering, writing “You too can be a punk.” Loves young dream, Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen became the talk, with teenagers idolising Sid’s dirty and somewhat unkempt look compared with Nancy’s “heroin-chic.”  Sadly, living fast and dying young was taken literally, with both dying under tragic circumstances – Sid’s suicide note reading “We made a death pact, and I have to accomplish my part of the deal. Please bury me next to my baby. Please bury me with my leather jacket, jeans and motorcycle boots. Goodbye. With love, Sid.”

Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen
Joey Ramone and Debbie Harry, 1977
The Damned
Siouxsie Sioux

Bringing punk back to the future, it’s all about the fabric! Think heavy duty with leather and studded embellishment spikes, dominatrix patent and bondage slashes to reveal flashes of flesh, leaving it all to the imagination. Unassuming is no longer standard with traditional tartans, oversized furs and dishevelled leopard prints. An inconspicuous fall? Chances are “pretty vacant!”

Agyness Deyn in punk editorial feature
Street style
Agyness Deyn Chinese Vogue editorial feature 2011
Street style

View The Stellar Boutique fashion collection here.

More Vintage finds

As always we are forever searching and scouring the treasure trail for more vintage goodies. Here’s a few of our latest finds….

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Vintage sunglasses to shade your eyes in style!

Summer may be drawing to a close but the sun is still shining and our desire to look chic in sexy shades never dies!

With vintage still reigning as the hottest trend of the moment there’s never been a better time to grab yourself a pair of original vintage sunglasses to shade your eyes in style!

As always, we’ve created a collection with the most current trends in mind, bringing you vintage cat eye sunglasses, oversized Jackie-O style, 90s round frames, retro 70s classics, 80s ski glasses, 50s clubmasters and of course, the ever popular aviators and wayfarers.

And with brands like Benetton, Polaroid, Rudy project and Carrera you can treat yourself to some quality designer sunglasses at a fraction of the cost!

VIEW THE VINTAGE SUNGLASSES COLLECTION HERE

Menswear Vintage Coats

With no sign of winter letting up, we all need a warm winter jacket to help make those bitter mornings

and blustery nights that little bit more bearable.

The Stellar Boutique‘s new collection of Men’s vintage winter jackets has something for all the fashion
loving guys out there. We’ve got classic vintage US army jackets with quilted lining for extra warmth,
vintage flight jackets, 80s vintage fleece lined denim jackets and a selection of US army jackets from
different eras.

At the Stellar boutique we know that a winter coat can be the most expensive clothing purchase of the

year so you’ll find our vintage jackets at reasonable prices and no doubt they will last as long as one that’s

brand new! So if your looking to wrap up warm till spring, check out the new collection at The Stellar Boutique.

Men’s Vintage Skinny Ties have arrived!

If you’re going to wear a tie, go skinny or risk looking like a banker!

Skinny ties have been around since the 50s and have never truly gone out of fashion, strongly
linked to the music scene from the Beatles’ Rock n Roll, through to 80s pop and today’s modern icons
like Pete Doherty.

A hallmark of the stylish man for more than 50 years, its likely they are here to stay so invest today! These versatile accessories are no longer confined to the office and can be worn every which way bringing vintage cool to your best suit or jeans & t-shirt alike!

The Stellar Boutique‘s range of vintage skinny ties have been hand picked for their originality, quality and relevance to current trends. We have classic 50s & 60s leather ties in various colours, 80s power tiesvintage designer ties and square ended woven ties in our new collection. So if your wardrobe needs an affordable accessory to spruce it up for the new year check it out at www.thestellarboutique.com


Its Christmas Jumper Time!

Like it or not Christmas is here again and even the fashion world cannot escape it! Year after year the Christmas jumper makes a comeback and raises its vintage appeal as time passes by. Its unlikely you’ll see any of these creations on the catwalks of the world but Christmas jumpers, love them or hate them are not going anywhere!

Here are some of The Stellar Boutiques favourites…. from online fashion shop christmassweaters.ca  a naughty addition to their ugly sweater family that has an innocent first glance and a very interesting take on the second look. Feast your eyes on this erotic reindeer sandwich! Also from their 2012 collection, ‘frosty the nose thief’ with his decorative carrot nose crotch!!… On a more serious note, we love the understated slouchy knit ladies jumpers and kitsch tight fitting numbers inspired by 40s vintage fashion. There’s even Christmas jumper dresses for something a little unusual. So embrace the fun side of fashion and get in the Christmas spirit…. go on, get one!