Just to say HELLO, we’re back!
More blog posts to come but for now we’ve got new items in the shop. Oh and a few items are on SALE! Get ’em while their hot…
With the launch of our new ASOS Marketplace Shop The Jazz are championing bold, hot-blooded girls who fight for their own personal style to break free of the shackles of mainstream fashion. ‘Bearcat’ hails from 1920s prohibition speakeasys, used to describe sassy, fiery girls; and as obvious from their new campaign, the duo see a little of themselves in their target market.
To celebrate its launch The Jazz duo have teamed up with Glasgow’s very own Pantheon Theatre Company. Granted priviliged access into the many-chambered Pantheon closets, Veronique and Janine dug out hundreds of delights with their discerning , bearcat customers in mind. As the story goes, they re-appeared days later, dazzled and exhausted, clutching armfuls of hand-picked vintage; including unusual pieces sure to thrill even the pickiest of vintage enthusiasts; 70s velvet Jaeger dresses, 80s Topshop jungle blazers and a plethora of fur collars and chiffon maxis which are just the tip of the titlating iceberg.
We would love to thank everyone who helped on our ASOS shoot way back in 2011. THE JAZZ LOVES YAH!
Laura McKinnon – Photographer
The Jazz Emporium (Janine Bothwell & Veronique AA Lapeyre) – Styling & Art Direction
Tessa van Sandijk – Model
Kirsten Halliday – Model
Vivien Taylor – Model
Hannah Helen Docherty – Model
Rochelle Jolley – Hair
Ashleigh Anderson – MUA
Alana – MUA
Sarah At Be Glam – Nails
Jessica James – Assistant
Becky Cooper – Assistant
Becky’s friend – Assistant (super sorry we’ve forgotten your name, we have such dreadful memories)
As some of you know (and as some of you rightly won’t really care, for isn’t anything more boring than hearing someone bang on about how LOVELY their holiday was, and how WARM it was and how RELAXED they felt, to then go on and patronisingly tell you nose-snortingly ‘hilarious’ stories about their native waiter ‘friends’ and their endearing mispronounciations of ‘wine’ and ‘soup’ so on – uh, where was I? Oh yes…) I’ve recently come back from a holiday in Croatia. And let me tell you, Jazz fans, it was so LOVELY! And god, so WARM – enough.
I was hoping on my return to be able to share with you a little outsider insight into Croation fashion, but unfortunately, the parts of Croatia I visited (tourist ridden islands) seemed to represent the idea of ‘fashion’ purely through floral romper suits and strapless, elasticated summer dresses alone; if indeed there were any clothes on the bodies passing by. Mostly I was treated to viewing the fashion of middle aged ladies & men, who bared every inch of their leathered skin to the sun on the rocky croatian shores, and at times, directing full frontal views of said, eh, skin, in quite an obscene fashion towards the nearby tourist path.
Don’t get me wrong; I ain’t no prude, and I’m all about abandoning stuffy British ideals for the freedom & physical liberation of bit of nakedness in the sun, but trust me, some arrangements of naked sunbathing bodies are fit only for display to the public on a fee-paying website. And by ‘the public’ I mean teenage boys with their mum’s credit cards. And by display I mean – well, I won’t patronise you. None of you are foreign waitors, and I only spell out things for them;’ TWO COFF-EE – look, look at my fingers, NOT ONE, TWO COFF-FEE AND CHIPS – LA FRENCHIE FRIES. OK??’
Anyway, needless to say, between the identical tourist ‘fashion’ shops and the bronzed handbag bodies, my Croatian street style spotting dreams were dashed. As were my holiday shopping hopes. Until we drifted away from the sun-soaked islands and had little city break in Pula, the Istrian captial of culture.
Now, it was no London or Edinburgh, but there was something charming and captivating about Pula; arriving on the evening of their yearly music festival buoyed my impression of the city up, and it was further cemented by finding a gem of a shop sandwiched between the obligatory tourist ‘fashion’ shops, (cue those damn strapless floral rompers again) and endless streets of jewelers that specialised in coral bracelets. It was the very cool, very small Makina Gallery; which as well as selling the work of some unique jewelry makers, was displaying the work of a photographer who took many famous photies of celebrities ranging from Keira Knightly to Dustin Hoffman. Try as I may, I can neither find nor remember the name of the photographer (PLEASE tell me if you know, as it’s been driving me bonkers!), but you can see snaps of the exhibition here, if you’re interested.
The jewelry was particularly noteworthy; there were some stunning lasercut collars, studded rings and beautiful little character set necklaces & brooches, so I snapped some photies to prove to you all that Istria does have SOME noteworthy fashion designers!
After careful consideration I decided to give one of those robot necklaces, crafted from discarded chips and computer parts, a home. I nearly had a meltdown of (unwarranted, really) excitement when my boyfriend pointed out the motorola chip that makes up the little guy’s head could have come from Glasgow, given that there was a motorola factory in East Kilbride at one point in the history of the world. However, he quickly quelled it by explaining there were motorola factories worldwide too, and to stop squealing, because a motorola chip isn’t in possession of a personality and it’s very unlikely it has the capacity to house a desire to return to it’s place of birth.
Shh, said I. Shhh, little Robot, it’s time to go home…
So, to recap; Croatian tourist fashion, not so good. Croatian summer wear, floral and gross. Croatian jewelry, a big thumbs up.
Forget fag hags, we know what you jazz fans really are; a great big gaggle of bag hags!
Watch this space for some bee-yoo-tiful bags coming your way on our ebay shop this week!
Included in the selection will pieces from the collectable brands Waldy Bag & Air Step – both vintage 60s and both cute as pie. There will also be several Kelly style elbow dangling delights to choose from; perfect if you fancy injecting a little period feel into an outfit! Madmen all the way…
Are you a bag hag or do you suffer from a severe case of bag one-itus? Let us know in the comment box below!
New boots in store jazz fans; choose from good old, respectable shades; light grey & black.
Cowboy boots are an essential key player in any wardrobe; functional, comfortable, sturdy & (let’s face it) awesome…
If you don’t have a pair yet – you really should take a step back, view the wider picture and analyse where you’re going in your life.
You ain’t going line-dancing, that’s for sure.
These delectable vintage treats have hit our Ebay Store this week! Time is a ticking, so if you’ve always had your eye on one of these beauties now is your chance.
The Betty Dress (left) is the perfect little number for any aspiring Madmen housewife! And we must stress the skirt swishes ever so delightfully! The Artist Dress (middle) creates a beautiful silhouette, all nipped in waist and a-line skirt. It’s perfect for the artistically inclined lady, who wants to wear their art on their sleeve (excuse the pun, couldn’t resist). The Fuchsia Fuss Power Blouse (right) is an 80’s wonder. Perfect for colour blocking or teaming with skinnies and brogues to creating some androgynous style.
Happy Bidding :) Oh and we’re launching a new blog feature tomorrow, yippee! Stay fresh, Jazzites!