As the first official days of summer are upon us, Britain finds themselves outside at events such as Glastonbury, various music festivals, summer beach holidays, outdoor stadium gigs and a patio pubs and parties.
California cool Young Fabulous & Broke redefines the playsuit with this military inspired “Luis” romper. The fabric is structured yet soft, features snap buttons and long sleeves. A truly unique piece worthy of addition to your closet.
Director Franc Roddam and cast are set to share their memories in a special one off Q&A to start off the night.
The original film was based on The Who’s double-album released six years earlier in 1973. The all-important sounds of the day will be performed live by leading Who tribute act Who’s Who.
An exclusive VIP after party with appearances from all the Q&A special guests, plus memorabilia including original Vespas and their real life Mod owners comes as the grand finale on this event. Prizes for the best dressed mods!
The Mod era has been a source of fascination and inspirations for generations – its fashion and music continue to resonate today.
Purchase your tickets for this unforgettable night here.
British author and historian Richard Weight hosts a panel discussion alongside the launch of his new book ‘Mod: From Bebop to Britpop’ at Pretty Green’s Carnaby Store location in London.
People all over the world recognise Brits by this Mod look, but why is it still relevant over 60 years later?
Listen here as Richard talks about what Mod style means to him.
The book launch and after party at Gibson Guitar Lounge was part of Pretty Green’s “March of the Mods” themed collection for Spring/Summer 2015. Mod style is stronger than ever and Pretty Green is a living testament to this, having just recently expanded into America.
Since it’s conception in 2009, Pretty Green has established itself as an essential part of men’s contemporary fashion with the essence of Mod style infused in the brands DNA.
Richard Weight’s book discusses how the style ‘Mod’ came to be, describes the key components of being a mod and explains what it is that has inspired people to fall in love with Britain’s largest youth movement.
Richard Weight leads the discussion with a special panel of guests:
Doc Brown Brown is a writer, actor, comedian and rapper.
Considered a voice of a generation, he is developing a music-based project with Ricky Gervais, having appeared alongside him in Derek.
His UK tour kicks off April 2015.
Dean West Dean West is a director at Pretty Green. Having worked with some of Britain’s leading brands, dean joined Pretty Green in 2009. When asked to sum up the brand, “It’s Liam Gallagher’s contemporary British heritage brand which takes its influences directly from streetwear culture from the past.”
Sue Tilley rose to fame as one of the most recognizable muses in modern British art. Known fondly as ‘Big Sue’, Tilley was the subject of Lucien Freud’s 1995 painting, ‘Benefits Supervisor Sleeping.’
The painting held the world record for the highest price paid for a painting by a living artist of 17.2 million pounds. She was considered a mover and shaker of youth culture, being a prominent figure on the 80s club scene.
As a South London-based enthusiast for jazz, soul and funk Rudland walked out of university in 1990 and straight into a job at Acid Jazz Records.
Rudland has worked on many musical catalogue projects, including the relaunch of EMI’s Stateside label before going to Ace Records.
Rudland’s Blue Break Beats series has sold over a 100,000 copies.
Highlights of the panel discussion centred around the fact that Mod is a unique British amalgam that was born in the late 1950’s comprised of the best bits of European and American music and style, with influences from other parts of the world such as the Cariibean and Africa.
But why is Mod style still so relevant today? Highlights from the panel discussion:
Doc B: “There’s something very quintessentially British about it, the style is neat, tidy and tailored. Mod is one of those things that couldn’t be from anywhere else.”
Dean W: “It’s the way Brits dress, and the world has come to know it as such. The Herringbone and checked shirt have become staples in menswear.
Mod style is so accessible and there is so much to choose from today. In 1963 there were only about 5 years of music, and one look, by 1980 another 15-20 years of music and fashion and now, we are looking at 50 years of culture, music and style.
Mod style or any style for that matter is about reinventing things for each generation, taking the best bits and making it your own, it’s what fashion is all about.”
Sue: “Brits love to dress up and stand out, but also love to be part of something, a tribe, a cult, whatever you’d call it. It makes people feel as though they belong to something, and Mods were no exception.”
Dean R: “In the 1950’s , young people were happy and carefree post war and something unique was created. In the 50’s and 60’s there wasn’t the luxury for middle class to travel and therefore the Mods at that time had to live and breathe Mod culture in Britain, they aspired to ride the scooter, drink the Italian coffee, it became a way of life…
Mod style sits anywhere between British casual to the highest tailoring. You could have a £1000 suit, that’s Mod, or take jeans, converse and a Herrington jacket and you are still in the same parameters as Mod.”
The Mod Journalist catches Richard for a quick interview and asks him what his favourite Mod looks are for guys and girls, as well as what he believes will be the future for Mod culture.
Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to get dressed up and ‘feel the love’ for yourself! Here are three different looks to try for Valentine’s Day, depending on what your plans may be.
Host Chrissy B is styled with a little extra glam for February 14 and this means dashes of colour and jewelled detailing. A beautiful sequined pale pink coloured vest brings out the rose details in this silk kimono. Both pieces by London designer Pyrus.
Kimonos are still hot this season and are an extremely versatile piece that can be worns with skirts, shorts, trousers or denim.
Black skinny jeans by Mother are glammed up with jeweled flats by Sam Edelman. You could opt for heels if you plan to dance the night away.
I’m styled in a formal ostrich feather cocktail dress by Victorio & Lucchino. Paired with black tights and black heels by Guess, my hair has been styled sleek and long for a minimalist look.
Colour is added through strong eye and lip makeup. Silver jewellery accents the black.
Add a dash of colour with your evening bag and coat for a sophisticated look.
Make-up artist Maegan is modeling the comfortable and casual look for staying in or going out to low-key venues.
Red leopard print fitted leggings by Sundry and a Disney Mickey Mouse t-shirt by Paul & Joe Sister make this a comfortable and relaxed look.
This outfit tranforms to evening with a black leather jacket or blazer and black stilettos.