Congrats to Jerry Hall, shortly to become Mrs Murdoch IV, and whatever your thoughts on the union, the two of them do seem to be having a blast. Spotted out and about at the Golden Globes and the rugby, they’re photographed beaming happily with arms wrapped around each other in a way that must have given both their exs a surprise.
If you, like Jerry, or even Liz and Richard, are getting married later in life, what to wear at the alter becomes a challenging prospect if you want to stay stylish. The boards of Pinterest may be full of flower-plaited-hair-and-vintage-slip-dress inspiration for younger brides, but older ones may prefer a spot of colour or more grown up glamour.
So hello, Juno Says Hello, an on-and-off line boutique dedicated to finding the very best luxury vintage dresses with grown up glamour as its design aesthetic. Run by Rebecca Rose, an elegant and super smart 30something (she’s just landed herself a PhD), the site sources vintage from around the globe that provides mouthwateringly gorgeous cocktail dresses and coats for the time when you really do need ‘cinematic quality’, as Rebecca calls it.
Her ever changing collection of beautiful vintage clothes can be spotted at the Oscars, The Baftas and possibly even Ms Hall’s own wedding, who knows? Rebecca is far too discrete to let on who her sleb clients are, although she did do a charity auction with Mary Portas and Melanie Rickey recently, to raise money for the Primrose Hill Community Centre.
There are three collections a year and being one-off pieces, stock goes fast. Since many of her customers are grown ups, Rebecca looks for a good range of larger sizes, and size 14 is her best seller. I like her fastidious approach to quality, finish and having happy customers, she’s a bit like the John Lewis of vintage.
She has an extensive library of fashion vintage books, mostly to support her research, but is very happy for anyone to rock up and read them. Indeed, her customers talk about hanging out at her small studio, where they chat, have tea and try on the odd dress, which Rebecca is happy to encourage. She says if you are getting married and are in a panic over what to wear, then having a conversation to straighten out your thoughts is very helpful. Comfort and confidence are her key drivers and she and her small team of seamstresses makes sure everything is made to fit beautifully.
She also hosts evenings events, telling us “Instead of a Christmas party I did a private screening of an old Hollywood movie at a private cinema in central London, this was a great success and I’ll be doing another one in March. Please encourage your readers to get in touch if you think they would like to come! It’s a very simple evening, just wine, popcorn and movie, but lots of fun.”
Rebecca’s knowledge on vintage glamour has got her a writing gig on How To Spend It for The FT and much praise from stylists, glossy magazines and her customers. Having met her and heard about her plans for the company, I have no doubt I’d be speed dialling her if TWR ever gets invited to a red carpet event (who knows?)
Prices start from around £95. Rebecca says “Average price is I guess around £250-300, going up to over £1,000. These prices reflect the kind of cocktail wear I sell, the rarity of the dress, and the amount of time my seamstress has put into the garment in order to restore the condition.”
So should you be thinking of getting hitched soon, or perhaps will be a grown up bridesmaid or just need to look hot in a frock, then think of contacting Rebecca (she’s below right, she looks fun. right?) Find her at Juno Says Hello, on Instagram or at her new studio at The Vineyards, 36 Gloucester Avenue, London NW1 7BB.