A while ago I met the very lovely Mary Norden at a dinner party. Mary is the home and food editor of Red magazine and is effortlessly stylish. She was wearing a retro style print dress, which looked both vintage and contemporary at the same time. I complimented her on it and immediatley forget the name of the designer.
As I was wandering down Marylebone Lane last week, past one of my favourite shops, Kj’s Laundry, I spotted a similar dress hanging in the window. It turns out it’s by Samantha Sung and The Laundry have a whole collection of great vintage style prints in the 50’s inspired Audrey style. Unfortunately they are hideously expensive at £395, but given that the prints and styling are timeless, they are beautifully made and the cotton sateen fabric is really good quality, they could be seen as a long term investment. I have a red and whilte spotty skirt that I bought from Rachel Riley some years ago (it was ridiculously expensive) but every summer I get it out and love it all over again.
My only criticisim of the SS dresses is, that the waisted styling isn’t great for us larger round the middle ladies. I described in great detail to the the very patient shop assistant, exactly what style I would like SS to do, ( a COS square neck, body skimming staight style FYI) so fingers crossed she passses my feeback on!!
If £395 is just too much (after all you could buy a small armchair for that!) I am also loving this more reasonably priced vintage inspired print by Toast which is £115.