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Carnaby Street Christmas

 

Carnaby Street sits amongst the 13 streets in London’s Soho shopping area.  It is found behind Liberty in Regents Street, the nearest underground station being Oxford Circus. The area boasts 150 shops, bars and restaurants. The shops display cutting edge designers talents and trendy street ware, clothes, shoes, bags and jewellery. There are also boutiques selling vintage clothing and well known cosmetic shops.

Although the street has been there since the 16th century, it was in the 1960’s that Carnaby Street came to life and became a fashionable shopping street. It was the place to shop and to be seen and if you were very lucky or hung around long enough you might have seen a famous person or two shopping there.

Now many people gather each year for the switching on of the Carnaby Street Christmas Lights which feature some of the most unusual Christmas decorations to be seen in London. The shops stay open late, many giving discounts and there is a general festive party atmosphere. The lights always have a different theme each year.

2010 was the 50th Anniversary of the start of the “swinging sixties” so the theme that year was Love, Hope, Joy and Peace- reminiscent of throughout the sixties in fact.
2011 saw giant illuminated Mistletoe across the street with Holly chandeliers swinging in between.
2012 had a Rolling Stones theme celebrating 50years of their music. The year of the Robin was the theme for 2013.
The distinctive theme for 2014 was to celebrate Carnaby Street’s reputation as a unique shopping destination, with enormous headphones and sunglasses with ” I love Christmas” on.

2015 ….. I won’t spoil the surprise as you might be planning to go to see the Carnaby Street lights for yourself!!

Love Betty…. X

���� HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE ����

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The 1920's

Fashion in the 1920’s

After the First World War ended in 1918 woman wanted change, they had been restrained enough through the ‘make do and mend’ years of the war.

By 1920 magazines showing new fashions became available, adverts appeared in newspapers selling patterns to make your own clothes. Department stores produced catalogues so that people could have clothes delivered to their doors.

Cotton was used less as new fabrics were being produced such as silk and rayon, they came in bold colours, woman wanted these bright and cheerful clothes after the drab years of war.

Corsets were abandoned for lighter more comfortable fitting underwear, bra’s were little more than a bust bodice. Big busted girls bandaged their busts flat as the fashionable boyish look took hold.

Hemlines rose from the ankle to above the knee so legs became more visible, thinner stockings became the fashion. Accessories were coordinated, bag, shoes, gloves and ladies always wore a hat!

Cloche hats became the fashion, which were a very close fit to the head and could only be worn over SHORT hair! So the SHORT BOB was reintroduced. Although hair had been worn that way in Roman times and had appeared through history in various era’s, it was now back! totally essential under a cloche hat.

When girls went out for the evening, having removed their hats they wore bands around their short hair for decoration, some were decorated with sparkly beads or tiny flowers or just plain bands made of a glittery material. At this time finger waving was introduced to make the hair itself more decorative.

When people think of the so called “Roaring 20’s” they imagine flapper girls dancing the Charleston. Hemlines rose, bust got flatter and hair was cut short. Women wanted anything that was new and exciting to try to forget the war years and at last be able to go out and enjoy themselves.

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