Sunday, January 30, 2011

Forties Foray...

Marian Marsh

At Hawke headquarters, the 1940's is fast becoming one of the all time favourite eras of dressing.  For ladies fashion this was the golden era  of feminine tailoring, tasteful gathering, striking silhouettes, nipped wasp waists and a fully finished look.  Skirts were a respectable length, jackets had form, fit and sometimes little peplums, and your gloves and bag were just as important as your perfect hair, lips and hat! 

While it may have been a time of great difficulty for many, the fashions of this era represent an appreciation for a strong yet lady like aesthetic which is still relevant over 70 years later.  I will be trying my very best to bring some 40's foray pieces into the store this year, it is pretty hard to come across these days in New Zealand but when I do oh what a treat it will be!

French ladies stepping out with their hair dyed for the first time post WWII (1945)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Dear Gentlemen... Giveaway Time!

 Reindeer Cufflinks

To celebrate the launch of the store it's giveaway time!  You could win a sweet duo of reindeer cufflinks and classic vintage black tie.. exciting!  To have a chance either leave a comment below and become a follower of Hawke's Blog, become a new pal to "like" Vintage Hawke on Facebook and leave a comment, or email through to so I can get in touch if you are lucky!  In the mean time make sure to have a peruse through "The Big Band" , the gentlemen's collection of vintage and retro clothing goodies hand selected for you!  The winner will be drawn out of a top hat on Sunday February 7th 2011.  Best of luck Gentlemen :)

Classic Black Tie

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 Officially Launches!

Phew.  I am excited to let you know... has officially launched & is awaiting your perusal!!  There are still some minor changes to be made which will be updated, as well as the main images on the home page which will soon become the collection photo shoots.

 Edward Scissorhands cuts the imaginary web ribbon

I photographed all of the clothing before I had trial and errored fitting the images into the frames, alas things will only improve from here on out!  I hope you enjoy the site and its offerings.  New clothing will be added regularly to the collections, there are currently 80 items up.  Any feedback / suggestions / comments are welcome & appreciated!  xx

Monday, January 10, 2011

Dear Ladies... Vintage Hair Dos

Nothing quite beats vintage in the hair stakes right!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Jailhouse Rock

On new years day I watched an old classic from 1957, Jailhouse Rock.  Seeing Elvis dancing, singing & smooing around in feature length entirety was a real treat!  Judy Tylers hair was wig like, and the outfits were tailored to perfection.  There are so many classic movies which can be forgotten about right?  I have made a promise to watch and read as much from the past as I can, and will make sure to share things worth noting along the way. 

Stills from Jailhouse Rock (1957)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Happy 2011!

Phew how fast did 2010 fly right?  I hope you are having a lovely start to your new year!  Vintage Hawke has been a long time coming now, and I was hoping to launch the store just before Christmas, but alas the date has now been pushed out a little further. 

I have nearly uploaded all of the products onto the site, there is a web wizard meeting, some testing to be done then the Hawke will be ready for your perusal!  Its a matter of days now yay.  Here is another sneak peek at what the store will be offering...

Congratulations to the lovely Masa from Slovenia for winning the pre Christmas giveaway!  The next giveaway will be for Gentlemen to celebrate the launch of the store :)