WIN­NERS OR LOSERS?

The Herald Magazine - - FIRST UP -

HIS­TO­RIAN Mary Beard put Boris John­son’s gas at a peep (if that is in­deed pos­si­ble) when she pointed out his barbed com­par­i­son of the PM and Ro­man rebel Car­ac­ta­cus was fake news. Car­ac­ta­cus, she ex­plained, gave a bril­liant speech to the Se­nate and lived hap­pily ever af­ter in Rome.

BBC jour­nal­ist Vic­to­ria Der­byshire is listed as one of the favourites to take over from Dim­bers on Ques­tion Time.

Who can deny the pre­sen­ter has the grit and re­source­ful­ness re­quired? Der­byshire has re­vealed she and her si­b­lings would drug their vi­o­lent fa­ther with Val­ium in his tea to calm him down. Will she em­ploy that same tac­tic on the telly?

THUMBS DOWN

DID Sir Rod Ste­wart re­ally need to whip out his gong on The Gra­ham Nor­ton Show? And to in­gra­ti­ate him­self fur­ther, he claimed the knight­hood came from the Bri­tish pub­lic. What? Has there been a ref­er­en­dum to de­cide which pop stars should be shoul­der-tapped by Her Maj?

BROAD­CAST­ERS launched a com­plaint about Danc­ing Queen Theresa May, de­mand­ing to know why the PM lim­its her in­ter­view time at the Tory con­fer­ence in Birm­ing­ham. Could it be she was too busy prac­tis­ing her dance moves?

Vin­tage clothes al­ways come in in­ter­est­ing colours and fabrics: bright pinks, crim­sons and golds. It’s rare to find dull clothes from those pe­ri­ods be­cause the past was such a colour­ful time. Some items are very del­i­cate, web-like lace or silky satins, and the 50s and post-war era saw the emer­gence

of vi­brant tulles. I don’t avoid typ­i­cal shops but I find that vin­tage items have more thought put into them. They’re hand­made and bet­ter qual­ity than the vast quan­ti­ties of fad fash­ions be­ing sold on the high street to­day.

I found vin­tage shop­ping a sus­tain­able and cost-ef­fec­tive way to shop when I was a stu­dent. I stud­ied so­cial pol­icy and law at Ed­in­burgh Univer­sity and worked in HR. It was a great ca­reer but my dream was al­ways to work in fash­ion. I told my­self I’d work there for a year. How­ever, 12 years passed and I was still there. The more time I spent in the cor­po­rate world, the more I wanted to work in fash­ion. I was made re­dun­dant, which was prob­a­bly the best thing to hap­pen to me. It was the push I needed to start my fash­ion busi­ness and set up my own shop.

I own two shops next door to one an­other, Those Were The Days Vin­tage and Bridal Bou­tiques. They’re full of clothes and ac­ces­sories dat­ing from 1920 to 1990. The vin­tage bridal shop is the only one in Scotland and has Ed­war­dian clothes, veils and tiaras which date even fur­ther back. I hand-pick my stock, which means trav­el­ling to LA and New York with empty suit­cases to add to my ever-grow­ing col­lec­tion. I prob­a­bly look like Sir El­ton John trav­el­ling with all of my lug­gage.

As a vin­tage buyer, I’ve de­vel­oped an eye for au­then­tic­ity. Some­times it’s the zip or the fabrics that give it away. I’m

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