London Party Fashion in the Noughties

Book Report on "New Club Kids"

My first indication of what I was in for when I picked up New Club Kids came from the book’s cover. A young woman gazed out from beneath thick, black eyelashes, wearing a white jumpsuit, a blue plastic choker, and what appeared to be a bejewelled chinstrap. I wasn’t sure what sort of party would have bejewelled chinstraps as part of its dress code, but I wanted to be invited.

New Club Kids: London Party Fashion in the Noughties starts by explaining how London’s club scene has evolved over the course of several decades, beginning when youth of the ’70s became bored with the dominant punk fashions and began to search for something a little different. Beginning with David Bowie-inspired nights at clubs, an entire subculture of unlikely party style emerged. These teens became known as the New Romantics, but they also had well-known sub-groups, and many of them—like Princess Julia, who partied with the likes of Marc Almond and Boy George—received attention from the media and gained fame because of their style, or because of their music, or simply because they were there.

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What I Wore to Worn: Hillary Predko

What inspired this outfit?
This outfit consists of my best staples all thrown together into one ensemble. From pleats, ruffles, lace, and plaid, I think my penchant for pretty things shines through.

Tell me about one of the items you’re wearing.
This skirt is actually from another Wornette! It had been Anisha’s and I found it at Chelsea’s clothing swap. It pays to have fashionable friends.

What’s the best book to read in this outfit?
Wildwood. Maybe I’m biased because I’m currently reading it, but I think the whimsical world of fantastical, contemporary Oregon works nicely with such a cute get-up.

What style icon would wear this outfit?
Alice from Alice in Wonderland.

outfit credits: Crinoline from Detroit, everything else secondhand
photos by Jessica Da Silva

We Don’t Joke When It Comes To Bespoke (Except for This Joke Here)


When I first heard the word, I thought it meant some kind of talking, as in, “He bespoke of the movie,” or, “I bespoke the truth.”

Needless to say, that’s not what it meant. At least not fully.

After some relentless online digging, I found the real meaning of the word, along with some interesting history.

Did you know?
The word “bespoke” actually means custom-made, in reference to things of any kind, specialized to the buyer’s preference. It is the opposite of ready-made. When applied to fashion, however, the term bespoke is only used for men’s suits and clothing, making it a parallel to the women’s haute couture label of individually cut and designed garments.

Why should I care?
Unlike haute couture, bespoke is not a protected label. This upset a lot of men in fashion, especially tailors, so the Savile Row Bespoke Association was set up in 2004 to protect the integrity of the art of tailoring in London’s West End. In 2006, the Savile Row Bespoke became a label, established for simple identification of suits and garments made specifically on Savile Row (and surrounding streets). So while bespoke is not a protected label, the Savile Row Bespoke Association has made itself a trademarked brand, and is working towards making bespoke clothing protected, so that it can be the male fashion equivalent to women’s haute couture. However, they haven’t been successful in achieving that goal yet, which is probably why not that many people today know what it means, or even that it exists.
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