SIX OF THE BEST CREATIVE PICKS: FIONA HAYES

This is the first in a series of guest blogs for Lovely's Vintage by successful creative people, who also love vintage, whereby they will pick their SIX FAVOURITE pieces on Lovely's Vintage Emporium and explain why. 

First up is art director extraordinaire FIONA HAYES


About Fiona: She is an enormously successful magazine art director and her roles have included: Art Director, Vogue Russia (she has held this role twice); Art Director, Phillips de Pury & Company; Art Director, Myself Magazine; Art Director, House & Garden; Creative Director, Eve; Art Director, Cosmopolitan (Russia & UK); Art Editor, Company; Art Editor, Punch

She has also been Editor/Art Director of Dayfour her own independent photography magazine for the last ten years.

Over to Fiona for her picks of her favourite vintage pieces:

1) 1980s CHANEL CREAM JACKET

I’m not a dresses kinda gal (I own about two. Oddly both are vintage, by Helen Storey and Bill Blass, since you ask.) However, jackets are a whole other kettle of fash. I have, let’s see... *has a bit of a rummage*...um, 49. Therefore number 50 has to be special and I haven’t seen anything more special than Miss Lovely's 1980s Chanel cream jacket coat. I would LOVE this jacket. It’s the kind of thing Molly Ringwald might have worn in the film "Pretty In Pink" if she’d been from The Other Side of the Tracks. It’s roomy and comfortable, but very upmarket (will demand a bit of maintainance to keep that pristine creamness intact, let’s face it). It also references one of the shapes of the current season, the round-shouldered silhouette, as seen on the catwalk at Thom Browne and Celine.

2) 1980s DARK PINK LEATHER JACKET

The other jacket I have my eye on is the 1980s dark pink soft leather jacket by Jacques Sac. This one reminds me of Isabelle Adjani in Luc Besson’s film "Subway" (1985), a favourite movie of mine and one I have used as a reference more than once for fashion shoots (you can't beat kooky French arthouse flicks for original styling tips).

3) VICTORIAN BLACK BEADED CAPE

Given the feeding frenzy caused by the appearance of THAT Little Black Cape from Lovely's Vintage Emporium on the UK TV show This Morning recently, who wouldn’t want the Victorian jet black beaded capelet? I heard a rumour the presenter Holly Willoughby is now the proud owner of it. I can see this Victorian cape, which is still available, working as well with jeans, heels and a sequinned black vest as with a strapless evening gown. This would be the showstopper piece in my wardrobe this season. 

4) 1970s BANFF CREAM DAY DRESS

Now if I WAS a dresses kinda gal I would definitely go for the 1970s Banff cream day dress. A little bit Celine (again), a little bit Raf Simons, Art Deco meets sport styling – it ticks all the boxes.

5) 1960s YELLOW/BLACK LUCITE BANGLES

When it comes to jewellery, I believe that more is more, especially on the wrist. The 1960s set of 4 yellow and black lucite bangles appeals to my inner Nancy Cunard, especially as colour blocking is such a fun trend at the moment.

6) 1970s ITALIAN LEATHER HANDBAG

I buy a lot of shoes, not so many handbags. The ones I do go for have to be VERY convincing. And I have to say I am smitten with that 1970s Italian crocodile skin handbagthe one with the with the large-link chain and suede lining. It's a simple and beautiful piece, very grown-up and confident. Again, this would work just as well with jeans as with evening wear. It's the kind of go-to piece that any wardrobe would be enhanced by.

Thanks Fiona!

Fiona is currently (2012) acting Art Director for GQ India magazine - you can follow her on Twitter @TheArtDictator where she is currently to be found tweeting about eating Indian street food, shooting on set with Bollywood stars and having intermittent wi-fi in her Mumbai apartment.