London Fashion Week- Estethica – Tara Starlet

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

By FAR the highlight find of my otherwise not great Saturday was when I stumbled across Tara Starlet in the Estethica Exhibition.

I’d found them online a few days earlier, looking at the Estethica exhibitors. It’s not often you come across a label that so completely meshes with your own likes and I was particularly keen to track them down and check out the quality for myself.

I was delighted to find their stall set out like they were exhibiting clothes in your Grandmothers living room.

I fear my tired and ill brain may have made me come across like an idiot, but I picked up one of their little press packs and had a very enjoyable riffle through the racks. I immediately wanted to be wearing the outfit on the dummy as it’s far nicer than anything I was actually wearing at the time Very Land Girls I think.

The press information declares:

Tara Starlet is a vintage inspired fashion brand with responsible ethics and a timeless charm.

Now, if that doesn’t sound like it belongs on Retro Chick then I don’t know what does.

As well as making all their clothes locally in London the brand also recycles and reinvents cashmere and wool jumpers, uses end of roll fabrics and recycles vintage buttons and trimmings to ensure their carbon footprint is as small and delicate as possible as well as making each of their designs limited edition.

The mother and daughter team behind Tara Starlet use pin up pictures of the 40s and 50s as their inspiration to create an exclusive range of beautifully made pieces.

There are 40s style tea dresses, bombshell wiggle dresses, adorable playsuits and high waisted skirts and trousers. All gorgeously detailed. They also have a cape on their website, and I think it’s the cape of my dreams, but sadly it’s sold out. Damn Spring Summer.

I shall finish this love in with a few of my favourites from their website and then I shall go off to find somewhere pretty to put the stickers that were in the press info (isn’t there something about being given stickers that turns you into a small child?)

Home Front Dancing Dress £68

Black Lace Dress £54

Sailor Slacks £56

Fantail Skirts £48

10 Responses
  • Lori Smith
    February 23, 2010

    I can’t believe you’ve only just heard of Tara Starlet! I want *all* their clothes. Need more money :-/

    • Retro Chick
      February 23, 2010

      Sometimes things just manage to slip by you! I can’t beleive I’ve only just found them either.

      A few months earlier and the cape would still have been in stock 😀

  • fritha louise
    February 23, 2010

    This is definitely very you. I love all of the clothes, and the prices really good too. I’ve been noticing 40s looks popping up quite a lot lately and i’m keen to explore the era further, so thank you for the introduction to Tara Starlet!

  • Franca
    February 23, 2010

    I adore this stuff. Especially the sailor trousers! Not too expensive either, which is nice!
    .-= Franca´s last blog ..My personal rules for advertising and sponsorship on blogs (plus a tangentially related rant about fashion and consumption) =-.

  • Ally
    February 23, 2010

    I adore Tara Starlet! I saw a pair of their high-waisted sailor shorts last summer and immediately knew they were the shorts I had been waiting for all my life. Unfortunately I was working an unpaid internship and very low on cash last summer so I couldn’t get them… maybe this year though! 🙂
    .-= Ally´s last blog ..little plans, part 1! =-.

  • Elegant Designer Women's Suits
    February 25, 2010

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  • Laura Connell
    March 1, 2010

    The Estethica exhibit was really inspiring. Great to see these designers raising the bar for sustainable style.
    .-= Laura Connell´s last blog ..London Fashion Week: Krystof Strozyna =-.

  • LandGirl1980
    April 9, 2010

    Ohh! The pic with the fantail skirts!!!! HOW AWESOME!
    Note to self:- must practice getting hair to look like girl on the left hand side of the photo.

  • sara vintage
    June 10, 2010

    Wow I’ve also found this amazing vintage site for retro reproduction clothing called There garments are beautiful too!

  • Rachel @ a la Modest
    June 18, 2010

    How adorable– a mother and daughter team! I especially love the Sailor Slacks and the Home Front Dancing Dress!