Friday, 26 August 2016

Irregular Choice - Alice in Wonderland



The fabulous new collection from Irregular Choice has arrived! You've waited weeks to see this magical Alice in Wonderland collection and they are now available to buy here - Shop Now >>

You will not be disappointed; fall into the rabbit hole where you will find Alice, Cheshire Cat, White Rabbit and more! You will fall instantly in love with these perfectly poised heels and charming flats, with their amazing designs and pretty colours.

Check under the 'Read More' to see all the Alice in Wonderland collection or shop now!




Tuesday, 9 August 2016

A Closer Look at the Original Penguin Waffle Front Polo

Original Penguin are famous for their polos. Founded in 1955, this American brand quickly became known for their iconic Earl, Jack, Daddy and 55 Polos.

Added to the polo stable this season is the new Waffle front polo (available in white or navy).

This retro 70s inspired design features a waffle textured front in 100% cotton pique fabric. The collar gives a new twist to this polo with a contrast knit front panel, echoed at the sleeve with the raised rib tipping.

The design is finished with an embroidered Original Penguin logo to the left chest and triangle reinforced patch at the hem ensures this polo is comfy and easy to wear.

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Monday, 8 August 2016

Preview: Traffic People Autumn/Winter 2016


Traffic People's Autumn and Winter collection for 2016 will be arriving soon, with a few surprises in store!

Traffic People take classic vintage fashions and turn them on their head; updating and adding contemporary twists to create a women's clothing collection which is truly individual and unique - and this season's collection is one of the best yet!

Flattering A-line skirts and dresses are mixed with Sixties and Seventies boho style this season, utilising stunning vintage inspired fabrics, including faux fur, velvet, chiffon and more.

Check under the 'Read More' for a sneak preview of some of the styles arriving at Atom Retro this season.

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Mademoiselle Yeye - New Collection now arriving!

Lulu Dress


Mademoiselle Yéyé's collection for Autumn and Winter 2016 has just arrived at Atom Retro (with a little more to come later) and it doesn't disappoint!

As fans of Mademoiselle Yéyé have come to expect, this seasons collection comprises unique, high quality dresses, tops, knits and more, all with 60s Mod style and vintage va-va-voom!

The Lulu Dress (pictured left) is a new style to the collection this season. This supremely sixties inspired mod mini dress comes in red with fixed black bow detail to centre front. In a super stretchy, comfy to wear fabric, this is a must-have dress.

Check below for more of what's in store from Mademoiselle Yeye, or shop now!










Friday, 5 August 2016

Preview: Nomads Clothing for Autumn 2016

A sneak preview of what's in store from Nomads Clothing for Autumn and Winter 2016.

Nomads design and make fair trade clothing, with a vintage Boho look and sixties style Eastern inspiration. Using traditional techniques, organic cotton and hand-made block printing and embroidery, Nomads believes strongly in fair trade and following ethical fashion guidelines.

The Autumn and Winter 2016 features all your favourite Nomads styles in new, exclusive fabrics and prints, including women's winter coats in velvet and woven cottons, 60s style tunic tops and dresses and 70s style cord pinafore dresses, plus new designs in shorter vintage look box jackets and long sleeve retro print tops.

Check below the cut for a preview of the collection or shop for Nomads Clothing here.




Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Preview: Gabicci Vintage - Clean Living Under Difficult Circumstances


A sneak look at Gabicci Vintage's Autumn and Winter collection, arriving soon at Atom Retro. 

This very Mod inspired collection is perhaps one of the best Gabicci have designed! Combining their Mod heritage roots with clean cuts, sharp 70s styling and Retro fabrics for a comprehensive collection which will be hard to beat this season. All of the Gabicci Vintage classics are here; styles which they have become known for, plus Mod staples in parkas, windbreakers, shirts and knits. 

The Gabicci Polo plays an important role, of course. From the 70s heritage piped and cut and sew polos through to Gabicci's signature zip fasten suedette polos and cardigans. 

Also a highlight this season is Gabicci's tailoring. Retro and Mod suits, blazers and trousers will have you looking sharp all Winter long. 

Check under the cut for a preview of what's arriving soon from Gabicci Vintage. 

Monday, 1 August 2016

Preview: Darling for AW16


A quick preview of whats in store from Darling for Autumn and Winter 2016.

Subdued and dark colour pallets mixed with intricate and meticulously designed fabrics is the order of the day from Darling. Beautiful embroidered fabrics in dresses and coats, embellished tops and woven trousers, skirts, dresses and more in Retro and Vintage inspired designs. This is a grown up collection from Darling which still retains its vintage influence and supremely feminine edge. Beautiful clothing for all you darlings!

Check under the 'read more' for a few more snaps.










Friday, 15 July 2016

Something For The Weekend: The Keepers


Good afternoon, Sir... perhaps a little Something For The Weekend?

The Keepers describe themselves as Indie Mod N Roll, with Psychedelic Britpop. They were founded in 2015, by singer/songwriter and guitarist Jordan Jones, and accompanied by Tonner Pettitt on bass guitar, Liam Taylor also on guitar and Taylor Hart on drums. The Keepers are a fusion of 60's Pop Melodies and Psychedelia, 70's Punk energy, 80's Madchester madness, 90's Britpop and 00's Indie Rock. They list their main influences as The Beatles, David Bowie, The Kinks, The Jam and Supergrass.

The Keepers in action! (Photo by Dammo Photography)
The Keepers released their debut EP, No Exit in October 2015 on CD and iTunes, and have since been gigging and touring across the UK, bringing their share of retro goodness to audiences everywhere. 

They have played sold out shows at venues such as The Picturedrome and The Craufurd Arms, supporting the likes of Noasis, The Total Stone Roses, Inspiral Carpets' frontman Tom Hingley and The Kar-pets, The Jam DRC and VANT.

The band have recently been sponsored and endorsed by Hofner and plan to head back into the studio to record new material in the near future. Show original message Make sure you catch a show soon! (Deets below!)

Would you like your band featured here? Email details to lindsey@atomretro.com and you could be the next Something For The Weekend! (All types of music, bands and artists welcome! All genres, signed, unsigned, young and old!)


Upcoming Gigs for The Keepers:

15th July - The Picturedrome supporting The Jam DRC (Northampton)
16th July - Enderby Music Festival (Leicester)
22nd July - Tramlines Festival (Sheffield)
30th July - The 12 Bar (Colne)
6th August - The Islington (London)
13th August - The Apple and Parrot – Torquay

Find the Keepers online:


Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/thekeepersuk/


Wednesday, 29 June 2016

A Guide to Mod Hairstyles: The Seventies and Eighties

Part three of our Mod hairstyles guide and we're into the 1970s and beyond. Along with your Mod wardrobe, your choice of hairstyle is part of your style, your image and who you are. The Seventies and into the eighties saw a backlash against the long, non-conformist hairstyles of the sixties and styles when to the other extreme, short, shorter and almost nothing at all.


Paul Weller in his Jam and Square Cut days
1970s - 80s: The Weller Square Cut

Similar to: The Cesar Cut, The French Crop, The Other Steve Marriott Cut

A 70s version of the Cesar Cut or the French Crop, this square cut is as the name suggests, blunt, blockish and full of attitude. Harsher than most French Crop cuts, the style has a very short, mid forehead blunt fringe and squared, helmut style to sides and back. The hair is cut as short as you might expect as short back and sides, but with the added optional longer lengths at the sides and front. The hair is generally cut around the shape of the ear. This style can also be adapted as an Ivy League, Flat Top or crew cut style.



Chas Smash from Madness with a slightly longer than
some skinhead cuts.
1970s - 80s: The Skinhead

Similar to: The Buzz Cut, The Flat Top, Suede head

A haircut so extreme that it gave it's name to a mod subculture! The Skinhead is, as you might guess, a cut so short they may have very little or no hair at all (to the desire of the wearer) - hence skinhead.

Skinhead culture started in the late sixties and peaked in the seventies and eighties. As a reaction and rejection to the conservative fifties and peace and love ethos of the sixties, Skinheads went for a much more severe and dramatic look, incorporating mod fashion and Jamaican Rudy Boy culture. Most first wave skinheads wore their hair at a three or two grade length - short, but not bald. Towards the end of the seventies, most skinheads had a grade two or shorter, with an optional side parting shaved in. Into the eighties, most skinheads cut their hair with no guard or shaved it completely with a razor.


Suggs from Madness with a variation of the
Flat Top hairstyle
1970s - 80s: The Flat Top

Similar to: The Flat Top, The Ivy League, The Rude Boy

The Flat Top is a short haircut where the hair on the top of the head is usually standing upright and cut to form a flat-appearing deck. This deck may be level, or it may be upward or downward sloping. With it's roots in military fashion, it might be surprising to learn that the Flat Top has been around since at least the early 20th century. A very popular look in the 1950s, it faded out of popularity in the 60s and 70s, but had a mod fashion resurgence in the 1980s and early 90s (possibly as a less severe alternative to the Skinhead look).

The haircut is usually created with electric clippers utilising the clipper over comb technique, though it can also be cut shears over comb or freehand with a clipper. The exact length is dependent on skull shape and the style of flat top.



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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Ray-Ban Icons Sunglasses: The Caravan


"...They brought light, minimalist design that easily turned any outfit into a designer brand."
- The Caravan, Ray-Ban Icons

Ray-Ban Caravan Sunglasses arrived on the scene in 1957, twenty years after Ray-Ban designed and patented the world's first Aviator Sunglasses. A new take on the Aviator, the Caravan featured a square lens to replace the iconic large teardrop shaped lens of the classic Aviator, a brow bar and a streamlined, geometric design. 

The Aviator had originally been designed with pilots in mind (giving rise to the name) who required a pair of large lens sunglasses to block out glare from the sun while flying. The style to launch Ray-Ban, (the name itself literally derived from the "banning of the sun's rays") the Aviator with it's oversized, protective lens and lightweight metal frame had gained popularity in mainstream fashion following the second world war. US army General Douglas McArthur had been photographed wearing Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses as he strode ashore in the Philippines in 1944 and the military inspired look had taken off. 

Robert DeNiro wearing Ray-Ban Caravan Sunglasses in
Taxi Driver, 1976
By the end of the fifties, Ray-Ban were ready to develop a new Aviator design. There was a demand for a smaller version of the classic Aviator, and the fashion was moving towards geometric influences. Also, as the Wayfarer had proven popular in the 1950s, Ray-Ban was also looking for a way to rejuvenate the Aviator design, and so the Caravan was born. 

Available in all the classic Ray-Ban colour ways - the G-15 or B-15 lens with the gold, silver or gunmetal frame, the Caravan's sharp, minimalist design also offered the gradient and mirror lens. The smaller lens still offered a good amount of protection for the wearer from glare and a certain amount of anonymity desired by politicians and celebrities. 

Barry Gibb in Caravan Sunglasses
During the Aviator revival of the 1970s, the Caravan style also gained ground as an alternative Aviator option. It was prominently featured in Martin Scorsese's 1976 film, Taxi Driver, being worn by Robert DeNiro as he played Travis Bickle.  

The Aviator style was adopted as the sunglasses of choice for the disco scene in the seventies as well, so too the Caravan provided an alternative look. Here is Barry Gibb wearing a pair of Caravan sunglasses in the seventies. 

Skier Jean-Claude Killy looking cool in Caravans in the 70s








Following the demise of disco in the 1980s, the Aviator's popularity waned, and this had a knock on effect for it's younger Caravan brother. To combat this, Ray-Ban secured a very lucrative deal in 1982 for product placement in movies and TV shows for the following five years. With Tom Cruise and other movie stars wearing Aviator style sunglasses in many high profile films, the Aviator was soon back in fashion. 

Jon Hamm as Don Draper in Mad Men.


In recent years, the Ray-Ban Caravan has proven a popular style among mods who are attracted by the Caravan's streamlined, classic and clean shape and style. The Caravan was also chosen as the style for Jon Hamm to wear as Don Draper in Mad Men, invoking a late fifties and early sixties classic American Retro look.