Monday, 31 March 2014

In Spring 2013, Bettie Page hosted a 'Bring it Back' contest, encouraging Vintage clothing fans all over the world to submit their favorite vintage photos featuring their loved ones and their dresses. Bettie Page's Spring 2014 features the winning dresses and they're in stock now at Atom Retro.

The Marie Dress

A pretty red dress inspired by a 1950s original - with flared skirt, retro oversized collar and sleeves and cute vintage look button decoration down the front.

The Jeannie Dress 

Inspired by a photograph from 1960, this 50s vintage inspired dress in light blue is perfect for Summer! With full circle skirt and gorgeous collar detail this dress is a real show stopper.

The Shirlee Tegge Dress

Shirlee Tegge was the first Miss USA, crowned in 1949 - except they didn't actually have a crown back then! This pretty green floral dress was inspired by the original dress worn by Shirlee Tegge when she won.

The Loretta Dress 

1950/60s style wiggle dress inspired by a dress owned by the mother of the four daughters who submitted it. This is a classic, timeless dress featuring asymmetrical contrast and neckline looks like it could be part of a modern collection!

View all of Bettie Page here.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

photo credit: Paul Easton via photopin cc
"For The Who, Radio Caroline was an angelic force… without Caroline we would not have sold a single record."
- Pete Townshend

It was 50 years yesterday that Radio Caroline first began to broadcast, from a ship in international waters. Launching at midday on Easter Sunday - the 28th March 1964, Radio Caroline would revolutionise British radio.
The first track played was The Rolling Stones' Not Fade Away.

Set up by Ronan O'Rahilly, Radio Caroline managed to circumvent record companies' control of popular music broadcasting in the United Kingdom. O'Rahilly had failed to obtain airplay on Radio Luxembourg for his client, Georgie Fame's records. Radio Luxembourg's airtime was committed to sponsored programmes promoting the major record labels; EMI, Decca, Pye and Philips. The only other radio station available at the time was the BBC's light programme - considered dated and frumpy, and not particularly interested in broadcasting pop music. Radio Caroline changed that - instantly popular, it provided exposure and airtime for bands like The Who, The Move, Led Zeppelin, Cream and more.

Radio Caroline broadcast from 5 different ships from 1964 - 1990 and then via satellite from 1998 to 2013. Radio Caroline currently broadcasts 24 hours a day via the Internet, playing music from the 1960s right up to today.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Friday, 21 March 2014

Baracuta Trench Coat
The Baracuta Spring 2014 collection is now online at Atom Retro. Featuring new fresh spring colours in G9 and G4, this seasons collection also comprises a new trench coat in three colours, plus limited edition G9 jackets in suede and oiled leather.

The classic G9 is available in limited edition colours corn yellow and Mc Queens Stone, plus the G4 is available in spring colours, light blue and corn. Additionally, for the budget conscious mod, the G9 Original Garment Dyed jacket is back in new colours faded black, dark red and electric blue - all essential colours!

The new Baracuta trench coat is already proving to be a must-have item. Harking back to Baracuta's roots as a raincoat and outerwear manufacturer, the water resistant coated cotton trench is modeled on the famous G9 design - featuring harrington style button flap pockets, concealed button fasten, button tabs to cuffs, raglan sleeves and the iconic 'umbrella' style vented back. Available in 3 colours - Dark Navy, Tan and Navy, the coat is very light in construction, making it perfect for summer wear. Take your Baracuta trench coat with you and don't get caught out in the inevitable summer rain!

Another exciting highlight is the re-launch of the Baracuta G9 for women this season. Already online in classic red, Atom Retro is one of the few websites to stock the women's Baracuta harrington. All the essential Baracuta G9 features are here - for the mod girl who must have the authentic, original harrington!

More information on Baracuta's new 2014 range, plus all our info on picking your perfect harrington jacket can be found on our dedicated Baracuta info page (or don't be shy! Send us and email or pop in to our online chat if you have any questions!)

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

The trailer for the upcoming James Brown biopic movie, Get On Up, has just been released...

The film, due to be released on the 1st of August depicts James Brown's rise from extreme poverty to international fame and stardom as 'The Godfather of Soul'.

James Brown is played by Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis (who previously played Aibileen Clark in The Help) plays James Brown's mother, Susie Brown. The film is directed by Tate Taylor who also directed The Help. The film concentrates on Brown's difficult childhood, his time in prison and rise to fame and also his relationship with his estranged mother, who abandoned him when he was 6 years old.

What you have heard is only the beginning...

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Some good light reading comes in the form go GQ’s new Collectors Edition magazines: Bailey’s Heroes.

The March 2014 issue sees Bailey reflect on time spent with John Lennon. He discusses the sense of tension between John and Paul during a legendary Bailey photo shoot, his lukewarm feelings to early Beatles music and seeing John at London’s fashionable Ad Lib Club.

"I didn't like the Beatles - I liked John. The Beatles were a boy band. I thought they were square as houses…"

Also featured in the issue, Yoko Ono tells a very unique apple story and it’s nothing to do with their famed Apple Corps…

"One of my strongest memories of John was the first time he made me laugh. He just grabbed an apple that was in my exhibition [in 1966, at London's Indica Gallery, Ono showed her avant-garde work which contained an apple on sale for £200] took a bite out of it and just looked at me. I was very, very upset because it was my work. I thought, How dare he, what a rude person! And I just looked at him and he could see that I didn't like it and he registered this and did a shy little smile and put it back on the pedestal”

You can just about picture the scene!

So, if you fancy a good read, check out Bailey’s Heroes in the March 2014 edition of GQ magazine.

Friday, 7 March 2014

Vesper Dresses are due to arrive at Atom Retro next week!

British brand, Vesper consists of a collection of - absolutely beautiful - figure sculpturing dresses. Cut from luxe, super stretchy fabrics, each dress is designed to flatter and enhance the female form.

Quite a new brand, Vesper is already a fave of celebs including Myleene Klass and Kimberley Walsh. What's even better is this first collection of dresses to arrive at Atom Retro will all retail for less than £60!

Check below for a sneak preview...

Sunday, 2 March 2014

A quick look at some of the styles coming from Friday On My Mind this season.

Firstly, you'll all be glad to know the very mod Bibi Dress will be back - and in 3 colour ways! The Bibi Dress sold out almost right away. Well, good news, girls! Bibi is back - in Black/White with green collar or with coral collar (pictured) in short sleeve, and new long sleeve option in black/white with jade green collar. Each one looks divine, so make sure you grab your fave!

Away from the Bibi Dress, Spring/Summer sees some more Friday On My Mind faves return - the Paige polka dot Shirt is back in a new Navy/White colour combo, the Lucy Dress has an update as the new Mary Dress, also in Navy/White and popular tees such as the Anchor T-Shirt and some new Sailor Tees are back too.

New styles include the Minnie Sweetheart Dress in black/white polka dot, new 'Bonnie' cute print in a shirt and day dress options, cute crochet knit jumpers in mint and blush pink, and a must-have stripey jacket - 'Trinity'. Check below for pics of some of the new range.