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The Style Dichotomy of the Early Lady Explorer

The Style Dichotomy of the Early Lady Explorer

by Fran Harris Early Lady Explorers had a unique, dichotomised style that mirrored their place in history: these were pioneers living at a time before their sex had secured the right to vote. They transported formal elegance into their canvas tents, camel trains and rickety boats inspiring a legion of fictional characters. But how do you spot an early Lady Explorer from her mien? Here are a few clues:
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Fashions in calling cards

Fashions in calling cards

By Dana Gornitzki A little piece of nostalgia from a vintage issue of Harper's Bazaar: Victorian Etiquette for Gentlemen. (Don't you just love it?)
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Original style: Alice Gabb, illustrator inspired by lost traditions

Original style: Alice Gabb, illustrator inspired by lost traditions

Interview by Katie Antoniou In our newest installment of Original Style interviews, Katie Antoniou speaks with London-based illustrator Alice Gabb. She tells MIEN Magazine about her love of lost traditions, favourite style icons, and how a good dose of old-fashioned social graces still very much suit our modern era.
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Competition: Hackett calling dapper gentlemen

Competition: Hackett calling dapper gentlemen

Purveyors of fine gentlemen's clothing Hackett are running a lovely sartorial competition for a dapper gentleman to win a handsome Correspondent Postman Bag.
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Foxy Tweed: Interview with Rosalie Eustace from Timothy Foxx

Foxy Tweed: Interview with Rosalie Eustace from Timothy Foxx

Interview by Katie Antoniou Tweed is quintessentially British, and never goes out of style - in the city or the countryside. Rosalie Eustace is the founder of Timothy Foxx, 'exceptionally eccentric' clothing for those who appreciate the quality of traditional tweed combined with a quirky, modern twist.
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Original style: Gabby Young, avant-garde musician & rising star

Original style: Gabby Young, avant-garde musician & rising star

by Dana Gornitzki If you haven't heard of Gabby Young, there is little doubt you will soon. Gabby is the lead singer of her own band Gabby Young and Other Animals; she describes her music as 'circus swing' and her style seems to fit the description perfectly too. With a voice as smooth as velvet and an unforgettable stage presence, it's no wonder the Guardian has named Gabby Young as an act to watch out for. This young virtuoso is not only a multi-talented musician, but a true gentlelady to boot with poise and panache - she has heads turning with her delicate frame, striking red tresses, and distinctive look.
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Vintage street style: observations from Vintage at Goodwood

Vintage street style: observations from Vintage at Goodwood

by Katie Antoniou Much is made of 'festival fashion' every summer, with new snaps of Kate Moss and company wearing thigh-skimming shorts and designer wellies gracing the pages of every glossy. Vintage at Goodwood has been launched to cater to an equally fashion-conscious crowd, but rather than starting new trends, they base their looks on those that have stood the test of time. MIEN Magazine headed to the festival in its inaugural year to capture some of the best 'street style' and the inspiration behind it.
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Bathing beauties: inspirational retro swimming costumes

Bathing beauties: inspirational retro swimming costumes

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A dapper journey: tweed-clad cyclists

A dapper journey: tweed-clad cyclists

A handsome group of 400 tweed-clad ladies and gents gathered in London this past weekend for a leisurely 14 mile journey across the city passing landmarks including Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, and Buckingham Palace. The spiffing cyclists donned fantastic tweed outfits to gather for Tweed Run 2010. More than just elegant
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TART: a very glamourous afternoon, indeed

TART: a very glamourous afternoon, indeed

by Dana Gornitzki Very few ladies in our modern age have time to be pampered, let alone enjoy a decadent beauty and grooming ritual like our counterparts of yesteryear. Yet a bijou event in London is proving that despite our hectic schedules, donning beautiful hair and makeup and taking care of oneself (while sipping a gin & tonic and eating cake) in the good company of others is most enjoyable and a very lovely treat.
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