RETRO FORWARD IOW

BY HARTNETT

Strains of true teen spirit are evident at specialist and somewhat exclusive stratas, such as the Isle of Wight’s scooter ride out each August Bank Holiday Weekend. 

From the customised American Fish Tail Parkas to the Vespas and Lambrettas at Smallbrook Stadium and alongside Ryde Superbowl, new interpretations on 60s and 70s styling feel playful and fresh and worth documenting.

By night, the dancefloor at venues such as Ryde Town Club on Star Street, feature a mod / skin’ vibe. Strict door policy: NO WARDROBE MALFUNCTIONS.

DJs Junior Boss and Jay Reggae on the decks, provide three nights of vinyl-only BOSS reggae sounds. The lads favour razor-sharp Adam of London tailoring with new-line Brutus shirts mixed in. 

Yeah, ‘n’ Ben Shermans and Fred Perry polos, worn under nutty-boy tanktops, with the girls going for e-Bay treasures, graphics that they won’t get run over in.

Now then, whilst I’m not averse to a discreet lick of a toffee apple, a slow suck on a stick of rock, some of these so-called revival, retro and plethora of vintage-themed days out around the UK make me want to puke at the offer of very sloppy seconds. Thank the Lord that The JJ’s event each year on the Isle of Wight ain’t that way inclined.

Kirby Harris, 22, is a regular at Up The Junction, Battersea, and the Ska-dominated events hitting IOW each August. 

The hair and make-up is Twiggy, with a contemporary edge, that makes it totally N-O-W. The fabrics range from silk and linen to fierce Polyester, satin-feel viscose. 

Vintage purchases, picked up at a snip, then conscientiously fitted to perfection, outcooling what the high street has to offer. 

Vintage, yeah. Retro, yeah. But alive, reinterpreted with innovative flair. Relevant, not some duff replay.

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