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Alexa divulges some great facts about her sixties obsession, definitely pick up October's Harper's

 

After flicking through Harper’s Bazaar, the October issue, featuring the feline beauty Alexa Chung on the front cover (she pulled me in at the news stand), I was inspired to update my black suede tassel loafers for autumn winter. Chung is styled in full sixties gear for the magazines British issue and she talks to various famed models of the decade (my idol- Pattie Boyd, model Penelope Tree and Marianne Faithfull).

In all of the shots her footwear is undeniable cool, shiny loafers with big silver and gold buckles. Now I have red, and white versions of these shoes (See: Am I stuck in my shoe ways?), but a pair in black has always proved elusive.

The Chung wears Daks shoes, £175 and Rupert Sanderson kitten heels, £475. I just don’t have that kind of income at the moment and so I took to the internet and I’d like to share the results with you!

 

My crusade started on Ebay, key words, ’60’s vintage black mod loafers’ – de nada, nothing.

I then took to Etsy.com and was pleasantly surprised, there is a lot of stock on that website! Using similar key words in the vintage section I managed to track down my very own pair of perfect soles to transport me to my favourite fashion era. And – wait for it – I only paid approximately £30 with postage from the USA, result? I think so..

 

My vintage loafers from Willamina Vintage on Etsy.com

 

Get hunting….Now I just need to track down the equivalent chic, sharp day dress, or billowing cape.

 

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I love a good autobiography, and recently my obsession with all things past has lead me to start compulsively buying the life stories of several Sixties twiglets. Case in point, not unlike the looters of JD sports, I’ve been carrying out my own midnight raids on Amazon.

I decide I simply cannot live without Jean Shrimpton: An Autobiography, or Confessions of a Groupie by Pamela Des Barres and with a quick flourish of the plastic it’s mine.

Pattie Boyd: my ultimate sixties legend

It is safe to say that I find other people’s lives fascinating. I’m one of those people who easily gets lost in a crowd of people, watching and wondering about their lives. Whether they mind London in the heat? Where they are off to? Do they like marmite? Important life stuff.

Biographies, not surprisingly, open doors into another person’s life and I love learning about their idiosyncrasies. After reading an extract of Pete Postlethwaite’s memoirs, A Spectacle of Dust, in a newspaper – I was truly moved.

The actor was penning his autobiography whilst battling cancer and on a sunny evening in my parent’s garden it captivated me. As he eloquently described the wind ruffling through his dressing gown during the many morning’s he sat outside watching the world, you cannot help but empathise and paint yourself in that moment as well.

You get the point. Currently it is the women growing up in the Sixties that have caught my attention. Pattie Boyd with her winsome looks, beautiful photography, intriguing love life and relative anonymity in today’s celebrity landscape, is my current crush.

Celia Hammond and Pattie Boyd, image from dovima_is_devine_II

Jerry Hall, supermodel extraordinaire and former wife of Mick Jagger is still very much in the public eye but the recalcitrant Boyd, also a model, is little seen or heard.

I visited the Vintage at Goodwood festival last year, where Pattie Boyd was curating a catwalk show that chronicled the story of her life. The clothes, music and pictures all had special relevance to her. At the finale the still slight blonde graced the stage for a farewell speech, but stood behind the models and couldn’t have been on the stage for more than a minute or two.

‘Wonderful Today: George Harrison, Eric Clapton and Me’ is an enthralling story which details an exotic life. Boyd grew up in Kenya in relative calm, but was then uprooted to the UK and a boarding school. She fell swiftly into modeling after her studies and then from one high-profile relationship with a Beatle to another with Eric Clapton. The woman lived for other people and therefore never had the space to learn to stand on her own.

“I know now that I don’t fall over if there is no-one there to lean on. If the perfect man came along I would snap him up tomorrow but I can live alone, and in many ways I’m happier with my life today than I have ever been.”

Although it is fascinating to hear her divulge secrets and detail the mannerisms of the famous men she married, mainly she chronicles her own journey.

“I regret allowing myself to be seduced by Eric and wish I had been stronger. I believed that marriage is forever, and when things were going wrong between George and me I should have gritted my teeth and resolved that we could come out smiling in the end.”

One of my favourite quotations has to be Pattie’s view on modeling. We never think of the model profession in the following way, Boyd astutely says, “Do you have any idea what having your face on the front cover of Vogue does for the ego? It seriously undermines it. I knew – as all models know – that I didn’t really look like the image on the magazine cover because, like all good models, I knew how to manipulate my body to its best advantage. It’s an illusion – the public never see the real person.”

I’m glad I took the time to get a glimpse at the real person, I’d recommend you try it too.

Must read autobiographies: Wonderful Today: George Harrison, Eric Clapton and Me by Pattie Boyd (Headline Publishing Group, 2007).

Jean Shrimpton: An Autobiography by Jean Shrimpton (Ebury Press, 1990).

I’m with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie by Pamela Des Barres (Helter Skelter Publishing, 2005).

Groupie by Jenny Fabian and Johnny Byrne (Omnibus Press, 2005).

Second image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/53035820@N02/5165087047/

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