Winter is coming! As the weather starts to get a little chillier Rita Sue Clothing has put together a few essentials for the aspiring pin-up and lovers of classic styled clothing.
Cardigans and Coats
There is no need to put away your colourful frocks just yet, if you pair them with cardigans and petticoats to keep warm. Rita Sue has a range of cute cardis and boleros from Banned and Dancing Days, and is always restocking popular and new styles. For those of you who are looking for something cosier, our faux fur jacket from Collectif will be just the thing. We will be stocking some winter coats soon too.
Tops and Pants
Check out our high-waisted capris and pedal-pushers by Sourpuss clothing and pair up with a slinky Hepburn top or a crossover jersey knit top. We also have jeans in some larger sizes and a few cigarette pants left in store.
Glamorous winter dresses are also available in luxurious velvet fabrics. The black organza and velvet swing dress from Restyle is a great winter staple. The green, flocked velvet, figure-hugging wiggle dress from Zoe Vine is one of my favourites for comfort and is just one of three beautiful winter dresses in her range that we have stocked. And finally, in- store only, Rita Sue has the gorgeous Gilda dress from Pin-Up Girl (PUG) in leopard print and Electric blue.
We also stock a range of other great dresses for winter such as the PUG Monica dress. Please note, however, that PUG styles are only available in store, so check our Facebook page for new styles coming into the store and message us regarding availability and sizes.
Glory Days recommend that you pop in to Rita Sue's beautiful store, based in the historic surrounds of St Kevin's Arcade on K Road in Auckland city. This beautiful arcade is going through a facelift and any one who loves vintage will be in awe of this fabulous heritage space. It also gives you the chance to play dress-ups in real life which is always a pleasure... nothing beats getting your hands on the fabric, especially those amazing velvet dresses!
Ryan Bingham is a talented Grammy and Academy Award winning, country/rock troubadour who has released a new album, Fear and Saturday Night, which explores his journey forward with his wife and new baby after losing both his parents to addiction and suicide.
Glory Days was very fortunate to have our super special guest reporter Tami Neilson, herself an award winning country music star, interview Ryan ahead of his New Zealand tour where he will be performing at Auckland's Tuning Fork on Wednesday 20th April. Read on to hear these superstars discuss the future of country music, performing at the Opery and preparing their hair!
I woke up to the upsetting news of Merle’s passing this morning and have been reflecting on the fact that most of the artists who set the standard of what a well-written country song should sound like are leaving us. We’ve still got Kris and Willie, thank God, but, do you believe that country music is being left in good hands?
Yeah, I feel like it's going to be just fine. I think the songs and stories of Merle, Cash, Waylon, Kristofferson, Willie, and many more are going to find their way into the hearts and souls of younger generations to come till the end of time. The industry will always try and manipulate the music into whatever the flavour of the week is, but the truth will shine through at the end of the day.
Who are the artists that give you hope for the legacy of country music?
At the moment I'm listening to Sturgill Simpson and Chris Stapleton, but there are plenty of amazing songwriters and performers out there flying under the radar that just need to be heard.
Playing the Opry has been a bucket-list dream most of my life, as it is for most country/Americana artists. Can you describe for me how it felt to walk onto that stage for the first time?
I remember it feeling like time had stopped. It was over in a flash and I felt as if a ghost had rattled my bones.
Can you still remember how it felt/sounded/smelled?
I can still see it. I have this image of the stage and microphone burned into my brain. I remember what the people looked like in the front row.
As a female artist, there is barely an interview that goes by when I am not asked how I juggle motherhood and a music career…do you get asked this question just as much as a father?
Oh yeah, you’re not alone. I get asked that in almost every interview as well
In all seriousness, I would love to hear how you do manage it, and if it gets any easier the more successful that you become? (Give me some hope, here!)
Well, I'm still in the early stages so I'll have to see how it goes, but so far it's been a blast. I'm not sure if success ever makes anything easier, but I do feel like happiness does. And my wife and daughter make me pretty damn happy :)
Ok, humor me on this one. Another question I get asked regularly is if I do my own hair or do I travel with a stylist…and is it all mine? (Seriously, more than any music-related questions…*whispers the serenity prayer under breath *) I have always wanted to ask a male artist this question, so: Tell me, Ryan, DO you do your own hair…and is it all yours?
Well of course I do my own hair. All I need is a bottle of camp suds soap and a cowboy hat, and I'm off to the rodeo.
We have a double pass to Ryan Bingham at the Tuning Fork in Auckland on Wednesday 20th April, with doors opening at 7pm. To win simply visit our Facebook page and tag a friend with fabulous hair that you would like to take along!
We would also like to say a big thank you to Tami for taking the time to interview Ryan for us! Don't forget you can win a stunning Estelle of Brighton hand embroidered clutch bag featuring Tami's beautiful County Issue Glory Days cover! To go in the draw simply subscribe to Glory Days today by clicking HERE!
A Very Vintage Day Out...
Miss Monique Sweet photographed by Jana Greissner
Today on the Telegram, Creative Director Rose Jackson reflects on five years at the Very Vintage Day Out, outlines Glory Days special celebrations and amazing giveaways that will be on offer for people who visit the Glory Days stand and gives three lucky people the chance to win a double pass to the event. (And don't worry, everyone who can't make it along to the VVDO will have an opportunity to win prizes as well!)
Gosh, how time flies! One minute you're starting out in your vintage beauty business with a friend, helping out at your first market stall at a new event. The event ends up being so busy you can hardly keep up with the customers and then, five years later, you've created a magazine, a multitude of events and met the most incredible community of people who all love looking at modern life through a beautiful vintage lens!
This was my first experience of the Very Vintage Day Out way back in 2012. One of my Glory Days co-owners Claire had started her own business selling Besame (a vintage cosmetics range) and offering vintage styling in Wellington and I was gearing up to do the same in Auckland. Claire invited me along to help at her stand and I happily agreed, imagining that I would play shop for the day while she made over a few ladies to demonstrate the products.
Our first stall way back in 2012. Please excuse the crazy hair, it was a crazy day!
Boy did we get that wrong! Right from the get go, it was all hands on deck... the posters wouldn't fix to the partition boards so we were trying to grab anything sticky to get them up on the wall, the customers went crazy for Besame and we couldn't keep up with demand, literally everyone wanted a makeover so without very much training at all I was thrown into the deep end and did my best to style on the fly. Talk about baptism by fire!
It certainly showed us that there was a huge demand for recreating looks from the past and so began an incredible journey into the world of vintage style. Following our foray into vintage beauty, we met Natasha when she came to one of our styling workshops as a journalist covering it for North & South and we decided on a whim to create a vintage magazine. You can read more about that in an article that Natasha and I featured in recently for the Sunday Star Times, it's a tale full of serendipity!
Natasha and I posing with mag for the Sunday Star Times
Over the next three years at the VVDO, Glory Days headed up the Pamper Parlour (going through cans and cans of hairspray), twice judged the Miss Pinup competition when Miss Victory Violet and Bettie Rage were crowned winners, featured Miss Pinup 2014, Miss Victory Violet, on one of our covers and got to meet so many of the wonderful people that make up our burgeoning community.
Team Judgement 2015 for Miss Pinup NZ with Miss Ruby Rabbit and the divine Tami Neilson
This year the judging and pampering will be left to others and thank goodness for that as we think we deserve a bit of a party after all that hard work! Perfect timing too, as we will be launching our Party Issue at the VVDO. It may be our party but we want to give you the presents and so we have partnered with some of our favourite people to offer you gifts you can't refuse!
Firstly, everyone (over 18 of course!) who buys a new subscription will receive a beautiful bottle of Ruby Rose from Young Estate. Ruby is the life of the party! Her fruity style – the sassiness of strawberries with the softness of cream – fills every room with vibrancy and exuberance. Ruby’s sweet nature is alluring, but she is not one to underestimate; this one has a feisty spirit!
Then all subscribers, whether new or existing, go into the draw to win a bespoke Estelle of Brighton clutch bag! We are so in love with Estelle's designs that she makes by hand from individually dyed linen fabrics, leather and beautiful cotton prints. Coupled with her impeccable embroidery and stitching, these bags are truly works of art and we could not be more proud to offer a Glory Days inspired clutch to one lucky subscriber. We will have the clutch on display on Saturday for everyone to admire!
Next in the prize cupboard is Soundtrack for Seduction selected by the inimitable Dita von Teese. Everyone who buys a copy of our new Party Issue is in with a chance to win! Be seduced by music that inspires Dita – the Queen of Burlesque with this very limited edition pink vinyl album created by 12 on 12. As the evening begins, tracks on Side A set the mood for the perfect strip tease. Flip to Side B and indulge in a steamier playlist selection for the fun that comes after the strip tease! If you can't make it along to the VVDO make sure you enter your details on our Glory Box competition page by Monday 11th April at 8pm.
Don't have a ticket to the VVDO yet? Today is your lucky day! The Very Vintage Day Out has kindly offered Glory Days readers not one, not two but THREE double passes to giveaway worth $44.00 each! To be in to win, simply tag a friend that you would like to take along to the VVDO before Thursday 7th April at 8pm on our Facebook page and we will choose three winners at random!
ABOUT THE VERY VINTAGE DAY OUT...
The Very Vintage Day Out is returning again this year for the fifth time on April 9th at Alexandra Park in Auckland. The VVDO continues to be a celebration of vintage culture including all-day entertainment, shopping, high tea and the hotly contested Miss Pinup NZ competition that attracts entrants and fans from all over New Zealand. This year the VVDO is also having a bake-off to celebrate their fifth birthday, an up-cycling fashion competition and a Tiki Party on April 10th at The Backyard in Northcote.
Image by Emma Joyce
Miss Jean Batten...
Miss Jean Batten is a new solo show, produced by Flaxworks theatre company, written by Phil Ormsby and performed by Alex Ellis about New Zealand’s legendary Aviatrix. Miss Jean Batten is a joyous celebration of an independent woman who pursued her ambition with unqualified success but most of all, it’s about capturing the spirit of Jean Batten, who made the first-ever solo flight from England to New Zealand, setting a record that stood for 44 years. Glory Days Creative Director, Rose Jackson, attended one of the first performances of the new solo show and interviewed Phil Ormsby about Miss Jean Batten and why it was important to keep her story alive.
Hi Phil, what is your background in theatre?
I loved it at school but never thought much about it again until I was well into my thirties. I got involved at my local repertory doing tech bits and pieces and gradually insinuating myself into productions. By the time I'd directed a few plays I knew what I really wanted was to write one and after I saw my first play staged I knew for sure that was all I wanted to do.
What path led you to the inimitable Jean Batten?
Alex and I tour our work whenever we can as much as we can and the last couple of years have seen us travelling overseas more often. We were waiting at Auckland's international terminal (actually the Jean Batten International Terminal) standing under Jean's plane which hangs from the roof and wondering if there was a play specifically about her. It's a solo play because she was very much a solo act and the fact that she traveled a lot all of her life was appealing to us. Its something we hope we can both continue to do.
Alex Ellis as Jean Batten
Why did you think it was important to tell her story now?
It's been 80 years since her historic flight and I think the passage of time makes it easy to overlook the enormity of what she did. She was one of our last great adventurers, I don't think anyone could compete with her except perhaps Hillary almost 20 years later and I think it's important and inspirational to refresh our memory of heroic individuals like Jean.
The circumstances in which she died were a real tragedy (Batten became reclusive and died from complications due to a dog bite, alone in a hotel room in Majorca in 1983), do you know much about how/ why she fell out of the public eye?
I don't know if she ever fell out as such. I think she had to perform for the press in order to do what she did. Flying is an expensive business and she had sponsors to keep happy and she had speaking tours to publicise. But once she succeeded in her ambition to fly solo to New Zealand and was financially comfortable I think she was more choosy about how much public exposure she would allow. Staying on the front page is a full time job so perhaps she felt she had done what she wanted to do and that was enough.
The quote from the Mayor that you used on the publicity was extremely shocking to modern eyes. The quote the Mayor made states "Jean, you are a very naughty girl and I think you deserve a good spanking for giving us all such a terribly anxious time here." Do you think that Jean's life and her story would have been told differently had she been a man?
Without a doubt. I was lucky to have access to a huge MOTAT collection of newspaper clippings from the period documenting her flights and without fail they all start and finish with what she is wearing. I doubt any reports on male pilots care so passionately about their fashion choices. We are constantly reminded that Jean is a woman (just in case we had failed to notice) or more often a girl, a young girl or an attractive young girl. The interesting thing about Jean is that she was smart enough to turn it to her advantage, her public image was always polite, always respectful, whereas privately she was clearly a tenacious and determined individual.
Our magazine likes to look at the past and our heritage to see what lessons we can pick out from history as a means of living a better life today - what can we learn from Batten's story?
She was a young woman of modest means from suburban Auckland who decided she was going to learn to fly and then single-handedly navigated a tiny plane across the world from England back to her home town. All this at a time when pilots regularly disappeared mid-flight. The general reaction to her ambition was that it was ludicrous but she stuck to her guns and learned not just flying but navigation, engineering and methodically set about achieving one of the monumental feats of the last century. The lesson is that limitations are something we can accept or defy, it's up to us.
We love strong subversive women as well, I bet you had a wealth of interesting content from Jean's life to choose from! What's the most interesting fact that you found out about Batten when you were researching for the play?
She had an undefeatable self-belief. Even in her most difficult moments, through plane crashes and mechanical failure and personal tragedy she was one of those people who got back up, dusted herself off and carried on.
What can audiences expect from your show? Will they laugh, cry or both?
Both I hope. The play is set during a high point in her career as a solo pilot. She's 26, she's in Sydney and as soon as the weather clears she will fly the last leg of her journey to Mangere. She is front page news all over the world so it's very exciting but she hasn't quite finished, so she can't relax or take her eye off the prize. We try to capture all that and mix it with her personal thoughts on what she's been through to get to this point in her life. Some of it's funny, some of it's poignant, (Alex is brilliant at constantly shifting the mood of the play) and hopefully audiences will come away inspired by Jean Batten.
REVIEW FOR MISS JEAN BATTEN...
I had the pleasure of seeing one of the opening performances of Miss Jean Batten and can attest to the fact that I did both!
Set in a very intimate space at the Basement Theatre, one certainly gets a sense of the world closing in on Batten as she mentally prepares herself for the final leg of her world breaking journey. Miss Jean Batten has the audience perched right beside the adventurer as she lists the challenges that stood in her way of flying from England to New Zealand, punctuated with knocks at the hotel door and endless telegrams from busy bodies instructing her to stop her mad pursuit of a flight record.
The small stage was set very simply in cream monochrome, with wood and metal flourishes but Jean Batten, played superbly by Alex Ellis, makes full use of the space, starting high on the timber A-frame in a sumptuous 30s style flared silk pants suit, courtesy of Elizabeth Whiting, that swishes and sways around beautifully throughout the play (my only objection being that invisible zips didn't exist in the 1930s!). Over the course of the evening Ellis gets herself into every nook and cranny of the set to differentiate between different scenes and moods so the space magically transforms from hotel room, to plane, to hangar, to dance floor.
This feeling of different spaces is assisted by some fantastic lighting from Ruby Reihana-Wilson and wonderfully evocative soundscape by Thomas Press. I particularly loved the archival sound recordings from when Batten landed in New Zealand and the scenes when Batten was recounting being lashed by storms on various legs of her journey - I gave me the sense of being right there in the plane with her.
Alex easily carries the play on her own with a bold and confident performance that had the audience laughing out loud, in tears and on their feet at the end. It can never be easy to carry a play by yourself, but Ellis certainly kept the story pacing along and engaging throughout the entire performance. I admire anyone who can remember that many words without anyone else's feedback or prompting, but she did more than just trot out the lines - I got a real sense of the exhilaration and exasperation that Batten must have gone through in facing up to inclement weather, towering sandstorms, mysoginist officials and more to follow her dream.
I knew very little about her life before seeing Miss Jean Batten, apart from reading a very small mention of her achievements in the Air New Zealand 75 years exhibition at the Auckland Museum, but it has inspired me to find out more about this brave, determined but hugely underrepresented adventurer from New Zealand's past. As a strong, subversive and brave female role model from history, I can't help but wonder if there would be more known about Batten if she has been born a man? Miss Jean Batten is certainly helping to redress that balance.
- Rose Jackson
Glory Days has a double pass to give away to Miss Jean Batten on Wednesday 6th April at 6.30pm. To enter, simply visit our facebook page and tag a strong, subversive friend that you would like to take along to the performance before Monday 4th April at 8pm!