THREE LITTLE NORTHERN BIRDS, TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET DA DO BOO DA DA DOO DA DOO, WE DON’T CARE WHAT THE PEOPLE MAY SAY WHAT THE PEOPLE MAY SAY ABOUT…. THE NOOOOOOORTHERNETTTESSSSSSSS lol got a bit over excited then
“The Sixties”. It was a defining era; a decade of flamboyance and social revolution. A decade of individual freedom, psychedelia, fashion, music. A world that was and still is so diverse and inviting, making it almost impossible to not be immersed in the most interesting culture of recent history…
So, as three little Northern birds that are completely fixated with anything to do with The Swinging Sixties, we were lucky enough to be gifted some dazzling little numbers from the fabulous vintage boutique that is ‘Collectif’.
The Sixties was an era that combined music and fashion so effortlessly, with subcultures emerging rapidly and dramatically. The sixties saw the rise of the Mods, the hippies, the rockers and many other varieties of people and music, all of which these three little Northern birds draw masses of inspiration from.
When not making music with the Northernettes, Katie can be found in her dreamy gypsy caravan, mending vintage and making clothes, not however, without the influence of her favourite artists of the decade, Pink Floyd, The Beach Boys and of course, the genius that is David Bowie.
Like Katie, Sophie too, hangs on to the words of the Californian, golden harmonies of The Beach Boys and the creative innovator Bowie. Both are also hooked to the groove and demeanour of New York City rock band, The Velvet Underground. The folk scene of the sixties also heavily influences Sophie, with legends such as Joni Mitchell and semi obscure artists like Karen Dalton paving the way for her lyrical and descriptive approach to song writing.
Much like her musical loves, Georgia exudes sixties sass, – her trademark beehive says thank you the girls that did it first, The Supremes, The Ronettes and The Velvettes. But let’s not forget the man that changed everything for her and turned her into the 60s lovin’, soul lovin’ Georgia peach that we know today – Ray Charles.
Katie was our ride for the day, and rolling down the road in her beloved little white Beetle (christened Daphne) with The Beach Boys blaring out of the speakers, the three little Northern birds piled out into Holmfirth’s finest – The Carding Shed, dressed up to the nines in their handpicked vintage outfits. Like a scene from Absolutely Fabulous, Sophie was squashed tightly in the back with all the essentials for the day – mainly MORE vintage clothes and of course Georgia’s prized possession – her photography light – ‘’It’s all about the angles, girls! Light and shade, light and shade!” She toppled out of the car, somehow managing to keep her Brigitte Bardot bouffant in perfect position.
The first bird out of the car was Katie, her dark flowing hair and sunflower jumpsuit reminiscent of a young Raquel Welch. The next was Georgia, her impressive beehive so high she had to slump down in the seat so it didn’t touch the roof. How very Priscilla Presley. Then Sophie, who scrambled up gracefully from the floor in her Twiggy-esque Peter Pan dress. A vintage filled day of fashion, photography and music was upon them…..