Thursday, 29 July 2010

Vintage Glamour at the CLA Game Fair

Last weekend, Blenheim Palace played host to the CLA Game Fair, an annual extravaganza described as a 'grown-up village fete', held not on a green, but in the lavish grounds of Blenheim Palace itself. David Domoney ( is a unique garden expert, he is the brains behind Catwalk in Bloom and he also hosts both shows. It's a wonderful event for residents and admirers of the English countryside alike, and everywhere you turn there's something new to see and do, from clay pigeon shooting to admiring chaps in tweed and fine facial hair.

You may be wondering what such countryside pursuits have to do with Vivien of Holloway, but, in the sea of air rifles and hog roasts, there was an oasis of pure vintage glamour and something we really do best - a fashion show!

We sent perfectly poised models clad in sarongs, bombshell wiggle dresses, and full skirted swing dresses down a catwalk lined with lush flowers. The Catwalk in Bloom show was organised by garden expert David Domoney. The juicy strawberries, fifties florals and pastel plain colours were all a perfect match for the event, and the models had an absolutely smashing time! The elegance of Blenheim Palace was also the perfect backdrop for an impromptu photo shoot, and even if the overcast skies made things a little grey, our frocks certainly brightened the 'old place' up!

As you can see, no country chap in his right mind can resist a thoroughbred filly in such a divine frock! Did any of our friends and followers visit the CLA Game Fair this year? We certainly hope to be back next year for some more countryside fun and frolics. See you there!


  1. Hi, absolutely gorgeous, lovely photos and article. You've brought back smart dressing, glamour and style. I must visit your shop!

  2. I wish I had known you were showing, I was working at the event and could have brought along some whisky to get the party started! Maybe to get you so drunk you wouldn't notice me sneaking away with all the clothes!