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The Untouchables – a group of South London mods – are one of the major organisers of mod-oriented events

Posted on 11 August 2010

The Untouchables – a group of South London mods – are one of the major organisers of mod-oriented events. Martin ‘Sticky’ Round of Scootering International magazine shares his enthusiasm.
There’s something very special about the Isle of Wight ferry in the hearts of most British scooterists. Until your nostrils have sampled the peculiar blend of sea air and choking blue smoke pouring from revving two stroke engines, you haven’t lived. Or perhaps you may live longer – and healthier – than the thousands of scooter riders who make the journey every August to their island Mecca for a festival of dancing, imbibing and camping, all focused around a love for two humble Italian shopping machines.Today’s scooter scene still has at it’s heart the Vespa and Lambretta, which swept into Britain in the Fifties and since then a sub-culture has grown up.The groupsThe mod scene – yes they’re still here – is in a state of flux, but broadly split into two camps: the Untouchables and the Classic Club International (CCI). Kookai, Morgan and Whistles are also worth checking out.The ultimate motif-type embroidered top is the one from Clements Ribeiro. Shown here in silver and black, it is available in dozens of colour combinations, eg khaki and black, and orange and black.. Scooter sales are rocketing.

But they are not just a cheap means of getting around

town, they are a fashion accessory, a way of life. In fashion we know something has “hit” when everyone – and I mean everyone – does a version of it.
Miss Selfridge have fantastic printed versions in hot and pale pink T- shirts for only pounds 20, available now. Worn underneath a smart jacket, the T-shirt will instantly update a winter look to a spring one. Born Free, the innovative T-shirt design company, has a rather fetching shirt in three colour combinations: black or white with pink embroidery, and red with black embroidery; all highly directional colour combinations for the coming months.

Oasis have embroidery on skirts, dresses and T-shirts, as well as on this crepe cardigan. One of the biggest trends to emerge in the last four seasons is abstract embroidery on T-shirts, dresses and cardigans. Ghost, Clements Ribeiro and Matthew Williamson came up with covetable versions for spring and summer, and now, as with all trends which have been bubbling under the mainstream, it has decided to hit in a big way. “The arts are a way of ordering that extraordinary chaos, of making something of it, of giving it meaning.”`The House Gun’ is published today by Bloomsbury, pounds 15.99. So far fashion shopping in 1998 has been a non event.

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