A gorgeous sunny October day was upon us and this unexpectedly bright, crisp and warm afternoon brought a treat of winter warmth to the good people of Leeds. It was almost as if this impromptu golden autumn day was to herald the success of the first ever Yelp Leeds Elite Event!
And crikey, yelpers in Leeds really know how to enjoy themselves. The good folks rolled up outside the delectable UpStaged Vintage (nominated for not one, but two of the Leeds Retail Awards 2010) for an evening of glitz, glamour and general debauchery inside one of Leeds' finest vintage shops.
The event was opened, in the most dazzling fashion, by teasing temptress and Leeds Burlesque performer, Lolita Laytex, who stunned the crowd with her Feelin' Good sexy mannequin-to-shenanigans performance.
Following from that stunning opening, everyone piled inside to have a good rummage through the beautiful vintage garments, sparkling wine in hand, and pecked through a few nibbles!
The second act for the night, beautiful and beguiling Meghan Elspeth Barber aka Ruby M, lulled everyone into a spellbound silence only to reinvigorate them back into a small jig as she sang a collection of lively vintage and magical home-grown songs.
As the next act was readying himself for the stage yelpers took part in the vintage-photo-frame-game, posing for portraits, and generally began to seek out the coolest accessories with which to look fabulous!
Shortly afterward, Rio (of Pseudonympho fame) rocked up to the mic to entertain all, engaging the crowd with his edgy comedic songs and crazy banter!
And finally, as if that wasn't enough ruddy fun, everyone was invited to re-convene outside the doors for one final send-off: the fabulous Gem De La Créme. With a dusting of feathers and a teasing of straps, everyone was sent packing (and not left wanting!) to Santiago for the unofficial after party. And that was the Leeds Yelp Elite Event, stripped down to the bare essentials!
A huge thanks goes out to the fabulous Lorna Jasper, of UpStaged Vintage, for diving in head first, all of her gorgeous and divine staff who came along and helped, the wonderful and talented acts who made the event so unique, Matthew and Joel for their wonderful photography and of course everyone who came and got involved. What an epic night!