“Hey, we’re going to a LFW party, do you want to come?” erm…hell yes. One of the many benefits of my job is that I work with some great people who have interesting and peculiar friends. On this occasion the interesting friends were Fanny and Jess, a newly graduated fashion pairing who work under the label…Fanny and Jess!
Just so you can picture the scene: my day / work aesthetic is cute 50’s style dresses, lots of colour and a basic refusal that I live in a cold country. This strongly contrasted with a room of moody fashionistas in varying shades of black. I was a touch uncomfortable. However, I soon got reacquainted with my good friend wine and everything became a lot more relaxed. I schmoozed and mingled like a pro, talking with an italian shoe designer, a east end photographer and a freelance stylist who’d just come from some important show (dahling!).
After finding my work mate again we went to check out her friends’ collection. Although not my daytime look some pieces did fit with my darker evening style (voluptuous vamp with playful touches). I’m all about well cut fabric and there were some pretty awesome skin tight dark flower print over greyish black leggings with leather patches that would’ve looked amazing with a black crop top and killer heels. There was also an LBD with loads of fringing which would have had gorgeous movement on the body.
All in all I’d say Fanny and Jess are two fresh young designers that could go far.
Ok, so I have this super awesome wicked new job but the hours are nuts so, though I’ve been keeping culture clubbing going, it’s been a bit quiet on the blog front. A quick review of February’s activities is coming slowly but surely. As always, if you want to join the adventures and meet some new people then please get in touch.
To kick us off here’s my review of the Angels sale:
5 am – alarm goes. 5.30 am – on train. 7 am – in queue. 8 am – fairly sure I’ve lost at least 3 toes. 8.30 am – people start being let in. 8.45 am – I get in. 9.30 – I’ve left empty handed, but thankfully have not lost toes.
All I can really say is that if you’re a die hard vintage lover then go for it. If you’re a vintage-mixed-with-modern girl like myself don’t bother going to the next one. All I saw was shabby rejects, despite being one of the first few hundred in. Those surrounding me were grabbing handfuls of stuff that they obviously believed were treasures.
Has it turned me off jumble or sample sales? No, but I would be dubious about another vintage one. I will be keeping eyes peeled for Jumbleist Massive where you only pay what you think the item is worth. Apparently last time they had a whole load of last season Urban Outfitters stuff which I always think is a bit overpriced but very pretty.
Verdict: disappointing but there was a pretty funny chick fight so it wasn’t a total loss.
Very exciting news: Costumier to many a Hollywood blockbuster, Angels, is holding a retro fashion fair this Saturday. Clothes from the 50’s-90’s are available at barginalicious prices. Buy a bag for £20 or £50 and fill it full of goodies, pay on exit. £5 entry. Elbows at the ready as I’ve heard draws a big crowd of fash-packers and stylists (e.g. the notorious Suzie Bubble). It’s not just for the ladies but has a massive menswear selection as well – there’s also a whole room dedicated to military jackets. On one of the vids I saw a fur box bag thing I HAVE to have as some gorgeous bags and accessories. If you love vintage then come on down. Doors at 8.30 but I think I will be queueing earlier to get the best bargins.
Find out more here: http://www.angels.uk.com/retrosalejan10.html
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