At the Fashion East sample sale, there was a rather dubious lonesome rail of clothing that had no particular affiliation with any one designer but upon closer inspection, the randomness of the clothes and shoes was certainly engaging! Two season old YSL red velvet shoes, Miu Miu boots, random Topshop Unique pieces, a Giles Deacon shirt, a beautiful Sophia Kokosalaki pleated strapless dress, some trend-led vintage pieces including a velvet off-shoulder Christopher Kane dress were some of the things that I remember from this rail that seemed to change every 5 minutes. I’ve dubbed it the ‘fashion insider cast-off rail’ as I suspect this a clean-out courtesy of Fashion East ppl (Lulu Kennedy perhaps?).
I picked up some of the random Topshop Unique items but the real find was this Jean Colonna leather skirt that bears some resemblance to that Topshop PE swing skirt (sold out now…) that I’ve spotted on about 20 people in the last week (odd that PE has caught on so rapidly!). The ruching around the waist is more paper bag and the leather is luxuriously soft with a less skater skirt shape. Jean Colonna was once nicknamed the King of Gallic Grungewear and is someone who is quite underrated and I really must investigate as to his whereabouts as he is a bit of a forefather for people that I admire like Jean Pierre Braganza, Jens Laugesen etc. I will report back on what I have sniffed out…
(Excuse crap hair and dull light… taken in the wee hours of the morning…)
Back to ‘fashion insider cast-off rails’ (FICOR…..I too can come up with ridiculous acronyms!) though. I stumble upon eBay sellers who have quite clearly blagged too many fashion freebies or are stylists getting rid of their wares, and yes, it is quite exciting but these are once in a blue moon occurences. I therefore must propose that rails like these become a regular thing as I’m sure all over the world, there are plenty of fashion junkies/insiders/pros just heaving with a lot of gems to get rid of and allow us less fortunate fashion folk to rummage through. Hmmm… a venture that has certainly got my mind cogitating….