The Ticking Trouser-Watch

The Ticking Trouser-Watch

It’s not the A bomb that has hit my house.  It’s me tearing through my wardrobe in a nervous state of frustration and panic.  This is of course me, overreacting.  I’m merely trying to pack for Paris next week where I’ll be attending some shows (what shows, I know not yet…all will be revealed when I arrive at the hotel to find either a nice stack of envelopes or absolute squat…).  Shows or no shows, packing for Paris is a nightmare as I currently have the most ridiuclous notion in my head that I have no clothes…  This is again complete lunacy.  What I probably mean when I wail ‘I have no clothes’ is ‘I have no clothes that are suitable.’ 

So some augmenting, changes, DIY fixes need to be made this weekend in a mad rush to cram a somewhat decent wardrobe for 6 days in Paris.  The augmenting part is not helped by the fact that I’m transfixed by these silver trousers from Topshop that look to be made of chainmail but have been described as ‘silver sequin black jeans’.  This images occasionally flashes up on the Topshop website and has been in the press for a while, but as yet, I haven’t spotted them in-store or online.  Daily Topshop checks are pretty sad and I find it a little shameful that I’m hankering for something that probably will be all over the streets.

Nonetheless, the ticking trouser-watch continues until about Monday when I’ll have to forget about silver trew time in Paris.  Pity as I so wanted my legs to sparkle like the Eiffel Tower when those Rugby World Cup lights are sparkling…. (I’m constantly reminded of that line in the penultimate episode of Sex and the City where Aleksander Petrovsky’s daughter Cloh√© declares those lights as ‘eeeedeous, just eeeedeous!’. 


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  1. Fashion Tidbits

    2007-09-28 at 4:34 PM

    it looks kind of like fish skin don’t you think? very cool fish skin though, if that’s possible ~ 🙂

  2. candid cool

    2007-09-28 at 4:55 PM


  3. cate

    2007-09-28 at 6:41 PM

    these trousers really look cool. don´t know if i´d wear them, though, because i´m not THAT into glitter

  4. Freebie City

    2007-09-28 at 6:54 PM

    and motocycle boots?

  5. WendyB

    2007-09-28 at 7:43 PM

    Ooh, love those pants.

  6. Celia

    2007-09-28 at 10:08 PM

    It looks like the pants are made from a stretchy sequined fabric. At least, I hope they stretch, judging from how incredibly fitted they look on the model’s skinny legs. I think they’d go great with the black rubber heels from your “pick me up” post.

  7. mary

    2007-09-28 at 11:12 PM

    those pants are awesome. and i think of that line all the time! ive been known to be walking around muttering to myself “eeeedjus, just eeedjus”

  8. Stevie

    2007-09-29 at 1:03 AM

    I’m still waiting for the red trench..
    but then again, I do live in Bristol!
    S xx

  9. Rick Marnon, Brighton

    2007-09-29 at 3:38 AM

    The outfit is nice. I’m a fan of the attention getting pants.
    Rick Marnon, Brighton

  10. jen b.

    2007-09-29 at 5:06 AM

    those trousers look incredible. i’d be on the same search if i was you, if only they had topshop in the states. oh and what seems to be a good copy of the mike&chris leather hoodie, i wouldn’t mind scowering all over for that either.
    can’t wait to read your Paris coverage. finally the shows i couldn’t possibly be disappointed by and what i’ve been waiting for all season.

  11. cachou

    2007-09-29 at 5:29 AM

    wow, this sounds cool! I hope you’ll have the good shows 🙂 Don’t worry about your clothes, I’m sure you’ll be as fabulous as last time 😉
    have fun!

  12. Home Girl

    2007-09-29 at 1:21 PM

    fab tip susie – those trousers have got my heart rate going – they are 2-die-4!!! i will be checking the topshop website hourly. am looking forward to seeing what kind of looks i will get wearing them down to the playground (i have 2 small children). they mite prove to be rather practical – perhaps the vegimite and fingerpaint etc will wipe off!

  13. Drusilla

    2007-09-29 at 1:43 PM

    DAMN YOU TOPSHOP. It’s the stylist who’s to blame for my coveting those trousers, the first impression I got looking at it was ‘ooh! Balenciaga AW 07!’

  14. Hecuba J.

    2007-09-29 at 2:34 PM

    it’s gorgz indeed. it looks like the tail of a mermaid. oh! i’m so jealous of you going to paris.. 🙂 have a nice time.
    p.s i ‘ve been reading you for a couple of months but today it’s my first comment! your posts are magazinesque. lovely 😀

  15. Faraday

    2007-09-29 at 4:10 PM

    I think I saw those trousers in a Topshop email, a few weeks back
    If these are the Jeans – I can never tell, with the website images, I think it’s because they are out of context – then you’ve missed them online, but you should be able to get in the Oxford street Store.
    Hope that helps 🙂

  16. Bouncing Evil Ginner

    2007-09-29 at 5:41 PM

    They are gorgeous… but how good would they look on someone who’s not got anorexic-looking legs? I’m sorry, but that is not right. Topshop should be ashamed of themselves, considering that they’re a popular brand in a country where the average size is 14, not 6.
    But pretty!

  17. Jay

    2007-09-29 at 9:43 PM

    Susie: an unrelated question, to which I’m hoping you might know the answer – why do so many fashion shoots have the models jumping in the air? It seems a recent-ish trend of the last year or so, too… And why do photographers keep doing it if, now, it’s so unoriginal?

  18. jessica

    2007-09-29 at 11:44 PM

    susie, just wanted to let you know that you’re the featured blog of the day on stylemob!!!
    and those pants are amazing.
    i would buy them in a heartbeat if a) i had the money and b) if i lived on that side of the pond.

  19. sophie

    2007-09-30 at 3:15 AM

    i love them, but enough to wear? not so much.

  20. seatangle

    2007-09-30 at 12:17 PM

    that model is too thin. i like the pants, though…
    …but i would not buy them because i am sicksicksick of too-thin models.

  21. juliet

    2007-09-30 at 12:23 PM

    I feel like that almost every morning. it’s not nice at all.
    but you dress well, actually fu**ing well.
    juliet xxx

  22. cate

    2007-09-30 at 2:28 PM

    yes, i think the photos you take of your outfits are amazing, very inspiring… love your style
    xxx cate

  23. Linda

    2007-09-30 at 4:16 PM

    wow, those jeans are amazing, I can understand why you’d want them for Paris.
    have fun while your there, but that really is an unnecessary thing to say, because it’s Paris!

  24. Anonymous

    2007-09-30 at 4:26 PM

    it’s just penultimate, not penultimate last

  25. Gloria

    2007-09-30 at 10:36 PM

    wow, paris! I’m sure you’ll get loads of envelopes 🙂

  26. Queen of Hearts

    2007-09-30 at 10:59 PM

    I do think the pants are pretty, but all I can think about how skinny the legs of the model are! It doesn’t even look pretty, it’s just way too much…

  27. susie_bubble

    2007-10-01 at 12:06 PM

    Fashion Tidbits: Yes fish skin… I like the sound of that!
    Freebie City: Indeed… def. with motorcycle boots!
    Mary: You and me both…
    Celia: I think the pants could have some stretch in them and they probably had to pin them to the model on the back to make them fit that snugly…
    Stevie: That red trench is in London stores already – has been for a while…
    Home Girl: Let’s pray they are stain-proof!
    Drusilla: Yes…they are a little Balenciaga-esque…
    Hecuba J: Thanks and Bienvenue! ; )
    Faraday: Nope, those aren’t the same ones….these ones haven’t hit stores yet…
    Bouncing Evil Ginner: The model is indeed VERY slight but I don’t doubt that a size 14 could pull the trousers off equally well!
    Jay: I’ve been seeing that pose for a few seasons now…. I thought it was an American Vogue/Caroline Trentini thing…. I’m not sure but it is looking rather tired…
    Jessica: Oh…thanks for the info!
    seatangle: I don’t think the trousers are pointedly aimed at skinny ppl…. and I actually think curvier ppl could wear them better…
    Juliet & Cate: Thank you indeed… I’ll still be pondering my wardrobe with a blank look on my face though!
    Anon: Corrected! Excuse my poor English…
    Gloria: Or none at all? Ah who knows…

  28. vairi

    2007-10-01 at 10:21 PM

    i work in topshop, and those graphics came in months ago to go with the “groupie” trend, which is now on its way out. this would lead me to assume that the trousers will never come in. this is extremely sad news, as i love them, and stare over at that picture from the cash desk with longing every day. it’s actually not at all uncommon that topshop use pieces in graphics that never come in store… but try telling customers that.

  29. KateForSkinnyJeans

    2007-12-24 at 5:23 PM

    I’ve been looking for these for so long can’t believe they aren’t real…its gutting.I’m going to have to search for a look-a-like pair, they had some black sequined trousers nearly the same but not silver…just tried to buy them and they’ve disappeared from the site. DAMN YOU TOPSHOP WHY MUST YOU TAUNT ME SO??

  30. sailorgirl

    2009-06-26 at 1:06 AM

    does anyone know the name of the model?

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