So now that the completely unrealistic NY resolutions have been dismissed for another 12 months, it’s time for some wardrobe scrutiny…
As I go through my ‘only worn once’ clothing, it’s plain to see just how often impulse buys and quick fix garments seem to come back and bite me on the bum. A fairly brutal yet therapeutic clear-out results in reams of rejected fabric. Thankfully, I’m reminded that lots of hip help is at hand to restore and reinvigorate these ailing garments. Here are just a few:
Upcycle Your Style
The internationally acclaimed designers behind Junky Styling turn second-hand clothes into seriously cool one-offs. You arrive for a consultation with your bag of ‘junk’, the team works its magic and in a matter of days you’re leaving their Brick Lane HQ with something beautifully bespoke, innovatively tailored and sustainably stylish.
Kate Moss became a fan years ago and they’ve recently dressed Livia Firth (yes, we’re mentioning her again but we like her a lot!) for the red carpet as part of the global promotion for The King’s Speech (Lawfully Chic had the pleasure of attending a preview of this brilliant British film and we HIGHLY recommend it.)
Guys ‘n’ gals: you are warmly welcomed to witness the wardrobe wizardry for yourselves.
In need of ‘Wardrobe Surgery’? Call the Junky team on: +44 (0) 207 247 1883
Make Do & Mend With A Friend
While half the fashion industry may be celebrating technological advances with virtual fitting rooms and 3-D glasses, the other half is backing the ‘Make do and Mend’ trend with a return to traditional craftsmanship and adding new life to old clothes.
Hollywood superstars such as Eva Mendes are promoting this kind of recycling, reassuring the world that we can be both fashionable and ethical: see Eva’s recent Vogue interview on style.com.
If you’re lacking time and a sewing machine, befriend your local dressmaker/tailor. I discovered my local dry cleaner was hiding a super-skilled seamstress to whom, following a series of alterations and customisations, I am forever indebted. (My all-time favourite jeans were recently and mercifully ‘saved’ from extinction. Who needs the trying-on-new-jeans stress in their life?!)
Rags To Riches
Fierce shopping guru Mary Portas has put charity shops on the fashion map and every year millions of pounds are generated from wardrobe rejects.
Giftaid your clothing donations and the likes of the British Heart Foundation will write to you to tell you how much your unwanted garments generated for the cause – heartwarming.
In a similar fashion recycling vein, the fun and fabulous ‘Buy My Wardrobe’ is back on Saturday 29th Jan 2011, when Adam Street private members club becomes a pop-up boutique for one day only. Some of fashion’s finest will be selling the contents of their wardrobes at hugely discounted prices, alongside style consultations and a vintage remake workshop being hosted by Home Made London. We’re looking forward to an afternoon of couture treats starting with the VIP Champagne preview at noon. Hope to see you there!