Sunday, 24 July 2016

The Dress I've Been Waiting For

What is it about celebrity and designer collaborations with high street stores that sends people into an absolute frenzy? Remember the crowds of people waiting outside the flagship store for Kate Moss at Topshop, and the chaotic rush at H&M after the release of their Balmain collection? I even felt inclined to buy some pieces from Beyonce's sportwear collection Ivy Park despite the fact that I am hilariously inactive. Perhaps it's because these collections make something accessible to us that we never thought we'd be able to wear or afford, converting priceless couture and celebrity style into everyday pieces. The limited edition nature of these collections also creates a sense of urgency, as we only have a short space of time to get our hands on it, and it sells out in a second. And really, who even WERE you in the Summer of 2007 if you weren't wearing the Kate Moss pansy dress? hulanicki topshop 7
Dress - Barbara Hulanicki for Topshop via charity shop
Shoes - Converse
Sunglasses - Unif via Depop

This particular dress was one of the central pieces of the Barbara Hulanicki for Topshop collection in 2009.  I missed my chance to get my hands on it, and the only sightings of it since have been on Ebay for double the original price. Imagine my joy when I found it in my local charity shop, a halo of light appearing around it, for just £9. I really couldn't believe my luck, it's probably the best thing I've ever discovered in a charity shop, it truly was a holy grail moment (and let's be honest, dresses really do take on a religious significance for me sometimes). On the phone the other day I tried to describe it to my friend as a mixture of dinosaur chic and moon crater realness, and I hope you can kinda, sorta understand what I mean. The dress itself is so incredibly flattering and fits like a glove (although safety shorts are most definitely needed). It all goes to show that good things come to those who wait, and even though I'm a bit late to the bandwagon on this one, I don't think this dress could have come at a better time for me.
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Photo credit once again goes to the wonderful Luke

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31 comments :

  1. I love this outfit the dress is so pretty,

    Fowzia|Crazy4ties


    xoxo

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  2. Awesome steal for only £9 and love the pattern on it, totally suits you too ;-)

    Cherie | sinonym

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  3. This dress is super cute. I love your hair.

    http://ohduckydarling.com

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  4. You look FANTASTIC in this dress! The colour and the quirky print suits you so much. I've never actually worn safety shorts but I definitely should, haha. I usually just accept my fate of occasionally flashing my knickers if I'm wearing something not designed for tall women. I've never bought from a designer / high street collaboration either but I would have died for something from the Meadham Kirchhoff * Topshop range. I swear you akways find the best things in charity shops! xx

    Jessthetics

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  5. This dress is amazing and an absolute steal for only £9!!

    Emma Inks

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  6. That dress is lovely! Its only happened to me once, I found a henry holland dress that I had been lusting after for £6 in a charity shop and I couldnt get it home quick enough!!

    Charlotte | www.shoestringchic.co.uk

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  7. Can't believe the price! It looks lovely. :)
    I love collabs, lately I'm a big fan from Melissa for that reason...I can get a Vivienne Westwood shoe design with a "real life" value. lol

    x Carla | http://www.glossyc.com/en

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  8. I can see why that dress was a central piece, it looks so fun and refreshing with it's cool pattern! What a great dress for Summer. <3

    xx   B A S H   |   go   say     H E Y   B A S H

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