Talking to Steven at Rellik got me thinking what will be the next generation of collectable fashion? He said the days of the hardcore Japanese Westwood collector are over. They have all grown up and it’s all about collecting chi-chi Vuitton, Fendi and Gucci now.
A nice jaunt to Portobello yesterday. Westbourne Grove swarming with Fulham type yuppies -there is even a Smythson at the posh end. Golborne Road by contrast was full of character and still a bit rough around the edges, like Portobello used to be in the eighties. First stop was Rellik to look at a Westwood top D had seen for me. Got talking to Steven who was most charming and insisted we visit on a Saturday morning at 10am when they pull out all the rare stuff. Oh yes! Yes! Yes! On to the furniture shops. I love Ollie (69 Golborne Road, W10) where there are just heaps of old broken mirrors, desks and chopper bikes all piled higgledy piggledy against each other – a complete treasure trove and not shockingly expensive either. I fell in love with this FiFi sign in another shop but I fear the neon sign has had its moment. Maybe I’ll reconsider.
I received these Jelly shoes from Aldo as a free gift. I’ve never worn jelly shoes before but you know what? I think I’m feeling these. River Island showed their high summer shoe collection this week and that too was big on jellies – gorgeous see-through candy colours – they will almost certainly be the shoe of the summer. In fact, I just remembered, I also saw some in the new Marc Jacobs shop last week. Can’t remember the specfics but yes, they were a goer!
Today is the launch of www.stylefinder.com. I don’t know, I’m getting a bit exausted by all this fashion and shopping mania (hmm, maybe I’m in the wrong job), it’s just relentless. I had a quick browse but will need to investigate further.