03 May 2008

East End Treasures

Its Friday afternoon, what is a girl in a big city to do but engage in a little shopping to ease away the stress of deadlines and project hand ins? First stop, Brick Lane and Spitafields, the land of bargains and vintage! So I put on my tye-dye black and red Topshop bargain dress with black tights topped it off with my fast becoming favorite clothing piece this season, the black tuxedo blazer and headed to the East End brink.
First stop, Story Deli Pizza for some much craved for organic crispy pizza with goat cheese and pumpkin. After doing the daily rounds at Public Beware Co. , I found some amazing flowered summer dresses and an amazing white puffed sleeve short dress but nothing really took my breath away.

I stumbled into The Laden Showroom, a showroom that sells fashions from independent designers. A selection of these designs can now be bought exclusively at asos.com. A couple of designer caught my eye. Charles of London had fantastic rock collaged shirts that glistened and glittered, my favorite was a silver sequined top with a woman holding a microphone and wearing a rattled jeans jacket. It was covered in 3D looking collaged neon colors shaped like confetti and screamed perfection for upcoming boutique festival.

Love our stuff has some cleverly designed grey and red tops that looked like much simpler versions of Balenciaga’s S/S 08 collection. I snapped some funky and funny t-shirts from Chi * Chi and vowed to come back for more.

But the real bargain was a beautiful printed vintage dress I found hidden in the racks and racks of long dresses and short leather vests in Rokit for a mere 15 pounds. Pairing it up with my new bought gladiator sandals and not-so-Chanelo sunglasses for a picnic in Hyde Park on a sunny day is surely something to look forward to.

No vintage shopping spree would be complete without popping into Absolutely Vintage. Normally I would skip it as I usually visit the lane on a Sunday and its way to crowded for my liking but seeing as its cool Friday I decided to snap two pairs of shoes and a much needed arms length, humongous, leather black clutch that turns a deep brown in the sun. After clocking in 6 hours of hard core rummaging I am now definitely revitalized for a weekend of studying, except for the Bank Holiday of course.

You can now also have beautiful vintage pieces delivered to your door, as both Absolutely Vintage and Rokit have stores online.

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