The haute sort of marketplace….

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Well, it wasn’t exactly Vivienne Westwood sample sale proportions (queues from 6am in the morning… I kid you not…) but it was still a pretty decent turnout at 10.30am today at Victoria for the Dover Street Market Market…. aka a Comme des Garcons AW04-SS07 archive sale.  Especially since the weather was so rubbish and because I thought a lot of people might have overdone it with the slew of sample sales that had gone before (the Chanel sample sale must have dented many pockets quite a bit…. fortunately/unfortunately I didn’t get an invite…).  As it turned out, the sale had a quite male-heavy turnout which is rare for a sample sale, and especially as the Hong Kong/Japanese dude CdG fans turned up in droves…

Markbags Like I said though, it wasn’t too bad of a wait and once in, it was all light airy space at the Phillip de Pury auction house with literally rails and rails of Comme des Garcons ready to have some serious rummaging through.  Everyone got given a Hong Kong-style ‘market’ bag to load up on their wares though the boyf and I were slightly bemused as neither of us thought we were going to accumulate a haul to fill them up.  Funnier still that I saw people struggling with TWO of them filled to the brim.  Clearly people were clued up as to how bargainous this sale was going to be and decided to have a big blow out.  Simple pricing, all the CdG pieces are 70% off and all non CdG pieces (Margiela, Boudicca, Nina Ricci, Pierre Hardy, Jens Laugesen, Raf Simons were some of the stuff i spotted…) are 80% off.  I use present tense because the sale is still on tomorrow so I would get ye down there if you’re a Londoner as new deliveries are promised…

I discovered my mental arithmetic was basically shit as I had to divide everything by 10 and then multiply it by three or two to get the actual sale price.  With all the mathematics going on and the fact that there were so many many many rails, I actually didn’t fare that well, leaving me rather glum and craving a Beard Papa’s cream puff.  It was the usual tale of ‘They didn’t have my size’ and ‘All the REALLY nice things are too pricy’… the mind boggled as I saw people taking things off the rails without even trying them on and shoving them in their market bag…. as bargainous as everything was in comparison to the original prices, it’s still about ¬£200-¬£300 for a real showpiece sort of jacket.  For me, it was probably a simple case of there being too much choice… still, a mental field day worth having and interesting to see the variety of CdG fans out there…

Taoshorts I came away with one calculated thing and one random thing.  The calculated thing being these Tao (part of the CdG group) knitted peach shorts which I had wanted ever since I saw them in DSM in the first place.  I’ve had a fixation on chunky knitted shorts forever.  I think it may have been a random Fruits streetstyle pic that triggered it and I had only ever seen Tao do them perfectly so.  From ¬£200 to ¬£60 ain’t bad and they’re just perfect for ice-cream colour matching with…

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The random buy were these navy sheer mesh trousers by Raf Simons that were truly bargainous at ¬£15 and yes, I realise they are menswear but to be honest, the whole sale was a bit sort of blurred with men trying on the womens stuff and women nabbing oversized shirts in the mens bit.  Plus they mark the beginning of my other trew fixation; sheer/mesh skinny trousers.  These are baggy but I love them rolled up…

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So it wasn’t a mega haul but even though I’m despondently scoffing my Beard Papa cream puff with my two paltry buys, I’d still recommend looking into the sale if you can…

36 Replies to “The haute sort of marketplace….”

  1. Both cool finds. I like how you abstract them, and strip them of their identities by putting them together with the other pieces.

  2. i was scanning the blog, then i saw these tiny pair of knitting somethings that looked like they were meant for infants! then after reading and seeing how you wore them they look quite genius 😀

  3. I would say that you made some good choices, it makes my head spin knowing that people were stuffing all those items into their bags! The shorts are really cute and the sheery trousers are certainly something that only a special few can pull off, and you look great!

  4. I was there and was hoping to bump into you….seems like you went alot earlier than I did….. I didnt even stay around for too long as I couldn’t handle the temptation to buy… so I made a swift exit…..being a poor student is hard!!!
    Im loving the shorts and the hat in the 1st photo, its soooo pretty. x

  5. how i wish i could have gone! ice cream colours- what a perfect description of the lovely pastels and muted tones around lately, loving them. also reeeeally like the sheer trousers, i think it was dottie on fashion nation that has a pair and they looked amazing under a dress, i’d look though their outfit posts as it wasn’t too long ago!

  6. oh, i adore the ice cream outfits and the sheer trousers are terribly cool – i think only you could pull those off! i love your blog btw, and i’m also commenting to show you this (sorry for such a long link): http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/GORGEOUS-vintage-50s-swim-swimming-hat-cap_W0QQitemZ290232521637QQihZ019QQcategoryZ38566QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem#ebayphotohosting
    its really adorable – and when i saw it i just thought of you – and i’d love to see how you wore it, if you liked the look of it that is.
    oh, and i’m not the seller trying to promote their store, i just knew i could never pull it off and want it to go to a good home! x

  7. Susie, those Raf trousers are amazing, I’m totally jealous!!! Grrr, damn my lack of funds/perma-drunken stupor this weekend for putting me off the DSM market… xx

  8. ahhh beard papa! the shop where i used to live in hamamatsu had an eternal queue for hot choux-cream!

  9. Normally I really loathe shorts and think them the most unflattering of garments. However, those knitted ones are seriously cute on you, espcially in the second look.
    Really good that you managed to find stuff at all I am usually overcome by the amount of rummaging necessary to find anything at these events!

  10. my god, those tao knitted shorts have been maybe my favorite fashion item of all time. if only i lived in london! lucky you, susie- i wish you lots of fun in them!

  11. i still can’t decide whether to go tomorrow. i think the stress of seeing people grabbing armfuls of stuff while i search for one perfect thing which i could actually afford would be a little too much.

  12. so cute! i’m glad you got the shorts. i think i’d better learn how to myself some,i reckon

  13. I might have to move to London. What is the yoga and art scene like there?
    London seems to be a place that fosters creativity for sure.
    I wish I had a skirt made out of those pants (which look cute on you).
    You do have great vision when it comes to putting things together, and seeing the potential of a garment, it is fun to see.

  14. knit hotpants are suprisingly cute! as for the sheer trousers… ah, i can see a lot of options with this…

  15. I lOVE those trousers – seriously, they were such a fab buy! I wish I had gone now but the weather really put me off!

  16. Those sheer mesh trousers remind me of Hareem Trousers aka Salwars etc……..kinda wierd, but i actually only blogged about them yesterday!

  17. You’re one lucky lady! I really loved those shorts when I saw them in Vogue too, for Commes 60 pounds a steal!

  18. Tao does amazing knitwear, ’tis true…and I covet your sheer trousers, they are gorgeous.
    A Comme archive sale sounds like the kind of thing that’d have me running around wondering just WHERE to start from- but sometimes the shopping fairy just doesn’t strike so I can understand how you came away without your bags stuffed full.

  19. Those knitted shorts are funking cool. I think I could just learn how to knit to make some! Not patient enough though… sigh.

  20. i’m in love with those peach knitted shorts! hmm how are you going to wear the sheer trousers. i’m guesssing you’re not going to be walking down the street in pink shorts underneath sheer pants…or are you?

  21. Love the pants. Check out Genevieve Jones in a sheer pair in the link below. Park Avenue Peerage is not my blog, but it’s a guilty pleasure of sorts 😉 Love your blog. Kudos!
    http://parkavepeerage.com/2008/05/15/dioristas-2/

  22. I know I’m a bit late on commenting this post, but I must say that the knitted shorts trend is ON in japan right now. It’s a huge spring style and tons of japanese gals are sporting all kinds of “sweater shorts”…some cute and girly with pom poms and ruffles, some just plain with interesting colors.
    I’m dying to get ahold of a pair of them too =X unfortunately it is not a fashion that has caught on here yet…(probably will in a few months…since I tend to see everything from my ViVi magazine come to US mainstream fashion stores about a season later).

  23. I know I’m a bit late on commenting this post, but I must say that the knitted shorts trend is ON in japan right now. It’s a huge spring style and tons of japanese gals are sporting all kinds of “sweater shorts”…some cute and girly with pom poms and ruffles, some just plain with interesting colors.
    I’m dying to get ahold of a pair of them too =X unfortunately it is not a fashion that has caught on here yet…(probably will in a few months…since I tend to see everything from my ViVi magazine come to US mainstream fashion stores about a season later).

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