Artists across the musical spectrum of mega record company EMI have all chipped in prizes for a giant auction; from memorabilia to backstage passes, and all to help victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami. SO far so good, you might say . . . what does this have to do with us? Well, clearly Jane Birkin, once the sexiest chanteuse in town is still on their books and, being a generous soul, is donating her Birkin handbag – the first EVER of its kind, and equivalent to the holy grail of fashion, right up there with Liz Taylor’s jewels and Cinderella’s shoe.
The story goes, that Jane Birkin was on an aeroplane with, by coincidence, Dumas, the head designer at Hermes. Jane started complaining to him that she found it impossible to find a nice handbag spacious enough for all the bits and pieces a young mum needs so he created an oversized leather tote for her and then named the style after her. Well, the rest, dear fashion fans is history – and the bag that was created for the elegant but scruffy tomboy that was Miss Birkin became a status symbol for the richest and most glamorous women around the world. The reason that the bags are so sought after is (as well as the rather hefty four figure price) is that Hermes reject so many of the skins for leather, as not perfect enough, that demand always exceeds supply and thus Hermes creates its waiting list.
Jane Birkin has never really left the public eye despite not being the working pop star that she once was. Her daughters, of course, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Lou Doillon have picked up the style icon baton and run with it, as we often see, and it has been announced that actress Karen Gillan will play Jane in a film about fashion photographer, David Bailey’s life.
At the time of writing the bidding was only topping the thousand pound mark, although the announcement has only just been made. What else could you bid for if your pocket money doesn’t quite stretch to bid for the Birkin? Hmmm . . .Katy Perry’s trampoline in the shape of a cupcake, perhaps?
- Naomi Attwood