In between catching some welcome sunshine this weekend Grazia Daily popped down to the vintage girl's paradise that was The Oxfam Curiosity Shop at Selfridges. The Ultra Lounge had been filled with not just chic, collectable beauties but many key on trend pieces for this season and all at purse friendly prices.
Celebrities such as Scarlett Johansson, Florence Welch, Kate Moss and Laura Bailey had donated their own clothes and accessories to the shop, making riffling through the rails much more exciting than the usual vintage trawl. We found ourselves looking at the tags of everything we touched to see who had worn them. One lucky shopper had snapped up Miss Johansson's Dolce and Gabbana dress to wear at a wedding; talk about upstaging the bride!
We took up the style challenge to style up a volunteer worker in our favourite pieces. We chose a Jaeger blue and black striped (very Prada-esq) pleated skirt, with a pink Paul Smith tee, a gold vintage jacket, some t-bar Charlotte Olympia heels, donated by Whistles CEO Jane Shepherdson and a yellow waist belt donated by Dido. The shop was so impressed they put our look straight on the mannequin. We also couldn't resist trying on some of the pieces ourselves. We found this gorge Mad Men style bright pink pencil skirt a bargain at £15 and this ah-may-zing Ashish sparkly top donated by singer, V.V. Brown.
Last year the shop raised a glorious £250,000 which went towards Oxfam's women's projects and this year, with the stock they had, we reckon they could top that. Shopping for a good cause, don't mind if we do!
- Marisa Georgas