Report filed by our special correspondent Harry Perlich.
A Street Fashion Sydney delegation attended a Fashion "Revolution” at Vinnies in Paddington on Saturday. The revolution is set to be rolled out across NSW for the next two months, but it doesn’t involve armed struggle or cluster bombs. According to the media release at hand this is a revolution to make you “look good, feel good and save dollars.”
On midday Saturday, the Vinnies Paddo shop ran a runway show on its upper gallery for the benefit of teeming shoppers below. The models, including Miss Teen Australia winner Tahlia Giumelli; wearing seasonally styled assortments of recycled, re-loved fashion demonstrated how easy it is to match the season’s new looks, and at a fraction of the cost of new. (Put that in your pipe and smoke it Zara!) We didn’t jot down the details of every outfit, but names like Gucci and, obscure (to this reporter) much-coveted-shoe-labels were mentioned during the parade. All ensembles were not more than $130 and in some cases much much less. Shoppers were able to buy the clothes modelled after the parade. The money for sales is going to a good cause and of course the recycling of Gucci, Mambo and other fashion helps you build your carbon credits.
Vinnies has done something creative that’s a natural extension of their activity of selling second-hand clothes, to students-the-poor-and, the tight of wallet. They’re helping us to appreciate the cutting edge looks you can create for yourself by running these mini-runway shows. Karmyn Pembridge, Vinnie stylist, was also on hand to spruik the outfits and offer tips for different sized women to optimise their own look.
Specifically identified trends at the show included Camel, described as the “new nude”. And of course no objection to that. Plus Aviator, the Tailored look and "Precious Stones.
For News on further “Styled by Vinnies” events, www.visitvinnies.org.au.
Runs until July
Karmyn Pembridge: stylist
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