Thursday, 15 December 2011

topshop in melbourne – launch party

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dress :: trashy diva
shoes :: topshop, online, about a year ago

Last Wednesday night I was chuffed to be invited to the Topshop launch party. Yes, I know, last Wednesday, I am not exactly on top of things time wise! It's just that time of year... and I have lots of nice posts to come, too!

Anyhoo. I have been waiting for Topshop to come to Australia for, oh... how long? I think so long that I had accepted that Topshop would always be, to me here in Melbourne, that website where at least I could buy some of their stuff, and hey, they shipped to Aus! And it wasn't exorbitant! I had learned not to be too down and out here down under.

So, when news broke that we were getting an actual store here I was pretty interested. I could now try on the shoes; I could see what the quality of the clothes was like before buying – because everything can look good in photos – and I would, presumably, have access to stuff that never made it to the online store. Hooray!

One thing I have realised over the past few weeks is that I really don't have enough party clothes. Seriously! I have actually been sensible collecting day dresses and so on, so I have plenty of nice things for everyday wear – but what about after hours? As problems go, I think this is a good one – and one that will be most fun to remedy.

It did, however, mean that by the launch, I wasn't entirely sure of what to wear. (Yeah, I know, big decisions, right?) I'm obviously not a mainstream fashion girl, but did I want to look like I belonged, even in some small way, at a mainstream fashion party? I genuinely like the sparkly shorts trend at the moment – so 1930's showgirl! – and really do want some shorts, but I don't want to feel I am wearing something simply to blend in. Anyway, the night before I had been at the vintage book launch, and loved wearing, and being surrounded by, vintage finery. It's what I am most comfortable in; that's why I wear it. So I decided to again enjoy my vintage style fully – well, ahem, apart from my hair, it dropped out, very sad – and wore my Trashy Diva dress. I was probably the only girl there in a 1950's full-skirted style dress with a late 1930's-early1940's inspired print.. and I loved it.

Here are some pics from the night. Of course I am absolutely kicking myself for not actually doing any shopping. I honestly have forgotten how to buy things in real shops – but that's another post for another time. John did better than me, and bought an amazing bird print shirt. I might just have to steal it one day. (I'm only joking, Johnny! Or am I?) I enjoyed some delicious apple cocktails and admired many pairs of shoes and several pairs of fantastic shorts. The heavily embellished ones in the picture were amazing, and I really, really, want a pair... and of course they are now sold out. Damn! There are some almost-as-amazing and definitely-more-wearable-more-often black velvet high waisted ones that I absolutely have to go and buy. It would have made far more sense for me to try and buy on the launch night, but they are worth braving the queues for next weekend!

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Frankly My Dear said...

first zara, now topshop. It's fantastic! gorgeous print of the dress, as always. and great shoes, perfect for the occasion. I can't wait to go up to Melbourne and have a look at topshop.

Rosalinda Tjioe said...

Adore your dress and hair! I need to visit Topshop like right now! :o They have so many amazing pieces! x

sacramento said...

Fabulous dress, experience and photos.

Bella VonBluebell said...

Topshop does have some nice stuff, but over here in the UK evryone is wearing it, so i tend not to get too much from there even if it is really nice as i know 10 other eople will be wearing it. Having said that there is one in almost every town. I do like the large London store though as it has a one-off boutique and vintage section. Maybe you will have that over there too :)

Schnuersenkelrolltreppentod said...

I love your heels! :)

The Bootlace

Mabel said...

Your dress is beautiful! How does one get invited to a launch party? I guess the first step would be to live somewhere cool. I loved TopShop when I visited one in England. TEN years ago (not in the U.S.) I bought a jacket and a pair of shoes.

Mabel Time

Q's Daydream said...

you have been going to the most exciting parties lately! i adore that dress!!! I've looked at it so many times wanting to buy it... maybe this spring :O)

Aliya said...

That dress is so adorable! Yaya for Topshop opening in Melbourne. We've had it for a couple of years back home, in Singapore... I think I read somewhere that it'll be coming to Perth sometime next year!!

x Aliya

Jo said...

I truly wish there was a Topshop here! I would purchase those cat flats in a heartbeat! <3

Lost in the Haze: Fashion Blog

Teresa said...

I'm not a big 'real shop' buying person either but I am definitely going to check out Topshop when I visit Melbourne later this month.

They had the cutest dog print blouse and dresses a little while ago, and while I'm sure they're long gone I have to see! :D

Lisa said...

Another beautiful dress!

I wish there was a TopShop where I live.

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

"I have forgotten how to buy things in real shops" - hehe and amen!!! You looked gorgeous:))

Lauren said...

Cute shoes - and that's very exciting about the TopShop too!

Scarlett Marshall said...

You look stunning, and the sunglasses are fabulous. I want to search them on our online optical store, what model are they? Prada? Thanks!

Pedestrienne said...

Ahaha - thrilled to see the Topshop kitty slippers make an appearance! I am pretty sure I have a pair sent over by my mama sitting in our 'Christmas tree' (which is actually a cardboard box)!

Phlox said...

Your shoes are incredible. Where are they from?

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