Absolutely Nothing To Wear : The Designer Jumble Sale

There’s nothing I like more than fashionable bargains and I love them even more when they’re all in one place and on the same day. This Wednesday (21st September) sees the return of the fabulous Designer Jumble Sale which has become an annual charity event and a firm favourite on the London Fashion Week schedule.

With over 1000 items of serious designer labels, all donated by members of the very well dressed and well healed fashion fraternity, there are more bargains than I have room or breath to mention and prices range from just £5.

Abigail Chisman, former Editor-In-Chief of VOGUE.COM and the woman behind the Designer Jumble Sale spoke to ANTW and chose her favourite pieces from this years sale :

1. Jean-Pierre Braganza trained at Central St Martins, worked with Roland Mouret, and now his own line typically retails from £500. So bag a major bargain with this woolly, sculptural piece – to be worn as a mini dress or top – for just £69. Here, worn with Lulu Guinness faux pearl and chain necklace with pave diamante lips, was £85, now £35.

2. Lulu Guinness oversized raffia flamingo bag, £150

Lulu Guinness bag, £150


3. We miss Luella Bartley! This unused and still tagged PVC biscuit tin bag, with lips and skeleton bag charms, comes from her last collection before recession hit her suppliers and forced her to close her label. So it’s a rare treat – RRP £295 but also impossible to find, so £150 is a real steal!

Luella Bartley bag, £150


4. Motorbike jacket made from baby camel hair, as seen on the catwalk of Michael Kors’ last collection for Celine in 2004, size 10, £175

Celine jacket, £175


5. Tracey Boyd elegant black wool coat, with stunning raised floral embroidery, silk lined, black bead buttons, round-necked and raw-edges at hems, size 12-14, just £45; worn with Mawi’s brand new and boxed red ruby Montana necklace, with skulls, RRP approx £240, now £100

Tracey Boyd coat, £45 and Mawi necklace, £100


Mawi necklace, £100


7. Perfect colour for autumn/winter 2011, good 60s shape, too – Maxmara cashmere mix trapeze mini dress, £59, would fit 8-10

Maxmara dress, £59


8. For the girl who has always dreamed of owning Alaia and never thought she would afford it: Alaia gold snakeskin shoes, size 5.5, lightly worn, cost £500 originally; now £160

Alaia snakeskin shoes, £160


The DJS will be held on Wednesday 21st September at The Church of the Annunciation, Bryanston Street, London W1H 7AH

11am – 3pm and entry is FREE

All proceeds from the sale will go to charity. For more information click here.

And hands off the Maxmara red cashmere dress, that WILL be MINE!


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