May 19, 2009

The Glamour Grab

So tonight after stumbling out of my feature writing class I was pleasently suprised by the pink glow and schmoozy cocktail-bar music music coming from the Glass House fashion building at university.

I saw girls, lots of them. Then as the gyrating crowd parted like the Red Sea infront of Mozes, I saw the racks of clothes. Curosity won me over so I simultaneously did up my blazer and stubbed out my half smoked cigarette as I crossed the quadrant to obtain shelter amongst the glamouratti of QUT's fashion hub. I mean, who wouldn't want to escape the cold and rub shoulders with the university it girls and racks and racks of vintage clothing?

My suspicions were confirmed when I saw the sign "The Glamour Grab". This was one of those fashion swap events where you bring in old items from your wardrobe and exchange them for the same amount of items surrendered by others. It's free, and makes a lot of sense given the whole one-man's-trash-is-another-man's-treasure thing.

The journalist in me instantly whipped out my blackberry and started making notes on my surroundings:
  • Glamouratti blindly clawing at racks.
  • Makeshift change rooms - there is no dignity here. The clothes are off and the claws are out.
  • Crazed fashionistas clinging to newly found garments like a hungry lioness protects her freshly killed prey.
  • The vultures linger around the racks, suspiciously sipping their champagne then pouncing on that faux fur the brunette tossed aside.
  • Assistants getting mauled as they bring in new racks of clothing for the crazed mob to assail.
  • Come to these things more often!
I quickly found my secret mentor (she doesn't quite know it, yet) and started quizzing her on the event. She's probably one of the coolest women alive, her wealth of knowledge, her style and her generosity set her apart from others in the Brisbane fashion elite. As we were chatting about the organisers of the event, she spotted a woman holding a black and gold taffeta dress up to her body "NO!" snapped Kay, "Too tacky!" And with that, the bobbed woman humbly obliged, disposing of the offending item and disappearing into the feverish crowd.

It's this kind of influence that delivers me in constant awe of this woman. Nonchantly, Kay returned to me and we continued our conversation. After champagne flutes, some more general chit chat about my blog and the magazine we worked on together last year, we spotted an amazing vintage shift dress hanging on the rack. We quickly snatched it up and cooed over it like it was the rarest thing we'd ever seen. "Holy shit", breathed Kay as she demanded I try it on.

It was perfect and Kay insisted I get it, but the only issue was that I didn't bring anything to exchange. "Screw the exchange, you're getting that dress." And so with a few nods from Kay, the dress was mine and next thing I know I'm being snapped by the event photographers, wearing the newest edition to my wardrobe.


the hungry crowd at The Glamour Grab
my new dress


Sorry, this is a long post, I know. But I'm feeling fresh and creative. Oh, and excuse the crappy photos - my blackberry isn't exactly the best tool for portraying the dress. But if Patty Huntington can do it, then I can too!

21 comments:

tobaccoandleather said...

haha, i never noticed. how weird is that?! i guess shes doing something to the other models foot because shes holding onto her leg... god knows! weird, looks like some kind of kitchen utensil to me.

the new dress looks lovely :)

-X-

MIANN said...

Yeah I thought it was one of those things people bash meat with to make it tender or whatever. Thanks, it's a little big I'm going to get it taken in. x

Marina Coll said...

nice dress:)

xoxo

Girl next blog said...

You have such a great blog!

xx

Birgit said...

I definitely will!

xx

Birgit said...

I definitely will!

xx

Goldie Locks said...

Its OPI "Bastille my Heart" - I love it!
xo

zoƫ said...

i love that line 'the journalist in me whipped out my blackberry', you're too cool :)

x

F Blog said...

I've always wanted to do one of those clothing swap things!! Such a good idea!

pistolwhipped said...

haha sounded like my kind of fun!

the maisies said...

how much i want to go to a swap meet!
your dress looks pretty special.

knalleffekt said...

the dress is cute. what a big crowd, puh... shopping can be busy.

Dallas Shaw said...

just going through your blog, it's great

dallas
http://dillydallas.blogspot.com

v said...

great post, love this blog

http://balmainbazaar.blogspot.com/

Blicious said...

cute blog!! :)

BEACH 11:29 said...

great post lovey!!
i love the set the scene word play AND the dress hope we get better pictures of it
lucky lucky girl
schmoozing with the "elite" and getting official top secret nods
hehe
love ya!
Kelsey

BEACH 11:29 said...

oh and btw your hair looks stellar!

Marian said...

what a gorgeous vintage dress honey.i love this post, so spontaneous and fun.
muah x
Marian

Merily said...

love the dress!

Chickygirl said...

The first time i visiting your blog! And I LIKE IT!!!

jessica said...

i love that dress ! and your boots .
goooorgeous .