It happens rather often. The conversations about the things I wear. A pair of Pradas, a Nina Ricci bag, a Maxmara coat... People often comment on my collection of designer items acquired over the years probably calculating the cost as they speak... Those little dialogues never go without a wink, rolling eyes or a hint of sarcasm for nobody ever believes my remarks about my investment buys without a heavy price tag.
For a while I tried to explain that I am pretty wise with my shopping habits, but eventually gave up and decided to let those people live in the world of their own imagination. The truth is that I shop during sales, on ebay, The Outnet or Vestiaire Collective looking for the high quality classic pieces and then mix them up with a few beautiful annual additions found on the high street. After all, I am still growing my own business and have to be very careful with frivolities. Besides I am a snob and never forget an old Russian saying "I am not that wealthy to compromise on quality".
I browse. A lot. I really like beautiful clothes and enjoy looking at them. Once in a while, usually once every few months, when it feels absolutely right, I buy something and wear it for years. High street, luxury - my final decisions are never based on the name tag, though, I admit, finding a designer bargain does make me feel rather good.
Striped V-neck t-shirt, Zoe Karssen / Frill front camisole top, Dorothy Perkins / Silk blouse, Weekend by MaxMara / Silk khahi shirt, Wallis / Red skinny corduroy trousers, Isabel Marant / Metal ball bangle, Carven / Ladybug bracelet, Les Nereides / White dress, Jaeger / Burgundy cross-body bag, Oasis / Boyfriend jeans, Current/Elliot / Embellished t-bar sandals, Dune London / Red embossed leather pumps, Lucy Choi / Tan leather & cork sandals, Michael Kors / Black suede sandals, Schutz / Tan leather sandals, Carvela / Heat engraved pendant necklace, Mathias Chaize / Open-knit sweater, Etoile Isabel Marant / Cotton palazzo trousers, Marc Jacobs / Perspex cluster earrings, Whistles / Tan leather bracelet, Alexander McQueen / White vintage style handbag, Folli Follie
Photo source: Elle US March 2008