Saturday, November 5, 2011

Mad missions for charity - Le Flea Boutique Part Deux

It's coming round to that time of the year again. The time of year when I've been schlepping back and forth with bags and bags of pre-loved - and this time round also new - clothes, shoes and accessories for Le Flea Boutique, our charity fashion fair with a conscience with the sole purpose of raising funds for Action for AIDS Singapore on Sunday 27th November. 
It's the time of year when my spare room is bursting to the seams with what feels like a truck load of clothes.

And the time of year when I somehow end up as model yet again for Le Flea Boutique.

It's been quite a journey this time round. Inspired by the fact that our second outing would be taking place the weekend before World AIDS Day, we decided to be more ambitious. We wanted to make it bigger, better and even more stylish. 

So we managed to get our hands on at least twice the amount of pre-loved items including designer labels like Armani Exchange, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Diane von Furstenberg, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Helmut Lang, Kate Spade, Lacoste, Marc Jacobs, Max Mara, Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney and high-street labels including items from Banana Republic, H&M, Forever 21, Mango, Replay, River Island, Topshop, Warehouse, Witchery, Zara.

We also managed to enthuse some lovely big-hearted brands and boutiques to get on board and donate brand new out-of-the-stockroom items - yes let's hear it for Epitome, United Colours of Benetton Fragrances, Saturday, Nicholas, Front Row, Dulcetfig, Know It Nothing, Le Specs, Quinn, Threadbare & Squirrel, Hadasity, and Rococco Kent.

And we have a new chic venue hosting it - this time we'll be taking over the whole of Talent Cafe for the entire day of the event - woot! 

AND we have a media partner in the folks at the online magazine PlusSixFive.

From small seeds big things grow. And boy has our baby grown!

And with all this has come more photo shoots. Forced to comply with doctor imposed diet restriction therapy to determine the source of my screwed up sinuses, it's not all been rosy. Getting up and sitting pretty in front of the camera without a daily fix of caffeine has been a bit painful at times, even in the hands of my fantastic Co-Organizer, stylist and photographer Missy K. And then doing that past 3pm without chocolate? Well now that has been pure torture no matter how much I tell myself that it's all in the name of charity. 

Four photoshoots down and four more to go.  So far I've been an 80s child (well, no change there), a hippy chick, a golden age lady waiting for the Orient Express and a Mary Quant inspired 60s sister.  Who says you can't be anything you want to be? 

Anyway, let's take a little peep at some of the shots....

Waiting for the Orient Express
Pre-loved: Mango striped dress (M) $20, Red necklace worn as bracelet $, White shoes $10, Red beret- stylist's own

Pre-loved: American apparel navy dress (M) $20, Brown belt $5, Cream and bronze necklace $5, Red beret- stylist's own

Pre-loved: Filippa K satin skirt (M) $20, Flea Nouveau: Le Specs Sunglasses $50, See their website for more styles, Colour-wheels sweet floral top (M) $42 found @Dulcetfig Singapore Haji Lane

Retro Revival
   Pre-loved: Mirror Dash black and white striped dress (M) $20; Satin gloves, hat and bangles- stylist's/model's own

Pre-loved: mphosis cream shirt dress (M) $20l Flea Nouveau: Le Specs Sunglasses $50 - see their website for more styles

Pre-loved: New Look black heart print dress (S) $20, Lace headbands and bangles- stylist's/model's own

Hippy Hippy Chic
Pre-Loved:Sheer Romance black floral maxi dress, (S), $2, Brass statement necklace $5, All other accessories as before

Pre-Loved: Warehouse Turqoise top, (S), $10, Black gypsy skirt (unknown), M $10, Wooden bangle , $3, Bronze bangle, $5, Assorted lass rings, $5, Bronze drop earring, $3, Flea Nouveau: Wishful Thinking clutch bag $35 (from Dulcetfig see for further collections

It was Acceptable in the 80s
Pre-loved: Atmosphere grey shoulder pad dress (8) $20, silver bauble bracelet $10, earrings $5
Model's/stylist's own: pink tights and headphones

Pre-loved: Cotton On black and white dress (S) $10, Xdye sequinned cardigan (M) $20, rhinestone shoes $20,
Model's/stylist's own: pink tights and headpiece

Pre-loved collection: Forever 21 denim dress (M) $10, blue bauble bracelet $3
New collection: ISSUE blue arm warmers $10 (Front Row). See their website for more treasures

If you'd like to find out more about the fashion fair that had everyone talking last time visit the Le Flea Boutique Facebook page here

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