WEAR NOW, PAY LATER!

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My current favourite pre-loved designer fashion website, Vestiaire Collective, has come up with the ingenious idea of WEAR NOW, PAY LATER – interest-free credit spread over three months (on purchases over £400). What’s not to love?

What I love about Vestiaire Collective is that it is awash with everyone’s favourite designer labels, from Chloé, Isabel Marant and Stella McCartney to Burberry, Chanel and Gucci. I am just about to buy myself a pair of Miu Miu sunglasses that are £100 off the original price and have never been worn. I had my eye on them at Miu Miu over Christmas, but they were too expensive. My patience has paid off!

There are the more unusual labels too, such as my love-of-the-moment, Vita Kin, and although not generally reduced in price, at least these impossible to get hold of dresses are available and most have hardly been worn. In fact, I will be selling one of my Vyshyvanka by Vita Kin dresses on Vestiaire very soon, so watch this space.

So the idea of wear now, pay later, is rather tempting. Perhaps it’s time to invest in that long-coveted Chanel handbag?

 

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  1. Burberry Cotton Trench Coat, £501.37
  2. Aquazurra Black Patent Flat Ballet Flats, £300.06
  3. Chanel Leather Bag, £2,810.71
  4. Chloé Jeans, £70
  5. Valentino Pink Rockstud Ballet Flats, £448.19
  6. Chloé Susanna Suede Boots, £516.56
  7. Valentino Black Rockstude Heels, £445.03

 

 

VYSHYVANKA BY VITA KIN: PART THREE

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No sooner had Vyshyvanka By Vita Kin landed at Net-A-Porter, it sold out in the blink of an eye. Her incredible dresses are due to hit Matches this week, but don’t hold your breath, as no doubt there will be a waiting list to get onto the waiting list.

I was lucky enough to get hold of two dresses (you can read about it here and here), and when I saw the prices on Net-A-Porter, despite mine being breathtakingly expensive, I was thankful that mine were cheaper.

However, every cloud has a silver lining, and because Vita Kin is clearly SO in demand and only a handful can get their hands on her dresses, I have been doing my research. I have found three Ukranian designers who are doing similar work, and okay, they may not be worn by Anna Dell Russo and Leandra Medine (Man Repeller), but they are a fraction of the price (some are more expensive than others, but still much less), and may be worth the plunge.

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I have ordered the plum-coloured top below from Ukraine-based Foberini. It’s being made to order and I can’t wait. It will be interesting to compare the quality and detail, and I’m looking forward to wearing it with jeans or a denim skirt. It will also take me through to winter (yes, I’m already planning my winter wardrobe!).

It’s also worth regularly checking their Instagram as sometimes things pop up there that are not on the website. I contacted them via What’s App and they’re very flexible. I’ll let you know when the top arrives.

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Fayna Vyshyvanka

Each Fayna Vyshyvanka piece is made to order and all the embroidery is done by hand rather than machine. The website is limiting, and there isn’t an English version, but I found the Fayna Vyshyvanka Facebook page much more useful. I messaged an enquiry via Facebook and they got straight back to me. You can choose from a array of beautiful coloured linens, specifiy which embroidery you like and add your measurements.

I’m tempted to go for something suitable for autumn such as the brown or grey, which I would wear with tights and boots. Production time is 4-5 weeks which is why I’m planning ahead!

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Varenyky Fashion

Another Ukraine-based designer, Varenyky Fashion, have a range of embroidered dresses, tops and playsuits that look great. They also use their embroidery on a whole range of other styles too. Their Instagram is worth looking at to see how the pieces look when worn. I love this red dress below.

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VYSHYVANKA BY VITA KIN: PART TWO

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I just thought I’d share with you the second Vita Kin dress that I bought. As I mentioned in my last Vita post, although breathtakingly expensive, each dress takes up to three weeks to make and both dresses are the most well-made pieces of clothing I have ever owned. I will have these dream dresses for years and years, wearing them with sandals in the summer and tights and boots in the winter. The ultimate versatile and all-season dress.

This Vita Kin dress is very dark navy with exquisite blue and white embroidery. The attention to detail is perfection in itself. The cuffs even have a piece of elastic sewn in which allows the sleeves to be rolled up the arm for an even more blouson effect. The embroidery itself is a work of art with flowers and doves.

The danger is that because they are so beautiful, there could be a tendency to keep them for special occasions, but as those tend to be relatively few and far between (I tend to be too worn out of after the school run, work, meetings, school run, dog, school clubs, mother with dementia), that would be a crying shame. So if you happen to see me at the school gates in a rather beautiful Vita Kin dress, I’m just making the most of my investment!

I bought this dress online from Len.Com in Russia, but the good news is that Vita Kin will be stocked from the beginning of July at both Net-A-Porter and Matches.

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