As far as I know, runway pieces, or the designs that are worn by the models on the runways in a designer's fashion show are collectable pieces because they all form part of a jigsaw puzzle of the overall look and feel of the concept of the designer's show for that season.
I do have accessories that have appeared on a runway, like my Dior D trick bag and appeared in ad campaigns like my Stuart Weitzman shoes and Coach charm necklace, but up until a week ago, no clothes in my wardrobe were runway pieces.
Thanks to a friend of mine who is just as obsessed about clothes as I am who told me about a big warehouse sale while I was overseas and a little help from my fashion fairy godmother, I am now the proud owner of two runway pieces!
One of them is this Lanvin dress from the Fall / Winter 07 / 08 collection.
This model must be about 4 inches taller than me cause this design falls below the knee on me. The sleeves remind me of an origami folding and can be really puffed up or pulled down for a more subtle look. The way the dress has been crafted is an art. I much prefer this dress when I wear a belt with it though. Adds just a little more character to it.
The other one is this dress from Chloe's Fall / Winter 07/08 collection.
It's really beautifully made. The lining is silk and the print is a work of art. It's known as the 'secret garden' dress because of the print. This dress is especially special because it also featured in the season's ad campaign, modelled by Shalom Harlow.
Again, somehow on me, this dress looks better with a belt.
Now let me tell you a little bit about this sale. It was madness in there! There were clothes everywhere. There were many beautiful runway pieces on sale that were just dropped onto the floor and tossed onto clothes rails. It looked like a bomb had gone off in a clothes storeroom. The queue to the changing room was so long that many impatient women just started taking off their clothes in the middle of the hall without even bothering to go into the changing room. At one point I was looking at a rail of clothes only to turn around to see a woman wearing only her underwear, standing next to me looking through a pile of clothes..
I was a little more discreet. I had to play a bit of a guessing game. I tried everything on top of my pants and t shirt and had to 'guess' if they fit properly and looked good. Thankfully, I have tried on enough clothes to have a good idea to what works and doesn't work on me. When I got back home later, everything was ok...
Now I'm just waiting for a chance to wear them! I am so excited about having these pieces in my wardrobe... thank you fashion fairy godmother... I bought both of them at about 80% discount!