Clothes Show Live 2012 - Customised Vintage
Laila Bowman Oxfam Fashion blogger and charity shopping enthusiast
10th Dec 2012
Having never attended Clothes Show Live before, I was amazed at the sheer amount of vintage clothes available at the various stalls. Although I knew Oxfam were setting up a stall, I was expecting the majority of clothes available to be of a generic high street standard, so I was pleasantly surprised to see so many second hand and vintage gems on offer.
Out of the vintage stalls, there were a few offering straight up vintage items (including the first Oxfam stall at stand B68) but a large percentage were selling customised, one off pieces alongside these.
Vintage is in fashion, and it seems as though the retailers out there are making the move from offering simple vintage clothing to offering reworked items that have been tailored to reflect current high street trends, bringing vintage right up to date.
Decorated collars and studs seemed to be a recurring theme throughout the stalls, with the second Oxfam stall at stand B55 studding for the duration of the day. Some of my favourite customised items were the army jackets with faux fur attached, denim with leopard print collars and jumpers with leather shoulder patches.
The fact that the vintage section was so much busier than the rest of the hall cemented the fact that vintage really is popular right now. I spoke to a few shoppers who agreed that the reason they buy vintage is because they like the fact that their finds are usually one of a kind, and even more so when they have been customised!