Tuesday 20 February 2018

Style hunters

Silk blouse, €29; satin body, €27;
skirt, €25; shoes €33; necklace €10;
vintage Escada belt, €24.50;
model’s right arm: buckled bracelet,
€3.25; striped bracelet, €2;
model’s left arm: bracelets, €3 each;
vintage clutch, €20; ring, €5
Silk blouse, €29; satin body, €27; skirt, €25; shoes €33; necklace €10; vintage Escada belt, €24.50; model’s right arm: buckled bracelet, €3.25; striped bracelet, €2; model’s left arm: bracelets, €3 each; vintage clutch, €20; ring, €5
From left: Sheer dress, €35; slip, €49; shoes, €59; metal necklace, €15; long necklace, €30; cameo butterfly ring, €6.40; stockings, €1; knee-high socks, €1.55. Sheer tights; black stockings, both stylist’s own.
Left Silk chiffon (used as top), €6; trousers, €10; stilettos, €120; blue ribbon (used as laces), €2.75; black ribbon (used as laces), €1.45; feather shrug, €60; cameo brooch, €12; model’s right hand: ring, €1.19; model’s left hand: ring, €7.27
From left: Jacket, €30; dress, €7; shoes, €58; pearl necklace, €1; bead necklace with flower €1.50; metal chains, €1 each; locket necklace, €5; lace yoke on dress, €3; floral bracelets, €2 each; pearl necklace (worn as bracelet), €3; bag, €13; socks, €2.
Jacket, €64; shirt, €22; high-waisted brief (not in shot), €19; shoes, €22; hat, €15; selection of bracelets, €3-4; gloves, €10; over-the-knee socks, €4. Bra, stylist’s own
Pussy-bow shirt, €10; tapered harem pants, €18; peep-toe shoes, €36; feathered cape, €163; watch, €18; ring, €15; lace socks, €4.50
Vintage top, €58; high-waisted harem pants, €27; lace-up boots (not in shot), €57; vintage belt, €7; earrings, €12; model’s right arm: large studded bracelet, €12; woven bracelet, €17; model’s left arm: leather wrap bracelet, €4; bracelets, €6 for pair
Sheer shirt, €12; bandeau top, €6.37; leather shorts, €30; military boots, €26.43; tights, Henry Holland, €24.03; vintage oversized military coat (not in shot), €55. Rosary beads (worn as necklace), stylist’s own

Constance Harris

'People have this misconception about eBay, thinking it is all about vintage clothing -- it is not. Half our sales are from sell-through on new items. People are shopping on eBay for new clothing as they would in a store," Corin Brett, of eBay Ireland, told me.

We met at d-Light studios, where the results of a new project -- conceived by eBay, Emily Cramp and James O'Neill of Thinkhouse PR and the Sunday Independent -- were being realised. Corin explained that eBay wanted to support young Irish creatives, and so a competition was created for wannabe fashion photographers and stylists to pitch a mini-fashion shoot, sourcing all the gear from eBay, with the end results appearing in LIFE today.

The talents were sourced from our colleges and through Facebook, where eBay have a page called "Style Hunter", a highly interactive, fashion-spy section with more than 2,000 members and tons of cutting-edge fashion info.

One of the biggest problems for young creatives is professional support and mentorship once they leave education. So, for this project fashion photographer Andreas Pettersson acted as mentor to the finalist photographers and stylists. I met with the teams on the day of the shoot to give them feedback on their work and some insights into what a fashion editor looks for. The teams came from courses such as media in Griffith College and print textiles in NCAD. One talent was entering his Leaving Cert year, while another was made redundant from her job, and is now pursuing her dream.

A fascinating aspect of the project was the cohesiveness of all the looks -- nude, short skirts, leggings and jodhpurs, Eighties, lots of bling and strong shoulders -- despite the fact that all the stylists worked independently of each other. All of the stylists were hugely impressed with the sellers on eBay, and with the speed of delivery.

I know eBay and its customers have stringent standards, but I asked Corin about the problem of designer knock-offs and the consumer who gets stung. She told me eBay have an entire team dedicated to tracking such items, investigating the authenticity of sellers and their merchandise, and that PayPal gives the protection of a refund if the consumer is ripped off.

Although eBay is great for new collections of labels such as Karen Millen, it is the potential discovery of indie pieces that still turns me on the most. Be it Rodarte for Target or a Lainey Keogh, eBay is like a 24-hour heavenly fashion bazaar.

Sunday Independent

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