Tune into radio station Agent Provocateur and you will hear a segment where I state that I’m a first time caller, long time fan. I was recently invited to the launch of the Adelaide store and was ecstatic to attend. For the last few years I’ve been receiving my share of eyelash laced goodness via the Agent Provocateur web store. Though it’s visually stimulating, easy to navigate and contains retro pinup illustrations every now and then, it just ain’t the same as the real in-store experience.
The store itself carries pieces from the main, classics, bridal, swim, hosiery and accessories collections. The decor is complete with 70s inspired cherry blossom wallpaper in the fitting rooms with flattering lighting and full length mirrors. There are signature baby pink accents around the store and floral black carpet throughout. One of the benefits of seeing the garments in person allowed me to notice the etched Agent Provocateur branding on gold suspender clips, the high quality and workmanship of the bras and above all else you can actually try things on to ensure you have the right fit. I met Emily, Bradamante & India, the Agent Provocateur girls and can say that they are all lovely to chat with and eager to assist with queries or browsing.
I enjoyed many arancini balls, wine jellies and chocolate covered strawberries. As well as leaving with a gorgeous gift bag with a gold heart key chain (that I’m tempted to turn into a choker locket).
Photos taken by Crystal Dench and Golightly PR
Black Sabbath Tee • Finders Keepers Walk The Line Jeans • Rubi Shoes • Bulgari Bracelet
This pair of jeans has been on high rotation and the print is a dead ringer for the statement design of the Chloe Pre Fall 2014 collection. It’s fun to clash things every now and then, giving a new spin on an old garment. With tickets acquired for a few upcoming concerts, my band tee status will surely heighten. I’m anticipating putting together a few looks with said band tees almost as much as attending the gigs. Well, not quite but almost.
Sportsgirl Sunglasses • Vintage Ring • Finders Keepers Top and Skirt • Shakuhachi Brogues
Something stirred inside of me when I first laid eyes on these Finders Keepers pieces. It triggered off a series of possible ways and occasions to style them. I usually think of versatility in the form of monochromatic basics but I’ve created a few different looks. I’ve been sporting this blouse with black shorts and layered necklaces for a daytime look when running errands. Then pairing this skirt with a band tee, rolled up sleeves and heels for evening frivolities.
The chartreuse blouse particularly reminds me of the sixties. I’m tempted to buy the matching skirt to wear on Halloween for a modern take on Tippi from The Birds. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m quite the Hitchcock enthusiast, sans the blonde appeal of course.
If you explored the Adelaide Vintage Expo over the weekend then it’s likely that the answer is no. I made an impetuous trip down on Sunday afternoon and needed to pull up my stockings both figuratively and literally. There was an abundance of stalls selling woolen maxis, leather pants, pencil skirts, furs, embellished blouses, sequined dresses, double breasted suit jackets and printed shirts. Not to mention hats, jewelry, bags and shoes galore. It really called out to my inner Betty Draper. A usual skeptic of items labeled ‘vintage’ (the term is often misused), I was delighted to find that most garments had detailed labels of era and prices ranged from $10-$300. There was a pop up tattoo parlor, barbershop, a burlesque show and vintage cars. I nabbed a high waist mini leather skirt for $20 and a brocade silver blouse with black chiffon sleeves for $15 (as seen below). Needless to say, it would be worthwhile going to the next one.
A few stalls have stores in Adelaide and Melbourne that can be checked out below:
The Loft Upstairs
Audrey Scarlett Vintage