Rosemary Mac Cabe

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Fantasy shopping: the sale

The Net-a-Porter sale is back – and it’s taking the internet with it

Tue, Jun 18, 2013, 07:30


The sale is one of those regular occurrences that still has the ability to (quite literally) stop traffic. This time around, I pledged not to even look; I’m currently sorting out a minor disagreement with Revenue and I have neither the time nor the funds to be risking temptation by perusing the likes of Chloé, Mulberry and Marni at knock-down prices.

Three blogger boasts later – you know the ones, “I just splurged on these Stella pumps in the Net-a-Porter sale, HOW BAD!” – and I was logging on to see what was what. But it was not to be; it would seem that the entire world had the same idea, and the site was at a standstill for most of yesterday morning.

But the smoke had to clear eventually, and late last night I went online to compile my fantasy list. These items are for a Rosemary with no restrictions – so that means whatever the price, however impractical and, in the case of shoes, however un-walkable. My picks?

Let’s start with bags. Of late, my taste in purses has matured at a rate of knots – leaving behind my penchant for ripped jeans, Converse and baggy jumpers – so I find myself favouring a ladylike bag. These three fit the bill purrrrrr-fectly. For €938 (that’s after the 30% discount), I could get a bag with room for a tablet, in the form of Marni’s tote; with an extra few bob, I could lay €1,746.50 at Chloe’s door for a ladylike doctor’s bag in reptile skin and leather; but the crème de la crème comes with a Victoria Beckham label - this nubuck beauty beats Chloe’s, with a price of €1,536.50 (also a 30% discount), and imagine the boasting possibilities?

On the footwear front, I started off with a few classics and then I lost the run of myself entirely. But I’ll start sensible, with Acne’s brushed suede beige Pistols, a steal at €280 (from the original €400), and a seriously good investment (although perhaps you could save yourself a few bob and get Buffalo’s bullets instead, which are a great dupe). Alaia’s soft pink cut-out booties are a gorgeous, gorgeous pair of shoes (at €964.60, it’d want to be love), while there’s something Monroe-esque (or von Teese, perhaps) about Rochas’ polka dot pumps (€367.50). I like those babies so much I’d even forgive them their platform.

But now we go a bit avant garde, and I surprised myself by opting for Nicholas Kirkwood and Sophia Webster designs. (I love their stuff, but I always feel slightly irked at “new” designers being superbly expensive. Know your place, and all that.) These mirrored leather pink pumps by Kirkwood (€357) are a tried’n'trusted shape with a show-stopping colour, and they’d be super versatile with my wardrobe of mix’n'match classics. Which is not something you could say for the second pair of Kirkwoods on my list, a pricier – and more ridiculous – proposition, at €460. But aren’t they gorgeous? Created especially for the Peter Pilotto S/S catwalk, the print is memorable for this season, but also timeless – monochrome and blue, right? Last but by no means least, Sophia Webster’s black and gold sandals (€305) remind me of Aztecs and Gatsby (somehow), and would look great with a pair of skinnies.

When it comes to clothes, there’s just one designer I was interested in: Mary Katrantzou. I harbour very strong suspicions that her loud prints and stretch jersey fabrics would do wonders for my size-14 frame (despite never having tried, or even touched-in-the-flesh, these garments) and I was in awe of and love with her S/S collection, inspired by stamps of the world. It’s a good thing I don’t have any money, or I might have bought this gorgeous dress.