What’s better than a Collectif dress? A free Collectif dress! I was lucky enough to score a ticket for ‘100 Dresses’, an event held by Collectif in collaboration with London Edge last Sunday. 100 lucky ladies had the chance to get one of 7 beautiful dress styles including new A/W designs, mingling in the surroundings of the Camden shop with a complimentary glass (or two) of Prosecco while getting ready. I chose the cherry print Dolores Doll dress, and also got a navy and pink hydrangea print Dolores too. I’ve been shopping at Collectif for the last 12 years or so – I think I have a leopard print cardigan in every colour, and the Dolores Doll is my wardrobe staple. It’s fitted at the bust and waist with a flared skirt, perfect for a pin-up shape.
I teamed my dress with the gorgeous ‘The Supreme’ necklace from Sugar & Vice (http://www.sugarandvicedesigns.com/), an embroidered faux leather clutch from Jen Made This (http://www.jenmadethis.co.uk) and Collectif cat eye sunglasses. I’m ashamed to say I was slow on the uptake for the MAC bandwagon, so I was rather excited to debut my new MAC Ruby Woo lipstick paired with Trust In Red pro longwear lipliner, and Eyelure Black Volume 083 false lashes. As ever, I had to toughen it up a bit with my trusty black Rimmel 60 second polish. The makeup bag is also by Jen Made This.
The collectively lovely ladies in their brand new dresses walked around the corner to Proud Galleries, our venue for the evening where compère extraordinaire Alix Fox was waiting, bedecked in a suitably wild outfit (latex, paw print pasties and ears) to introduce the evening’s entertainment. London’s burlesque star Slinky Sparkles kicked off proceedings, with ostrich feathers and enough jewels to make the Queen jealous, the epitome of femme fatale.
Man of the moment Ricki Hall was hiding his famous tattoos in a baseball style shirt, eventually appearing behind the decks after a brief delay and Alix declaring “he’s like a fairy, he needs you to clap to bring him to life!”. A somewhat ramshackle set followed, with a helping hand passing him vinyl despite a few technical hitches. The playlist was classic with the likes of The White Stripes and The Cure. The ladies were still swooning though so he could pretty much get away with anything.
Amazonian drag wonder Meth took to the stage, bringing us a delightfully bitchy lip-sync of famous putdowns and witticisms, commencing with the infamous ‘Bitch’ by Alanis Morrisette. The front row nearly lost an eye during some high kicks and wonderfully vicious gesturing, before Meth strutted off the front of stage and sashayed through the crowd when finished. Don’t mess with Meth.
The Tootsie Rollers were also resplendent in matching polka dot Collectif dresses, working their way through a set including a cover of Rihanna’s ‘Umbrella’ and getting everyone smiling with their relentless enthusiasm. See below for a video!
The fabulous Zoe London (http://www.zoelondon.me/ )was determined to get everyone dancing with her DJ set, causing the gorgeous Georgina from Fuller Figure Fuller Bust (http://fullerfigurefullerbust.com/) to drag me to the dance floor to Destiny’s Child “Survivor” (there are videos of the dancing on her Instagram, it’s beautiful, trust me.) before we gatecrashed behind the decks for a photo alongside Ricki Hall who was throwing some sweet moves. The entertainment had to come to an end though, with Dani Divine fire dancing to Rob Zombie, bringing the room to a standstill to watch. What more could you want?
See more in the videos below! I admittedly commited the cardinal sin of filming in portrait on my new phone though. Oops. Blame the free bar. I shall hang my head in shame in the corner and absolutely won’t do it again. Thank you again to Collectif and London Edge for a fabulous opportunity, and Collectif’s wonderful new range is out now.(http://www.collectif.co.uk/)
(Potentially NSFW, contains burlesque but everything is covered!)