On Friday evening, I went to Dawn O’Porters pop-up shop in Seven Dials, Covent Garden for an event ran by Women and Home magazine. Dawn O’Porter is writer and presenter and from the TV series ‘This Old Thing’ which was on last year, she is also married to the actor Chris O’ Dowd, which is where the ‘O’ comes from.

It is fair to say that Dawn is mad keen on vintage clothes, so she has scoured the streets of LA, where a lot of the best vintage comes from, for some lovely finds which is BOB Vintage. She has also created a new collection of designs based on vintage clothes in standard dress sizes, (as we know, one size does not fit all in vintage) and this collection is BOB by Dawn O’Porter.

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During the event, Dawn made a speech about her collection and urged everybody to try on from the new collection and the vintage collection. She was very hands on selecting items from new and vintage and for a few of the ladies there was definitely a falling in love moment with a few of the pieces.

I had a good rummage around the vintage section and the new collection, the vintage is probably priced starting at around £30, £60 being the average, although there are more expensive pieces. I spotted a beautiful Jean Muir dress that was around £480, but it is an absolutely stunning evening dress and could even be worn as a wedding dress, if white is not your colour. There were also some great vintage day dresses, jackets and skirts and some lovely occasion wear.

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My favourites from the new collection are the fabulous fifties circle skirts THE JANE – GEESE IN FLIGHT SKIRT

THE JANE – DOG WALKERS SKIRTTHE JANE – PAPER PLANES SKIRTTHE JANE – QUOTES SKIRT all really inventive, prints, with a bit of comedy thrown in. I also like the Little Black Dress, THE LOU  and a crepe mini dress THE  ELVIN that will work as a day to evening dress, which comes in bright red or bottle green.

I hope Dawn O’Porter grows and develops this collection, as it is a great idea, I am a big fan of vintage clothes, the way they feel when you wear them, the quality is so much better and you feel you are wearing something special, if you can get that same feeling from her new collection as well as her carefully selected vintage pieces, then she will be on to a winning combination.

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The pop up shop is only open for another two weeks and you’ll find it at 35 Monmouth St, so bob by and have a look.

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