It was the launch of Mary's Living & Giving Shop for Save the Children today. And, while I wasn't early enough to get the Alexa bag that Mulberry had donated (that went to the first person in the queue who got there before 8am!), there were plenty of designer bargains to go round.
Most impressive was the cabinet of vintage Chanel handbags (above). Yes, really! The generous donor? A lady who runs a vintage designer bag website. Prices started from £899 upwards, so while it wasn't exactly a steal there were definite savings to be had. And, of course, it all goes to a good cause. Save the Children's Nadia El Meallem told me the store took £2,500 in the first hour!
So, what did I spot? A Stella McCartney coral silk dress for £530 (RRP £1,525), Marc by Marc Jacobs bags for £80 a pop and a cornflower-blue Sonia Rykiel skirt for £50 (all pictured), to name just a few. It wasn't all designer labels though, as donations included high-street brands such as ASOS, French Connection and Whistles. Plus, there was menswear, too - although I'm not sure if anyone would have snapped up the ridiculously flared Jean Paul Gaultier jeans that Jonathan Ross donated to guest Mary Portas last night on his BBC1 show!
The shop isn't huge, but there's plentiful stock - and it's all in great condition (it was hard to tell which items were new and which weren't!). Plus, shoppers came armed with donations, including me. So, when you visit, look out for my contributions - I've put BargainistaFashionista.com tags on them with little style tips on the reverse.