The London Lookbook: The wild cat of Camden Passage
Animal print is a trend that’s currently having a moment in the sun; it was featured heavily in the A/W13 Burberry Prorsum, DKNY and Simone Rocha shows, just to mention a few. Animal print, a style oddity that’s both a perennial classic, and yet there are moments when the fickle zeitgeist determines it a trend. One way or another, the eternal summer of leopard print shall not fade.
Unlike the safe classicism of a little black dress, a string of pearls or a chic trench coat, animal print has plenty of room for error. It can easily fall into cheap and tawdry territory, which is why it’s important to dress wild prints down with unassuming, muted pieces that diffuse any trashy connotations.
I’ve paired my Antipodium dress with Russell and Bromley brogues, a Michael Kors tote and my favourite, beaten up vintage leather jacket. I bought my classic biker from Camden Passage in Islington many years ago, and it’s been a cornerstone of my wardrobe ever since. I love how the leather has aged and softened over the years; I’ve worn it with everything from a ball gown to my husband’s ripped jeans. Vintage clothes are great at grounding contemporary pieces and creating unique looks.
Some of London’s finest vintage is to be found in Camden Passage. Islington’s treasure trove isn’t the cheapest that the capital has to offer, but if you’re looking beautiful vintage clothes in mint condition that will stand the test of time, this is the place to go. Annie’s is one of the most famous vintage boutiques in London has got the most exquisite 20’s dresses that I’ve ever seen – it’s like stumbling into the Daisy Buchanan’s wardrobe. When I have a free afternoon, there’s nothing I like better than foraging for vintage booty in Camden Passage.