>> You’re probably wondering why I, along with Sasha Liberty London Girl, am standing in a line-up that includes Kelly Hoppen, Reggie Yates, Danni Minogue and a rather #NotImpressed Alex James. Shortly after the Paris shows, I was back in London to wax lyrical about eBay. More specifically eBay Collections, which has basically given legitimate sanction to my spending hours and hours mired in the world of eBay. I nearly ROFL-ed when I was approached to participate in this project, and they asked “Do you use eBay?” Hah… do I use eBay? If I said that I probably sacrificed the prime of my uni years because of eBay auctions, it would not be an understatement.
eBay Collections is basically a new way of users to “curate” eBay – that’s a posh way of saying edit or filter through the vast marketplace of old, new and everything in between that eBay is into themed collections that could be as broad and all-encompassing as the word ‘Gold’ as chosen by Kelly Hoppen or as functional and specific as ‘My Festival Survival Kit’ put together by Alex James. It’s basically combines your watch list and wish list into one – on the one hand you’re keeping tabs on things you’re actually going to bid on or buy, and on the other you’re picking out things that are beyond your reach and mood boarding them up into aesthetically pleasing collections. Once you start, it becomes a bit of a compulsive habit to keep feeding your collections, especially when items get sold, so here’s a work-in-progress rundown of my eBay Collections, which suffice to say, are all on the idiosyncratic side of things.
Lego Land – This is all things primary coloured and reminiscent of Fisher Price toys and of course, Lego. It might just be the palette or the way things are cut or shaped in fashion and interiors. There are a pair of sheeny shiny satin Lego legs blue trousers as part of a costume that I’m seriously considering buying just to see if they can be worn as conventional attire. That’s the sort of crazy thinking that eBay inspires when you’ve been on it for too long.
Tra La La – Named after Meadham Kirchhoff’s inaugural Penhaligon’s perfume, this is basically a collection of everything that reminds me of the design duo, their universe and what Tra La La girls might be into. Cue copious searches of Miu Miu and Prada (their favoured labels) with a spot of Luella thrown into it for old time’s sake (I feel a comeback of Luella eBay searches coming on after her debut at Marc by Marc Jacobs debut). And plenty of glitter and stickers.
Blitz Era – Type “Blitz” into eBay UK and you do have to sift through a slew of WWII memorabilia. Of course this collection is referring to the 1980s magazine and associated fashion renegades like Gaultier Junior, Moschino, Bodymap (no pieces have ever surfaced for me on eBay) and Vivienne Westwood. In counterpart to the London scene, Maripol, Stephen Sprouse and Antonio Lopez has yielded quite a few gems too.
Deco Echo – This isn’t a strict historical representation of the epoch but rather, a loose interpretation as art deco is just one of those search terms on eBay that can result in anything and anything these days. It’s a place to store all of my geometric print fashion finds, both new and vintage, as well as certain pieces of interior design that are deco-in-feel, if not in origin.
Bye Bye Miyazaki – Inspired by the upcoming complete Studio Ghibli retrospective season at the BFI and the release of the last ever Hayao Miyazaki film The Wind Rises in May, I thought I’d go and find all things Miyazaki in both memorabilia (Totoro sexy stockings anyone?) and pieces of clothing that remind me of iconic Miyazaki characters.
Sport U Like – I’ll be the one still banging on about surf, skate and motocross judging by the amount of stuff that I wanted to add to this particular Collection. eBay is pretty good now on the missed limited trainers front so this is where I’ll be storing those up. I’ll also use it to seek out my particular sportswear obsessions of the moment – which at the moment, include garish goalkeeper shirts, Suzanne Barker-esque tennis dresses and 1970s ski sweaters, as inspired by Nicolas Ghesquière’s debut for Louis Vuitton.
Digi Art - I’m already looking at digital print under the “Vintage” category – that’s how fast things are moving that what was once considered a digital-inspired “new aesthetic” feels almost somewhat retro already. I’ve been hunting for prime examples of digital print, photo collaging and internet meme-inspired fashion (cats galore!). And on a more boring note, this is where I’ve stashed the gadgets that I’m after for personal use.
Beautifical – This is the one board which is really for my purposes more than anything else as I’ve listed out all the beauty products that I use on a regular basis that I might buy in the future. eBay is so much more than just secondhand and one-off product that it is a veritable marketplace for beauty products and cosmetics. Handy for discontinued lines and limited products.
P.S. Just in case eagle eye eBayers are looking at my score on eBay wondering why my last bit of good feedback came in 2012. Pssst… I have a secret account. Yes, I’m that into eBay that it warrants two accounts.