The lovely people behind the London Designer Outlet got in touch recently and asked if I'd like to visit them and take on a little challenge. They had picked out some front row outfits from New York and London fashion week and wanted me and a few other lovelies to come up with our own budget versions with items chosen from their range of shops.
'Yeah, why not?!' I thought but, oh my, did I underestimate the task at hand.
The London Designer Outlet is relatively new- it opened in October 2013 and it's location in Wembley means you can hit up Ikea at the same time for a double dose of retail therapy.
I chose the impossibly beautiful and almost-impossible to replicate Leigh Lezark as my inspiration and with £100, 60 minutes on the clock and a host of highly discounted shops at my disposal, I set off in search of a similar outfit. How hard can it be right?
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Sixty minutes worth of shopping is not a lot, let me tell you! It sped by at a frightening pace but luckily I came across the small but perfectly formed H&M outlet early on which had an incredible black mini dress with pretty ribbon embroidery, a total steal at £7. (Seriously, everything in the shop seemed to be £7, definitely worth a look in) I was uber pleased with the dress because even though it's not something I'd usually wear (body con? Ugh) the neckline really reminded me of the Leigh dress.
Next up, I went for a little fitted tux-style jacket from Marks & Spencer to dress it up slightly. That came in at £24.99, down from £49. The shoes were the hardest part, I couldn't find anything remotely similar to Lezark's black cut-out heels so I ended up opting for a pair of metallic-toed courts, also from M&S for the bargain price of £15.
I think I could have done better with a little more time, but I'm pleased with what I found in the time given. Thanks to the London Designer Outlet for a fun challenge!