Shopping in London can be stressful, even with a platinum card and a waiting black cab. So Laura Henson and Hania Elkington, the people behind 44 Frocks, have devised what they claim is a new approach to getting kitted out.
Henson and Elkington launched the business only a few months ago and say that already events have been well-booked.
The Daily Mirror fashion writer Dinah Turner comments: “It’s not an original idea. Selling and swapping frocks is very popular; parties are happening all over. Many of the organisers are turning the shopping and swapping experience into an event, with drinks and nibbles, holding them even in pubs or bars, often with bands and DJs.
“Still, it’s a fun idea and a sociable way for shopaholics tired of the high street and web-surfing to feed their addiction and save money.
“But it’s definitely a niche market and I can think of a lot of ladies who could be put off by a room full of frocks, fairy cakes and fine china.”
Booking: online. After-work event, in conjunction with Rewardrobe, off Broadway Market, Thurs 14 April 2011, 6pm-9pm, £15. Other events noon-4pm and £5: off BM Sat 7 May 2011, Wapping, Sun 8 May 2011; off BM Sat 28 May; Wapping, Sun 29 May