This will be a special post inspired by the Sass and Bide AW13 show that just transpired. But one that is meaningful and close to my heart so grab a cuppa and read on. Fourteen years ago I strutted out of a boutique in Fortitude Valley armed with what would be the most defining purchase of my life. This pair of jeans I had in my hands symbolized a new confident girl, ready to step out with her head held so high with a pride in herself; into a new life…and yep, I kept them… Gone were the high waisted black Faberge skinny jeans and the baggy men’s jeans slung low in the hips aka Janet Jackson (it was the nineties). At the age of 19, I slipped into these magic bootleg jeans that sat so low on my hips, with pockets that flattered my bum and suddenly I felt amazing.
Up until that moment I had always thought I had an ugly body, suited only for the 1990’s grunge fad and to be hidden under oversized men’s tees and tartan printed baggy shirts. At first I would hang my jeans carefully in my wardrobe. They took pride and place in my room having cost half my wage at the time. Soon enough though I was living in them, wearing them every single day for every single occasion. I wore them out with heels and as my uniform when I tossed bottles behind the bar at Shooters in Surfers Paradise. People would ask me where I got my jeans from. I wouldn’t tell them for fear my secret would get out, that I didn’t really look this good, that it was the jeans! I washed them every day and years later they still looked new and fit perfectly.
My new love quickly became an obsession and over the years I have collected over a dozen Sass and Bide pieces. I still have a mighty collection of Sass and Bide jeans that I cannot bear to toss away because of the story they tell. There are the dark flares I travelled around Europe in, the first denim skirt I ever wore, I have not hoarded every single pair and have passed on some old denim, but these ones endure in my wardrobe because when I look at them or slip them on, I am taken back to a time, an experience, an attitude…
Sass and Bide have gone on to become a force to be reckoned with. They have grown from designing the perfect pair of jeans into a mecca of embellished dresses, skirts, tops and accessories that will suit any woman who wants to express her inner beauty to the world. Adorning their designs with feathers, beads or sequins these clothes are made for the woman with an open minded heart and spirit. The Sass and Bide story continues this week at London Fashion Week where they showcased their spectacular Autumn/Winter 2013 collection. I loved the yellow accents, futuristic metallics and geometric cutouts. I would pull every photo I found off the net and every piece from their collection if I could but it would officially make this the longest post I have ever written! So I have made the pics a little smaller and l will let the clothes do the talking… What did you think of this collection? Do you have a brand that is close to your heart?