Wanna come shopping with me? Vintage gear…
This mid-week special is a film I made with the marvellous Penguins when I as in Australia last month promoting my new novel.
Shall We Dance? is set in a vintage boutique owned by the heroine Loulou Landers, so they thought it would be a lark if we went vintage clothes shopping at the Sydney Antiques Centre, as part of a little clip for Penguin TV on their website.
I thought I must have done something good in a past life if going vintage shopping counted as part of my working day. Bring. It. On.
We had such a laugh and, of course, we all bought stuff. It really is a treasure trove in there, a lot of it very good quality – particularly the hats.
I wondered whether the late 1940s, early 1950s gear had arrived in Australia with the European immigrants of that era, because you would want a whole new wardrobe if you were moving to the other side of the world, wouldn’t you?
My great find was a pair of real crocodile 1950s pumps which make me feel so Madmen and are strangely comfortable to wear.
Later in the week I wore them to the crocodile show at Steve Irwin’s Australian Zoo up in Queensland. Was that wrong of me?