Pop-up fashion events just got a lot more exciting thanks to Wasted Chic, the coolest new design collective on the block. Think clothes, jewellery and accessories from the hottest new designers around, all served up in one-night-only locations with DJs, cocktails and a party atmosphere. Forget trawling the Internet late at night – Wasted Chic want to get you up, out and having a good time. Did we mention they’re affordable, too? Designers are asked to cap their prices at £100, with many pieces on sale for less than £50. These are pieces you definitely won’t find on anyone else – especially if you take a peek at Wasted Chic’s sister brand, Le Boutique, where erotica meets avant garde fashion.
If you haven’t managed to head to one of their pop-up London events yet, we’re giving you the chance to shop some of Wasted Chic’s latest additions at Instylerama – if you haven’t already for your tickets for September 16th, that’s our night of street food, fashion events and free manicures. You can find out more about Instylerama and get your tickets here, but until then, read on to find out about six Wasted Chic designers you can shop on the night.
Virginia The Wolf
Want to know exactly where your jewellery comes from? You can with Virginia The Wolf, who make ethically sourced bone jewellery and homeware, handpainted in stunning metallics and deep rainbow shades. The duo spend hours foraging for skulls and bones, before creating totally unique pieces that are sometimes years in the making, adding edge to any look.
Unisex jewellery with a wildlife twist? Count us in. REO jewels are handmade in London from real-life animal anatomy moulds, using UK sourced materials to make truly British jewellery-box additions. Wishbone pendants, badger tooth bangles and grass snake septum rings are subtle with an animalistic edge, and prices start from just £15. Each piece is also stamped with the authenticated REO makers mark, too.
Rosa Pietsch Designs
After being taught how to cast resin by her dad, Rosa graduated from selling handmade jewellery for spare cash to designing art-deco acrylic necklaces, laser-cut pendants and psychadelic florals full time. Rosa loves to mix methods, materials and textures, so expect like resin in laser cut pieces, silver leaf in smooth acrylic and Himalayan mountain rocks, inspired by a trek to Nepal.
Who would have thought ten years working in the city would lead to D-jewelsus, a statement jewellery brand specialising in leather necklaces? After one too many grey suits, and an evening of DIY denim jacket repair, Dionne combined her craving for colour and skill in leatherwork to create a line inspired by house music, Ibiza and Thailand. Expect geometric shapes, primary brights and even a faux-leather range for conscious shoppers.
Alright, they're not strictly jewellery but we love them anyway. Starting out as a university project, R3claim has grown into the go-to brand for innovative bucket bags and clutches, all made from…old tractor tyres?! Trust us, you’d never know – these bags are gorgeous. Unfussy, minimal and clean shapes are made from ‘interlocked’ pieces of washed tyre, before being sold at Spitalfields, Topshop and, now, Instylerama. See, ethical fashion can still have great design.
Rosita Bonita, aka Rowenna Harrison, makes swoon-worthy jewellery that you’ll be dying to Instagram, inspired by sea creatures, blooming blossoms and animals from an exotic paradise. The leather jewellery is handcrafted in East London, screen-printed or foil-embossed on to rose gold chains and statement necklaces, with prices starting from just £12. Trust us, you’re going to #LOVE.
You can check our Wasted Chic on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook here, but you’ll need to get your tickets to Instylerama quick if you want to shop the brands in person. For just £15, you’ll get two free drinks, heaps of free beauty treatments including braiding and manicures, a fashion sample sale with style masterclasses from InStyle’s fashion team, DIY pom-pom crafting and so much more. Get your tickets to Instylerama here.