Do you remember the first time you fell in love with a designer item and your world changed forever? These women of style do.
There are many special first moments in a woman's life. There are the obvious ones: Your first kiss, your graduation, your 21st birthday, baby #1, getting married, etc, etc. You know, life stuff. And then there was that very first materialistic magic moment when you fell in love with a designer item. Your face starts to look like the love heart eyes emoji, butterflies start multiplying in your stomach and the concept of savings flies straight out the window. Hello, piggy bank!
Remember the Sass & Bide white denim mini skirt spotted on every private school girl circa 2004? Or the day you realised you were actually saving up to buy the Chanel Boy Bag, IRL? Or when the Michael Kors chunky gold watch was literally the only thing on your wishlist? We get it, so we asked a bunch of style-obsessed women to dish on their first time.
My first special purchase was a Covers dress to wear to a black tie uni ball. I had to get my first credit card to buy it. I visited and tried the dress on at least five times before I bought in. I still have it, it's a prized possession. (Still have the bloody credit card too!)
- Natalie, Brisbane
I've always been obsessed with fashion and beautiful things, probably formed from years on stage in costume as a dancer and my mother being an artist. My very first memorable fashion purchase that I worked towards (aside from a Lisa Ho formal dress) was a Chloe bag that I bought in Paris on my very first Euro trip. It was a really big deal at the time because I had saved up money for so long with the vision of buying something very beautiful in the most beautiful city in the world. It was a chocolate brown Chloe Paddington Bag and I still have it tucked away in my wardrobe to this day. It's more than a bag to me, it's a memory of my favourite city in the world, and living proof of my hard work to treat myself to something special!
- Tash, Sydney
The first designer piece I bought for myself was a Helmut Lang dress. It's a very plain basic black number that I can't remember how I justified. It cost a small fortune compared to what I was earning at the time. But it was worth it. I still wear it all the time.
- Mia, Sydney
We were flying to Paris in 2012 to celebrate my friends 30th and stopped in Helsinki for the day to have a bit of a look around. We went to a boutique and I saw the Alexander Wang ‘Diego’ bag with black metal studs – I instantly fell in love. I was currently carrying around a look-a-like I got made in Bali (which I was slightly ashamed of). I went to think about it over a cold beer, then we saw Alexander Skarsgard on the streets but weren't fast enough to chase him down. It was at that moment I decided I couldn’t let another one get away – I marched right back into the boutique and bought the bag.
- Kate, Adelaide
I remember the day that I walked into the fancy Celine store to buy my beloved trio bag like it was yesterday. My birthday was just around the corner and I'd had my eye on this baby forever. I was certain that I needed it, and it needed me. She's still going strong, no regrets.
- Crystal, London
My first designer purchase was an ACNE 'Rita' leather jacket spliced with denim (that I still cherish today). It was just before Australian Fashion Week and I panic-bought it online (I think at My Catwalk?). I wore it around the house to break it in and to get the cost-per-wear down.
- Maddy, New York
I remember when I was really young just buying a basic from Witchery was a big deal. I was so proud to have branded basics I'd let the tag hang out sometimes so the other kids could see. You know how gangsters have shiny stickers on their hats? They look like packaging but I think it's to show off that it's new... Well I did that with tags on clothes, haha.
- Lara, Sydney
I spotted a pair of "I absolutely must have you" black leather boots. After the six-week long layby, I took them home, and as much as I was dying to wear them, I kept them in my wardrobe for a while... They were so good to look at I didn't want them to get worn out too quickly! Still a most cherished pair of boots with character to this day!
- Alexandra, Sydney
I bought myself the Miss Dior bag as a present to myself for my two-year work anniversary. I have never ever spent that much money in my entire life. When I got my card back and walked out of the store, it was like I felt numb and had an out of body experience. I still love that bag like it's my firstborn, but to this day I still think back and go, "what the hell did I do...?"
- Karen, Sydney
My favourite designer is Alexander Wang and when I fell in love with the black/gold brushed studded Rocco duffle bag I knew I had to have it. It was unique. I justified buying it because the bag was just... Practical. I could fit my whole life into it! My makeup, diary, phone and an umbrella – much needed if you are living in London. It was my first "investment".
- Danny, London
I remember seeing a really sexy Camilla and Marc LBD in the window in the city in one of those arcades when I was like, 17. I went in and it cost something like $600 (which back then was ridiculous!) but I was IN LOVE so I layby'd it and paid it off over two months. I've worn it so many times, got it fixed numerous times and it still sits in my wardrobe. Totes #worthit.
- Natalie, Brisbane
Our top designer pieces to splurge on
CHLOÉ 'Faye' shoulder bag $2,461.72
VEDA Jayne Classic Jacket $1,348.78
The Mode Collective Fringed Mule $289.00