One minute you’re rocking a glittery gold quantity together with your finest mate to a New 12 months social gathering, subsequent factor , the identical gown is on Love Island.
That’s what occurred to Louise Alice, a 29-year-old sustainability communications specialist from East London.
Alice, who can be a musician, is a seasoned thrifter and buys and sells many second-hand objects of clothes.
Lately, her pre-loved gown went all the way in which to the Majorcan villa of Love Island. And we noticed resident hotty Gemma Owen sporting the identical look.
The shiny apparel means loads to Alice, who really wore it at a lockdown New 12 months’s social gathering (with simply her flatmate in fact, as a result of that was life in 2020). She additionally donned the gown for Christmas day.
Carrying the glam sequin-embellished gown added a little bit of spark to life in lockdown, and Alice is glad the merchandise has discovered a second dwelling, although she actually didn’t anticipate to see it on nationwide tv.
“I bought the gown a couple of years in the past and just lately offered on eBay,” Alice tells HuffPost UK.
“I wore the gown on a number of events however most memorably on Christmas day throughout the 2020 lockdown, once I bought dressed up with my housemate to have a good time Christmas on our rooftop terrace in London. We couldn’t go wherever as a result of restrictions, so we determined to have a glamorous keep dwelling Christmas.”
The piece was chosen to go on the present after Amy Bannerman, eBay’s Love Island stylist, noticed it on-line. She picked it for the Shimmer and Shine social gathering, which noticed the Islanders adorn the brightest get-ups. Gemma naturally went for gold.
Alice has been sharing all her seems, together with the one she’s thrifted, on her social media the place she encourages others to purchase second-hand.
“Gemma regarded wonderful and it’s such a lovely piece of clothes,” she provides.
“As a purchaser and vendor of used objects I listed the gown on my eBay promoting account a couple of months in the past hoping it will discover a new proprietor, I used to be fairly shocked it ended up on tv although. After I promote objects, I typically share them on my social platforms or promote via second-hand platforms.”
Alice, who grew up visiting public sale homes and automobile boot gross sales, says when she buys pre-loved objects, she seems for high quality, model and sturdiness. She additionally loves the environmentally pleasant facet of it too.
“Shopping for and recycling clothes may also help scale back our private affect on the atmosphere and reuse may be financially savvy too!” she says.
“It’s actually as much as the style homes to handle the environmental points round manufacturing and the massive points round gender equality and staff’ rights, however we are able to all concentrate on our particular person affect, and it’s wonderful to see some firms embracing impartial pre-loved sellers and the smaller apps and web sites opening on this area.”
So we all know how Gemma’s gold quantity got here to be. However how are different islanders’ garments picked? Amy Bannerman, the present’s e-Bay stylist, has the solutions.
She tells HuffPost UK: “To determine which garments I supply for Love Island, originally of the challenge, we determined upon 4 themes and shopped on eBay inside these themes to assist us be tremendous targeted.
“I additionally interviewed 18 of the primary Islanders earlier than they headed into the villa, so I used to be capable of get actually particular particulars about their types and store with these in thoughts. From how they like a gown to suit and what it exhibits off finest, via to what colors they like and whether or not they’re right into a sample or choose one thing extra muted.”
That are the most well-liked types, then?
“Actually brightly colored items like Tasha’s Versace yellow, in addition to lower away matches like Indiyah’s Poster Woman clothes,” says Bannerman.
“Something tremendous corseted, glamorous and satin just like the Home of CB gown that Ekin-Su wore when she first walked in and Gemma’s gold gown have additionally been large hits.
“For the boys, the actually luxurious shirts have been vastly widespread, from the Jacquemas shirt worn by Dami, to the Prada tiger bowling shirt that Luca wore he different evening. Additionally with the boys, they’re eager on Prevu, an East London model that does sensible co-ord loungewear units, which we’ve seen Jacques put on and is a design that encourages a number of wears.”
So, what are Bannerman’s faves?
“My favorite stand-out merchandise up to now within the sequence, that I’ve liked probably the most, needs to be Tasha within the classic Versace yellow co-ord,” she says. “She actually glowed on display screen and it exhibits how one can get such uncommon, fashion-forward, iconic seems on eBay that you just couldn’t discover wherever else. It’s a really particular piece.”