With age comes cynicism, so here we go:
I got on a bus at Westminster today, heading towards, and terminating at, Aldwych. The bus driver zoomed past the bus stop at Aldwych – which is a three-lane one-way semicircle, for those of you unaware – and stops at the bus stand, on the other side of the road, before letting passengers off. As the bus only has doors on one end, the passengers – including a bunch of bewildered tourists and two tiny old ladies – were forced to get out in the middle of three lane traffic and dash across to Kingsway without being killed.
I also went to the Old Truman’s Brewery today – the first time I’ve ever been on a weekend when there hasn’t been a big exhibition on. I went into Absolute Vintage, looking for some vintage clothing. There was none, unless you count the 80s (which as someone who wrote their dissertation on historic fashion, I don’t). No frame bags, no non-nylon dresses, but 30s jazz coming out of the speakers. Very confusing. I have also now seen enough cowboy boots to last me a lifetime. The rest of the area was a little uninspiring too – apparently second-hand Atticus clothing and t-shirts with bullshit printed on them are cutting-edge now.
On the way back, I visited Lamb Street, to pop into the now flagship store of what has been one of my favourite retailers for years – FairyGothMother. Oh dear. Oh dear oh dear oh dear. Now that their Camden store has shut down, I expected there to be a far wider range of stock in the Spitafields shop, and so was surprised to see a tiny range of corsets (less than 10 underbust styles, which is what I went there for in the first place) and a mere sprinkling of clothing. Their tried and tested collection had been severely downsized to make way for a hugely overpriced lingerie collection (£175 for a silk slip? No thanks!) and unnecessarily repetitive varieties of girdles and waist cinchers, which can be bought a lot cheaply just down the road, and to a more authentic pattern too. They have been increasingly trying to pander to the purse-belt-as-accessory crowd over the past couple of years, which is a shame.