At 2:05 am EST the email arrived: Kate Moss’ final collection for Topshop had gone live on the site. It was only luck that I happened to be (half) awake to receive this news and had a computer within arm’s reach. In a sleep-muddled haze I navigated the sale, clicking through leather shorts, velvet playsuits, beads and sequins and fringe, oh my! And then, I spotted it – the Iconic Panther Mesh Dress.
Even before it first appeared in her 2008 holiday collection, it was no secret that the dress was a favorite of the designer. In an interview with the Sunday Times, Moss said she had based it on a vintage piece she picked up in a New York flea market when she was 17 and had held onto ever since. When it went up for sale two years ago it barely lasted an hour before selling out.
In a dream-state it appeared to me again, a second chance! I knew the risk I was taking not to purchase it on the spot, but I suffer a chronically broke condition. Tired as I was, my mind could not work out the necessary creative budgeting. I saved it to my cart before falling back into sleep.
7:05 am. Upon waking I tried desperately to check on the coveted dress, but the site was suffering from the increased traffic. All I knew was that according to my virtual shopping cart my size was no longer available.
By 9:00 am I was able to access the website again, only to discover that the sizes remaining were all in the extra-large category. By 11:00 it had sold out entirely. 11:05 am I was scouring eBay.
As of this moment I’ve located one panther dress for sale – and in my size! I still don’t have the money, particularly with the over-$100 resale increase, but I take a certain comfort in knowing that it is there (in case, perhaps, I come into some unexpected cash reward in the next few days…).
As long as the dress can be found it softens the blow. It is delaying the inevitable end, the final showing of an iconic collection. Perhaps I’ll still snag one of the other pieces before they disappear for good.