Vicki Sarge x Belgravia in Bloom: Fashion Roundtable's first Community Workshop. By Melissa Chaplin
On 23rd of May, the Fashion Roundtable team descended on a floral wonderland in Elizabeth Street, Belgravia. Every spring, when Chelsea Flower Show takes place, this area of London bursts into life. Intricate floral displays adorn the boutiques, turning the already photogenic neighbourhood into a fashionista’s paradise.
Specifically, we were here to visit Vicki Sarge’s spectacular boutique. It’s easy to see why so many writers are drawn to the metaphor of Aladdin’s cave when describing the interior of the store. Every surface is covered in sparkling treasures, all of which are unique. Vicki’s designs have a strong identity, and it certainly isn’t minimalist. Perhaps most striking are the extra-large earrings, many of which might fall below the wearer’s shoulders. This is costume jewellery that makes a statement, and which demands to be admired.
After normal opening hours were done, the boutique filled with guests. The buzz of chatter and popping of bottles permeated the air, and of course there was much trying on of jewellery. Once everyone was present though, the room hushed to listen to Vicki herself, interviewed by Fashion Roundtable CEO Tamara Cincik. The interview spanned Vicki’s journey to becoming a jewellery designer, and included tales of her adventures in New York city. Highlights included “Studio 54 was my university”, and “My whole twenties, I don’t think I slept”. As Vicki charted her voyage into the world of fashion through winding routes, the attendees listened rapt to every word.
Once the Q&A portion of the evening had finished, it was time to enjoy the delicious spread generously provided by new neighbour to the boutique, Ole and Steen. The Danish bakery chain are a welcome addition to Belgravia, and particular compliments must be paid to the utterly delectable ‘cinnamon social’.
Invigorated by the food, it was time for the true highlight of the evening to begin. Vicki and her team led guests in jewellery making workshops. Guests had options of making earrings or necklaces, with a number of different available designs. The tables glittered with components, and Vicki and her team were on hand to help anyone with a particularly tricky jump ring or setting. Everyone was delighted to take away a piece they had made themselves, and the workshop really emphasised the value of artisan craftspeople in the fashion industry.