If your closet is calling for designer collectibles, you’re in luck. On the heels of being named international fashion editor for the newly-minted International New York Times, famed fashion critic and editor Suzy Menkes is auctioning off her personal wardrobe at Christie’s. The auction will feature over 80 rare designer pieces, which she has collected over the span of her storied career.
“I have never thrown anything out of my wardrobe since 1964,” Menkes told the Telegraph. “If I had a large open space in my home, I would dedicate it, like an art gallery, to my collection. But there is something sad about clothes laid in a tomb of trunks. They need to live again and this auction provides the opportunity for them to walk out in the sunshine, to dance the night away and to give someone else the joy that they gave to me.”
The assortment of wares is a reflection of Menkes’s bold and cerebal style, with stand-out pieces from designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Christian Lacroix, Paul Smith, and Emilio Pucci—whose niece Idanna she studied with at Cambridge University.
From the YSL 1980 ‘le soleil’ cocktail jacket to the personalized Chanel bag with ‘SUZY’ embroidered on the outside, Menkes’s losses will surely be a gain for a new onslaught of fashion disciples. Here’s hoping, as does Menkes herself, that these bespoke pieces will take on a new life and not just gather dust in a collector’s archive.
The Suzy Menkes Collection will begin on July 11 and last two weeks with opening prices starting at a not-all-too-disheartening £200.