You remember that Sex and the City episode where Carrie falls over on the catwalk and the models just keep on going over her, she says that made her fashion roadkill. Well I had an experience today that reminded me of that! As I had the day off today I thought i would do a little shopping as it was payday and I knew from press coverage that Topshop was doing a collaboration with Celia Birtwell. For those of you who don't know who I am talking about she is an iconic Brit textile designer who was married to the famous 1970's London designer Ossie Clarke, He made the dresses and she designed the print for many of them. His original dresses now sell in vintage shops for £ 600 - 1500 and all the "it" girls in London have one e.g. Kate Moss. There was a major fashion exhibition of his clothes last year. Topshop in Oxford circus was getting the first limited deliveries of her stuff ( to check out what it looks like go to www.topshop.co.uk ) today so I thought I would have a look as i've always loved her prints - you know a little light shopping, some lunch, relaxation etc-! My god! It was fashion war! I wandered in around 11.30 and asked the concierge desk about it - a very harassed looking assistant pointed behind me. I turned round to discover a crowd of at least fifty other women all with their eyes fixed on the stockroom door! She informed me the first delivery had sold out within 5 minutes and they were expecting another at midday. As I was there I though I would join them - they kept us waiting for forty minutes during which rumors and counter rumors swept through the crowd - people started complaining they should have operated a ticket system, they should have taken advance orders and the rumor went round that they were keeping some back - the crowd almost rioted at that point! When the 2 rails of stuff did come out my god - have you ever seen those wildlife films were pirahnas strip a carcass of its meat in, like, 10 seconds flat? That is exactly what it was like - I got pushed out of the way and got nothing!Do you know who were the worst - the older women! There was a large group aged maybe in their fifties or sixties who probaly wore her designs first time round, they all looked very Notting Hilly ( which is where Celia Birtwell operated from in the sixties and sevemties.) My god it was like fighting with your mum! So there was a third delivery at four and I went back - exactly the same scenario but double the crowd -they had to get security down and the look of fear in the eyes of the poor blokes who wheeled out the rails with the dresses as they got pushed out the way by marauding women hungry for fashion - priceless! There was more stuff and I managed to get one of the blouses I wanted - yay! It could have been bad - if i'd have tripped i'm sure the crowd would have just carried on over my poor body! Are we all mad?! Who knows - and the thing is this collection though limited goes nationwide on May 9th so there will be more. Plus I just looked on e-bay and someone is already advertising pieces they got today - clearly they just scooped up what they could get in any size for that reason alone! It was funny and a bit embarassing - am I mad?! Has the whole world gone mad! Possibly - I had read that when the Stella McCartney for H and M range came out there was a stampede but never believed it - now I do. I am proudly wearing my new blouse as I type!