Before Carrie Bradshaw, there was Edina and Patsy, the drunken, hysterical underbelly to SJP's perky writer. Absolutely Fabulous proved that an inside look at the world of high fashion wasn't always glamorous, but when the gals dressed up, they went straight for the jugular (the amount of times "Lacroix" is said on the program is remarkable). While the clumsy, fumbling Edina did most of the spending, it was her bestie, Patsy Stone, who often stole the scene. The blonde and rail-thin magazine editor rarely put anything near her mouth besides a lit-up cigarette and bold, red lipstick, sputtered always-mumbled, shocking, sexual confessions, and seemed like Keith Richards — nearly invincible to kill with any sort of narcotics.
In any case, Ab Fab is deeply loved and admired by fashionably conscious Britons and beyond as one of the best and funniest shows, like, ever. The show, which aired on and off between 1992 and 2012 — a final episode debuted in January — came replete with sayings of "darling, darling, darling" and plenty of designer duds and Kate Moss appearances.
Now, in another example of fashion uniting for a cause, Joanna Lumley, the actress who portrayed Patsy, will auction off pieces she wore on the sets of Absolutely Fabulous, The New Avengers, Trail of the Pink Panther, and Curse of the Pink Panther, as well as items from her own closet, to benefit the The Prince's Trust, a charity that supports disadvantaged youth. (In fact, the real-life Lumley appears to be a die-hard altruist and is known for her impassioned social and political causes.)
The auction, which is scheduled to run by way of Kerry Taylor Auctions on November 13 at 8 p.m., boasts an impressive for-sale list: a pink Chanel suit, an Alexander McQueen vest top, and a pair of Costume National pants (or trousers, as the British would say), among more vintage. "If you're as old as I am, you've seen it all before. You've done it all, 30 or 40 years ago," Lumley told The Daily Mail. "So that's why I'm selling all these clothes and bits and pieces, the Hermès scarves and the platform shoes."
The items being auctioned start at £100 (uh, where's that currency calculator app?), and there's a £20 admission fee for participating in person, online, or on the telephone. (Fashion Week Daily)
Photo: Via Kerry Taylor Auctions