- Dozens of bargain hunters strip down for sales in Rome and Turin
- The Seminaked Party is organised by Spanish-based brand Desigual
- Party previously held in cities such as London, New York, Paris and Tokyo
It may have been a little warmer in Italy than much of the United Kingdom at eight o’clock this morning. But that should take nothing away from the brave efforts of those who stripped down to their underwear for the beginning of the January sales in the cities of Rome and Turin.
These photographs show the bargain hunters queuing up outside designer shops promising free clothes and discounts.
The Seminaked Party was organised by Desigual, which promised the first 100 that they would be dressed for free. Participants began queuing in Turin late last night for the 8am opening, according to local reports. And those who arrived as late as 3am missed out on the free clothing. To soften the blow, the store was selling a number of items at half price this morning.
The Spanish brand has previously held the parties in Madrid, Barcelona and other Spanish cities as well as London. It has also been held in European capitals including Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam and Lisbon. And the party has travelled across continents to Tokyo, in Japan, and New York in the United States. The Seminaked Party was launched in 2005 by Desigual.
The company claims that more than 10,000 people have participated in the parties. The Desigal Seminaked Party will return next week to the streets of Paris. In addition to dressing in just their underwear again, participants will also be required to take part in a 100-metre race.
The Seminaked Party came to London in 2011. Despite organising the event for a summer month, shoppers were still left drenched after queuing from 11pm in the rain and cold for a 9am opening. The first 100 through the door got a free top and bottoms, but everyone else who turned up in their underwear got treated to 50 per cent off Desigual’s summer collection.
In the England capital, the half-naked shoppers were serenaded by Australian band Set Sail and treated to goodie bags as they queued.