After last week’s brazen attempted theft of bags full of Camilla clothing in Sydney, the nation at large was faced with two questions: who exactly was alleged to have pilfered the kaftans and maxi-dresses, and why exactly would someone go to that extreme?
At the very least, we have an answer to that first quandary.
The woman who police allege introduced herself as a security guard at the cult brand’s Paddington warehouse sale, before trying to take off with sacks full of gear, is 43-year-old Elise Arnaudon. The partner of former Socceroo Jason Van Blerk faces charges of shoplifting and impersonating a security officer.
It has been alleged seventeen different items from the brand’s patterned, sparkle-encrusted range were located by police after the attempted pilfering.
At the time, a rep for the cult-favourite brand said “we do have shoplifting incidents in our retail stores, but to my knowledge we haven’t had an incident like this at a warehouse sale before.”
Regardless of the theft, the sale itself was, by all accounts, a frenzy of hypebeasts for the swishy-swashy label. Some Camilla die-hards lined up outside Paddington Town Hall from 2:30am on the day of the sale to get their mitts the discounted goods before anyone else.
To add to the theft drama, there was even a little conflict between other would-be shoppers:
Mad fight going on at the Camilla warehouse sale aka a living nightmare. The apocalypse wears a rhinestone kaftan. pic.twitter.com/A4Y7tSfLZB
— Una Butorac (@unabutorac) February 23, 2017
Huge queue down Oxford St to get into #Camilla warehouse sale. Looks like a casting call for Real Housewives of Hell
— Naomi Toy (@NaomiToy) February 24, 2017
Arnaudon is scheduled to face court on March 23.