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Luxe Goes More Luxe.

Posted in fashion and society by bluewellesleyblue on August 26, 2008

There was an article in today’s Financial Times about the ever-increasing heights to which designers will go, especially in the Fall/Winter fashion season, to ensure that their pieces are impossible to imitate by the likes of Forever 21, H & M, and anywhere lower down the price hierarchy. When it comes to the intricate pieces backed by very costly, luxurious, and unique fabrics or detailing, there’s just no way to replicate the look without bringing up the price to a similar three or four digit range. The lace pieces from Prada’s Fall/Winter 2008 line, for example, might be vaguely imitated by other high-profile and high-priced designers, but it’s hardly going to trickle down much further than that.

It boggles my mind to imagine that there are people who can follow the soaring prices that accompany special touches like Fendi’s gold-tipped fur or Balmain’s chain mail. Department stores probably don’t stock many individual units of pieces like that, but there are still “long waiting lists” for exorbitantly expensive, very distinctive, but also quickly dated pieces. Luxury like that is probably timeless, but with fashion moving as quickly as it does, buying a piece like that is putting quite a bit of stock in a trend.

Of course, having disposable income like that is something very few people – and fairly few fashion bloggers – can really imagine. I do hope to eventually become the type of woman who can afford to have a Chanel 2.55 in her hard-earned collection. (I’d say the Birkin because it suggests an even higher level of career success, but at this point, I still don’t get all the fuss made about that bag. This is probably blasphemy.) Whether as an attorney or a tenured professor, if I work hard I might be able to hope for that. However, it’s one thing to be able to invest in one two or three thousand dollar bag after years of self-made career success. It’s another thing entirely to be able to buy a 24 karat gold-dipped fur knowing it’ll easily fall out of style with the turning of the season. More power to the people who can afford that level of ostentation. No doubt it’s people and budgets like that which ultimately drive much of the glamor and weight behind the fashion industry, but it’s something that has little to do with mere mortals like you and I.

Pictures from Style.com. Article linked in The Cut.

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  1. Randy Nichols said, on August 26, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    Do you do blogroll exchanging? If you want to exchange links let me know.

    Email me back if you’re interested.

  2. […] Original post by bluewellesleyblue […]

  3. bluewellesleyblue said, on August 27, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    Sorry, for now I’d prefer just linking to other fashion-centric blogs.

    Thanks for commenting!


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