and her ilk can have their "perfect little black dress" and "classic trench" and "timeless nude kitten heels." Really: I'm so over this adulation of Jackie Kennedy
and Audrey Hepburn
and the concept of "investment pieces" of clothing.
Being that one of my vices is a taste for fashion
magazines, I'm up on the latest designer clothing offerings. The past few years
have been full of duds, in my opinion: everyone has been trying to play it
safe due to the bad economy. My thinking is, if you're on a really tight budget and can only buy one thing per season, why would you buy something completely boring-- another iteration of what you already have in your closet?
Even if I had all the disposable income in the world, I'd still shop primarily at consignment stores and places with reasonable prices and ethical manufacturing practices like American Apparel
. Once or twice a year, I'd buy select designer pieces that are actually bits of art from a distinct moment in time-- things that can't possibly be aptly replicated by Banana Republic
I've already done this a little: In college, I decided to splurge on my first "designer" handbag. After considering a bunch of neutral colored purses from the likes of Kate Spade
, I went with the graffiti-inspired L.A.M.B.
bag pictured here:
It couldn't have possibly been more 2003, but I actually still think that's what's cool about it.
What I've seen in Harper's Bazaar
of Balenciaga's current collection
has stoked my long-dormant desire for truly unique fashion. I read that the designer Nicolas Ghesquière's inspirations included "cosmonauts, seventies Formica, packaging and food boxes, synthetic foam, and plywood." It's bananas, and I absolutely love it.
If I could, I'd buy several pairs of Balenciaga's Fall 2010 shoes-- some to wear now, and others to put on ice for myself and future generations. I really think they're that special.