Sunday, November 23, 2008

Wanty wanty

This dress. Which I am deluding myself into thinking would look even better on someone (ahem) 5'2" than on the model, on whom it looks a bit too much like a shirt. That said, asking a model about the environment? Maybe not the best idea: "[I]n a way, high fashion could be considered sustainable. Buying a piece from Chanel is an investment: you’re going to have it in your closet forever, and it’s not like it’s made from low-quality fabrics." Argh. Buy Chanel because you can and want to. Not to assuage "An Inconvenient Truth"-inspired guilt.

Since clearly the dress is $10,000 and by request only (the designer's website claims his stuff is sold at Barneys; the Barneys site claims otherwise, as if it mattered), my latest wardrobe addition is this jacket (loosely defined). I was wary, because the plaid looked... familiar, but the fit is surprisingly equestrian chic. That is, for a fleece under $30. If the MTA started having horses, I'd be all set.


kei said...

I must support this wanty item; Don Lamb and Erwin would approve too! Better a nebula-supernova-ish dress than an Excel-ish one. I'll keep an eye out for more acquire-able versions...

I've noticed this trend of members of the high fashion community expressing their awareness of the economic and environmental crises. It's a nice effort, but we all know they're on different existential planes, crises or not. The justification for purchasing Chanel should not be dependent on the state of the economy or environment, but it should be as timeless as the products--"because you can and want to."

Phoebe Maltz Bovy said...


Glad you approve! If acquired, it would actually be my second planet-dress, the first being a Barneys Warehouse Sale find from, yes, the UChicago days. (Wore it to graduation!)

High-fashion awareness of anything decent (self-esteem promotion, racial harmony, fighting ageism, providing opportunities to dress for less) always comes across as odd. It's a world devoted to the idea that one can never be too rich, thin, blond, or pre-adolescent, and those of us who like/love clothes just kind of take it for what it is.