I was doing two things these past few days that brought to my mind the great world of women’s fashion. I got my May edition of Vogue with the cover showing Sarah Jessica Parker wearing a summer frock of sorts and as I perused the mag I was reminded of the difference between designer clothing for women and the ordinary mass merchandisers similar to Macy’s, Nordstrom, Kohls, Penneys and the like.
A very good friend of mine Susan Miller-a ficticious name of course as she is an accomplished actress, producer,and businesswoman, and I must be protective of her, in any case, went shopping through the above mentioned stores. It was a power shopping experience as Susan really knows how to be a whirlwind as she shopped in her escada sport sunglasses and we went to five or six shops. She found nothing! I found nothing to my taste as well! We are soulmates. Susan, if you are reading this, you know we are soulmates!
Here is what I saw. Lots and lots of clothing in all the sections of the stores for 17 yr olds! Little bitty short shorts. I guess if you are seventeen and you need to be noticed in High School the shorts might be okay. NOT!! The bolero tops were sort of nice. They were very big everywhere we went. But, honestly, here today and gone tomorrow. And the fabric! Oh My, just terrible! Way to cheesy. Made in China of course. China used to be famous for their well tailored suits for men. But really, the clothing was sooo chinzy! I looked at one jacket in a glorious teal green and I thought Hmm, maybe this might work on Susan—but when I checked the pocket flaps there were no pockets!’ Oh My, how cheap is that?. I am so glad I checked. I might have suggested the top to Susan and had I done so, I just know she would never think of me in the same way again. I have a reputation to look after. Really, if you must put pocket flaps on a top at least put in some pockets! We did see some decent Jones of New York stuff. They do a good job. But, overall, the clothing was mediocre. My mantra has always been buy qualityand some mass merchandiser stuff is okay but really, designer clothing is always timeless in it's appeal and uniqueness.
In my Vogue there are some ads for Celine’s Calfskin purses as they were shown in Paris a few days ago. The tagline was that "less is more" and that is so very true. Ladies, buy a few things here and there at Nordstroms or Macys, but please, build your wordrobe with quality. Go Designer Baby! Even if you have to start out with pre-owned designer clothing. If you love couture clothing see the Wardrobe Trailer website for a good online store. There are many but I love the easy interface of the Wardrobe Trailer. By the way, I am sure everyone knows that a wardrobe trailer is a movie production term.
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