On the heels of some of the biggest fashion news to hit the general public in a long time. I find it very appropriate to launch the fashion section of this site. It’s way ahead of the time frame that I had in mind but I can’t let this opportunity pass without at least recognizing this weeks events.
Wow! I honestly can’t believe how long it took the high end fashion designer to scale down their lines to make them more affordable to the average consumer. In the same breath it wasn’t until I went to Miami a few years back to realize the difference between high fashion designers and the average clothing designer.
Although the same two tops may look the same, they are far from it. When I put my hands on a dress that you may think only cost $150 and find out it’s well over $1500 there better be some differences and guess what there are. Although I’m not that into the design end of things I am into technical things. First the material. It’s usually much heavier weather it’s a crazy high thread count or just the fact that the material itself is a much better grade than the normal standard that most consumers are accustomed to. Then we can throw in things like better stitching, better cuts, or better overall design of the garments. All that’s great but that’s not what I’m here to talk about today.
The high end fashion world has always been ahead of the times in design and most designers are held in high regard for their intelligence. So why did it take them so long to figure this out? Was it arrogance, status, greed, or the simple fact that the economy stinks? Whatever the reason is, it’s for the best that they have figured it out. We all as consumers are going to benefit. Weather it’s better style, better quality, or flat out better competition in the clothing market. We are all going to be winners.
Congratulations to brands like Missoni for figuring out how to tap into these markets. I have been shopping at places like Armani Exchange for the exact same reasons. Price point, quality, and style. Now other brands are jumping on the band wagon and for good reason.
So how does all of this translate? Well for me, it fits perfectly into what I have been trying to accomplish over the last year or so. Own less junk! Now, I know people out there that own 50 or so pieces of clothing total. I find that a little extreme but some of the premiss behind it makes complete sense. For me, I am finding that I where all my clothes and I spend less time in the closet trying to figure out what to where (that equals more time doing what I want). Next I own better quality clothing that work with a lot of pieces, that fits me better and almost gives me a taylored look. Have you ever heard of that saying about the Italian and his suit? Basically they own fewer suits but look really, really good and where the same suit for whatever occasion. I guess that’s why they have small closets or wardrobes (LOL).
To those High fashion designers. I say congratulations for opening your eyes and bring it on! I think a lot of people are ready for a change in the way they shop and live.