Hi, my name is Emma (Phileda) and I write a blog called Stolen Style about intellectual property in the fashion industry. Our goal is to inform college-age consumers like you of the prevalence of legal copies, legal and illegal knock-offs and illegal counterfeits in the fashion marketplace. You can visit the blog here, but also check back every Thursday for this series on BlogDailyHerald entitled ‘Splurge, Steal, or Something Original’ . Each post will focus on a current trend and feature one splurge purchase, a cheaper copy of the splurge for your instant retail satisfaction, and a third option—a well-priced, on-trend purchase that isn’t just a cheaper copy of the original splurge purchase but is something special. An example of this third option might be a vintage piece, a piece from an unknown designer, or a handmade find. I hope that this column will make shopping and getting dressed each morning just a little bit more fun for you —I really believe that being able to evade pressure from the marketplace to simply buy ‘Stolen Styles’ is a key to finding joy in fashion.
Right now I’m absolutely obsessed with Jil Sander’s Spring 2011 RTW Collection, which is all about maximalism and couture gigantism (think t-shirts and ball gown worthy skirts) and the inspiration for this weeks post.
These images courtesy of Style.com, which has been making Runway shots available to the public for years.
Of course, most of us aren’t going to wear anything like this sauntering down Thayer Street, so what the retail industry has done is taken Raf Simon’s work for the house of Jil Sander and made bright color, maxi skirts and graphic prints a major trend. Let’s try to channel that this week.
So first, the Splurge for this week.
This is this week’s splurge. $395 at Neiman Marcus. The gorgeous Jil Sander floral-print tee that you see going down the runway above. Image courtesy of Browns.
For the Steal? We’ve got plenty.
First, Forever 21’s DAISY SUBLIMATION TOP, $13.50.
Second, Forever 21’s FLORAL BOUQUET TOP, $15.80.
Banana Republic’s Floral Print Tee, $34.99.
And finally, an original design. What can you do to set yourself above the crowd of retail shoppers?
First, for about $30 you could take a photo (or find an artsy friend, or look online) of a flower, turn it into Pop Art using Photo Booth or Photoshop, and visit Uber Prints to make a t-shirt. Talk about personalizing your style.
Second, check out pop art t-shirt artist James Anthony, whose shop on Etsy is here.
Finally, why don’t you use a t-shirt you already have, and go to Etsy or Ebay to look for a full length twill skirt (or any fabric). The Jil Sander look you see above is really just a long twill skirt with a tee. I know searching on Etsy makes you think ‘crochet scarves and grandmothers’, but you can find really great vintage stuff. The key to searching on Etsy is changing the category (next to the search box in the top right corner) to Vintage. I found this great 1940’s Picnic Skirt from DeseoVintage for $60 on Etsy.
I also went on eBay and found not only a vintage Prada long pink silk skirt for $100, but also a crazy company called Sisters Silk, that makes long silk skirts in outrageous colors for $100. Check it out here.
Finding Stolen Style is easy and fun, but finding Something Original connects you with your wardrobe and makes each piece a special friend. I hope you’ve enjoyed this first edition of Splurge, Steal or Something Original and feel ready to tackle this Spring trend head-on.