Wednesday, April 22, 2009

How far would you go for fashion?

That's a question I want to pose to you my fellow Petites. I own about fifty pairs of shoes, twenty-five handbags and an abundance of jewellery. Thankfully, I manage to get all of this through my various retail jobs - where perks such as free jewellery, huge discounts on shoes and handbag run rife.

Once upon a time, I interned at a magazine. I had never seen so much Ralph Lauren, Chanel and Bottega Veneta items in my life! What surprised is how the top media executives right down to the fashion assistant, all carried a designer bag. From the YSL "Downtown" bag, to the Miu Miu black coffer bag, a Chanel 2.55 and a Chloe Paddington bag. Not to mention a few Burberry trench coats lying around the office.

Some girls saved every dollar they make to afford these luxury items. Others were willing to skimp on lunch (losing weight is an added bonus!) to get what they want. A few of them believed they wanted their money to be their wardrobes.

In fact, I knew someone who shared the same obsession with fashion as me. Has a designer shoe fetish, owns more jewellery than Tiffany & Co and the amount of handbags she owns could make Louis Vuitton blush. At the tender age of twenty-two, she owns three pairs of Manolo Blahniks, a pair of Jimmy Choos and a Christian Louboutin heel on the side. If Carrie Bradshaw were a real person, they'll be soul mates.

This girl worked for a media agency at one stage, the pressure to look good as well as owning a few designer products are a must in this industry - especially one that revolves around fashion. With her tiny salary, it wasn't enough to fund for her love of designer fashion. How did she fund this? By becoming an escort.

I was surprised at how far people would go to pursue fashion. I love fashion, but I don't think spending a lot of money on fashion is a short cut to gaining style. I also believe the need to be 'in trend' can be tense and stressful. Or maybe I'm acting like a Mum right now, and the way to look good in today's society is to be a slave to fashion.

What do you think my Petites?



Icy said...

Ouch, I love clothes, but not that much. I have to say she made a choice I wouldn't. Very interesting post and nice blog.

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