Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Fall Fashion 2010 - Not Feeling The Faux

I just received the new designer collection catalog from Nordstrom and I wanted to ask when did reliable, affordable and yes, slightly boring Nordstrom turn into Bergdorf Goodman?
I thought that Nordstorm was where you went to shop for Tahari and Calvin Klein not Proenza Schouler and Balmain.
Well anyhoo the new designer catalog is out there and I don't mean in terms of design.
Take this Chanel coat, for example

Tweed coat with faux-fur trim, acrylic/cotton $8,555
OK, so add sales tax and you are north of $9,000 for a faux-fur coat
and let's not forget the matching bag
Faux-fur clutch with tweed detail, wool/acrylic/calfskin $2,795
Once again, add sales tax and this faux-fur clutch is north of $3,000
Who would pay these prices...no really I want to know....who?

My world is all about intrinsic value not ephemeral fashion meaning I break things down into the cost of the materials, how much did it cost to manufacture, etc.
and let's just say that I don't see $9,000 worth of intrinsic value in this coat.
Do you?
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16 comments:

David Toms said...

Definitely not for something that is off the rack at a department store!

Looking Fab in your forties said...

I know your right but I love the Coat and the Bag!

Couture Carrie said...

I love faux but not at this price!!

xoxox,
CC

~Tessa~Scoffs said...

Not. At. All.

Savvy Gal said...

I am with you, I have stopped buying some ridiculous Chanel pieces. My sales try to push an apron looking dress on me for close to 3K, I sometimes wonder what these designers are thinking....

metscan said...

Why the faux? Now if the fur were real ( not rabbit ), I´d understand the desire for these, were one loaded. But faux, no no.

teawithonesugarplease said...

I just think of the quote from 'Working Girl' $10,000 Dollars and its not even leather!

Mardel said...

And to think I thought Ferragamo had gone to pot with the $1000 booties with the synthetic lining; this is ridiculous.

Absolutely Not.

The Preppy Princess said...

God love you Miss Belle, it is so nice not to be feeling like a crankenstein for having many of the same thoughts!

Sending smiles your way,
tp

MyStyle said...

Hi there-yes, I'm sure a lot of ladies would rather invest in a Chanel classic rather than a faux fur one season wonder, more for the billionaire wives I suppose, lol!!

Tish Jett said...

Quelle horreur. I think somebody needs to give Karl a reality check, but I'm afraid no one dares.

It's an Emperor's New Clothes story I think.

Keith said...

I do think there is so much in fashion that is overpriced.p

Jill said...

Nope!

Make Do Style said...

I think you are right to question the value in terms of cost of materials, design, production etc and it really doesn't seem to add up! There is a value to Chanel, the quality of cloth and construction will be impeccable but the mark up seems a tad too high.

Deja Pseu said...

Yikes. Both pieces would probably look much better without the faux fur anyway, but those prices...gah.

Christina @ Fashion's Most Wanted said...

I love Chanel and these pieces are gorgeous.. but the price!! I just couldn't xx

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