Thursday, August 23, 2007

Fashion Idiocy

I get Bazaar through a credit card reward program. I've resolved to make sure I get one of these fashion glossies every year because it's a chance for me to travel in outer space, cheaply.

One issue or so ago, Bazaar had Ann Hathaway on the cover. She was wearing a designer evening gown, I forget whose, with one of those new corset belts. They are about 12" wide, cinched tight, and decorated with little padlocks.( Jennifer Lopez wore one on the cover of a Fashion Rocks thing, only it looked siightly more plausible with her grey tank top and slinky black pants than tied around a ball gown.) I can't imagine why one would go around wearing padlocks. Someone did, however, and now they are de riguer for the "smart" set. Padlocks make me think of gym lockers, bicycles, suitcases before the war on terror, garage doors, or storage units. None of those things are glamorous. But hey, what do I know?

Anyway, Ms. Hathaway's cover shot had her dressed in an ensemble that cost over $28,000 dollars, without shoes, because they weren't shown, and didn't get credit. The cost of her outfit would support a family in Indonesia for generations to come, It would be more than enough for a second car, for a family that needs one; it is the average teacher salary in Savannah, Georgia for one year's work.

The clothes Ann wore ( I've been thinking about this enough to feel I should be on first name terms with the actress) weren't even costumes! She had on a dress and belt, and presumbly undewear and all, and the idea of the get up was that someone might want to buy that dress and belt to go to a party? A charity ball? What?

I think I may be turning into an anarchist. I have a friend who is one and I think he may have the right idea. Haute Coutoure is one of the reasons I know that the rich are different. If you have that much money to spend on an evening gown, and an ugly padlock belt, then you have too much money and need to get rid of some of it. Personally, I don't see why anyone needs more than say, $2,000,000, That amount should be enough, don't you think? Stash that cash in the bank, and it will make money for you. No worries. At least no big ones, regarding the mortgage and all. Then after the $2,000,000 mark is reached by an individual, yeah, one person per 2 mil-that's more than enough, that would be it. I can think of a lot of things to do with money besides letting people who will spend it on apparel with a vague reference to a chastity belt, or maybe a barn door, get their hands on it. Can't you?


1 comment:

Martin Heavisides said...

If she was 'presumably' wearing underwear, the whole outfit might not have come in under $30,000, since that wasn't figured in any more than the shoes. That would be about a thousand business startup loans in Bangladesh. I wonder if any of the loanees would try to score big in fashion?
I can think of reasons for making padlocks, possibly even shackles, a popular fashion accessory among the very rich.