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By Michelle Lee

A riveting glance contained in the model global that exposes the reality approximately shopaholics, sweatshops, and star closets.

Fashion—from the $1500 Prada bag to the $30 Kate Spade knock-off bought at the sidewalk—has been remodeled from a commodity reserved for the elite to a robust presence in mass marketplace tradition. As a society, we're keen about model and elegance, racking up bank card debt to help compulsive purchasing conduct, scouring magazines for the most recent traits to shop for, and focusing extra on who’s donning what on the Oscars than on who’s profitable. In Fashion Victim, award-winning journalist Michelle Lee blows the lid off the style undefined, and spotlights the fascinating—and usually disturbing--ways during which it really is morphing our tradition, our financial system and our values.

Dishing at the lords of the label, together with designers like Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, and Kenneth Cole, Fashion Victim finds an international that's occasionally gruesome, occasionally glitzy, yet continually fascinating. From undergo hides to the Victorian bustle, Lee strains the position of favor during the a long time, taking us from the sunrise of ready-to-wear in 1865 to the trendy pattern cycles that incite us to clamor after leg heaters, bumster trousers, and Manolo Blahniks. She information the start of “Speed Chic”—the hamster wheel of favor that retains us caught in an unending cycle of intake and has develop into the crack-cocaine of favor, offering us with a brief excessive until eventually we spot the following development and achieve for our wallets. She additionally explores the phenomenon of “McFashion,” the uncanny proliferation of shops just like the hole and previous military which are creeping into each city in the USA and stripping us—and the designers they knock off--of individuality and innovation. and she or he finally probes the human price of fashion’s decadence, together with the distorted perceptions of attractiveness fueled by way of high-end designers, the hazards of dry cleansing, and the grotesque monetary disparity among those that make the garments and those that purchase them.

An extraordinary glance at the back of the runway on the forces and personalities using this $200 billion buck undefined, Fashion Victim is a trendy, provocative and hugely interesting contribution to the research of yankee renowned culture.


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The brand’s familiar look and prevalence in their mail-order catalogs had made the clothes recognizable enough that they didn’t need an obvious swoosh, polo player, or little green alligator sewn across the chest. I had been a moving J. Crew billboard all day without the presence of any visible logos. 9 T H O U S H A LT C A R E A B O U T PA R I S H I LT O N ’ S G A U LT I E R M I C R O - M I N I Although some might argue that the socialite as we once knew her is dead, her successor’s social calendar is still jam packed, and her list of contacts in the fashion industry is growing by the New York minute.

In a way, wearing a logo is like wearing gang colors. Just as the Bloods and Crips brandish red and blue bandannas, the Fashion Victim wears the designer logo as a proud badge of membership. It’s an act that’s tribal at its core. “It’s like schoolchildren all nagging for the coolest trainers [sneakers, for you non-Anglophiles],” says Vella. ” A brand name can add immediate “worth” to two identical products. “Branding is unfortunately the cornerstone of many fashion labels today—not the design, the innovation, the cut, or any other skill honed by the designer.

I think they’re very chic. Sexy for us has to be chic and sexy. A sexy-looking Gisele sells, yes. But a girl in bondage, no. ” Sex isn’t the only trick in the book. Today, premeditated weirdness has just as much pull as a gratuitous glimpse of flesh. ” Who wouldn’t want to buy a pair of jeans after seeing that? “These ads also work because there’s so much word of mouth and so many articles about them in the newspapers and other media,” says Arthur Asa Berger, author of Ads, Fads and Consumer Culture.

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