Beautiful day out today. Yay to sass being in full effect! Boo to being at The Office.
Three angels fluttered around me today, making my heart smile:
1) EL was back from her conference and working a great basic hot-librarian look. The proportions are oh-so right on her figure. What a minx.
2) Sablecrow came over this evening after my workout. Loves his sassy hat. We sipped Port and discussed his new honey. Ah to be young lovers!
3) Kate of All Trades sent me the cutest Valentine in the mail. I almost keeled over with delight. Who gets mail anymore...especially VALENTINES?? LOVES the rockets and the apple-cheeked boy who looks like her gorgeous baby. So sweet!
Forever 21 bubble tribal dress
Forever 21 green linen jacket
Manolo Blahnick d'orsay brown heels
YSL chocolate tote
Chanel quilted brown sunglasses
Banks & Biddle gold bangle
Faux Chanel white earrings
Adore this outfit to the core of my being. Let's start with the fact that the dress and the jacket cost a grand total of $50. Can't beat that.
The jacket looks so polished. Just look at those gold buttons and clasps!!! And the pear lining is OUT OF CONTROL adorable. Scrumptious.
The dress is truly a dream. Got it last spring. Uber comfortable. So light and floaty. A marshmallow of a dress. I was worried that the bubble would date it but I think it's so subtle that it's not a concern. Plus, it's still very on-trend for spring because of it's tribal/safari/global pattern. (Btw, Neiman's Spring Style Tutorial is to die-for!)
Like many Forever prints, it's very reminiscent of Diane Von Furstenberg. She is actually one of a handful of designers suing Forever 21 for copyright infringement. Blech. I need to read up on the arguments for each side and earnestly discuss with Mr. Diabolina who has handled apparel copyright cases for major corporations.
But I think all fashion is derivative. All designers influence each other, borrow from each other. There is no distinctive brand logo that is being misused. Forever 21 is not passing anything off as a DVF. Not any more than any other major retailer (Inc., Ann Taylor, Gap) does when they sell customers wrap dresses with a graphic print.
Plus I don't think it substantially undercuts Diane's profits. I for one still buy DVF. I just never pay full price. The quality is clearly better when it's designer. I know exactly what I am getting when I plunk down $250 versus $25. Forever isn't keeping me from buying her work. Diane is keeping me from buying her work by pricing me out. That's her right in a free market. And I think it's the right of other retailers to make more sensibly priced versions of sought after pieces.
Ultimately, I'm no lawyer but I think all is fair in love and fashion.
p.s. I took the runway photos above at the DVF Spring 2007 runway show during Fashion Week. I was Jean Bean's plus one. I just happened to be in NYC celebrating a friend's 30th and it worked out that I could join her as she covered the shows for the Austin Statesman. Got to go all around the tents at Bryant Park and mingle with the glitterratti.
It was one of the all time fashion highlights of my life. Will never forget it. A dream come true.
What did I wear? A Forever 21 wrap dress :)