Rip Off the Runway: Cheap Fashion Finds

by Luiza Oleszczuk
07.25.2008

If you ask about my nine favorite words, the answer is simple: Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Vivienne Westwood and Jean-Paul Knott. But like approximately 95% of the population, I can’t always (well, ok—never) afford getting a five-digit-price-tag attached to those names. Thinking of all those who press their noses to the glass of boutique stores but can’t afford to go inside, CP dug through the stock of earthly resellers’ in search of plagiarizing counterparts of the catwalk gems.

The results lie to the eye and grant a pardon to your wallet. Penny saved, penny earned.                                   

Bubble Up

Who said volume will make you look fat? As long as it’s on your skin rather than underneath it, it can’t help more. Ditch the pencil skirt. This season, skirts and dresses ballooned to inexcusable sizes. Again. The idea is: the more bombastic, the bigger a bombshell. And mark our words, the forties rock-n-roll style skirts will be back before you know it.

                                                                             

The Gypsies Are Coming

Bohemian tunics and hippie headbands put a spell on designers. Flower is in power at Anna Sui, Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Lacroix, Franck Sorbier, Josep Font, Marc Jacobs and others. So are ethnic prints, broad scarves, fringes (on everything), flashy, colorful pendants and henna tattoos.

Fret not if your Barnes & Noble salary confines you to flea markets; the glamorous and dirt-cheap reproductions are already filling popular stores across the country.

Puffy Makes Perfect

Thanks to the creativity of top-shelf designers, you can wear aristocratic remnants and not look ludicrous. The runways promote overblown sleeves that will easily hide your flabby arms and hark back to the Victorian style that has enjoyed a resent resurgence. 

Navel Gazing

Transparent tops are a way for giving a peek of the prize without spoiling the surprise. You don’t have to show your smooth skin per se to get the ultra sexy look-- cover it with a fog of chiffon, tulle or mesh, and the message is, well, clear.

 




 

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