Thursday, 27 June 2013

 SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A LABEL



 (Photos by Zahra A.)

Top: Robert Rodriguez/ Blazer: Topshop/ Skirt: See by Chloe/ Bag: Zara/ Shoes: Alexander Wang


 

Thumbing through the countless e-tailer websites last week, I came across one in particular that sold 'designer inspired' apparel. I was nearly mortified when I saw a pair of replicas of my beloved Alexander Wang Anais metallic loafers (pictured in exhibit A above), for which I had originally commissioned an internal organ of mine in order to procure them, listed at a fraction of the cost. The difference between the real pair and the 'replica' are nearly undetectable... except for one glaring anomaly: the label. Clearly, these replicas did not boast Alexander Wang's name, a label that had elevated my ego and status to the skies (until it was crushed last Thursday by a homeless man). Suddenly, they didn't feel significant anymore. I no longer wanted to list my spleen on the organ black market in order to indulge in them.  

 

 

It got me thinking. I scratched my head, chin and other areas of my body (post razor burns) in wonder. Were the shoes even chic to begin with? Would I have been interested in the replicas if I didn't make the connection to its inspiration source? Would I really wear this had it not been produced by designer 'XYZ'? Would I have really appreciated my pleated tiered Chloe skirt in the same capacity had it not been Chloe? So many questions, but alas, Ask Jeeves was nowhere to be found. 

 

 

But I did realize, that I've only ever wanted the now viral Proenza Schouler shoulder bag because they were Porenza Schouler and every fashion blogger seemed to have conjured this 'IT' bag, not because I appreciated it for its design and functionality, which always felt junior to me. Ditto for a whole list of designer items that I've only ever wanted because of the name it boasts on its label, and not necessarily because I like the way it looks. It makes it difficult for us the draw the line between what we, on a very pure level like, what suits us, how we want our fashion to interpret our selves and to say something about us -- and what we think we want, because the label tells us so. Fashion ain't all fun pleated skirts and loafer pumps, y'know! It's practically molecular physics!



So readers, spammers, ghost followers alike, I turn to you: what is it with designer allure? Do we feel more significant in society when we wear higher-end designer labels? Is your style really you or just something you've assembled from the predominant fashion-related images you've been exposed to?




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107 comments:

  1. omg u're stunning!! amazing outfit!!
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  2. love that skirt!

    http://sincerelyrenay.blogspot.com/

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  3. Gorgeous lady! Totally adoring your blouse and skirt!
    XOXO
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  4. You're always looking so glamorous, like you're going to a special event. :) Love the shoes! They're so fun.

    xoxo,

    Jules of Canines & Couture
    www.caninesandcouture.com

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  5. fabolous shoes dear
    happy day
    xoxo

    ★ Vendy ★
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  6. Great combo. The clutch and the skirt are my favorite pieces.

    Valeria
    http://myurbanmarket.blogspot.it

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  7. well, it's hard to draw the line. After all, what is really our choice...not just in terms of fashion, but our taste in food, music (or just about anything). What is truly ours...what choices do we really make?... and in what sense are we just a product of society.

    In some ways, we're programmed to like some things. Mona Lisa is a masterpiece, for example, that kind of information is put in our head before we're ready to appreciate any kind of painting...and unless we look at it, but really take the time to look at it as if we had never seen it before, we probably won't "really" see it. The same goes for fashion...we all know that designers are "the art" of the fashion world but just like with everything, when you take something for granted.... the magic disappears.

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  8. Whoa, what an awesome skirt! Love the layered pleats

    Trendy Teal

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  9. I think you hit the nail on the head that we feel more significant in society with designer duds. We brag. We want others to feel jealous. But there is something to be said about quality of high end pieces! Hopefully your AW loafers will last longer than a Forever21 knock-off. BTW, What's that about a homeless person squashing your dreams?? Did they take your loafers to put on their spaceship?!

    The Occasional Indulgence

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  10. You look so amazing, I love your skirt. The second photo is gorgeous.

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  11. I'm ashamed to admit that I do feel better about a purchase when it's a designer one. I always convince myself that designer items are of the highest quality, which is true. But the price tag is what guilt trips me. When I bought my beige Miu Miu mary janes, I felt pretty awful about it. I began to doubt my style, my taste, and my life choices...lol. But then I remember how cute they look on me and I forget all about it. Until I go through the same thing again... It's a vicious cycle.

    I'm curious to know...were the replicas genuine leather? Leather is always better! They last longer and don't make your feet sweat. LOL! You know it's true.

    I love what you're wearing. You always ALWAYS look fabulous. Your skirt is so pretty!

    xo Azu

    www.raven-locks.blogspot.com

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  12. Honestly, I've literally never cared about labels. I mean I'm thrilled when I score a designer item at a thrift shop...'cause seriously, Steve Madden shoes for $4 is amazing. But, I would never pay that much for an item just to have the label. Anyways, I do love the skirt you are wearing! But, I'd love it just the same without the label :)

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  13. i can't afford high-end clothing, which doesn't mean i don't want it! but i think there's a couple sides to this. one is quality and supporting invention/design. knock offs are knock offs - when buying those you are supporting idea-stealers instead of people who take the time to come up with the ideas in the first place. but of course when the prices are so high & everyone wants the look it creates demand and in a sense it's kind of fair to make these looks assessable to all. i think a lot of higher end designers are offering different collections at different price points, which i think is smart, and nice ;) your shoes are still way cooler than the knock-offs and probably made with much better materials. ps i love the entire outfit.

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  14. Seriously don't know the answer.

    This is such a tricky one, because I don't know whether I'm blinded by the label, or whether certain items become so ubiquitous that I can't help but resign to their power (i.e. the ps11).

    Some designer things I hate at first (marant's heeled tennis shoes), but learn to like, not out of true affection, but out of repetition.

    That being said, when presented with the possibility to purchase something I love that's not designer and something I like that is designer, I can't deny that I'd likely be drawn towards the latter. I think part of it is wanting to prove I know what's up - wanting others to know I'm not oblivious to what I SHOULD be wearing. Even if I wish that wasn't the case.

    awesome post. Either way , for you though, you look amazing. You could wear ANYTHING and your unique way of putting it together would just blow everyone else out of the water - designer or not. You kill it girl.

    -gab

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  15. Me encanta el look, muy elegante!!
    Saludos
    http://judithbysucre.blogspot.com.es

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  16. I don't know about designer labels, but throw that shit on a 6' tall rail thin model and I'm sold!! And then I'm like, wait... How come I don't look so good in this paper bag burlap sack?? Oh, that's right. I'm not a model!!! Damn, but they make everything look so good!!! Tricksters!

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  17. Um, first of all those metallic loafers are the shit, no matter who made them. I want them, I wanted them, I will want them in the future.

    I do think there is some mob mentality with fashion though... It's easy to think "we'll, sure I like that and have to have it" when everyone is telling you so :)

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  18. That's a beautiful skirt. I like the slits and how it flows. Beauty Fashion Skin Care Blog -Girlie Blog Seattle | Casual Chic Style en AVANCE. / PREVIEW
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  19. cute outfit! thanks for checking out my blog. and sure I'm following you now :)

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  20. I have to say..this outfit it's so much fun....Love it!


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  21. Isn't that the difference between style and fashion? Fashion is what you have to have (!!) and style is what looks good on you fashionable or not. As for identical designer knock offs, even high-up fashion industry professionals have said you should spend your money on good quality basics and for trend based items hit up the local chain store for a cheapo knock off... I think if if makes YOU feel amazing go ahead and sell a kidney but if your'e just blindly buying what you think you should have maybe leave it on the shelf. Hopefully your A. Wang's will last for years where the cheap knockoffs will fall apart :-D

    <3 Paula Shoe Fiend
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  22. You look really nice! :-)

    I love your shoes!

    Have a nice day girl :-)

    Piera Anastasia

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  23. Such a cute flirty outfit! The shoes are perfect <3

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  24. You looks so fabulous in this outfit! I love the whole outfit! ^^

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  25. Oh, the label debate... Personally, I love your shoes and I would love them even if they weren't Alexander Wang. But I like to think that, at least in some cases, I can see beyond the label. I mean, I love Chanel but I don't love all of their designs. The Proenza Schouler bags aren't for me. But it's so easy to be blinded by external factors when you're shopping; I've definitely been influenced so many times by seeing pieces on other bloggers and thinking that they will work for me when the bloggers are 5'10" to my 5'2" :P All that said, I believe strongly in quality, so I would go to the true Alexander Wang's over the knock off every time.
    xox,
    Cee

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  26. Oh, where to begin... I wrote a little something about designer bags and happiness in the past, so I won't break into another essay for the space and mental health sake.
    I can understand the label desire people have because everyone who wants something with a label has a reason for that - to be popular, to own an It item, to show the world that they can have it... etc etc etc.
    Personally the only time I want something with a label on it is when I truly love the item itself and can afford it. Another reason is that many designer items are of a better quality, thus make a smart investment if a girl shops smart.
    Having said all this, I would absolutely HATE seeing a few dozens of girls carrying the same bag or wearing the same shoes, especially if it's a z-rated celebrity or somebody who's only love for fashion equals love for labels with no taste attached.
    Bloggers don't really influence me, neither do celebrities or fashion magazines... I pick the elements, but try to make them my own and definitely stay away from anything everyone is hypo about.
    The fun is mixing high street and designer without compromising on quality. And I would definitely stay away from anything fake - just makes one look too desperate...

    xxx


    P.S. I posted the bag of the month today and I can only imagine your reaction... :D And no the first letter thing wasn't planned. PROMISE!

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  27. I really don't like replicas. But you know some bags are made in Naples, real and fake alike, some are difficult to tell apart. But it must suck to just see your designs ripped off. When I but labels I want quality, so if they have it, I like it. Sometimes the label is there and the quality isn't, they deserve replica's.
    sweetheart you look super pretty!
    Simona
    www.lakenmoon.com

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  28. I love how you layered everything - so girly and fun! Hugs dear xoxoxo

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  29. Wow...I love your style!
    I follow and I hope you'll follow me back:)

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  30. Greeeaat oufit! Oh and on what you said: you´re totally right! I lot of the items we crave are just so popular because they are either designer items or it pieces every blogger has. I mean I can´t remember to have ever craved something that was just a little no name brand piece nobody ever heard of. However we should indeed think more of quality than status of the clothes, shouldn´t we?
    xx
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  31. thanks for invintation to follow I add yo on twitter but here and blogloving did before))
    love your look
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  32. I often ask myself the same questions, it depends very much on the item we're talking! For example, a plain white T-shirt from Alexander Wang or Celine: I can live without it, a Zara or Topshop one will do just fine. But when I look at your Chloe skirt, I see it: the designer allure, I could tell it was a quality item from the first second I laid eyes on your outfit! I guess it's our bad luck, we fashion bloggers, always dream too big when it comes to wishlists and maybe it's a part of ourselves. I love your look, perfectly put together!

    Have an amazing weekend,
    Mary x

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  33. amazing look! u r so pretty <3

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  34. Fabulous outfit, as always, but what really caught my eye was your writing. I have always, always wondered what exactly is it about the brands. I have never been able to afford a brand product of my own, so maybe that's a reason I don't care about them so much, but then again, I think it's quite silly people are willing to spend ridiculous amounts of money just to get the "IT" product. Surely, I might think differently, had I more money and such, but as a girl that refuses to spend more than 100 Euros on a product (and it has to be a winter coat or a proper pair of shoes) the whole concept of spending a month's salary on a top, bag or a pair of shoes seems quite alien.

    Also, I'm afraid people are losing their originality while chasing after the status items their favorite bloggers have. Many times the thrifted skirt might be so much more interesting than the one by the expensive label X, and the dress a girl has sewn themselves might just look more cool than the one by designer Y. Status should be about what kind of person one is, and what he/she has done in his/her life, not about how much money he/she has or what brand he/she wears.

    Lots of blabbering. Sorry! :D I just have so much on my mind about this subject. Keep up the great work, you're amazing! ♥

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  35. you have amazing style!
    Following you now!

    hope you visit my blog & follow too if you like :)
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    xoXo

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  36. Fabulous look! Love the vintage style! Your skirt is beautiful!!

    Sofia

    stylishlyinlove.blogspot.com

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  37. Great look! I am not that intersted in brands but I do understand the feeling you get when wearing some expensive ones ;)

    Lots of love!

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  38. you look so great I love your skirt and shoes so much and you realy know how to match colours together!

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  39. I don't own any designer labels (no one wants to buy my organs obviously) but my mum has a mountain of designer bags and they're so worth it. But in not sure if it's just the individual bags I like.
    I think given the bank account (or ability to save) I too would be decked out in A.W. shoes and Chloe (that skirt is unbelievable and not just because of the lable) I think there's just a level of care and love that goes into high class clothing I would love to own.
    X

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  40. Beautiful outfit! It's perfect for summer! The colors are very nice too! :)

    xx
    Adeline

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  41. Another spectacular outfit! I'm loving that skirt, it's just so pretty!
    xo
    styleontheside.com

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  42. 'So readers, spammers, ghost followers alike...' :D :D omg!

    So, I suppose you expect an answer from a fashion blogger but anyway. I can't say I feel more significant wearing higher-end designer labels. I do like designer and trendy stuff, but it has never been and I guess it will never be my priority! But don't get me wrong, just like the majority I DO feel good in designer clothes. It's just not that important to me :)

    Sun and Sand

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  43. Hello, yes, I'm Canadian too living here in Toronto. I hope things are getting better there in Calgary? You look so elegant in your outfit. Your skirt looks so feminine and chic. Your shoes are gorgeous. I buy designer stuff too because of their craftsmanship and quality. Like my Louis Vuitton bags and designer shoes have lasted for so many years even decades. Thank you for your comment on my Blog today, Happy Canada Day!

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  44. Wow amazing and elegant outfit! xo!

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  45. Thanks for your kind comment dear!
    This place is close to Clermont-Ferrand, in the middle-est of France and I'd be lucky to move here!
    I cannot wait to be fixed ^_^ I'll tell you guys if the exams went well, I'll share the results with you ;)
    Of course I'd be delighted to stay in touch dear!

    Have a very nice day!

    xx
    Adeline

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  46. Stunning outfit, perfect every time. I especially love your shoes and bag.

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  47. It seems that the only thing that is important in this world is labels. But the reality is that labels don't make a person, you can mix and match them amazingly but maybe another person wears it because it is "that label" and they combine it awfully! If I had enough money to spend on designer clothes, I would get the designer version, but the reality is that I don't have 1000 dollars to spend only in one thing. If you have money and you like them and wear all those beautiful pieces, then why not? :) by the way, I love your shoes!!! *-*


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  48. Oh hello Alex Wang shoes. Oh and hello absolutely perfect outfit.

    You're just so beautiful.

    That is all.

    Edita
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  49. You look lovely (and veeeeerrrrrry shiny). As for your question, I'm not sure. I've never really experienced the designer lure for clothes, and only a very little bit for shoes, so the closest thing I can point to is "why do I have a Macbook?" I can point to the traumatic deaths of my cheaper Windows machines, but then again, my parents have had machines that've suffered those same fates (all from feline sources, of course). Really, 96% of why I wanted a Mac was because everyone at my highschool had one, and I was the kid who got pitied for, well, not having one. It's the lure of being even and equal with the people you see around you being something like what you want to be. (In my case...I wanted something that was sleek and shiny, because that kind of felt almost like it might make my life more sleek and shiny, like all these other kids' lives seemed to be, rather than clunky and uncomfortable and awkward like mine felt, and even though I knew they had those moments and those sorts of feelings about my life too, sometimes, it didn't help change the way I thought about them and their lives). I think it's sort of similar with designer clothes and shoes (except for my love for the obscenely high heels that only super-fashiony designers are crazy enough to make...pretty sure my love for those shoes is exclusively due to a desire to tower above the rest of humanity and rooted in desires to be world dictator that date back to childhood, but that's another story). If you can look like someone...maybe your life will be like what you think their life is like. I think that's a LOT of the desire. The rest of it is a mix of "look I'm doing well in life I can buy this unnecessarily expensive thing I'M SUCH AN ADULT RIGHT" and actual "holy crap this is pretty" and then "well everyone says this looks good so uh...it looks good and I'll...maybe look...good if I get it...right?" with some other stuff thrown in. Clothes inspire a lot of complicated feelings in most people, I think, whether they pay attention to them or not.

    Personally, I don't know that I'll ever drop a ton on designer clothes. Maybe a Marchesa ballgown just because I can't avoid falling in love with those, and if someone ever figures out how to make a 24-inch pair of heels that are somehow comfortable and walkable, I would do a LOT to get those, but otherwise, I'm comfortable with less-expensive options that can last just as long if I take care of them. (Seriously, I'm making Forever21 dresses last forever, I don't need to spend too much to get something that lasts). I'm happy you wrote about this - it's such an interesting thing to think about, and it doesn't seem to get thought about enough (aside from my guy friends who scratch their heads and wonder why the hell anyone would willingly spend money on things like high heels, let alone THAT MUCH money...)

    xo
    Sue

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  50. What a gorgeous outfit and you wear it beautifully! I especially adore those shoes! Fantastic styling as always! You're gorgeous!
    <3
    katsfashionfix.blogspot.com

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  51. You look amazing in these pictures and I love your outfit, that skirt is perfection and I have no words for how beautiful your hair is!

    Pop Culture&Fashion Magic

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  52. You look dazzling as usual! I love the different colours and textures in this outfit, especially the eye-catching metallic shoes and the pop of red with the clutch! Very classy and chic!

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  53. Honestly, at first my style is defined by "what others wear, I wear something else" philosophy. I just refused to wear anything that everyone is already wearing.

    Then my style pretty much developed itself in a good way. I start to wear things that are a) comfortable, b) complements my shape (aka hide my fat), c) look awesome!, and d) does not require me to sell a baby.

    Sure I was once in my teenage years and envious of my rich friends who had everything they wanted (okay can you imagine a 13 year old wearing a Louis Vuitton bag?) because well, they have rich parents. The label decided everything for me. The label pulled away my confidence. My whole being was swallowed by what we know as price tags.

    But I refuse to live like that anymore. I refuse to define myself by the price of things I have. Rather, I try to bring out my best self forward with what I have in my hands. So to answer your question, designer allure is definitely super (SUPER) important when you have the capital -and surrounded by people with even more capital- and it defines people who wear them if they choose to let themselves be defined by labels. And my style is actually a collage of the things I see, I want, and I imagine. I'm inspired by lots of things and fortunately, that created my style and my self today.

    Nadya
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  54. You're looking fabulous as usual, my dear <3 ... These soft, nude colors looking so great on you. Love how you've paired the elegant clothes with the cool shoes :-) ... Would appreciate to have you back again on my blog - think that you'll like my tomorrow's post ...! Kisses from Vienna,

    Katja

    www.collectedbykatja.com

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  55. Hahaha OMG I literally cracked up at the organ donation part Rox! Hey girl, take it from an old lady like me....seriously don't be soooo dazzled with the designer tags or you wont have any organs left... with your grace & beauty, you would rock any similar designer inspired stuff!

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  56. You look amazing. I also love the conversation of designer vs. style you bring up! I think designer labels make us feel "stylish" but it doesn't have to be that way. The designer names are definitely catalysts for trends and for creating looks we all lust after but nowadays we can find similar items (granted, they may have been just copied) for cheaper. We still have to create our own style based on our lifestyles and favorable looks but we can do so without "labels." =)
    xo,
    nancy

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  57. Great outfit.
    Your photos look amazing. What camera do you use?
    xo.
    FROM HATS TO HEELS

    www.fromhatstoheels.com

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  58. you got the point..this is an hard question to answer and probably I make an arguable assertion if I say that there wouldn't be any fashion blogs if people were not interested in labels and this is what all the fashion marketing strategy is about. Plus I have to admit that when I saw your beautiful shoes I scrolled down the page to see which brand they belonged to and I felt myself opening my eyes wide because I love Alexander Wang and I'm not sure that i would appreciate those shoes a lot like I did if they weren't been designed by Wang or every other well-known designer.
    All said, style is a completely different question. I think a person is stylish when he/she is feeling confident about what he/she wearing and this is a such powerful and personal quality which labels have nothing to do with. But at the same time, more and more often it happens that designer items perfectly fit with our style and it's natural that we desire them, at least because the labels on them are first of all quality marks.

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  59. Well, designer stuff sure fits better than the 'cut every 1/4 inch off the circumference of a sleeve' at H&M to save a buck. Sure, if you work out, have a bicep you can't wear cheaper stuff, but I find that more expensive (maybe not designer) clothing items fit me a bit better. Not that I have a ton of either (budget shopper that I am).

    Monica, www.pear-shaped-gal.com

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  60. Your photos look amazing! <3
    I absolutely love your outfit !

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  61. such a pretty outfit! especially loving the dusty pink skirt :)
    now following you!

    -terry
    terrydunakim.blogspot.com
    Love Me to Pieces

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  62. I had the same concerns about that Proenza Schouler bag (in case you mean the PS11), but then I held it in my hands two days ago or something and it's amazingly beautiful. I'm so glad they didn't have black textured leather, otherwise I don't know what would have happened to my bank account. And my savings account. And my credit card. Ahem. Feeling the need to have designer items is clearly influenced by my reading blogs and magazines...
    But in the end, they really are better quality and well worth the extra confidence and happiness they give me (I got a pair of Miu Miu jeweled flats recently that make me smile with every step I take in them - my boyfriend said they're like a grown-up version of those blinking trainers for kids).
    Your post just made me think of a conversation I had with a friend about paying the extra amount of cash for Apple instead of similar products: when the product puts a smile on your face every time you use it, it's well worth every penny.

    Greetings from Berlin, love!

    xx
    Sabrina
    Giveaway now on my blog apixiesviewonfashion.com

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  63. You know whats more depressing than spending loads on something only to find that theres a replica... Spending loads and then discovering that it went on sale soon after. F T S.

    Also this is totally unrelated, but what kind of workplace allows you to wear metallic shoes!? :O

    And also unrelated, I left you a reply on my blog :)

    Manon

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  64. I love your make up! and the pastel colors of your outfit<33
    it's true that some people do feel more confident and indirectly place themselves in higher strata when they have high end goods. sometimes the price seems unreasonable but you get the quality, and that feeling you get when taking your new thing outside, all eyes are on them!
    for me I don't really care about the brand. if it looks nice, then I'll buy it as long as it looks good on me :D

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  65. HA! So true...Labels create some sort of awesomeness in the brain and ugly items can definitely be cute. Strange how that works. Great post!
    xx
    Hot Pink Day
    Libi & Lola

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  66. You look absolutely phenomenal! Totally loving this look! Now following you xx

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  67. Thanks for you comment! That's a lovely skirt you have here! Now following you :)

    xx

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  68. Hi Rox, you look fascinating, chraming, funny and happy with this outfit. Precious!
    A kiss and a hug.

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  69. of course, follow me and than i follow u back :>

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  70. hmm for me i think high end brands give me really great energy, like making you feel proud and the prettiest in the room (haha) but the price for it is enough to drain my savings! super loveee your metallic shoes!

    Love,
    Pudding Monster

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  71. How does your outfits leave me stunned every time?! This is very spectacular, I love how each piece works together.

    You should have no worries turning 25! You are so sexy and rocking it! :)
    *In some Asian cultures you are a year old when you're born, and some people gain another year during the New Years depending when their birthday falls. Yikes!

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  72. I love your skirt! Thanks for your comment, following you on bloglovin :)

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  74. Gorgeous!!

    XxX
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  75. you look flawless♥♥ love everything about this outfit!:)

    www.lorietta.cz

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  76. I love your outfit, especially your shoes! They're awsome!
    I totally get your dilema: personally, I buy most items on fast fashion stores. But if I save money to buy a label item, it ends up being sprecial to me :)

    Would you like to follow each other?
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  77. Firstly, absolutely stunning photos dear. Personally, working in manufacturing, it's hard for me to actually buy anything full price, including designer brands. When I do go for quality I can still get designer items that I truly love at a good price, so for my style it's really a mix of all price points and original styling. And, I would love your shoes even if they weren't A. Wang., because I love the style and colour of them. I also believe that having style vs. just wearing/buying fashion is a whole other entity. Good post.

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  78. Amazing photos! You look extremely gorgeous!
    Sure, I love to follow you, so hope you'll follow back :)
    xoxo

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  79. those are good questions! For me if something really doesn't look flattering on me I just give it up regardless to what brand they are, but I think those shoes look great on you and go great with the outfit!

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  80. Very polished look! Love those heels. Your posts are always sooooo entertaining to me. You are hilarious!!!

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  81. Well, like most people I love designer brands, but I always make sure that I can afford them and they make sense in my closet. I don't buy any item just to buy, I do it because I need it and because it's so cute on me.
    You look gorgeous in your outfit

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  82. This is so pretty, Id never be able to put something like this together, but Id love to wear it. Its pretty, plush, smart. I don't think i can say it enough, i love your style.

    Omg thank you so much for stopping by my blog, I couldn't believe it, when I read who it was from.

    I am an official follower


    xoxoxo
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  83. I absolutely love this outfit, you're perfect from head to toe!

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