When is it OK to fake it, style wise? We can't all afford, or don't choose to spend on, the finest designer label clothing, shoes and handbags. But how do you feel about fakes?
I won't buy a fake designer purse. I have a lot of respect for a designer's ideas, craftsmanship, and reputation (My husband designs software and I think that's influenced my views on creative product.) Imposter bags are often made under heinous working conditions, and sometimes use child labor. And, they're usually poorly made with a cheap appearance. So what's to love?
But that's a specific kind of fake. That's not a Chanel, or a great vintage Chanel, or a cool vintage bag from the thrift. I call them "Channels", kind of like the "Golex" watches you can get for $25 from street vendors.
|Good article here about how to spot a fake designer purse. This one is real.|
From More Magazine.
There's another kind of "fake" that's just fine with me, though, and I'd love to hear your opinions. I don't mind at all wearing cubic zirconium pendants, for example. I'll wear a nice honkin' one, and if anyone asks I say "It's a cubic zirconium, for real." Very few people ask, and I enjoy the necklace for what it is: a good-looking fake diamond. I wear fake pearls too, and don't give a hoot about their faux-ness.
On the other hand, I wouldn't buy a fake Tiffany piece. They have trademarked some designs that are noticeably their own. If that's the piece I want, I will shell out to Tiffany's (or a reputable re-seller) for it. Wendy Brandes, talented jewelry designer, has some tales to tell about jewelry rip-offs. And if I can't afford an original Tiffany or Wendy design right now, I'm tickled with a vintage necklace from the consignment store.
|Don't even try to copy Wendy's fabulous Cleves ring.|
I don't own a single couture item in my wardrobe, but I have no objection to less-expensive pieces inspired by the great designers. Speaking of Chanel, Talbots and others make lovely tweed jackets that clearly got their inspiration from Coco. They're not pretending to be Coco, though, at one-tenth the price.
|This won't pass as a Chanel, but it doesn't have to - it's stylish and inspired|
by the influential designer. At Nordstroms, $108
So I won't go in for stealing a designer's name and trademarked designs, but I'll happily wear fake diamonds, pearls and "inspiration" pieces. Am I on the slippery slope? Where do you weigh in on this issue?
And have a lovely, authentic day! ♥