You May recall an earlier post of mine that reported Slimane's $68,000 dress for Saint Laurent. My post was a snarky, tongue- in- cheek illustration of what one could truly buy for $68,000.00 ( houses, boats, land!). In that post I compared some dresses that looked much like the infamous one featured. I found a $12.00 dress recently on Ebay, and had to follow up: In this following photo I am pictured wearing a similar dress to the one from Saint Laurent:
(Photo source of Saint Laurent dress is from the NY Post, and I added my dress next to it, it is obviously not part of the picture.) Of course this dress is not exactly like the designer's pricey number, but it is well made and does have some design features in common. While I purchased this on eBay I do imagine H&M or Forever 21 will be doing some similar, trendy frocks. The price differential is staggering! Slimane also did a smoking- type jacket in an animal print with sequins that is 80% polyester. The fashionspot.com reported that this jacket, which is pictured right on my Pinterest favs, was on the label's British website for the equivalent of $61,000 USD.
With the gap between rich and poor reaching record levels and increasing social discord predicted as a consequence, one wonders what on earth is going on with the price of luxury goods. It does seem to be an irksome but effective marketing campaign for Mr. Slimane for Saint Laurent ( no more Yves...) This is an extreme example of this worrisome trend, but it is not an isolated one. British designer Debbie Wingham has designed an eye-popping dress that is valued at $17.7 million little greenbacks. Please note that this was not created to be sold, and includes a fancy red diamond as well and black and white ones, set in platinum. Here is a photo of this staggeringly priced caftan from debbiewingham.com:
The cost of this diamond gown is $5,350,100.00 and it took over 6 months to craft.
Now that brings us to the price of shoes. Lets discuss a pair of crocodile boots from Gucci priced at 13,410 British Pounds. That is $29,498.53. AND this was last year. I do wonder what these would cost this year? There are many pairs of shoes and boots that run from 1,500.00 to $6,500.00 and they, sadly, are too numerous to mention, and they are in leather with perhaps a few man-made stones thrown in. Stuart Weitzman, however, did a jeweled pump with the real thing; his tanzanite, platinum and diamond sandals are a cool 2 million. Photo and information from theworldmostexpensive.blogspot.com:
Now, do you think the denim jean will be spared this outrageous trend? UM..NO! Secret Circus has designed a pair of jeans with diamonds stitched into the pockets pictured here. (Photo source: Vashion.info) These are priced at $1.3 million:
I am trying rather desperately to summon an explanation that makes sense of all of these staggering price tags. I had a difficult time making sense of Saint Laurent's $70,000 dress. Tina, from ohhappychartreuse.wordpress.com , said it best with her comment on my blog titled The $68,000 Dress: The $68,000 Dress??
"(This) post highlights how overpriced and elitist some designers can be! I am all for quality-made garments and am willing to pay extra cash for them, but there comes a point in time when a price tag is no longer related to craftsmanship but social exclusion. The point this designer seems to be making is that he is only interested in outfitting the upper echelons of society. In my opinion, there are better ways to express your unique sense of fashion."
But now we are considering a dress that cost upwards of $17 million dollars. One could build about 1300 schools in Africa for that sum. I hate to use one dress and draw sweeping conclusions...but add to that Wingham's other diamond dresses, a pair of 2 million dollar shoes and diamond studded denim? There is a trend here, and sadly the few items that I show here- is just the shiny tip of the golden iceberg.