Would You Still Wear It?

I've had a long love affair with Hermès. I love the house's sense of secret luxury; I love the connections with Grace Kelly and Jane Birkin; and I re
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I've had a long love affair with Hermès. I love the house's sense of secret luxury; I love the connections with Grace Kelly and Jane Birkin; and I re
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I've had a long love affair with Hermès. I love the house's sense of secret luxury; I love the connections with Grace Kelly and Jane Birkin; and I really love the Hermès tie I stole from my dad years ago because I loved the horses on the label. What I don't love however, is Heidi Montag's recent habit of toting Birkins around LA to prove how much she loves "fash-on". Nor am I much inclined to smile when I see Pharell's giant purple crocodile travesty. I mean, don't we have Gucci for these people? And yet, I still love Hermès despite myself, specifically the ladylike Constance, and anything with a shot of Jackie O. But every time I see some reality TV actress carrying a perfect beacon of elegance, I die a little inside. I think, "Am I really coveting the same stuff as Audrina?" So the bigger question is, could you wear something that someone you loathed loves? Could you get over seeing say, Britney, walking around in those Roger Vivier flats you've drooled over? Or Megan Fox matching her night gowns with that Bottega Veneta knot clutch you've been waiting to buy? And before you come out with "Oh, that's ridiculous," just think of how many names are ruined for you because of that bad college roommate or that mean boy on the playground. Sometimes, it's about the association. And so, does that translate to what you wear? --BRETT KANE