Where Does the Lace Go?

Faran and I spent a luxurious day at Barneys pre-Christmas. We reveled in $300 Miu Miu, $150 Christian Louboutin and I walked away with three little b
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Faran and I spent a luxurious day at Barneys pre-Christmas. We reveled in $300 Miu Miu, $150 Christian Louboutin and I walked away with three little b
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Faran and I spent a luxurious day at Barneys pre-Christmas. We reveled in $300 Miu Miu, $150 Christian Louboutin and I walked away with three little black dresses - Alexander Wang, Marc, Phillip Lim - for less than the original price of one. Most of our time was devoted to shoes. I slipped on ruffled Prada pumps, sequined Miu Mius, cap-toed Chanels and t-strapped Balenciagas, all signature AW08 shoes, and wondered what one does with such distinct pieces post-season. I couldn't take them home. They're still too expensive (season-specific things tend to be). But for those who do shell out $4000 on the Prada lace skirt or $5000 for that Alexander McQueen military jacket, what do you do with them? Do you wear the piece every single day until it's ripped to shreds and then relegate it to the back of the closet? Do you treat it like the rest of your wardrobe, occasionally broken out and always met with sqeals of, "OMG! Fall 08!"? Do you wear it once and then stash it away for twenty years so that when you do wear it your friends fall at your feet with envy and ask which amazing vintage store you're hiding from them? Or do I only think about this because I covet it all for a month before moving on to the next impossibly gorgeous, unattainable piece of runway history without actually seeing any of it in my closet?