Monica Corcoran puts forth a manifesto of sorts today, urging women to think about their status buys. For the cost of a luxury handbag, she argues, we could be investing in emerging artists - helping young people instead of old companies, and buying something that could surge in value, instead of a bag that usually ends up with a slashed eBay price and a slew of Canal Street knockoffs. But art and fashion aren't so interchangeable - you can't carry a print around with you, and if we're being honest, a status bag is the grown girl's equivalent of a security blanket. You can hide behind it, you can shield yourself with it, and you can believe (wrong but hard) that it makes you safer and better. We don't actually believe this, but we understand it. What we don't understand, however, is how to buy art, or even where to look. Our favorite emerging photographers are Sean Dack and Diamond Rodgers - if you're looking for guidance beyond their portfolios, ArtInfo.com is a good place to start.