Is the luxury market so over-saturated that designers are trying to make their products look cheap? That's the only explanation we can give to the designer shoes we've seen lately, all made from plastic. If Marc or Sigerson wants to make a rubber rain flat, that's fine. But why on earth would you want to wear plastic heels with your holiday cocktail dress? Pedro Garcia's shoes are usually made of silk or leather in movie-star approved colors. But his new pair has a giant piece of plastic stretching across the foot, and they still cost $475. And Vogue's gift list recommends a pair of Kate Spade plastic ballet flats, priced at $275 (more than Kate's satin ones we've been admiring for a month). This would be fine if plastic shoes were more comfortable. We bought jellies a couple summers ago, and wore them once, before they were relegated to the back of the closet while our blisters healed. Secondly, plastic's an inexpensive material - so why do shoes constructed out of it cost as much, if not more than, their leather counterparts? Is the luxury market so desperately driven that the only way to look expensive now is to also look cheap? Guess we have Mary Kate to thank for this one.
'No Frumpy': Cornell's Pi Phi Forbids 'Gross, Plastic Shizzz'
This morning, I was forwarded six pages worth of dress code requirements for Pi Phi's Cornell chapter. Because it's Friday, and they're outrageous, I'm sharing. What does one wear to rush? If we had a sorority our rule would be there are no rules - we'd welcome vintage flannel and Dior couture heels in equal measure, but Pi Phi's rush chair's a bit more specific. Her strictest rules, below. (UPDATE: We've attached the whole thing at the end, by popular demand.) On Clothes -- Denim leggings are appropriate as long as it's done right: aka, not from American Apparel and worn with chic, cool, chunky boots over them and a longer top. -- No satin dresses. No one looks good in satin dresses unless it's from Betsey Johnson or Dolce & Gabbana, you weigh less than 130 pounds, have three pairs of Spanx on and it's New Years Eve. -- No Frumpy.