Friends in New York and LA send constant complaints about the cost of "keeping up," but as any 10th grader at an affluent school can tell you, it happens in the suburbs too. Witness the latest proof: A slew of new boutiques from Intermix set to open in Orlando and Charlotte - cosmopolitan, sure, but hardly places where one immediately thinks "fashion" - in fact, in both cases, our first thought is "air conditioning." So what can we learn from this? That because of the internet and fashion's pervasive "reality" on TV, more Americans in cities without visible fashion industries are getting obsessed with labels? Sure. That if you're visiting cousins in Winter Park, you can now snag a Chloe bag out of boredom? Definitely. But also this: That despite the "crashing" economy, women are still really excited to shop. This is especially odd considering a full tank of gas now costs the name as a Marc dress, but it's definitely something to notice.
What to Wear to the CFDA Awards if You're On a Budget
Earlier this week we received a great e-mail from a reader who didn't know what to wear to the CFDA awards next Monday: Hi Lauren, I'm basically in the most amazing predicament of all time--so I can hardly complain, but I do have a question to submit to your (and possibly other Fashionstas) expertise. I just found out that I'm going to be going to the CFDA Awards on June 7th as a guest of an attendee. Like any person with a pulse, and a proclivity for fashion, I am positively exploding with glee. The models! The designers! I don't know how I'll maintain regular breathing. But on to the conundrum. I have absolutely nothing to wear. I've never been to an event of this fashion caliber, and I feel like I need to "dress the part." But, I'm eighteen, and not about to drop several thousand dollars on a fully designer ensemble. Do you have any suggestions for wardrobe? I'd be willing to wade through New York's vintage shops if you think that would yield a good outfit, but which ones to try?