Archive for October, 2008

Sarah Palin, fashion grifter

October 24th, 2008
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Well, I said I wouldn’t be posting for a while, but here I am at Podcamp Hawaii at the Hawai’i Convention Center, with free Wifi, and how could I resist not commenting on Sarah Palin’s new $150,000 wardrobe. I’m sure a lot of fashionistas will now be contemplating a new career in politics. I thought Jon Stewart got it right when he said theirs is a family of professional grifters. Not good.

Last night, I was thinking what I could do with $150,000 and after figuring I could dress myself for a campaign for a mere $5,000, started wondering where does one even begin to spend that much. Say a designer suit off the rack is $5,000, and that’s generous, even for Neiman and Saks, if you pick up 10, that’s only $50,000! Throw in 10 pairs of $500 shoes, $5,000. What the heck did she buy? Well, I guess some money went to the kids.

For ideas on how to dress for $2,500, check out the Budget Fashionista.

Palin makes Hawaii politics look good.

Hi, I’m on vacation

October 20th, 2008
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If you’re wondering why I am disappeared, I am on vacation. Sadly, a staycation given the economic situation. Not that I didn’t see it coming. About two years ago my b.f. and I sold our respective homes to get ready for the coming downfall. There was no way housing prices could be that high, with incomes not budging. Too many people were looking only at their monthly payment, without looking at what they actually owed.

I started telling all my friends to start saving because the crash would be bad. I just didn’t think it would be this soon (I thought we had two more years to save and invest) and this rapid.

It all sort of puts a damper on fashion talk. It feels like 9/11 all over again. I guess I mentioned this on Twitter, because one of my followers wailed, “Nooooo, ur the one who is supposed to buuuyyyy, that’s not right!”

People who love fashion will continue to love fashion, but conspicuous consumption may have to take a back seat for a little while. Otherwise, it would be the equivalent of going to a funeral in a pink pouffy dress. One of the measures of fashion, after all, is appropriateness.

After 9/11, fashion did take an exuberant turn, as if to lift spirits. That’s when Marc Jacobs came up with his Conte de Fees line of fairy tale patchwork handbags for Louis Vuitton. Maybe that’s why, at Roberta Oaks’ SideSHOW sale over the weekend, I came away with one of her fuchsia tank tops and a bright, multi-color patchwork skirt sewn from multi-color scarves. It was so happy and I feel happy wearing it. Spring 2009 is looking especially buoyant. I can’t wait.

Anyway, I will be checking in with all the people I never get to meet up with when I’m working. I’ll also be keeping up with email and will be back at work on Nov. 3. I may still be Twittering, but I probably won’t be updating this blog until the 27th. See ya soon.