This Season’s Most Expensive Pieces

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Mary Katrantzou FW14 Mink Sweater £20,000

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CHANEL SS14 Backpack $3,400 USD

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Marc Jacobs FW14 Dress $18,000 USD

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Burberry FW14 Hand-painted Trench Coat $10,000 USD

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Delpozo FW14 Cape $6,375 USD

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Louis Vuitton Capucine Bag $4,600 USD

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CHANEL Plexiglass Jewellery Egg Box Embellished With A Diamantè CC Signature. FW14  $18,330 AUS

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Mary Katrantzou Chainmail Dress FW14 $45,600 USD

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CHANEL FW14 Trainers $1,600 AUS

Only an elite few can afford the above fashion items, however these are not the one of a kind, produced for runway only, couture items. These have been made for the ready-to-wear, everyday woman (all be it a rich one) to pair with her other “investment” pieces, the cheaper stuff (coming in at the 4 figure mark, spare change really!).

Mary Katrantzou’s FW14 sweater is made from glossy Saga Mink which is embroidered in gold bullion with the embroiderers being Hand & Lock, who also serve the royals. It retails at about £20,000, however getting down to the nitty-gritty of it, why was it necessary to create a sweatshirt that is so expensive?!

It is true that the cost of luxury goods has risen 60 percent in the last decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The industry points to the rising cost of raw materials like cotton and leather and increasing labor costs, but that’s only half the story.

Katrantzou says ” It was about taking an everyday garment and making it really stand out for its decorative nature and luxury value”.* I, however, think there has to be more to it than that. Perhaps it is a reaction to the high street stores who are knocking off designer pieces and are selling them to the masses. In order to keep the exclusivity of the pieces perhaps it is necessary to add those luxury touches that can’t be knocked off, such as the use of mink and gold thread.

Last year, at Louis Vuitton, there was the fear that, due to its under-performance, that the Louis Vuitton customer was losing their appetite for their luxury goods due to them being considered too “mass”. For this reason they introduced the Capucine bag, retailing at $4,600 USD and even with the long waiting list, they quickly sold-out all over Europe.

It is important to not just concentrate on the price tags, but also to consider the time and effort that goes into crafting each of these pieces. For example Delpozo employs a full-time embroiderer from the celebrated Maison Lesage in Paris, and pieces in the collection require an extreme amount of handwork. Pieces may be expensive, but you get what you pay for.
The craftsmanship of these pieces is undeniable, but unfortunately for me and millions of others the price is still comparable to the price of a small car or even a down-payment on an apartment. I would not consider these “investment” pieces as I couldn’t save for one of these pieces in a life-time, never mind a season. I hate to say it but I think I will be making my way to the nearest ZARA & Co for the best offering of an imitation.

*Quote from British Vogue September 2014

Outfit Post: The Cape Dress

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DRESS | CUE

BAG | PRIMARK/PENNYS

EARRINGS | 1940’S VINTAGE (L.A.)

SUNGLASSES | MINK PINK

This look is inspired by Audrey Hepburn à la Breakfast at Tiffanys. I found this dress, 70% off, when I first started working at CUE. I had already spotted it on the website and fell in love with its classic design and quirky cape feature at the back. Paired with my cat-eye sunglasses, vintage sparkly earrings and red lips I felt every inch the starlet! I love that I get to dress up for work at CUE. They have beautiful clothes and the best part is that most of it is made in Australia, which I really love!

What do you think of this look?

Love Dani xx

Everybody is talking about: Alexander Wang for H&M

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Everybody is talking about Alexander Wang’s collection for H&M, set for release around the world on the 6th of November.

Quintessentially Wang, it is a collection of heavily sports/street influenced clothing, comprising of his signature body-hugging dresses , foam cropped sweaters, bandaged bras, parkas and even a pair of black leather boxing gloves. But don’t get it twisted, this collection is not made for the gym. Alexander Wang admitted, “I don’t do sports, I only wear sports clothing.” He went on to explain, “The collection should be titled ‘Sports At Night,'” said Wang. “I thought of this idea of when you’re out dancing, or when you’re out running around at night, you sweat as well. You don’t only sweat in the gym, or when you’re playing sports…I love the idea that these garments could perform in other environments.”
Seemingly transfixed with idea of sweat, some of the Italian-made knit tee dresses have designs that actually become more visible when you sweat!

What I love the most about this collaboration (and dare I say it is my favourite designer collaboration with H&M) is it’s faithfulness to the brand. It has all the markings of a high-end Wang collection, but without the hefty price tag. There doesn’t seem to have been any sacrifices made when it came to the design or production.

This collection sure to put Wang on the map for all those high-street consumers, who may not be familiar with the “It” girl’s favourite designer. The Wang look has always been accessible and now it is even more attainable with this mega partnership. Sure to sell-out in minutes (seconds even), there is no doubt that it will get you working up a sweat!

Outfit Post: Vintage Dress

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DRESS | VINTAGE

SHOES | PRIMARK

CAT EYE SUNGLASSES | MINK PINK

One of my favourite discoveries since living up here in Queensland, is the lovely Port Douglas. This quaint little town is a perfect mix of old world Australia and modern elegance with some fantastic restaurants to boot. Lunch overlooking the Marina is the best way to spend a warm afternoon and a great excuse to dress up!

NYFW: Thom Browne Spring 2015

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Thom Browne’s Spring 2015 collection was a first class winner and had me dreaming of a day at the races. Show-stopping pastels, first class prints and awarding winning silouhettes had me inspired for a day at the Melbourne Cup or Galway Races. A beautiful mix of Lady Gaga’s eccentricity and Grace Kelly elegance, this collection was definitely a front-runner for Best in Show.