Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Nina Ricci: The Exorbitant Cost of Fashion

Despite the recent mumblings about a recession, designers have blissfully ignored them and have proceeded to skyrocket the price of designer goods. Case in point: Nina Ricci's silk asymmetical dress, while somewhat aethestically pleasing, does not warrant the outrageous price tag of $5,090. The unfinished hem, the raggedy scarf appendage, and the material alone leave one entirely perplexed: why is this garment so expensive? Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, and Alberta Ferretti have all similarly priced their garments, but their pieces are extravagantly realized designs that are meticulously crafted (look for beading, appliques, and complicated stitching). This dress looks like it came out of the discount bin at Century 21. Designers need to realize that the price does not elevate the worth of the garment: the craftsmanship does.

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