You’re Not Fooling Anyone
Joanne Molina, Senior Editor for Second City Style Magazine
I have yet to hear a persuasive argument. I do hear a
lot of whining about price, about how nobody can tell the difference,
about people’s “right” to have whatever they want and finally, how
everyone does it. But truth be told, buying knock-offs, fakes and
counterfeit goods are just a bad idea on both aesthetic and ethical grounds; i.e. they always look fake and even if you don’t care that you could be contributing to a terrorist’s stockpile of cash, you ought to have better standards for yourself.
Finally, I wouldn’t take the work you do at your job and say it was my
own; so give these designers the credit and dollars they are owed
(whether you like it or not). And sometimes if you can’t afford it you
just can’t have it–not very entitlement-oriented I know, but sometimes the answer is just no.
I mention these concerns in light of what’s been brewing in the public sphere as of late.
First, there were the various fashion weeks in Europe and what I saw should scare the pants off everyone
from Forever 21 lovers to devotees of Joe Moron who decided to sell the
season’s it-bag in the backseat of his car: the patterns are
complicated and materials are high-end. In other words, you are going
to look like crap if you think that a pleather, polyester or rayon
substitute is going to resemble what you saw on the runway. It’s going
to get ugly this season. So what are your choices? Save your money to
buy select pieces that will make your wardrobe bones work for you OR
there are companies that emulate the style of the pieces on the runway
(and not duplicate an entire dress or handbag) that will have great