Weekly Shop Report
Even industry hype and glittery nights out can't completely resurrect the September of yesteryear.0
Walking around the city on a sunny September day you can’t help but notice ubiquity of springy stepping stilettos, smiling faces and sincere love for September. All in all, New Yorkers appear happy their signature month is more normal than 2008. If the mood is the first step in lifting us out of this apparently over recession, then we’ve made a strong first step. But will the market follow? Formerly the month for retail surges, even industry hype and glittery nights out can’t fiscally resurrect our favorite month. With September slowly chugging along, luxury in tears and retailers fast tracking their holiday worries, Fashion Week seems like a distant memory. We miss it.
As if luxury weren’t struggling enough, apparently the people who can actually afford luxury – those set to lift luxury from it’s recessive rebranding – are claiming quality has fallen and once exclusive brands are now a commodity worthy of Joe the Plumber. So in an attempt to expand it’s consumer base and pull in more potential spenders, luxury risked over extension, sacrificing singularity and falling back on their powdered arses. Well that backfired. Good thing we have the holidays to make up for it, right? Er, wrong. Holiday fears are already creeping up as retails brace for a showdown with the increasingly patient consumer who will not be oversold. Major department stores anticipate a Wild West worthy showdown with sale-savvy consumers willing to standoff until retailers slash prices.Does that mean we may be able to buy discounted Hanukkah presents? As consumers, can we request early discounting?
And speaking of discounting, TJ Maxx and Marshalls are doing well! Woot, woot! But if you find an Alice & Olivia party dress there this fall remember that it’s not considered luxury anymore. Same aforementioned report claims brands with outlets and sold at discount are no longer considered luxury. Nope, luxury means it’s special people, and as much as you love a bargain, discounted bulk clothing is no longer considered special. For truly luxury discounts, you need The Vogue City.
If you aren’t concerned about luxury branding, then skip to Tommy Hilfiger’s flagship store now open on fifth. For the more culturally inclined, check out “A Single Man,” Tom Ford’s directorial debut. And if all else fails then fade back to fiction with London Fashion Week, in full effect now. We’re barely emerging from a recession, so don’t feel bad if fantasy is your favorite fix.
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