Despite a soft economy,
fashion brands are still launching high-end goods
that command prices of $10, 000 and beyond.
With all the concern over consumer
spending, inflation, and soaring gas and oil prices, many
consumers are scaling back. On one hand, Apparel Search is
hearing about a return to the classics and "seasonless"
collections that can effortlessly allow fashionistas to move
from one season to another. On the other hand, we're hearing
about over-the-top excessive luxury items that boast 5-digit
Trend-driven retailer H&M, which is renowned for its
inexpensive, disposable goods, has taken another approach to
fashion with the opening of its London-based store,
COS-Collection of Style. Rather than focusing on fast
fashion, this retail destination sells high quality items at
ground level prices. COS believes that
fashion inspiration is no
longer an elitist affair, and offers a collection that fuses
fashion essentials with re-invented classics and
cutting-edge trends. Styles range from cropped blazers and
skirts to polo shirts, skinny pants, and cocktail dresses.
Again, quality is paramount and these styles are designed to
remain in the closet season after season.
Another fast retail brand, Japanese
retailer Uniqlo, also offers
a complete assortment of affordable apparel. Looks range
from t-shirts and sweaters to denim and outerwear. Also part
of the Uniqlo fashion family is French retailer Comptoir des
Cotonniers, which also focuses on affordable classics. It
will soon be making its New York debut.
With the focus on affordability and
many consumers seeking classic, budget-conscious looks,
Apparel Search is, of course, still finding upscale
retailers that are offering over-the-top expensive items.
Coach's limited-edition alligator bags are commanding
Ralph Lauren's Purple Label offers its Slim Alligator
Folio for $10,000. Ralph Lauren also offers one-of-a-kind
gifts, which include the Pocket Watch Clock in a frame for
For those who like to capture attention
and flaunt their bling,
Dior offers its blazing red "Dior Christal" chronograph
watch. A total of 307
diamonds adorn the bezel, bracelet, and dial, and the
watch also includes two rows of sapphire crystals. Although
prices were unavailable, Apparel Search can only imagine
there are plenty of zeros at the end of the price tag.
Also for the luxury-minded, Lanvin
offers a grained leather large sac bag for $1,885. For Sex
And The City and Manolo Blahnik fans, there's Manolo's
Snakeskin Flat Mid-Calf Boots priced at $1,600. For the more
Yves Saint Lauren offers a leopard-printed pashmina
stole at only $595.
Apparel Search believes that even in
times of economic uncertainty, there will always be a
consumer out there who is willing to spend on high-end
By Regina Cooper