Cheap Thrills: August Edition!

Who amongst us doesn’t love a bargain? Once again, I have reprised my “Cheap Thrills” column where I feature a group of items in the market and show their high priced version along with their (far) less expensive doppelganger (or a reasonable facsimile) which are, in most cases, a fraction of the cost of the originals. If it appears that all of the inexpensive pieces are from Zara, it should not be surprising given how successful they have been with keeping their fingers on the pulse of fashion and creating affordable fashion. Their ad campaigns are always superb and right on the money and their most recent, for fall/winter 2018, is no exception featuring photography by Steven Meisel and films by Fabien Baron. Is it any wonder that Amancio Ortega, the founder, and owner, has been named the third richest person in the world?

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Rick Owens over-the-knee sock sneakers, $1126 (reduced from $1877) More info/purchase; Zara over-the-knee fabric sneakers, $89.90 More info/purchase

Ermanno Scervino tartan blazer, $2053 More info/purchase ; Zara tartan blazer, $149 More info/purchase

Isabel Marant silver-toned crystal drop earrings, $520 More info/ purchase; Zara silver-toned crystal drop earrings, $25.90 More info/purchase

Joseph gray Grimaud Prince of Wales checked blazer, $472.50 (reduced from $945) More info/purchase; Zara gray plaid blazer, $129. More info/purchase

Alice + Olivia Kidman silver sequined jacket, $895. More info/purchase Zara silver sequined hooded sweatshirt, $49.90. More info/purchase

Vintage Chanel tweed 4 pocketed jacket and skirt ensemble, $4847.57. More info/purchase Zara black and white tweed jacket and skirt ensemble, $189.90. Zara jacket, $149. More info/purchase Zara plaid mini skirt, $49.90 More info/purchase

Saint Laurent Meurice black suede high heeled boots with fringe. $1895. More info/purchase Zara black suede high heeled boots with fringe, $199.90 More info/purchase

Jimmy Choo Brandon white leather and stretch Ponte ankle boots, $895 More info/purchase  Zara white leather stiletto heeled ankle boots, $129. More info/purchase

Emilia Wickstead snake print silk crepe de chine maxi dress, $1780. More info/purchase Zara snakeskin printed shirt dress, $119. More info/purchase

Vintage YSL Goossens gold toned fossil necklace, $488.67. More info/purchase Zara irregular shapes gold necklace, $29.90. More info/purchase

Preen Line Kara asymmetric scarf printed crepe de chine midi dress, $655 More info/purchase Zara belt printed tunic dress, $99.90 More info/purchase

Balenciaga neon pink fitted ribbed sweater, $895. More info/purchase Zara neon pink ribbed turtleneck sweater, $35.90. More info/purchase

By the way, either one of the above would be a perfect accent color to wear if you are planning to attend the cocktail reception on September 6th, in honor of the opening of the Museum at FIT’s exhibition, “Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color”, curated by Dr. Valerie Steele, director of the Museum at FIT (it runs from September 7, 2018 – January 5, 2019). The exhibition, comprised of approximately 80 ensembles (dating from the 18th century to the present), is devoted entirely to a hue that through history, has been “the most divisive of colors” and has admittedly provoked “strong feelings of both attraction and repulsion.”

– Marilyn Kirschner

Marilyn Kirschner

I am a long time fashion editor with 40+ years of experience. As senior market of Harper's Bazaar for 21 years I met and worked with every major fashion designer in the world and covered all of the collections in Paris, London, Milan and New York. I was responsible for overall content, finding and pulling in the best clothes out there, and for formulating ideas and stories.

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