If you’ve been reading my ongoing “Cheap Thrills” column, you already know the drill. For those who may be checking this out for the first time, read on.
High fashion undeniably comes with astronomically high prices. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t bargains to be found. And who amongst us doesn’t love a bargain? Once again, I have reprised my “Cheap Thrills” column; selecting a number of items in the market, I show their high priced version along with their (far) less expensive doppelganger (in most cases, they are a fraction of the cost of the originals).
Will the quality, workmanship, fabrication, and detailing of the latter be on par with the former? Probably not, but then again, there are times when it is and in many cases, the differences are miniscule, barely discernable, discernible only to those with the most well trained eye, and not enough of a negative to outweigh the positive (the price tag). In some cases, I actually prefer the less expensive version and not just because of the price but by virtue of its design.
The fact that most of the inexpensive pieces are from Zara is unintentional but given how in sync they are with the pulse of fashion, and how successful they are with creating affordable fashion, it shouldn’t be that surprising. 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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Left: Maximillian striped Saga mink fur coat, $3850 More info/purchase Right: Zara faux fur with multi-color stripes, $129 More info/purchase
Left: Azzedine Alaia 1991 leopard printed calf hair bolero jacket, $7500 More info/purchase Right: Vintage 70’s faux leopard cropped bolero jacket, $175 More info/purchase
Left: Balenciaga shearling scarf, $2795 More info/purchaseZara faux fur stole, $89.90 Right: More info/purchase
Left: Norma Kamali black fringed pants, $695 More info/purchase Right: Zara fringed trousers, $89.90 More info/purchase
Left: Norma Kamali 1980’s black fringed jacket, $550 More info/purchase Right: Zara black fringed jacket, $89.90 More info/purchase
Left: Givenchy embellished black mink tailcoat, $15,000 More info/purchase Right: Zara bejeweled faux mink jacket, $149 More info/purchase
Left: Moncler short red puffer jacket, $1590 More info/purchase Right: American Eagle short red puffer jacket, reduced from $99.95 – $27.99 More info/purchase
Left: Louis Vuitton Speedy 30, $2800 More info/purchase Right: Loqui Store Botticelli Birth of Venus bag, $12.95 More info/purchase
Left: Alexander McQueen metallic textured sneakers, $287.50 (reduced from $575), More info/purchase Right: Zara contrasting sneakers, $55.90 More info/purchase
Left: Moncler Gaura shiny black puffer jacket, $1735 More info/purchase Right: Zara black vinyl quilted jacket, $89.90 More info/purchase
Left: Azzedine Alaia leopard printed pony hair tote bag, $1090 More info/purchase Right: Vintage faux leopard tote with cut out handle, $128 More info/purchase
Left: Ranjana Khan raffia hoop earrings, $207 (reduced from $305) More info/purchase Right: All Things Mochi Dream Catcher earrings, $57 (reduced from $125) More info/purchase
Needless to say, many of these items would make for a perfect gift, particularly the inexpensive offerings which be considered as perfect stocking stuffers.
– Marilyn Kirschner