I applaud Richard Tyler…

I applaud Richard Tyler for going on record and stating that he is “feeling somehow transformed” over the relevance of high-ticket fashion in a post-war Sept.11 world, as reported by WWD, February 28, ‘Tyler’s New Laid-Back Line’. As he put it “‘who wants to spend a $1,000 on a shirt? I think our priorities have shifted…I think even women with means want real clothes- a great pair of well-constructed trousers for $150 (retail), a jacket for $270.” To that end, he is getting ready to launch a secondary line- called Tyler- priced at one tenth (yikes) of his signature collection. I wish more designers would follow his lead—most designers’ secondary lines are merely priced at about 1/2, and let’s face it, half of $2,000 is, well, still expensive.

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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