Rich People: Shut Up! The Recession Backlash

And so it begins: as the cocktail party circuit has buzzed with the novelty of "cutting back" and "shopping their closets" and "haute frugality," the seething has started. And now it's becoming audible: "doesn't 'thrifty chic' make you want to vomit?" rails Alex Renton in today's Guardian. "Is there anything more… » 12/09/08 3:00pm 12/09/08 3:00pm

A Straight-Talk Guide To Sarah Palin's "Fashiongate"

Since the world learned that hypocritical hockey mom heroine Sarah Palin has spent $150 grand of RNC cash at high-end department stores for herself and her family at a crucial point in the campaign — to say nothing of an economic recession — an overwhelming amount of ink, thought and Texas Instruments battery power… » 10/23/08 2:00pm 10/23/08 2:00pm

Slow Hand: Native American Dresses, Forever21, Kilts, And The Recession

Take a look at what you're wearing right now. Chances are it's not gonna give many clues to your personal history; for my part, Levis, American Apparel tee and a thrift store cardigan mark me as anyone working from home on a Wednesday. In this era of fast fashion, whose sartorial history doesn't go much beyond last… » 10/08/08 3:00pm 10/08/08 3:00pm