Credit crunch or not, my husband always manages to bring my lofty fashion choices back to earth. He also happens to be the one who pays my bills so being a resident fashion critic only brings his bank balance great advantage.
But I must say.... He does have an 'eye'......Well, not really....Eye-wan!
It DOES help to have an outside opinion. On Adidas by Stella McCartney (above): I have a similar one to this in black and was asked, 'Why are you wearing a garbage bag over your gym clothes? It doesn't even fit well!"
Aaaahh! Marni. The favourite of fashionistas but I never felt is was 'me.' I did, however, manage to buy an Aegean blue and white double-faced linen jacket with frayed and exposed seams similar to the one above. I loved the jacket which was reversible (well, sort of), easy to wear with everything and most of all did not wrinkle. Since I thought this jacket was such a great deal, I decided to wear it one weekend at breakfast:
H: Did you buy that at one of the sample sales? Why do you look like you just had a fight?
K: No. Why, does it look cheap?
H: I only hope you didn't pay very much for it. Who in their right mind would sell something that looks like an unfinished tailor's muslin? And YOU bought it!
K: It's reversible.
H: It reverses from bad to worse. I don't want to ever se it again.
K: (deadma nalang because all you followers of fashion know how much these things cost)
Because of this, that particular jacket only comes out at fashion events and lunches with fags. I did think of bringing it with me on a press trip to Indonesia because I figured if I was going to a poor country, I might as well look poh! Well, this is what transpired between me and a straight male business reporter on the way back to Hong Kong.
Reporter: (serioso siya, ha...) I hope you don't mind me asking but what happened to your jacket? Are you going to get it mended in Hong Kong?
Kitty: Nothing happened to this jacket. It's the look.
R: Is looking poor the latest style?
K: I assure you, it will be soon. You'll read about it in the Financial Times.
(The stock market collapsed the following week)
My husband on Giuseppe Zanotti (below):
H: SIX THOUSAND HK dollars for a pair of sandals with TWO strips of leather?
H: Are the diamonds real? Because if they are real then it's a great deal.
(This is the same person who said of the Hermes Birkin, "SEVEN THOUSAND EUROS for a bag? Are the fastenings made of gold? Because gold (at that time) is only trading at 600 USD an ounce and I don't see an ounce in there...."
(Well gold is now 1200 USD an ounce. Maybe it's time to buy! The Birkin, I mean.... )
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