Sunday, August 28, 2005

Wish You Could Own a Runway Design? By Christine

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I enjoy viewing the designers’ lines on the catwalk every season, but I never considered owning a runway design due to price and accessibility. Fortunately, I’ve discovered a site that deals with both of these barriers.

As I was surfing the net for Chloé’s current handbag designs, I was redirected to a site called Net-a-Porter (nice spin on pret a porter). I was surprised to find scads of designer labels at half price. All my faves were represented - Narciso Rodriguez (for outfits), Jimmy Choo (shoes) and Chloé (bags).

Many of the designs listed have a ‘classic’ shape which means that they would be a wise investment - lasting for years to come. Many variations on the ‘little black dress’ are shown. Every woman should own a couple of good pieces, and Net-a-Porter offers this chance.

Normally, Narciso dresses will run in the range of $1200.00 - $2500.00 per dress, but one can get these same dresses, on sale, at Net-a-Porter for as low as $495.00! Jimmy Choo sandals with charms are on sale for $285 (from $575). Moschino knee high black leather boots are going for $493.00 (from $795.00) and one can pick up a Marc Jacobs leather bag for $924.00 (from $1320.00)

This site also makes suggestions as to what accessories would go well with the item one is interested in. I selected a Burberry Crinkle Chiffon dress from the menu and received this prompt, As seen on the runway. A beautiful style for evening which looks great worn under a little cardigan to create contrast between the knit and chiffon. Shown here with Pedro Garcia shoes and Erickson Beamon bracelet. 100% silk, lining: 65% acetate, 35% polyamide. Dry clean only. Sizing is Italian. (Both the Garcia shoes and the Beamon bracelet are live links that take one to the item.)

The only downside to this site is that it is a first come, first serve situation. One has to monitor the site weekly to see what items are being made available. As well, the sizes are for those on the ‘light’ side. An XXL on the catwalk equates to a size 12 in ‘real life’.

Overall, this site is definitely worth a look!

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