If you were hoping to get your hands on that crystal embellished Balmain jacket from Spring 09, you'll have to wait until Net-a-Porter gets their re-order or look elsewhere. The $11,410 jacket sold out in, as far as we can tell, less than 24 hours. It's hard to say how many pieces Net-a-Porter had in stock but even if there were only three or four, we still find it somewhat jaw-dropping. Wealthy women have always spent unbelievable sums of money on clothing, but never has the process been so public. After all, there's a big difference between picking up a pair of thousand-dollar Louboutins and spending eleven times that much on one very bedazzled piece of outerwear. Or isn't there?
The great thing about second hand, vintage and recycled clothes is that the pieces have a story to tell. While the silhouette might be updated, the history of the garment is preserved. Combined with the fact that recycled fashion is a sustainable practice, this niche industry is gaining recognition on a global scale.
In honor of the upcoming bridal season and in an effort to commend designers who consider the environment in their practice, we want to mention Julia Barbee of Frocky Jack Morgan. This Portland-based designer produces formal clothing and accessories by deconstructing recycled and vintage pieces. The dresses are fit for a fairy tale and incorporate intricate details and embellishments. Barbee uses extraordinary antique garments and old couture hems in her work. You can learn more about the designer right here.
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