Why Luxury Brands are Worth the Investment

Chanel, Christian Dior, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Burberry, Valentino, Gucci, Pucci, Armani, Versace, Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Carolina Herrera, Diane Von Furstenberg…….

These are the world’s most famous luxury brands and they are within your reach! Do you know about the various consignment web sites where you can buy gently used luxury brand items like dresses, shoes and handbags? Vintage and present day pieces for a fraction of the cost that they were brand new. As a sexy spinster you have disposable income that you can invest on luxury items. There are certain brands that are smarter investments than others; they hold their value or have high resale value.

Fendi Baguette

Fendi Baguette

Fortune wrote an article about luxury brand consignment website The Real Real. The article went on to say which labels hold their value the best and the worst based on information provided by The Luxury Institute. According to the article these are the labels that hold their value best: Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Christian Louboutin, Cartier, David Yurman, Alaïa, Van Cleef & Arpels, Goyard. Click through to read complete lists of brands that lose their value the fastest (including Versace), which has surprisingly high resale value (including Victoria Beckham) and brands with surprisingly low resale value (Marni).

One of the luxury brand items I decided to invest in was a Fendi Baguette. The Fendi Baguette is an iconic fashion accessory introduced to the world in 1997. If you really love purses there’s a coffee table size book “Fendi Baguette” written by Achille Bonito Oliva, Paola Antonelli, Sarah Jessica Parker (yes, Carrie Bradshaw), and Banana Yoshimoto. According to the book, there have been over 700 versions of the baguette. I chose a Fendi Baguette in a neutral color with a splash of color on the buckle, so it goes with everything in every season. My other significant investment is two Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dresses. Those wrap dresses flatter everybody’s figure!

 

Luxury Brand Consignment Websites

The Real Real

Poshmark

Etsy

The Luxury Closet

Protero Luxury

Luxury Exchange

Do you have any luxury brand consignment web sites to suggest?

Met Gala Top 5 Best Dressed

First a confession, I have not seen every single dress and every single person who went to the Met Gala. I’m going to limit the list to well known women and leave the men out this time. The list is all of my own opinion maybe you’ll agree maybe you won’t, I’d like to know! What’s the point of having a blog if you can’t tell the internet your opinions about the things you care about, and open yourself up for criticism or validation. One of my things is fashion.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala is an annual tradition to celebrate a fashion exhibit theme. This year the gala and art exhibit theme was ‘China Through The Looking Glass’. Everyone who is lucky enough to get an invite is encouraged to dress in this theme. Over the top costume theatrics with one-of-a-kind haute couture is expected. Gowns worn to Golden Globes or People’s Choice Awards are not expected. The word costume is in the name of the event for crying out loud.

Watch the Vogue.com Interviews

You must go to Vogue.com and watch Andre Leon Talley (Vogue Contributing Editor) interviewing people. He’s sitting on a stool, at the end of the Red Carpet, and the last stop people have to make before they enter the building. Video highlights include Andre Leon Talley asking Cher if she likes Chinese Food and Zendaya confessing that she rode to the event standing up in a truck so she wouldn’t ruin her dress.

Top 5 Best Dressed

1. Rhianna killed it dead forever. She made history and probably caused a few ladies to have a jealousy stroke. According to Vanity Fair the designer is Guo Pei who has designs on display in the Met exhibit.

2. Zendaya in Fausto Puglisi. The absolute perfect red and black flattering outfit that’s age and event appropriate.

3. Sienna Miller in a red sequin tuxedo by Thakoon. Sticking with the theme and its sassy and it suits her style brand perfectly.

4. Fan Bingbing in Christopher Bu. A straightforward gold sequins strapless gown but then there’s the dramatic floor length CAPE, amazing.

5. Grace Coddington in Michael Kors. She wore PAJAMAS! Genius. Very ‘on the nose’ in relation to the theme, but she’s Grace Coddington. If you don’t know who she is, drop whatever you’re doing and watch the documentary ‘The September Issue’ NOW.

Objectively Sarah Jessica Parker did an excellent job with the theme and her headdress. But I didn’t personally like it.

What did you think? Winners? Losers?

The case for JUMPSUITS

You can be any age to wear jumpsuits. All one piece, slide it up, button it or zip it and you’re done. There’s dressy with some accessories, chunky earrings and necklace then some strappy sandals. You can also find casual type jumpsuits. These are sexy and flattering. I’m telling you they’re flattering! I bought a casual one and a dressy one. The casual is gray belted crop pants, and the dressy jumpsuit is black sleeveless, a lot like the one in the first picture. Jumpsuits are very ON TREND at the moment too. Check out current magazines and red carpet pictures. Here’s where I suggest you check out jump suits because that’s where I found mine:

zara.com

etsy.com

You can find some at Target, Marshall’s, and TJ Maxx too. Happy Spring!