Rosemary Mac Cabe

Hemlines, heels and haute couture – your daily dose

Where have you been all my life, Tracy Reese?

Today Marie-Claire introduced me to the joys of Daily Candy, my new favourite website – well, next to Go Fug Yourself, which has been doing an excellent line in awards season sarcasm and always has the best red carpet photographs. So I promptly signed …

Wed, Jan 27, 2010, 14:58

   

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Today Marie-Claire introduced me to the joys of Daily Candy, my new favourite website – well, next to Go Fug Yourself, which has been doing an excellent line in awards season sarcasm and always has the best red carpet photographs. So I promptly signed up, like the happy shopaholic sheep that I am, and waited for goodies to arrive in my inbox. And I was not disappointed.

The first offer I got was 25% off Tracy Reese, a designer who, until know, was unknown to me. The photographs on Daily Candy’s offer page weren’t thrilling me hugely but, never one to turn down an invisible bargain, I persisted in my investigations and found a plethora of beautiful frocks, as well as a really very lovely spring/summer collection based on (no surprises here) ethnic and tribal prints (see above). Now, the price points aren’t low, with dresses coming in around the $300 mark (and don’t forget the taxes, ladies and gents!), but there are some really lovely pieces.

Would I choose one of these over something by, say, Marc by Marc Jacobs or the beautiful new Alice by Alice Temperley line (more on which at a later date)? Perhaps. It would definitely be less recognisable in Ireland, which greatly appeals to the snob in me, and you also wouldn’t seem quite so “trendy” (yes, definitely a snob). Plus, you’d get to feel smug at having taken advantage of the euro-dollar exchange rate. Just do not forget the taxes. For the love of all that is Galliano.

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And no, I’m not sure whether those rubber legging things are leggings, tights, or (perish the thought) crotch-high boots.

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