Rosemary Mac Cabe

Hemlines, heels and haute couture – your daily dose

I’m bored of cheap and cheerful. I want expensive sadness

Nothing could actually be further from the truth. I never get bored with cheap (yet cheerful!) things, and the only expensive things I’m interested in are made of leather (or some kind of faux leather fabric, Stella) and go on my feet. …

Tue, Feb 9, 2010, 09:07

   

Nothing could actually be further from the truth. I never get bored with cheap (yet cheerful!) things, and the only expensive things I’m interested in are made of leather (or some kind of faux leather fabric, Stella) and go on my feet. Yes, please and thanks.

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I’ll let you in on a little secret: I own three playsuits, none of which I have ever worn. I don’t have the legs, not to mention the rest of the torso, for a playsuit, but I love the trend. Love it. So cute! So playful! So cheerful! (And, in this case, so cheap! How cheap? I’ll reveal all at the bottom, but with this particular label I think the lookbook always deserves a little hide ‘n’ seek.)

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How very matchy-matchy, I hear you cry, and not without a slight air of snootiness. For, haven’t we spent almost 20 years (since the 1980s, you see, when everything went so wrong) turning up our noses at matching denim and scorning those who indulge their need to pair like with like? But how fickle the fashion world is these days - Chloé marches denim on denim down the runway, and the next thing you know we’re all over it like cats on cheese (fun fact: cats love cheese). And the long, wavy hair – oh, how I covet the long, wavy hair. But I digress. Next?

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Girly, girly, girly – and lace! Alexa would be so proud. The heart-shaped bag is also such a kooky addition although, having seen this dress up close and personal, I will tell you that it is very short. Would be perfect for warm days on the beach (would that we had such days), but flat shoes may just be a must. With heels, that dress could be very NSFW, or for anywhere, for that matter.

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And lastly, biker-meets-girly-meets-denim. The tough-girly thing, feminist theories aside, is not going anywhere this year, so we’d all better get used to it and start serving up our sarcasm with a jaunty wink and some pigtails.I also like – and this may sound really perverse to those of you unused to looking at catwalk images – that this model, to me, looks a normal size. I know she’s obviously thin, in that modelly way, but there aren’t too many bones going on, and she doesn’t look like a 14 year old who’s seen too much (hello, Topshop) or like a 30-something year old who’s eaten too little (ahem, Kate Moss - no one agree?!).

Anyway, without (much) further ado, I’ll tell you that all four looks above are from the spring/summer 2010 lookbooks of none other than Penneys. So will they be cheap? Yes. Will they get along well with your washing machine? Not in a month of Sundays. Will you spot four other people per hour wearing the same thing? Yes. Will you care? Perhaps. Then again, maybe you’ll be too busy counting your pennies for your next pair of serious shoes. . . Just me?!

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