Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli certainly know their way around a timelessly flowy frock, but the particular standout from their Valentino Haute Couture show for Fall 2014 seemed to reference fashion history of a different period: childhood. 'Memba those bedsheet toga-dresses from your (misspent) early youth? The Valentino version way outshone their more shiny (literally) dresses in this collection, draping so elegantly and effortlessly - after all, it's hard to be more dressed-down than in a grown-up version of bedsheets! This understated, logo-free way of consuming really spendy fashion is an interesting trend amongst the logo-fatigued fashionistas of the Supremium fashion tribe*: that flock of well-heeled, well-dressed globetrotters with expensive taste and the financial means to enable it.
Instead of flashy brands which everyone - and their grandma in Peoria - recognizes and knows about, Supremiums want real-deal goods that have a good story. Like this cool looking Louis Moinet Meteoris that contains pieces of meteorites. It also retails for more than $4.5 million because it features the two key must-haves one expects from an in-the-know piece: (1) it doesn't overtly shout W-E-A-L-T-H to the 99%; (2) it placates the wearer's inner snob as only others similarly inclined will be able to recognize - and appreciate - it. (image)
Cost: Seven figures.
Value of wearing something McMasses wouldn't have a clue about: Priceless.
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Podcast music: Kevin MacLeod, Incompetech.com
- Lesley Scott