“Just like fashion and the luxury industry in general, this book was, in turn, compulsive, addictive, revolting, fascinating, shocking, and ultimately, it left me feeling a little queasy. There's a sense of superiority that pervades this book, both in its conclusion (that high fashion whored itself out by pandering to the masses in the pursuit of increasing market share, and in the process, cheated itself out of the exclusive quality that consumers of luxury seek in the first place) and also in the writing. I can't tell if the author is annoyed with the luxury industry because of their exploitative ways and decreasing quality, or because Midwesterers who do most of their shopping at Walmart and Best Buy are suddenly toting the latest Miu Miu bowler bags. I still recommended to anyone who's interested in a sneak peak at how those $300 Dior sunglasses came to be, and why even the cashier at your local Walgreens is wearing them.”
Nadine D wrote this review Thursday, April 23, 2009.