Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Budget Fashionista party ----New York

Can you do fashion in a budget? Apparently, you can. Wearing T-shirts saying "Thrift is the new black", the staff of Housing Works made their point. This was the message of the 5th anniversary bash of famous blog http://www.thebudgetfashionista.com/ held at my favorite thrift store “Housing Works” on Monday September 8th. Amongst celebrities who attended was “How to look good naked” host, Carson Kressley who supported discounted stores and even said that he shops at Century 21. Jess Zeno, co-host of “Modern Girls Guide to life” opted for Forever21 but admitted that her favorite designer is Moschino. Actress and model Roshumba Williams pointed the elegance and importance of accessories and Dee Vasquez, host at the Fuse Network talked about sales and comfort. “Thrift, thrift, thrift” were the three words Kathryn Finney, the founder of the Budgetfashonista.com insisted on. Kathryn, a shopping guru who advises daily her readers on how to be elegant and fashionable without breaking the bank, admitted that she would love a Tracy Reese dress one day but in the meantime her favorite stores are Payless, RightFit and Primark (in London). There was of course cocktails and canap├ęs, music and goodie bags for the lucky ones filled with Kathryn's favorite things.

So despite the glamorous Fashion Week, thrift and sales are the big winners: be beautiful and smart and keep your credit cards healthy too. I wonder though: Can the "buying cheap" motto actually help the economy and create local jobs? And is "buying cheap" eco-friendly?

Some food for thought budget fashionistas...