RAFFIA as the the new haute luxe: destructible

spring summer dolce&gabbana 2013Dolce&Gabbana, ss 2013

Durability is the new luxury bench mark.  Status labels are not enough, and what screams rich louder than anything?  ”I am so expensive this doesn’t even get to be dry cleaned.”

This phenomenon hit home when I visited the showroom of the current king of  ”absolute luxe” – Brunello Cucinelli where I found a pair of pale beige shoes trimmed with feathers.  These shoes and accompanying price tag that edges towards four digits are one of those items that take “luxury” to the next step to a category called “absolute luxe.”

While my immediate thought is – how do you clean that?  For a few  out there – that limited life span is a non issue – yes, we are not referring to that 1% – but that 0.0001%

raffia, dolce&gabbana spring summer 2013

Raffia all Round:

Dolce&Gabbana, SS 2013

brunello cucinelli, shoes, feathers

Brunello Cucinelli, 2012

 

This is my theory behind the current popluarity of raffia, another material not known for its durability: bend it too much and it will break for sure. For this season Burberry went for it in a big way with spectacular results – but there were a few other companies who deserve a shout out too.

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Roberta di Camerino

ON THE STREET

Anna Dello Russo, trend, raffia, Roberta di Camerino

Anna Dello Russo with Paula Cademartori raffia bag

WISH LIST

CLOSE UP

paula cademartori

Paula Cademartori

Fall / Winter 12/13

roberta di camerino

Roberta di Camerino

S/S 2012

Ralph Lauren wedge, trend raffiaRalph Lauren wedge

ON THE CATWALK

Fashion trend, Raffia, Dolce and Gabbana, spring summer 2012, 2013

Raffia Dolce and Gabbana dress

IF YOU CAN’T PULL OF A RAFFIA DRESS

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Dolce and Gabbana

Burberry SS12 Womenswear - The Burberry Whipstitch Bag, trend raffia

Burberry bag

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Giorgia Surina

at the Burberry Prorsum

AW12 Menswear show wearing Burberry

raffia coat, bag and shoes

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Marni,

Woven Collection, Spring Summer 2013

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Burberry Prorsum,

spring 2012, trench coat (close up)

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Prada,

Raffia clutch, spring 2012

Raffia-frame clutch, Stella McCartney spring:summer 2008

 

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