How Fashion People Define ‘Cheap’


Fashion people are a funny bunch. They have their own lingo, their own avenue, and their very own bible. And though it’s no secret that most clothing is wildly overpriced, the movers and shakers in the industry also have their very own and very adorable ideas of what can actually be defined as “cheap.”

WWD polled a few insiders to get their take on what they’d call a bargain. And while they clearly ran the gamut, here are a few gems.

Rachel Zoe:

“Anything my husband won’t yell at me for.”

Ken Downing, senior vice president, fashion director, Neiman Marcus:

“At Neiman Marcus we have Fab Finds, which are great deals! Great design, amazing quality, at a price that puts a smile on the customer’s face. My favorites this season: Lanvin leopard jersey dress, $990, and from Narciso Rodriguez, olive knit silk and Lycra dress, $850.”

Michael Kors:

“New Balance sneaker — chic, practical and timeless. It’s my regular go-to sneaker.”

And our personal favorite — if only for its applicability to our own spending habits — from jewelry designer Roxanne Assoulin:

“Cheap is something that after six months if you broke down the price dollar-wise by the amount of times you wore it, it would come close to a cup of tea. I bought a pair of Rick Owens boots last year whose price stretched my imagination, but I got such great use out of them that it was the equivalent of a cappuccino a day.”

But if you truly want to get down to brass tacks, we’d define “cheap” as anything under $50. How about you?

For Alex Wang’s take, Philip Lim’s rambling answer, and to find out which designer loves a good dollar store splurge, read the rest at WWD — though, what we wouldn’t give for an answer from Ms. Wintour herself.

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