Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Fake Debate

As a working princess, I know about the pressures to look good in an office. Women are more competitive and judgemental then men and notice things like chipped nail polish, last seasons shoes or a really bad hair day. (men wouldn’t notice unless it was wrapped in boobs). We also notice fakes. Fake handbag, fake watch, sunglasses, scarf… seriously what secretary can afford a real Hermes Birkin bag – they cant!

There has been much debate recently about ‘fakes’. Is it OK to buy fake shoes and handbags? What impact does it have for the people in the fashion industry? Is it OK to buy knock offs rather than fakes?

The question should then be asked, how far do we go in the ‘fake debate’? If you criticize someone for wearing a fake pair of Louboutins, do you also have the same criticism for their fake hair (colour or extensions), nails, chicken fillets – cant these all be classed as adding to the fakeness of presentation we may present. Aren’t these all just tools we use to may us feel better about ourselves. And if that is the case, then what is wrong with that?

We accept fake fur? We accept fake orgasms? (c’mon, we’ve all done it). We accept fake hair colour? We accept fake meat (tofu)? How is different that a designer knock off, or a handbag inspired by Balenciaga?

On one side, we have the designers and fans of the products who feel that fakes dilute the brand by allowing “common” folks the ability to carry the bag. The factories that make illegal fashion have sweat shops in foreign countries. They don't have to pay taxes, which means that our economy suffers, and their employees have no benefits or medical care. Why not just buy a good quality leather purse that might not be as expensive, rather than try and be something your not?

On the other side, we’ve got shoppers and wanna-be-wealthy people who want the perceived status of the bag without paying the price. And I wonder if these budget fashionista’s think about the implications of buying the faux bag, shoes, watch or scarf.

I ask how much revenue is derived from companies selling ads to these ‘fakers’ on popular websites. If you look at the paid links, they are literally everywhere. So how can they advertise if it is illegal to manufacturer and sell fakes? That opens a whole other can of worms….

Some people would never knowingly buy a fake brand however buy something that looks similiar, especially in shoes. Steve Madden made knock offs of the Dior gladiators that Carrie wore in Sex and the City – is that wrong? Or just good business? So it brings the debate in a new direction, would you buy brands that knock off the design only, not the name and the design?

I will leave it up to you princess, to decide for your yourself whether to fake it or not

1 comment:

Dorela said...

Don't you ever buy from
All the shoes are FAKE!!!
Please, tell everybody!