Alexander Wang and H&M: Bastardization or Democratization of Fashion?

H&M’s Designer and Style icon collaborations are not new. Newly appointed designer for Balenicaga, Alexander Wang, will design a collection of apparel, accessories and lifestyle offerings to hit the approximately 3,200 H&M stores globally available Nov 6, 2014.

Mr. Wang is the first American designer to partner with the Swedish giant after over twenty other significant collabs including; Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Viktor & Rolf, Roberto Cavalli, Rei Kawakubo, Elio Fiorucci, Solange Azagury-Partridge, Comme des Garçons, Matthew Williamson, Jimmy Choo, Sonia Rykiel, Lanvin, Marni, Maison Martin Margiela, Versace and Isabel Marant, not to mention Style Icon partnerships such as Madonna, Kylie Minogue, David Beckham, Anna Dello Russo and Beyoncé.

Luxury fashionistas argue it’s a “bastardization” of fashion. An impossibility of transferring luxurious fabrics, aestheticsensibility and the exquisite workmanship of a $1,000 skirt to an affordable designer-inspired equivalent for under $30. Summarizing that fast-food fashion may offer decent budget friendly clothing but in no ways is it tasteful fashion. It’s the difference between vintage clothing and the classic vintage fashion.

Cheap and Chic fashionistas claim it’s time for a “democratization” of fashion. To be stylish shouldn’t be only for thick-walleted who can afford to pay top designer prices. They argue that a less expensive piece can look as rich as its designer equivalent and that money is not the only criteria for good taste. Good taste is good taste no matter what the price tag.

What are your thoughts? Is this a Bastardization or Democratization of fashion?

I personally cannot wait until November to shop the classic stylings of Alexander Wang for a fraction of his current prices! Feast your eyes on this updated Breakfast at Tiffany’s look:

Discuss, darlings.



Alexander Wang pleated dress crepe dress $725

Alexander Wang glossed leather mules $525

Alexander Wang Diego metallic textured-leather shoulder bag $950

Alexander Wang cat eyed acetate sunglasses $389

Butter London- Come to Bed Red nail lacquer $15

Mac Cosmetics Viva Glam Rihanna lipstick $16


– Guest blogger Tobi

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