With the Federal Trade Commission actively encouraging bloggers to fess up to freebies, the art of style stalking has somewhat lost its intrigue. This lack of authenticity has propelled a new fascination: uncovering the real spending habits of fashion’s elite. It’s common knowledge that editors’ salaries aren’t exactly the 1%, but Daily Front Row‘s feature on accessories director Kyle Anderson would suggest otherwise. Each weekend, the Marie Claire staffer details spending up to $14K on, say, next season’s Burberry. In line with the new regulations, he admits when an item, or service, was complimentary—which they rarely are.
Similarly, a StyleList interview with Moda Operandi artistic director, Taylor Tomasi-Hill, asks not what she’s loving for next season, but what she’s buying right now. “During my 40-minute break from jury duty, I flew to the Balenciaga sample sale (the one not to be missed) and purchased two pairs of shoes,” she says in earnest. “One pair is in a silhouette that I already own in another color that I can run laps in, and the other pair is a work of art.”
What’s more, it looks like the shift back to conspicuous consumption has come from the top down. In September, French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld condemned one of the industry’s biggest perks. “I think it’s terrible to wear borrowed clothes,” she told V magazine. “I don’t think it’s chic.”