|Open Mind Fashion
I struggle dressing for spring, so I've planned out a few outfits:
For casual days at work or out to lunch...
Excess. Lavish details. Crystal, lace, finery. Understated it is not. Old world & celebratory it is. The time of tzars & princesses is returning.
A quick walk through the new flagship Restoration Hardware store reveals the trend--velvet, chandeliers, & gilt mirrors are the order of the day.
In the designer world. we see it in the new Alta Moda line from Dolce & Gabbana--fur, tiaras, jewels, & lace...
And in the extravagant line of Paolo Sebastian...
But what's in it for the average budget-bound shopper? A few small extravagances--dramatic colors, rose prints, lace, & fine fabrics--are appearing in everyday stores...
At first sight, the trend scared me a bit--excess, beyond my means--but now I think maybe we're due for a return to grandeur & finery. We've dressed down for years; maybe it's time to dress up.
Salespeople have been around for as long as we've had
Kneeling at the customer's feet, they've helped us try on shoes.
They've stood behind counters waiting for us to approach.
They've trailed us through stores eager to guide our purchases.
Why did we develop a practice of prostrating ourselves in the
name of sales?
Have you ever worked in the service industry? For commission?
Do you like to be waited on by a salesperson?
Do you think the culture of service has died out with the shift to
online shopping? Or is doting service valued even more
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