You might not guess it to look at me right now, seeing as I'm currently wearing slippers, skinny Gap jeans, a t-shirt with a pirate ship on it, and an American Apparel hoodie (hey, I work from home), but I really love beautiful clothes.
I know the fashion industry has multiple faults, not least its focus on a very specific, very young and very thin vision of womanhood, but there's still a part of me that picks up the high fashion magazines not to read them (there's very little to read) but just to gaze at beautiful photographs of gorgeously made garments.
But when I do this, it's just for the aesthetic thrill, not to plan my new wardrobe. Because, alas, as I am certainly not rich, the closest I ever come to purchasing the wares of the big fashion houses is the odd Chanel lipstick or Dior eyeshadow. But if money (and ethics - I can't morally justify spending hundreds of euro on a single item of clothing) was no object, I know exactly who I want to dress me forever: Marc Jacobs.
I just love him.
I've loved him ever since his infamous spring/summer 1993 "grunge" collection for Perry Ellis, which brought stripey tees, Docs and checked skirts to the runway. I love his elegantly eccentric frocks and imaginative use of prints. I love the more extravagant stuff he designs for Louis Vuitton - all of his current collections, seemingly inspired by the fashions of the 1910s with a bit of '70s glam thrown in, are particularly gorgeous.
However,although I could maybe justify buying something from his diffusion line Marc by Marc Jacobs if I saved up and then completely threw caution to the winds (you can get a jumper for a couple of hundred quid), I must accept that my dream of being dressed head to toe by Marc Jacobs every day will just have to remain a dream, and I will continue to get my boring old clothes from the high street.
Unless Marc is reading this and feels like bestowing something on a humble Irish journalist. I'll take last season's stuff, Marc! I'm not fussy!
So what about you? Do you ever pine after the productions of the big fashion houses, or are you happy to ignore it altogether and just focus on whatever the high street offers?
And if you could buy a new wardrobe without thinking of money or any ethical considerations, where would you shop?
pics from Marc Jacobs SS13 Ready To Wear collections