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High Fasion and Ruby Road

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Lara Stone
Lara Stone
Lara Catherina Stone (born 20 December 1983) is a Dutch model. On 19 February 2010, she was ranked as the world's number-one fashion model on the international modelling site models.com's Top 50 Models Women ranking, a position she maintains as of June 2012. She also ranks 10th on the site's "sexiest models" list. | Photo: Archives | Lara Stone, Model, Sexy, Netherlands, Dutch, Fashion,

How to look like a million bucks without spending a million.

Fashion may provide a doorway into a person's psyche, but the lurking intent is sex. Human beings dress up to get laid. And the most beautiful get laid the most often. In that sense, then, fashion is manipulation: here I am, and I am worth your consideration as a potential mate. To assert otherwise is to deny interior distinctions. Fashion, i.e., clothing, covers the body, but it can't cloak the imagination. The imagination is stirred, enhanced and energized by what it can only surmise. Fashion provides a focus for the imagination's attention. Conviction creates susceptibility, as both objectivity and subjectivity enter into the situation. And the entrance is the imagination.

Fashion exalts the body, accentuating eroticism and sensuality. Needless to say, though, that if the body in question is flawed, fashion inflates the flaws beyond comprehension. Fashion takes time and money -- and is a form of civilized, sophisticated, yet deadly competition. Fashion, then, is the currency of the beautiful. Illustration: fingernails. Long, painted, shaped nails indicate that the beneficiary does not perform manual labor.

And the epitome of fashion, and thus beauty, is notorious extravagance -- excessive immoderation, bravura effects, eccentric mannerisms. To those truly in the fashion vanguard, anything goes --except being quotidian, colorless or boring. However, notorious extravagance demands, and is predicated upon -- attitude. An attitude of elitism, excellence, superiority, frigid disdain -- a display of the raffish heedlessness that the mediocre folk (that conspiracy of dullness) find so detestable. Still for reasons mysterious and inscrutable, this very audacity excites pangs of romantic envy in the heart of the average person. And a social machinery is necessary to maintain this state of affairs. Moreover, man is a social creature.

Ivanka Trump
Ivanka Trump

Ivanka Marie Trump (born October 30, 1981) is an American businesswoman, socialite, heiress, and fashion model. The daughter of Czech model Ivana Trump and US President and American business magnate Donald Trump, she is EVP of Development & Acquisitions at The Trump Organization. | Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump, Actress, Model, Sexy, Presidential Family, Legs,

The funny thing about high fashion and materialism is this: any object is only a status symbol, if its purchase indicates fellowship in a selective status group. If newcomers are able to buy these objects, they lose their status as status symbols. And in today's world purchase is controlled through exorbitant price, intimidating places of purchase, and social norms. It may as well be a law, right?

Haute couture, literally, 'high sewing,' was started by a gentleman named Charles Frederick Worth in 1858. It became a form of art. Fashion, or haute couture, is fugitive virtuosity. It is reliant upon the beauty and grace of its beneficiary. In effect, then, beauty demands beauty. And fascinatingly, despite the impact of designer clothing in magazines, only 3,000 women per year, throughout the world, are able to afford the clothing produced in 21 designer houses. For the most part, these women are married to men who have made 50 million dollars in the last three years. Such clothing is vastly expensive. An original, designer t-shirt costs ten thousand dollars, suits cost fifty thousand dollars, and evening gowns run from 250,000 to 500,000 dollars. Elitism costs a lot. Can you afford it?

For most of the lumpenproletariat, it's about owning something that the elite only can afford. Thus logos -- the name -- become an emblem. The 'name' is everything; it is the connection to the fabulously wealthy -- it is simulation. The clothing that the so-called 'exclusive' mall stores vend is nothing more than playacting, mere mimicking. In other words, elite-ness is fugitive -- image is everything -- and all the images are fraudulent. In such a world status is a passive program. It's all make-believe,pretense. Simulacra and simulation.

Everyone wants to be beautiful -- in reality, few can afford it, and even fewer actually are beautiful.

All the money in the world will not make the average person beautiful. Beautiful women have perky, large, uplifted breasts, flat tummies, and slender hips. In today's world, the body rules! The wealthy -- the beautiful people -- have thin bodies; they are buff; they utilize personal trainers and plastic surgery. The rich -- look rich, and beautiful! Designer clothes drape designer bodies -- they demand it. In fact, the clothes have become secondary -- the body is everything. Beauty is the icon. And everyone wants it!! Everyone wants to be unique, special -- someone! Everyone desires significance, worth, meaning. Even sex is bland -- a cultural formation only, whose manifestation is exhibitionist narcissism. In the end, it's probably very simple: everyone wants to be loved, to be special, to have meaning to their lives.

And they seek it in beauty -- and in being beautiful.

Amber Valletta
Amber Valletta

Amber Evangeline Valletta (born February 9, 1974) is an American actress and model. She began her career as a model for fashion agencies, and appeared on cover pages of internationally recognized magazines. | Amber Valletta, Model, Actress, Blonde, Sexy,

Which in a rather round-about way brings us to the point of this article. What if you're the average American female: you're not 72 inches tall and you don't weigh 110 pounds. In fact, you're 66 inches tall and weigh 125 pounds. You're not fat, but you're not super-model thin, either. And it goes without saying that you don't have a husband raking in fifty million a year. What do you do? Where do you shop? Although Target and Wal-Mart may want you to think so, they are not bastions of chic.

Well, there are some options. One great clothing line for women is called Ruby Road. It was designed for working professionals: real women with real jobs. Ruby Road clothing is made in America; is sophisticated and bold, unique, yet sensible. And it doesn't cost an arm and a leg. In fact, Ruby Road clothing is available at significant discounts at www.FourSeasonsDirect.com.

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