Tattered Riches

Shredded and torn upscale apparel provides artificial impoverishment
Implications - As recessionistas reinvent old clothes with shreds and tears, designers are creating upscale versions of the pauperized look for the more well-to-do style mavens. Ripped and torn 'rags from riches' apparel offers the stylish image of impoverishment and a way to identify with more credit-crunched consumers.
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Hot Top 6 Examples: 202,592 Total Clicks Jan 09 - Feb 10
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Shocking Slashed Dresses - The Amber Rose Shredded "Dress" at Paris Fashion Week Stuns the Public
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Viral 42,773 Clicks Pub: Jan 25, 10
Shocking Slashed Dresses
The Amber Rose Shredded "Dress" at Paris Fashion Week Stuns the Public
If you haven't yet seen these shots of the Amber Rose shredded "dress" debacle at Paris Fashion Week, you might want to shield your eyes. Kanye West's main squeeze rocked a nude bodysuit underneath a shredded… [More]
Shredded Male Leggings - Sci-Fi Warrior Fashion at Gareth Pugh Fall
SCORE: 5.9
V. Hot 78,055 Clicks Pub: Jan 26, 09
Shredded Male Leggings
Sci-Fi Warrior Fashion at Gareth Pugh Fall 2009
Young British designer Gareth Pugh further cemented his reputation as the hottest thing in fashion these days with the debut of his first men’s collection in Paris. Even Delphine Arnault, the heiress… [More]
Shredded Sweaters - Nylon Magazine 'Paris, Je Te Aime' Is Edgy
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Hot 18,119 Clicks Pub: Feb 1, 10
Shredded Sweaters
Nylon Magazine February 2010 'Paris, Je Te Aime' Is Edgy
Nylon Magazine’s February 2010 ‘Paris, Je Te Aime’ spread for their February 2010 issue makes style look easy with their laid-back fashions. Ripped stockings, lace-up boots and endless layers are… [More]
Shredded Leggings - Tattered Tights Turn Ruined Hosiery Into High Fashion Accessories
SCORE: 4.9
Warm 24,662 Clicks Pub: Apr 28, 09
Shredded Leggings
Tattered Tights Turn Ruined Hosiery Into High Fashion Accessories
Ripped, torn and shredded: those used to be considered terrible qualities for hosiery, but tattered tights are all the rage now, even among high end designers. If only I'd known sooner; all those tights… [More]
Shredded Threads - Strappy, Stylish Cobweb and Fishing Net-Inspired Fashions
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Warm 23,603 Clicks Pub: Jan 17, 09
Shredded Threads
Strappy, Stylish Cobweb and Fishing Net-Inspired Fashions
It’s hard to miss the cobweb and fishing net-inspired looks in several of the 2009 spring fashion collections. This slightly docile version of bondage is edgy, but not threatening. It makes a very provocative,… [More]
Personalized Shredded Threads - Miley Cyrus Sports Ripped Wear in LA
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Warm 15,380 Clicks Pub: Jan 12, 10
Personalized Shredded Threads
Miley Cyrus Sports Ripped Wear in LA
Looks like Miley Cyrus was spotted sporting some shredded threads at a Coffee Bean shop in Los Angeles while en-route to the hairstylist. Looking like she may have lost a battle with a pair of scissors,… [More]