It’s not a party if the fashion is fake

Purse parties and jean parties … they’re popping up like zits on a Belieber. Is it true that you stand to save hundreds on a designer handbag or a pair of jeans just by attending a party? Are there bargains to be had at these extravaganzas? The truth is no.

Whether it’s a purse party or a jeans party, the so-called designer items being sold are fake, illegal and simply offensive. While the handbag you covet at this party may have Coach logos all over it, it’s not real. And if it’s not real, then it’s not a bargain.

The same goes for jeans. Premium denim is a high-quality material normally fabricated in Italy or Japan. Construction may take place in China (lower labor costs), but the denim itself is made elsewhere. One look at a pair of jeans being sold at a jeans party, and it’s obvious the quality of material is not premium. Even though the jeans offered are cut and embellished to resemble a pair from Rock & Republic (sans label), one could simply shop the same designer brand at Kohl’s and pay the same price.

In the end, you’re better off keeping your bargain-shopping activities legal and fashionably acceptable by shopping outlets, sales and second-hand stores. And if you require a party-like atmosphere, consider contacting local stylist and Vegas Seven columnist Jenna Doughton ( about attending one of her Recessionista Parties.

At the beginning of this month, the government arrested 29 people for smuggling counterfeit goods. So keep your conscience clear and your reputation intact, because even if the Feds don’t bust your fake fashion style, chances are that a brash fashionista like me will.

Sale alert: Now through the end of the month, save an additional 40 percent off select handbags, soft luggage and backpacks at Kipling at Las Vegas Premium Outlets North, 875 S. Grand Central Parkway, 366-0372;

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What she’s wearing now: Swell circle sweater, Nissi white jeans and vintage headpiece. Brook characterizes herself as a “rebellious, semi-unemotional, extremely unpredictable, unyielding elitist, who can sometimes be confused as an obstinate, voyeuristic, dogmatic, eccentric and insensitive individual. In other words, ‘perfect in every way.’” To achieve flawlessness when she dresses, she mixes in vintage pieces to give her overall appearance an elegant finish.