Is Peruvian Princess Alex Kuczynski reining in the purse strings? In her NYT Thursday Styles piece, she visits Dolce & Gabbana in Manhasset, and shares a litle Billy Joel trivia, and does not buy anything, though she is sorely tempted by a rhinestone-studded cocktail dress with a matching knee-length jacket.* Has the frequent (and hilarious) ribbing by Choire Sicha and Tom Scocca over at the Observer‘s Daily Transom contributed to this new restraint? Perhaps it’s their sobering influence which causes Kuczynski to consider the economic realities of her fellow New Yorkers while contemplating the purchase of the $4,700 ensemble:
I paused. Swooned. Perspective time. The top fifth of earners in Manhattan now make 52 times what the lowest fifth make: $365,826 compared with $7,047. Or for every dollar made by wealthy households, poor households make about 2 cents. So if rich New Yorkers are paying $4,700 for a dress and jacket, the poorest would need divine intervention to help pay for the same bargain.
Yes, perspective indeed — especially considering that this occurred to her while actually deliberating the purchase of a $4,700 outfit. Come to think of it, she doesn’t actually say she didn’t buy it. So, really, we don’t have the answer to our original question. Nor do we have $4,700, but we do have our pride, so please don’t buy us that outfit. No, really, we couldn’t possibly. I’m sorry, we just can’t accept…oh, no, we just couldn’t…we shouldn’t…
*No word on whether the jacket extended past the hemline of the skirt, which is a look we love, not to mention a song we love.