after a lot of deliberation and wardrobe editing, i recently got a pair of the much sought-after taupe suede ankle boots (formerly called the 'Bidou', 'Lacow', 'Laboy', 'Forbes', and now 'Dicker'). (see Fleurette and Olivia rock theirs here and here.) i've never purchased anything from IM save for another pair of boots that were heavily discounted at Steven Alan last year. much to my relief, the ankle boots look to be well-made, are flattering on, and are very comfy.
the dicker boot: a sleek, pared-down IM version of the classic American cowboy boot.
however, i have mixed feelings about IM's worldwide cult appeal. are people really snapping up IM at full retail because the stuff is that great, or is it mostly to bask in the glory of getting purposely-limited-production merchandise - shopping just for the thrill of the chase? is most of it just hype?
i'm still a bit irked by the 'exclusive' gimmick of making small boutiques across the country sell all IM clothes and shoes offline, with phone orders as the only way to purchase. in this age of online shopping (and along with that, identity theft), i think it's completely pretentious for a fashion designer to make her customers go through such a risky inconvenience. i know Net-a-Porter and the IM boutique in NYC carry the line now, but still.
so i suppose i'd consider myself a selective fan of IM. the dicker boots look to be quite versatile, and i'm confident that i'd get enough wear out of them to justify the price.
what do you think? what's your take on IM and the seasonal "It" pieces from her collection?
Edit: Cintra Wilson's review of Isabel Marant in the NYT's Critical Shopper column is worth a read.
jcrew tee, j brand skinny jeans, virginia johnson camel shawl, spiewak parka, jerome dreyfuss billy bag, isabel marant dicker boots
*alternatively, there are some great options at lower price points. i've done a post on them here.