Retail Therapy: Liz Lange and Jane Wagman

February 10, 2010 by Lila Delilah

Liz Lange made a name in creating chic clothing for women baking with babies. But there comes a time that every baby must grow up. Liz Lange is moving onto ready-to-wear and launching a collection– Completely Me by Liz Lange–which will range in price from about $25 to $60, on HSN starting Feb. 19.

It’s hard not to develop a serious shopping problem when you grow up on the Upper East Side. Liz and her sister, Jane Wagman, started their careers working at the fashion temple we fondly refer to as Vogue. The sister duo is now hitting the world wide web and sharing their eye for fashion on Shopafrolic where they pick out best buys and wonderful fashion finds. Today we get some serious shopping tips from sisters who both love shoes, specifically Chanel boots, and the exhilarating powers of a really good buy.

Hey, you’re bound to learn a life lesson or two when you spend enough time playing in the rock garden of the YSL boutique. What do you think?

What’s your most prized “deal?”

Liz Lange: My most prized deal changes from season to season but at the moment it is a large oversized navy patent leather Prada pocketbook with great gold hardware. I snagged it at half price and it is big enough to fit everything I need in a day. It’s great for travel and since in patent leather, I feel comfortable bringing it to the pool. It was under $1,000, which for Prada, is amazing.

Jane Wagman: The Silver tipped, Fox fur coat I just scored at the Manhattan Vintage show for $650 (cash). The bottom zips off to transform the coat into a perfect car-coat and then I can wear the “bottom” as an amazing fur wrap. It’s a 3-for-1! I did pass a Siberian Husky on the street today and thought we looked separated-at-birth, so that might explain the price.

Biggest regret that you didn’t purchase?

LL: Shopping like life is about never looking back. There are no items that I truly regret not purchasing. That said, there was a little jersey dress in the Gucci resort collection, this season, that I saw in Palm Beach and should have grabbed!

JW: The black Chanel knee high boots Liz bought this season. I wanted them in brown so badly. Dreamt about them but didn’t buy them. I should have as they are classic. I still think about them. Every time I see Liz in hers I get a little (or big) pang of regret.

This season you are looking for…

LL: This season I am looking for anything and everything Chloe. They really have their game on right now. Also, nautical. I can’t get enough navy, white, red and rope! Chanel and Gucci all have fab looking nautical pieces this season.

JW: Spring/Summer – short shorts, skirts, dresses, flirty tops. Already thinking about next Winter and I want a fur hood (a la Audrey Hepburn in Charade)

What’s your number one shopping tip?

LL: My number one shopping tip is, when in doubt walk away. If you can’t stop thinking about it, then you should go back the next day and buy it. If you forget about it after leaving the shop, clearly it wasn’t meant to be. And nothing is too expensive if you wear it all the time and conversely even the cheapest item is too much money if you never end up wearing it.

JW: Buy it… and lie about the price! You only live once. A new purchase really makes you happy.

What’s your biggest weakness?

LL: I have a huge weakness for little short skirts and little dresses. My favorite “little black” ones are Prada but really I buy them everywhere and anywhere from to Versace and everything in between.

JW: Is shopping an answer or is that the given and the question is “what is my shopping weakness?” I would have to say shoes. Good shoes transform any outfit. I often pick my shoes first and then plan the outfit to go with them.

Is there an item for which a shopper should never mind paying full price?

LL: You should never mind paying full price for great shoes. Shoes are delivered early in the season (particularly boots!) and if you don’t buy them then, you greatly run the risk of losing out. I always buy my Louboutins, Manolos and Chanels at full price when I see them and I wear them forever, so I don’t feel badly about the price.

JW:Shoes, Bags, watches. But always try for the sale! You can often find amazing things at the end f a season/ But if you love something buy it full price or you risk not getting it.


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