Wednesday, November 18, 2009

thoughts for those Scrooges over at ATL

Thanks to my fellow Gumshoes (HA!) Megan and Charlene, the identity of The Perfect Gilded Floppy Bow Heels has been uncovered!  I give you the Bow T Dorcets in Gold by Mr. Christian Louboutin himself (I should have known he would be behind perfection like this):



Yesssssssssssss Victory is Miiiiiiiiiiine!

Except.  Except... $995?  Well, fuckadoodledoo.  There's many-a-pretty for which I can be persuaded to drop major coin, but when your Preferred Party Shoes ring up at more than thrice your Festive Frock Budget, that's where I draw the line.

Yep.  That's me and my Principles, standing on one side, shaking my fist and crying "why God, why!" firm in our resolve, with the T Dorcets on the other, looking all 'effing smug and perfect and floppy-bow-ed.  An Epic Face-Off, really.  One for the ages.

Back over here on my lonely side of the line, its crossed my mind more than once that this is a "Don't Hate that Playa (I am so streetwise, y'all!), Hate the Game" Situation.  Because, really, Ann Taylor Loft?  No offense, my love, as I do thoroughly enjoy what you've been doing lately - many kudos, really, keep it up! - but up until recently, save for a couple of choice pieces each collection, all you ever offered us were reasonably priced basics and slightly boring business casual duds.  And yes, everyone needs a slim black turtleneck but that doesn't mean that I was totally amped up to go purchase it from you... you pickin' up what I'm puttin' down?

Point Being: a year ago, you wouldn't have deigned to accessorize with 10-Benjamin kicks.  Of course a year ago you wouldn't have carried something as heart-palpitating as this or this, but that doesn't necessarily give you the go to delve into couture footwear, know what I mean, Vern?

Not to mention, as the lovely Shabby Princess, in all her marketing genius pointed out, somebody's playing more than a little dirty by featuring non-ATL merchandise front-and-center in the ATL Holiday Ad Campaign.  And instructing your sales staff and your customer service representatives (I'm looking at you, Monika Gerszewski) not to give out information on the shoes' designer?  Low, low, low.

I'm not sure I like how your new hoity-toity attitude, Ann Taylor Loft.  In fact, I think I am quite miffed at you.   A FedEx package with this outfit inside might make me reconsider my position... INCLUDING THOSE DAMN BOOTS!  Which we all now know I'm going to have to go stalk Neiman's shelves for, aren't I?

22 comments:

  1. that is a dirty trick indeed...esp. when they SELL SHOES!!!

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  2. Dirty bastards- I believe it's a bit of deceptive advertising, as Millitini pointed out- they sell shoes.

    At least keep accessories within the price point!

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  3. Oh I totally agree... not cool ATL. I think that if a retailer sells shoes they should not be using another designer (and CL's at $900, at that) in their marketing. But they are so, so pretty...

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  4. Oh damn, that is just wrong! A perfect putting-down by you.

    And I've gotta admit, I know some of you dig ATL, but I am not one of them. I tried so hard (again) to like them last week before CT, and I instantly look 15 years older when I slip on one of their sweaters. Although that shiny, happy dress might make me change my tune...

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  5. A dirty trick indeed! Not to mention that at least half of ATL shoppers balk at the principle of $900 shoes.

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  6. ha- VERN! i am embarassed to admit i watched that show as a youngster, and there are times when i think the phrase in my head, but don't dare say it because the one time i did, NO ONE knew what the hell i was talking about and they looked at me like i had two heads! i laughed when i read it here- thank you!

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  7. So not cool ATL, so not cool.

    Thanks for the shout out on my marketing genius ;) Obviously, I am a genius.

    And now I'm obsessed with those boots as well. Sheesh.

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  8. Bad advertising on their part. I can't even remember what the dress looked like because all I can think about is these shoes!!!

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  9. So true! It's not like they don't sell shoes. They can put their model in theirs. Unless they think theirs aren't good enough. In which case, then design better shoes!

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  10. I'm SICK about this!

    Well, they're only $895 in Black & Ivory. ;)

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  11. you know what is sad about this? the fact that brands like food, etc are required by law to only advertise their own shit (i.e. if frosted mini wheats are the product those must be real in the ad but the milk can be fake because Kellogg's doesn't make milk). The same can be said for this situation. ATL sells shoes so they should be held to the same standard. I've been in their store (last night in fact) and tried on a pair of shoes. SO if they sell them then their ad should reflect THEIR product. Otherwise, it's false advertising and that is just fucking mean.

    I challenge them to a duel of fisticuffs.

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  12. I agree, that's ridiculous, at least they could pull a Target or an H&M and do a "Choo for ATL" campaign instead of being a-holes about the whole thing.....jerks.

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  13. I had the same thoughts! It's amazing how they make you think you can attain the entire ensemble affordably, and then they throw in something that looks like a mortgage. Insanity.

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  14. I agree!! What marketing. Ugh. Gorgeous shoes, but that price is so out line! Particularly when it doesn't even fit with the budget of regular clothes that the store sells. You'd think they would want to keep the same demographic going there huh? :)

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  15. I saw, and swooned, over these shoes in December's In-Style magazine I was flipping through this morning. I can't believe ATL is using them on their add. Not fair! Who do you think i am... Taylor Swift caught by the paparazzi?

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  16. I adore these shoes!!! Great comments on the idiotic price points!

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  17. Too bad, cuz if you bought them your feet are almost as gigantic as mine and I could borrow them.

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  18. Ok, so these aren't QUITE the same, but pretty darn fab and affordable that I just found on Chloe Conspiracy's blog-

    http://www.newport-news.com/shop/product_single.aspx?style_id=37749237&index=35&gp_coll_id=7516&gp_cat_id=7517&nav_cat_id=10457&category_id=10459&s_cmp=affiliate_newport_all

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  19. Dirty dirty dirty dirty dirty. DIRTY. *sobs*

    (Also Amanda, I bought those shoes, hee hee. Backordered until 12/4 though, boo!)

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  20. Note to self - work "fuckadoodledoo" into conversation.

    Seriously, I laughed out loud.

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  21. ok i honestly got nothing out of this post because i almost wet myself laughing at fuckadoodledoo!! i can't wait to use that!

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  22. A thousand g's!!!! That is disgusting. They aren't that fly...these are not designer shoes. You CANNOT pay that much for shoes from Ann Taylor LOFT. Its not right.

    Sorry i know you don't know me at all but I felt the need to speak on this. I love your blog by the way!

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