Tuesday, October 5, 2010

New DVF Polly Anna

Finally a successful second hand purchase! After three duds in a row (too big, too small, and a FAKE), I really should have just given up on the DVF "after-market". But then, there it was. Another mis-labeled dress at a killer low price. Listed for $29.99 as "Diane Von Furstenberg Silk Safari Military Fall Dress", but to my eye, clearly a Polly Anna in Desert Moon Khaki. (Photo courtesy of DVF Blogspot )
I had bought a size 6 Polly Anna this spring and it quickly became one of my favorite dresses. Not a wrap, a shirt dress, but of flattering silk jersey, dressy enough for work but comfy enough to wear any time.

Having learned my lesson, I wrote the seller asking her to send me photos of the inner tags. She sent me a photo of the neck tag, and I wrote back asking for the "inner bodice tag". She didn't even know it existed! but after looking where I told her, said it was "Polly Anna". 3 days later, my dress came! In good condition, but a little snug. I wonder if the 6 I bought pre-owned had stretched out more, or whether sizing varied. A good deal for a good dress!

Now after browsing DVFS Blog again, I really want this in the Canyon Red Paisley.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Bought my first fake!!!

After months of lurking, I bit the bullet and created an ebay account to buy what I thought was a total find. The seller had labeled it as a Justin, but the sleeves wer short and rolled--not a Justin. The pattern matched a Revolutionary Duenne Petite Jungle Camo! (Photo from DVF BlogSpot) I was soooo excited, it even had pockets, the seller warned me it had been a shop display and needed dry cleaning. "sure,"

Dress came, fit ok...but the fabric felt so wrong. Not silky but scratchy. The label said Shell, 100% jersey... But it was unlined! Uhoh, I'd bought a fake. My friend Linda felt it and said "stretch silk can feel interesting, but this isn't stretch silk."

I feel, in a word, duped. I think (hope?) the seller thought it was real. If it was just a cute poly dress I'd bought got $68, would I have appreciated the compliments I got instead of being depreceating?

Chalk it up to a lesson learned about being more thorough about asking for liner tag photos. I'm keeping the dress for now. At least it fits! And I did get compliments when I wore it.