The Piece: Imitation Lace Tunic
The Investment: $280
Why We Covet: It will certainly be the prettiest piece in your closet, but it could also be the most versatile. Wear it now with skinny jeans and nude sandals during the day, with leather pants and tough jewelry on cool nights, and with opaque tights and a big sweater next fall. If you want to show off stems, you could potentially wear this as a minidress, although we might suggest a pair of tap shorts to cover your assets when you sit down. No matter how you wear this lace tunic, it's so pretty, and so delicate, you're sure to get lots of admirers.
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>> Imitation's Tara Subkoff has flirted with film over the years, racking up bit parts in movies like American Pie and As Good As It Gets, but now she's taking the relationship to the next level — literally. Subkoff attended the 2011 Oscars — and the Vanity Fair Oscars party — at the end of February with King's Speech director Tom Hooper (who won best director), and they've reportedly been together ever since. [AVENUEinsider]
>> After undergoing surgery for a brain tumor at the end of last year, Tara Subkoff is back on the scene with a new fashion venture: Imitation. The forthcoming line allows her to "bring back" her former label Imitation of Christ in "its most basic incarnation," she tells Harper's Bazaar, "easy-to-wear staples with an edge . . . I'm inspired by Coco Chanel and her use of jersey. I'd like to do that with Imitation. I want something as effortless as a T-shirt, but in dress, trench, and jacket shapes."
Subkoff added of her time doing Imitation of Christ: "The name got so big, and it appeared to be such a giant success, but like most things that are artistic and creative and amazing, it was never this financial powerhouse. It was an art project. It was rewarding to spearhead, and it was a great collaboration with Matt Damhave and so many other amazing people, but I had to work about four or five other jobs — a shoe collaboration with Easy Spirit and consulting for Sara Lee Apparel (which owned Wonderbra, Hanes, and Playtex) — just to keep the company afloat."
OK, that sounds a little creepy, but it has been verified in research that people like others more when they mirror their mannerisms or actions. In other words, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and we like to be flattered.
Research has shown that waiters get bigger tips if they repeat the exact words back to customers who are ordering food, and participants in one study were even more altruistic after they were mimicked. (They were more likely to pick up pens for the researcher who dropped them if they’d been imitated earlier.) Scientists theorize that, from an evolution perspective, mimicry promotes safety in groups by being a sort of “social glue.”
What this study doesn't mention is the pure narcissistic pleasure of being imitated. So if you want to wow an interviewer, for example, subtly adopt the body posture she has — leaning forward when she does, nodding when she does. Just don't go Marcel Marceau on her! Because then it would be weird.
I've spoken of fashion illusions in the past, but this Imitation Eclipsor Drawstring Tank ($106, originally $212) is just plain trippy. Every time I look at it, I feel like my eyes are playing tricks on me. It's as though I'm looking at the model through a fun house mirror. I like attention but not the kind that scares people. What do you say?