V Style: Recession Chic

With 2009 rolling to its end and the recession hopefully following along with it into the history books, a souvenir from the time that we all feared for the worst might prove a stable investment in the years to come.  During the past year, designers have taken the economy as a jumping off point to create statement clothing and accessory items, everything from the literal (like this tote bag) to the abstract, like tattered Derelict-style clothes from Zoolander. Just as yesteryear’s moonshine flask from the depression is now worth serious cash, these products might one day prove their weight in gold. –Adrien Field

Al Dente Tote: Colette Christopher Lee Sauvé Shirt