By Paul Pannone
Growing debate of whether reality shows have class or are classy spills over to product use and how they’re viewed by consumers. Recent verification that television viewers are attracted to reality shows sparks a closer look at what people actually want, instead of what store owners want to sell them.
Subjective, personal views given by wedding vendors wanting to return to “class” when new ideas and changes cane be “classy” are debated. What is class? What is Classy?
The definition of class according to Dictionary.com says showing stylish excellence. Classy is defined as elegant; stylish. The fine line between the two leaves much room for opinion, debate, etc, but also puts the real power into what the consumer wants– not the filtered information store owners want them to see.
eWedNewz watches the changes and listens to wedding veterans that want to return to the “classic” glory days. Many understand those days may be gone forever, while others hope for improvement. But so far, not enough are able to adapt to the changes that have taken place.
Class? Classy? Classic? What do you say?
Personal opinions of Wedding Water Cooler members varied from conservative to progressive thoughts.
Wendy Hartigan; “The princess. Classic, classy and quite lovely.”
Christine Boulton; “Is there a question? KATE!!!!”
Kendra Kroll; “That’s like asking what do I like better — grapes or watermelon? The dresses are both beautiful — they are simply chosen to befit each personality and situation.”
Jacqueline Johnson; “Definitely Kim’s.”
Denise Georgiou; ”Depends on the bride, they are both beautiful. My personal preference is Kim’s. It’s a Wow dress.”
Jim Duhe; “Strange that you should ask. I posted a comment on Bridal Support after reading the story on Huffington Post about the Vera Wang/Kardashian dress on sale at David’s for $1,600. I was astounded by the number of negative comments about Kardashian, Vera Wang, and the style of the dress. At the same time, the Kardashian wedding story ranks among the highest page views on our website. The people who are making the negative comments on Huffington Post are not the same people who are shopping for wedding dresses. They’re probably not even in the same age bracket as the average bride. Therefore, the negative comments are meaningless to Vera Wang, to David’s and to Kim Kardashian.”
Duhe likened the Kardashian/Middleton comparison to how they pertain to other segments of society and commerce, including the men’s formal wear business.
“It’s like the comments about The Situation. The people who are quick to make negative comments are not your customers. Therefore, they can say whatever they wish. Their negative comments are good for business.
In direct response to your question, I should say that Kate’s gown is my favorite because it’s tasteful and elegant and classy. Kim’s dress is flashy, sexy, and attention-getting. I’d want my daughter to wear Kate’s dress. I’d want to date anyone wearing Kim’s dress,” according to Duhe.
The discussions are expected to continue oh how style is impacted by the Reality of what people want and what decision-makers want them to have. Formal Wear Specialists all over the country say they do not personally like what the Situation stands for but will buy the products because they know that’s where the demand will be.
Robert Brunelle of Main Street formals said, “It’s Jackie vs Marilyn redux. You marry Kate, but you want Kim on the side. Maybe upstairs during the reception, like Sonny Corleone in Godfather I.”
To date images of new 2012 products by Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Joseph Abboud posted on the FLOW Fan Page received better than average response. Images involving products by the Situation far exceeded the “normal” interest given to tuxedo products.
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