In an interview with New York Magazine this week, Project Runway's Tim Gunn (and now America's dean of fashion) opines on the counterfeit question:
What about knockoffs? Can you spot one at twenty paces?
Not that often -- there are some awfully good knockoffs out there. I hate to say this because I'm so respectful of brands, but why spend $2,000 on the Chanel bag? I don't believe in jewelry for men, but women's jewelry -- what's wrong with cubic zirconia? I say, if it looks goods and it works, do it.
a senior official a reliable source an anonymous but fabulous reader for the tip.