Originally Posted by Shirtmaven
Remember guys. This is TV. Budgets are not the same as in major motion pictures.
Unless the stylist is being given clothing for screen credits, they will spend as little as possible. Vacco is way out of the picture price wise.
The stylists/shoppers buy tons of stuff and then return what does not get used!
STylist on budgets love stores like club Monoco, because it looks sort of like prada, but does not cost as much.
To add to this, many of the same piece will be bought for continuity sake, because scenes are not generally filmed sequentially. So buying expensive pieces rachets up costs and can use the budget up really quickly.
Shows like Sex and the City, where the styles are nearly central, are exceptions to the rule, and even then, lots of the wardrobing is done with mid-range stuff (available at better boutiques, but with outerwear in the several hundred dollar range, rather than the several thousand dollar range.)
In L.A., stores do tons of business off of studios. Pretty much all the big department stores have a "Studio services" department. I remember passing the office on a regular basis at the Beverly Center Macy's Men's store on my way to the washroom.