The economy is still not great, but for some, there's never any recession! Like for the rich people who can buy "$650 dresses and $400 shoes" for their three-year-olds.

The AP has a story about the rising demand for luxury toddler fashion. You heard that right: LUXURY FASHION for kids who are apt to pee, poop, vomit, spill juice, and dump their dinner on their clothes, not to mention rip them while playing or just take them off because they don't want to wear clothes.

Juliet Sandler dresses in the latest $650 dresses and $400 shoes from Parisian fashion house Lanvin. Juliet is 3.

Her mother, Dara Sandler, says she dresses her daughter in the latest fashions because Juliet is a reflection of her — even though her daughter can't spell the names of the designers, let alone pay for their clothes.

"I dress my daughter exactly the way I dress myself," says the 33-year-old Manhattan mother, who spent $10,000 for her daughter's summer wardrobe. She plans to spend a few thousand dollars more for fall.

Sandler added, "I really believe when she dresses like this, she feels better about herself."

According to trade group NPD, "For the past 12 months ended in May, children's wear sales rose 4 percent, with the upscale component up 7 percent, according to NPD's most recent data. That compares with a 3 percent rise for the overall clothing market." Well, you know what they say about suckers.

Us Weekly fashion director Sasha Charnin Morrison "admits that some of the clothes are outrageously prices. But, she says, things like $200 Gucci sneakers make her kids happy." Morrison said, "They're a walking billboard of you. They're a reflection of who you are, so if you are someone highly stylized, then you want to make sure your kids are the best-dressed kids out there." In other words, dressing your child in a $5 t-shirt means you're a terrible, cheap-assed parent who will probably make him/her do chores some day!

The NY Times trod on this depressing ground in April, noting that besides Lanvin and Gucci, Stella McCartney Marni and Burberry are vying for gullible, slave-to-fashion parents' money. The Times found that affordable children's clothing retailer The Children's Place (which has great sales) had stitching "as good as in most of the designer pieces" and featured an outfit that cost $65, which is probably what rich people would spend to clothe their toddler's doll's doll.

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