My experience suggests another reason that the very privileged are as remote from reality as the tea party. It's not that they have a snob's disdain for the little people. It's that, insulated by their money, they don't know any.
The designer Richard Nicoll is quite the darling of the fashion press, with his collections often getting positive reviews. He is able to deftly combine sportswear with tailoring and just the right dose of flirty attitude.