Breaking into the Bon Ton

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By GlynisIngram

Between October 2008 and August 2009, a band of teenage fashion bandits broke into the homes of celebrities, and stole close to $3 million dollars worth of high-end designer goods and clothes (including underwear), jewellery, cash and all manner of ephemera such as perfume, make-up and, in one instance, a hand gun. Because of the nature of the goods taken the gang was subsequently dubbed by the media as ‘the Bling Ring’. Targets included actors Orlando Bloom and Lindsay Lohan and a swathe of reality television celebrities. The first to be hit was Paris Hilton, whom the gang subsequently robbed five times in total. Nick Prugo, who committed the first Hilton robbery along with ringleader Rachel Lee, later claimed that they targeted Hilton because she was ‘dumb […] Like, who would leave a door unlocked? Who would leave a lot of money lying around?’1 However Hilton was not picked simply because she was presumed to be stupid but also because she represents a desirable elitism as encapsulated by the name of one her range of designer goods; bon ton.2 In the eighteenth century the term ‘ton’ was borrowed from the …read more