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Check Out Line: Who needs foreign tourists? Luxury chains have Palin!


palin11.jpgCheck Out Alaska Gov. and hockey mom Sarah Palin, who’s not only John McCain’s vice presidential pick, but a luxury fashion maverick.

The Republican National Committee has spent more than $150,000 since late August to outfit Palin and her family in the fanciest of duds from department stores like Saks and Neiman Marcus, says

The financial disclosure records, included under the line item “itemized coordinated expenditures,” show RNC expenditures at Saks Fifth Avenue in St. Louis and New York of $49,425.74 in September. Based on Saks’  September comparable-store sales of $273.2 million,  Palin accounted for .018 percent of sales.

The RNC also spent $75,062.63 during one September trip to Neiman Marcus, says, which would represent .012 percent of Neiman’s September comparable-store sales of $406 million.

Be a maverick with your $695 Palin wig


palin.jpgAttention, fashion mavericks – It’s your very own Sarah Palin wig, made of real hair! Well not hers though.

Brooklyn-based e-commerce site is selling Palin wigs made of 100 percent human hair for $695  ($100 off!). The pieces bear a striking resemblance to the side-swept bangs hairdo favored by Palin, the Republican party’s vice-presidential candidate.