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February 1, 2013

Designer Collaborations: Prabal Gurung for Target

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The rumours are apparently true: Prabal Gurung will be releasing a line for Target this month. And from what I can tell, it’s really lovely and made up of bright and bold pieces that scream “fun summer  evenings” to me. Now granted, I realize a while back I stated I was done with these collaboration sales events, I can’t really resist or dismiss this one as he is turning out to be one of my fave newer designers. The quality appears to be on par with Gurung’s higher end pieces and from all I have seen via the Target Look Book there is uniqueness about this line in which I cannot resist. Pieces are priced competitively and I haven’t seen anything over $100 (most fall into the $30-$50 range). target

March 7, 2012

Designer Collaborations: Jason Wu for Target aka Why I probably will not do these Sales Anymore.

Filed under: Designer Collaborations — luxebeaute @ 7:32 am

I have been incredibly revved up for this one.  Unlike Missoni for Target or Marni for H&M, neither of which I am a big fan of, I do adore Jason Wu. Based in that, I decided to put my loathing of affordably mass produced fashion collaborations aside in the hopes of obtaining some lovely Wu-wear. I had high hopes that this would be on par with the elegant Versace pieces at H&M in November of last year. Alas, disappointment strikes again! Le sigh…

The Wu collection was to be available from February 5 through March 6th. Ok, wonderful, I live a block from Target and I didn’t anticipate a long line or anything of the like (I live in the pseudo boonies). I already picked 3 complete outfits I wanted made up of 5 pieces: a white dress, 2 skirts and 2 tops [see side photo]. I was amazed as my total for the lot would come out to be about $150 bucks, give or take some change. Skip ahead… I was completely floored! Nothing appeared as it did online via the lookbook (no surprise there, I am not 6ft tall 6 pounds). Whatever, I could work it out until I tired the pieces on and inspected them a bit more. The fit was odd. Not terrible, just not the same JW fit that one gets when trying on his collections at BG, NM, blah blah blah. But the real kicker? The quality was horrible! I was so bummed. I spent the most amount of time in the store not trying on the clothing but simply wrangling ethically. I contemplated buying the items to resell via Ebay but because I loathe “those people” (the ones who grab all the good stuff and resell for insane prices) I just couldn’t go that low. Plus I figured that would be $150 bucks I could put toward something better. SO I left empty handed. Well not exactly- I did buy Caprese salad fixings and a bottle of Malbec.

I feel like I have done my time in the designer collaboration event lines. So far, only the Versace has been top quality. While I may hit a few more at H&M I don’t think I will be wasting my time with Target anymore. That is unless Balenciaga or Prada contract with them.


January 19, 2012

Designer Collaborations: Versace for H&M round 2 already Sold Out!

The second Versace for H&M Pre-Spring 2012 Collection launched today in all of its adorable fruit patterned glory… and… sold out by noon.

This collection was basically the polar opposite from the first; this is the virginal sister to round one’s cigarette smoking Warholian leather clad femme fatale.

No cat-fighting or long lines on this one being that it was only available to buy online for those residing in Sweden, the United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Norway — unfortunately not in the US.  Don’t fret my dear readers: It will all show up on Ebay soon enough, albeit for 5 times the actual original prices.

October 22, 2011

Designer Collaborations: Versace for H&M

Let me tell you my dear readers, I am super EXCITED about this here collaboration!!!

Unlike the Missoni for Target debacle, there are rules set in place to insure civility…

From H&M:The first 280 in line will receive one of 14 different colored bracelets, 20 people for each bracelet color. On the bracelet you will be given a specific time for shopping in their designated area. The bracelets are only needed for the women’s collection. Customers buying the men’s collection will not require a bracelet. When your time slot arrives, you will enter the designated area to shop for 15 minutes. If you are not one of the first 280 in line, you will of course have the opportunity to shop from the men’s collection or within H&M. When the 14 groups have finished shopping, the women’s collection will be open to all customers.

I had to laugh as I noted the control bracelets are only designated for women and not men- I will be doing my time at the Powell SF store where trust me, I expect the men to get a little crazier than the women!

And yes, there is a limit to what one can purchase… while you can buy whatever you want, it is limited to 2 per same piece per customer (probably to control the price gouging on Ebay as well as to keep the items somewhat exclusive).

I cannot wait to jump in line November 19th! There are some gorgeous pieces happening here, just to die. I am madly in love with the jewelry and the animal printed Medusa patterned silk dress.


September 13, 2011

The Missoni for Target line Debacle

Call the glambulances, people are getting hurt over here!!!

As we reported with mixed feelings last month, today marked the debut of Missoni for Target, the high-end fashion house’s more accessible clothing line.

People researched Targets all over various towns near them. Some women camped out overnight. Some awoke hours earlier than usual, just to find by the time they got to Target lines were huge and upon doors opening, women ran like wild animals. Women in the store cursed each other, ripped items from eachothers carts and hands, and ran all over in a manic rush to swoop up whatever was left of the collections.  tons of  fights broke out (which can be seen on youtube) and it was reported that one woman threatened to kill another over a towel. Many Target stores actually had to call in the Police, if you can believe that one.

I have never in my life witnessed grown women acting so aggressive. I saw several women with small babies in their cart full of Missoni product who left their cart (and child) and ran toward a Target employee bringing out more shoes.” Target shopper

Did I mention that the Target online store crashed and everything (both in stores and online inventory) is completely sold out?

Wow, I feel sorry for the poor old lady who has never heard of Missoni and just ran into target that day just for some toilet paper!

And for the record… No, I didn’t go.

August 1, 2011

Designer Collaboration: Missoni for Target

In May it was announced Italian fashion house Missoni would is going to produce a short run line of products for Target, aptly titled Missoni for Target”, which will hit stores in September through October (or until supplies last). The line will include clothing for women and children as well as household items (dishes, bedding, towels, etc). Missoni items at Target will run on average at abt $40.00.This is pretty amazing when you consider that a Missoni dress will run you 1200-2000, cardigans at $500-$600, scarves abt $350 at high end department stores. As of today, the look book was released which shows upward 400 pieces from the collection.

While I will definitely be there and may actually wake up early to do so (a rarety), I am not quite as excited as everyone else is about this… Don’t get me wrong- I do like Missoni in all its mixed matches’ swerlie zigzaggy goodness. I just never liked it so much to justify the high prices; it’s not really my thing. But for $40 bucks, I am definitely all over it. I also fear the quality is going to be pretty bad in its mass produced glory and the last thing I want is to be out and about someplace to find every other person is wearing the same Target Missoni piece (a la LV mono print speedy’s which have lost their flair now). So I think what I will stick to is a couple skirts, maybe a cardigan, and a bunch of candles and throw pillows.


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