Jean Paul Gaultier for Target

I am so excited for March 7th to get here. That’s the release date for Jean Paul Gaultier’s collection to hit Target… yes, you heard me correctly, Target.

How does the lead designer of Hermes, THE luxury brand, end up on the racks of a discount store? He’s certainly not alone, Gaultier is just the latest in a series of designers reaching out to discount stores for design collaborations. Target has had Isaac Mizrahi, Alexander McQueen, and Dana Buchman already. Jimmy Choo released their shoe and bag collection with H&M last Fall. 

Some say reaching to a lower income price point is just a sign of current economic times, others say it leads to the inevitable and unfortunate professional demise of the designer himself. Has the Great Recession killed luxury?

To me, I see the fashion industry struggling to remain relevant when mortgages are tanking and unemployment teeters near double digits. Which is ironic, given that fashion is becoming a larger focus in pop culture (hence the shows I talk about here… Project Runway, Rachel Zoe Project, What Not to Wear, Kell on Earth). Is fashion just fantasy meant for escapism? Or is it relevant to the Common (Wo)Man?

And, exactly what vision of American discount fashion will the distinctly French-ified JPG have? From the Target.com website, “My collection with Target pays homage to the wide range of personalities that make up the diverse styles of American women,” said Jean Paul Gaultier.  “From ingénue to rock ‘n roll, this collection celebrates women of all ages and a host of distinctive, iconic American styles.”

… Can’t say I’m fond of the “I forgot my pants” look above, but the yellow halter dress below is adorable! I wouldn’t chose to pair it with the tattoo sleeves (or the tattoo leggings) though.

Prices are said to range from $17.99 to $199.99 and it’s a short run, only until April 11th, so don’t dawdle. I plan to learn from my Payless-Christian Siriano experience, and will order anything tasty directly from the website online. It’s hard to say what the local stores will actually receive.

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Published in: on February 25, 2010 at 7:26 am  Leave a Comment  
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Evening gown myths exploded

When someone says “evening gown” to me, I used to tune it out. “Gowns aren’t for me, they’re for red carpet events.” No more! I am embracing my inner diva. After all, life is full of red carpet events — weddings, graduations, even a romantic dinner out is a good excuse to invite some glamour into your life.

“But gowns cost so much!” Or, “Gowns aren’t made for people larger than a size 2.” There are a lot of evening gown myths, but I’ve found one UK designer, Roman Originals, who is putting the evening wear myths to task.

The first thing I notice are their models…plus size is the correct modelling term, but to me? They look like real people, and I appreciate seeing how the gowns look on a full figure, not just a wire hanger with skin. Love the luxury of this bronze-colored taffeta gown, and look at all the beading on the bodice… for under £40! (Click the pics for closer looks at the gowns).

So affordable! Here’s another under-£40 gown I want in my wardrobe, and I love it paired with the gold, strappy heels. If gold is too dramatic for your taste, you could go with a more conservative black pump as well. For jewelry, layer some gold necklaces of various lengths, or keep the neckline unadorned and find gold, hoop earrings and a bold cuff to dress it up. 

Yet another under-£40 gown I’m loving… the cut, color blocking and gathering around the bust would be great on small-chested women who want to add volume. I see black pearls, or even a black-and-white multi-strand of pearls, for a necklace choice. You could even give the outfit some edge by throwing a black leather jacket over it, very on-trend and perfect for stretching it from warm weather wear into the colder seasons.

Sad news for us Yanks… Roman Originals only delivers to the UK and Northern Ireland, but if you’re across the big pond, dear reader, you can’t miss by grabbing one (or more!) of their looks. Glam it up! And then send me a picture of your own personal red carpet moment, promise?

Published in: on February 17, 2010 at 12:19 pm  Leave a Comment  
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My best fashion steals of the year

After saving and waiting, I’ve been doing my Christmas shopping early… for me!  Landed this $445 Jean Paul Gaultier skirt, new with tags, for under $50! I can’t wait to unravel the print and hold it in my hands. I love how the paisley pattern dissolves into the bold waves and back again. Pair it in summer with solid color camisoles and black mules, in winter with a turtleneck in a complimentary color, and throw a black blazer on over it all for warmth. Black boots, white purse for a pop (or red!). Voila!

 I couldn’t stop thinking about these Roberto Cavalli jeans, love at first sight. $365 retail, new with tags, but not for me. Another under $50 masterpiece.

 I once had a dream I had beautiful Art Nouveau tattoos all over my legs, and when I awoke I was actually saddened to discover it wasn’t true. I love the peacock tail, I cannot even begin to imagine all the colors and looks these jeans can help create. They’re wearable art. Extravagently Cavalli. 

 I’ll start by wearing them with my lime green, Kelly inspired handbag.

 And these I couldn’t resist… John Galliano “Soldat” (solider) style jeans, not new and not exactly vintage either, but only 99 cents!!! Winter, summer… dress them up with heels or booties to show off the asymmetrical hem which is shorter in front than back, or tuck them into my knee-length black boots during winter. I wore them for Thanksgiving dinner with our relatives.

And, the piece de resistance… because I actually don’t have a little black dress in my wardrobe. Until now!

 Zac Posen with just a hint of stretch, retail $1500. Mine for under $100. That’s nearly 95% off! I did the happy dance after this auction ended. I have no idea where to wear this incredible dress, but when the occassion arises I will be ecstatic.

 Check out the fabric’s cross grain effect beneath the hips, which breaks up the expanse of blackness. The dress makes a perfect canvas for a statement necklace, and the strap is removable for even more glamour.

Not that I have any red carpet moments coming up… but listen up, Universe! I’m prepared! Besides, all the world’s a stage, and why not make an excuse for a night out with the hubby (without the kids in tow for a change)?

I know it’s only the 1st, but Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good buy!

Published in: on December 1, 2009 at 12:08 pm  Comments (1)  

B&H Factory Outlet

Look, darlings… time is precious so let’s get straight to it.

B&H Factory Outlet. Click it, love it.

One of my all time favorite outlet stores on ebay.

I checked in today and found over 200 items of Women’s clothing, all under $5, all brand new with tags, and all closing in the next 8 hours alone. Here’s how helpful I am… I’ll link the search for you here, and you can just browse away.

You could shop this one outlet all day… I should know, I have. Discount given for multiple item shipping charges.

Just a few names from today’s closing auctions: Anne Klein, Alfani, Calvin Klein, Liz Claiborne, Nine West, Karen by Karen Kane, Jones NY, Ralph Lauren, Charter Club, Studio M, London Times… seriously, people.

Why are you still reading this when you could be shopping already?

Published in: on August 18, 2009 at 7:36 am  Leave a Comment  
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Auctions closing today! Edropoff Express on ebay

Shoes! All under $100?

Here’s a look at some items closing soon at one of my preferred ebay sellers… these folks take authentication seriously, and they’re power sellers so they’ve been at it for a while now.

Take a peek, looking is free, right? All prices that are quoted on auctions were current at the time of writing up this blog, and may have gone up since. So put the good ones on your watch list and snipe that auction today, baby!

Gucci Black Leather Top Stitch Strappy Bamboo Heels size 7.5 — $24.99

Prada Houndstooth Suede Rosette Trim Pump Heels Size 37.5 — $24.99

Louis Vuitton Cream Tan Wedge Logo T-Strap Heels Size 37 — $52.99

Marc Jacobs Fuchsia Red Suede Gold Trim Tall Boots size 37.5 — $34.99

Gucci Green Silk Jeweled Silver Horsebit Pump Heels size 7.5 — $67

Tod’s Light Blue Top Stitch Slide Women’s Loafers size 37.5 — $39.95

 Jil Sander Black Leather Banded Knee High Boots Size 38 — $28.50

Brian Atwood Black Silk Jeweled Open Toe Heels Size 38 — $35

Gucci Brown Suede Gold Horsebit Stacked Heel Loafer size 8.5 — $18.99 and no bids!

Gucci Dark Brown Suede Hold Horsebit Women’s Loafers size 8.5 — $18.99, another pair to bid on!

Bottega Veneta Cream and Black Patent Leather Sandals size 38.5 — 19.50

Stuart Weitzman Clipper Bronze Woven Platform Heels size 9 — $18.99 and no bids!

Stuart Weitzman Linda Zebra Patent Leather Heels, size 9 New In Box — $19.49

UBER DEAL ALERT!

Christian Louboutin Gold Metallic Gathered Heels in Box size 38.5 — $61

Manolo Blahnik Brown Suede Slide Heels, Size 38 — $59.10, auction says one shoe is signed, but signed by whom?

AND DON’T MISS THIS!!

Loewe Blue Leather Gathered Long Open Front Coat, Size 42 — $32

Published in: on August 4, 2009 at 7:37 am  Leave a Comment  
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Jay McCarroll and his sunglasses

 Season One Project Runway winner Jay McCarroll was known throughout the season for his flamboyant style which included his choice in eyewear, especially his sunglasses which have become a regular signature to his ever-evolving look.

If you haven’t popped by his website, the colony, you might wanna check out what the designer has been up to of late. Personally, I love his line of sunglasses he offers. Logo-less, brand-free, and every style is just $22. At that price, you can have as many styles as the designer himself!

 “Style 93” (shown here in green) remind me a lot of some of Balenciaga’s more recent sunglasses silhouettes, and are certainly a more friendly price tag. Also in White, Black and Burnt.

 “Big O” are really yummy and summery in white,  I think they’re so cute. Also available in Black.

 “Chromatic Moo” allows a bit of Jay’s humor to find expression here, but as an owner of pants made of cow-print jersey, I think the fashion joke is a fun one. Other colors include Heidi Gold (named for the show’s spokesmodel perhaps?), Chromatic Silver, and Chromatic Wild (think ‘leopard print’).

 “Style 52” looks really sharp in red, with the two toned look. This style in the color “Mix” looks like tortoise shell, and color “Transparent” resembles other designers’ frame color known as “Smoke.”

 “Style 74” rounds out the collection and reminds me of some of Dior’s recent looks. Besides Black, you can also land this one in Red, and White.

Published in: on July 28, 2009 at 3:24 pm  Comments (2)  
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Missoni on Monday

Love Missoni! Here are a few ebay deals (mostly M Missoni) I scoured to find for you, and all of these close today (some in just a few hours from now).

Every listing was under $100 at the time of this post with all the most current prices listed here.

Fall/Winter MISSONI Oriental Embroidery Floral Metallic Coat size 38 (Medium) — Buy It Now $79 + Free Shipping

Missoni of Italy wool floral vine print dress size 44 — $20.50

MISSONI ORANGE LABEL Pink Knit Cardigan Sweater 44 — $89, Size Large and GORGEOUS

M Missoni Zig Zag Striped Skirt Size 2  — 0 Bids, opens at $69, Buy It Now $79

MISSONI BLACK SILVER SHEER METALLIC EMBROIDERY DRESS Size 40  — $79, Medium/Size 6

M Missoni Skirt NWT Size 38/2 — $99 + Free Shipping

Women’s M MISSONI Top Sz 6 — $12.50

 M Missoni gorgeous strapless sweater dress Sz. 8 — $49.99

MISSONI~Iconic Knit Linen Blend Skirt~8-10~Neimans — $99

MISSONI GREAT Halter TOP SZ 42 M L NWOT — $5.50

M Missoni Cotton Stripe V Neck L/Sleeve Shirt Top 42/6 — $49

MISSONI KNIT SKIRT — $24.99

Published in: on July 27, 2009 at 3:37 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Handbags on sale today

Here are a few items to tempt you, they all went on sale just today (looks like Zappos is moving some inventory out). Are you tempted? If you nab one, be sure to comment so we can share in your victory!

MICHAEL Michael Kors Astor Small Chain Shoulder 20% off

MICHAEL Michael Kors Astor Small Chain Shoulder
Store: Zappos
Price: $161.60 (was $202.00)

MICHAEL Michael Kors Jamesport Large Zip Top Satchel 20% off

MICHAEL Michael Kors Jamesport Large Zip Top Satchel
Store: Zappos
Price: $321.60 (was $402.00)

Anne Klein New York Greenwich Satchel Frame 46% off

Anne Klein New York Greenwich Satchel Frame
Store: Zappos
Price: $159.00 (was $299.00)

MICHAEL Michael Kors Large Chain Shoulder Tote 20% off

MICHAEL Michael Kors Large Chain Shoulder Tote
Store: Zappos
Price: $321.60 (was $402.00)

MICHAEL Michael Kors Large Chain Satchel 20% off

MICHAEL Michael Kors Large Chain Satchel
Store: Zappos
Price: $305.60 (was $382.00)

UBER DEAL ALERT~! $1000 off

Costume National 22ZB618 07522 67% off

Costume National 22ZB618 07522
Store: Zappos
Price: $483.14 (was $1,482.00)

UBER DEAL #2… LOVE this color blue, great for fall!

Costume National 21ZB624-07445 53% off

Costume National 21ZB624-07445
Store: Zappos
Price: $678.09 (was $1,467.00)

Published in: on July 25, 2009 at 12:58 pm  Comments (2)  
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A bit of Pucci to start you off

Known for his exuberent silk prints, Emilio Pucci’s riotous colors aren’t for the fashion timid — they earned him the moniker “The Prince of Prints” after all. Check out some ebay finds I grabbed today to get you started. Many of the auctions below close in less than a week, so don’t procrastinate.

Women’s Tunic Dress — Size Small. It’s got a few days left to auction, so watch it if you love it.

Women’s Marilyn Print Dress — Size Small, and new without tags (NWOT)!

Women’s Silk Leggings — Size 8/Medium vintage wear, still in great condition and definitely on-trend.

Men’s Bow Tie — How Brad Goreski, no? These start around $100 but this auction is still sitting at just 99 cents.

Pucci Silk Scarf — Red, black and white color scheme makes it uber versatile. Vintage piece, but in very good condition.

Pucci Small Silk Handbag — This print style reminds me of Pucci’s works from the 80’s, but harkens back the 60’s.

Here’s a hint when shopping for Pucci vintage items, look for the “Emilio” hidden somewhere in the print. It was his signature detail for all of his lines.

If you grab one of these items, be sure to post a comment and share your victory here!

Published in: on July 24, 2009 at 4:31 pm  Leave a Comment  
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