Designer Collaborations: Too Expensive?

Posted On Wednesday, February 16th, 2011
Filed Under: Designer on a Dime, Looking FLY on a Dime

Christian Siriano for Payless, $54.99. Lela Rose for Payless, $49.99

I’ve been noticing a trend lately at budget retailers like Payless, Target and H&M: higher prices…and I don’t like it. Last week I posted photos of Payless’ designer collaborations for spring and you guys loved most of the pieces but hated the cost. Dropping $60 for a pair of shoes at Payless was a bit baffling to some of you. 60 bucks isn’t a lot for gorgeous footwear, but for that price, you can go to Macy’s or DSW and possibly spend even less.

Zac Posen for Target: $79.99 and $69.99

I’m all for designers collaborating with affordable chains {it brings fashion to the masses and is still way cheaper than their upscale collections} but how high are the price tags going to rise? I wonder if in the near future Payless will have a designer line that retails close to $100?

And furthermore, there’s always so much hoopla surrounding the lines that everyone ends up wearing the same thing.

Lanvin for H&M dresses, $249 and $199

How much are you guys willing to spend at a budget retailer like Target, H&M or Payless? Do these prices defeat the purpose of their wallet-friendly purpose? Or are you willing to drop extra for the designer collections?

Lanvin for H&M: So what, who cares?

Posted On Wednesday, November 17th, 2010
Filed Under: Designer on a Dime, Looking FLY on a Dime

Lanvin for H&M debuts this Saturday and fashionistas everywhere are rejoicing. However, I’m not one of them. Despite the fact that I can’t shop for a year {due to my Thrifty Threads 365 challenge}, my eyes tend to glaze over at the thought of another designer collabo with a budget chain.

The bold hued and ruffled dresses, coats, shoes and jewels are beautiful to look at but I’m not in love with the prices or how everyone and their mama’s going to be rocking the same outfits.

I have a major problem with budget retailers selling items that are department store priced. I understand it’s a designer collaboration and not even close to the price of “real” Lanvin but I can’t see paying $350 for any item at H&M when their clothes are typically a tenth of that price. For 350 bucks I’d rather hit up Macy’s or Nordstrom.

{Black coat, $349. Floral dress, $249. Black tulle dress, $249 and pink necklace, $40}

Price points aside, since folks are clamoring for this collection, won’t everyone end up wearing the same pieces? This just reminds me of last year’s Roberto Cavalli for H&M collection. People stood in line for hours for pieces that sold out in minutes, and at holiday parties and on New Year’s Eve, I saw at least three women with identical outfits and accessories.

Though I have some issues with designer collaborations at stores like H&M and Target, I appreciate that designer fashion has become accessible to all and fashion houses are acknowledging customers who can’t afford their high-end line.

Are you looking forward to the collection? Do you care if you see other women wearing the same clothing and accessories as you? How do you feel about designer collaborations and how much would you be willing to pay for the pieces?

Lanvin for H&M

Posted On Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010
Filed Under: Deals & Steals, Designer on a Dime, Looking FLY on a Dime

You guys have seen the teaser photo above for a few weeks and now it’s finally here: the Lanvin for H&M lookbook. The women’s line has 30 pieces and more than a dozen accessories. Lanvin for H&M hits stores on November 20 and consists of tons of ruffled dresses, outerwear, shoes and accessories.

For a look at the full collection {as well as the men’s looks}, check out Nitrolicious.

Are you guys excited for Lanvin? Do you plan to be the first in line on November 20? Or are you over it already?

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Posted On Friday, October 22nd, 2010
Filed Under: Etc.

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Posted On Friday, September 3rd, 2010
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