Stop…Collaborate and Listen!

Designer collaborations have hit stores harder than Joan Rivers hits the Botox. Some are successes, giving shoppers a fabulous find at a pretty price. Others- complete and total failures, destined for the clearance racks the minute they hit the store. Walk with me as I peruse this Spring’s latest collaborations! Here are some tips to get started:

  • Stay simple. If you get something that stands out, be prepared for a “Bitch stole my look” moment.
  • Don’t buy just because it is “designer;” I mean, have you SEEN some of the stuff designers come up with?
  • Clean up the clearance racks. Sometimes the collections pieces FLY out the door, other times they get marked down pronto.
  • Mixing more than one piece from a collection can get tricky- when in doubt, stay with one piece from a designer and pull from your closet to complete the look.

Prabal Gurung for Target

Prabal Gurung for Target Look

I decided to put together a little look, all from Target. The two Prabal Gurung pieces are the black heels and the yellow skirt. Ankle straps are always in, and this classic shoe will last through the seasons and fashion trends. The yellow is fab for spring/summer, and a yellow skirt is easier than a yellow shirt for blondes to wear. Prices range from $12.99 to $199.

Kate Spade for Keds

Keds X kate spade new york Pointer- $75

Hmm…cute in concept, but slapping the Kate Spade name on a pair of Keds automatically adds $20 to the price tag. I would love a pair of these for “commuter shoes” instead of flip flops. Shoes? Cute. Price jack? Lame. Prices range from $75-$85.

Milly for Banana Republic

This much-anticipated line comes out in May, and I will definitely be hitting up BR for a few pieces if they fit my budget. The pieces are supposedly inspired by the Hamptons summer CULTure; I just hope the prices don’t follow suit. Kate Middleton is already a fan of the original brand which equals instant hit. Prices range from $39.50 to $175.