Frugal fashionistas, the very heartening trend of designers doing guest lines for affordable stores continues. Check out the world class styles you can find at suburban mall prices.
In this recession, it seems everyone is scaling back. Even high end fashion designers are feeling the crunch as retail sales plummet. More and more, top designers are catching on that chic can also mean cheap. Like Todd Oldham and Cynthia Rowley before them, smart designers are making inexpensive lines for popular stores and outfitting the young, broke and fabulous for less. Everyone wins as designers keep their revenue flowing, inexpensive stores up their thrill-factor and style savvy shoppers get to buy designer styles without paying designer prices.
Check out where you can score some luscious labels for a lark this summer and fall. I bet at least one designer-retailer collaboration will surprise you.
Payless Shoe Source - The once blah-but-well-priced shoe selection of Payless has transformed to a Who's Who for young designers. The Payless alice + olivia line did crazy sales nationwide. Lela Rose is designing another round of glamorous and inexpensive shoes for the retailer, and now Project Runway's Christian Siriano is bringing his fierce style to your local strip mall starting this fall.
In the meantime, score the designer shoes of your dreams, and get the second pair 50% off during Payless famous BOGO sale.
Wal-Mart - Even down-to-earth discount store Wal-mart is getting a piece of the designer pie. Miley Cyrus and Max Azria are teaming up (huh?) to create a hip line of clothes, all priced around $20.
H & M - Hot on the heels of the announcement that hot English designer Matthew Williamson was doing a line for Fall 2009, H&M recently announced that Jimmy Choo is not just for Carrie Bradshaw anymore. The choicest spot for well priced clothes for work and play can now adds another stellar name to their hot list of designers: Karl Lagerfeld, Comme des GarÃ§ons, Stella McCartney, and Madonna.
Rachel Comey Urban Outfitters
JCPenney - Hip, young designer Charlotte Ronson's adorable and wearable line for JCPenney, I [Heart] Ronson, is already majorly discounted.
I [Heart] Ronson
Target - Ah, Target. The big box that started this crazy, wonderful trend with their Isaac Mizrahi and Cynthia Rowley collaborations is back this fall with yet another fabulous designer line. Hot on the success of the uber-adorable Alexander McQueen line, starting this September, Target will carry clothes designed by fashion icon Anna Sui inspired by the CW's "Gossip Girl." Stock up on $50 worth of fashion and save $5 with this Savings.com Target coupon.
So how can you make the most of these limited time, limited quantity deals and steals? The early bird gets the--uh...great shoes, so arrive early on the launch date of your favorite designer's line.
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