Great Cheap Chic

August 17, 2007

Chic can be cheap, really!
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Stores like Target, Payless Shoe Source, and JC Penney have made a practice of bringing high-end, and often emerging, designers to the radar of shoppers in the largest cities and smallest towns. Judging from the collaborations on deck for fall, it is a strategy that must be paying off. Here’s a cheat sheet of just a few designer – store duos not to be missed.

Abaete / Payless

Designer Laura Poretzky showed styles from her fall collection for Payless at Fashion Week in February. Highlights include an over-the-knee boot (right) with a zip-off shaft for two looks in one. At $70 it’s a bit high-end for Payless, but the styles are available online and in select stores.

Alice Temperley / Target

British designer, Temperley is known for her playful clothing and the use of ruffles, polka dots, and bows on her feminine frocks. The collection, priced from $14.99 to $139.99, features standouts such as a long flower print dress and a navy military jacket with gold buttons. Designs arrive in stores, September 16.

Chip & Pepper / JC Penney

Denim demi-gods Chip and Pepper Foster from California have launched a line at JC Penney, called C7P. The denim and sportswear geared to young men and women includes a logo hoodie, $44, and dark vintage jeans (right), $55. Other items include tees and bermuda shorts.

Dominique Cohen / Target

On August 19, Los Angeles based Cohen releases a line of artistic jewelry at Target. Cohen’s high-end designs in 18k gold, gemstones, and pearls are sold at select fine department stores. Her made for Target creations include multi-strand necklaces priced at $20 and $60.

Lela Rose / Payless

Designer Lela Rose is the second guest designer to introduce a collection of shoes for Payless. Rose’s five styles, scheduled to arrive in stores in early September, include shoes in tweed with patent accents, a T-strap sandal, and a very of-the-moment ankle boot. Prices start as low as $25.

Lutz & Patmos / Uniqlo

Japan based Uniqlo made waves when it arrived in the states selling affordable cashmere sweaters. The company quickly discovered the joy of collaboration. Beginning in August, stylish cashmere designs by Tina Lutz and Marcia Patmos will sell for a fraction of the price of their eponymous collection. Japanese designer, Keita Maruyama, and Brit Adam Jones, will also add their cashmere creations all priced between $89 to $159. Atlantans can call 1-877-4UNIQLO.

Sarah Jessica Parker / Bitten at Steve & Barry’s

The launch collection hit stores in June, but between August 10 and September 10, SJP’s fall collection, which includes the $20 houndstooth coat made famous on the Oprah Winfrey Show, will be delivered to stores. The clothing isn’t available online or by phone, but Atlantans take heart; a quick drive to Athens will get you bitten.

Simply Vera by Vera Wang / Kohl’s

The long awaited Vera Wang designed collection finally arrives at Kohl’s on September 9. A purple ruffle tie-blouse is $59, while an embellished tank dress goes for $138. The apparel line is priced from $34 to $138, but the collection also includes intimates, accessories and items for the home.


One Response to “Great Cheap Chic”

  1. I’ve wanted to check out the SJP line, but there isn’t a store near me that carries it. I’d have to travel close to 40 miles just to get to the store.

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