It’s no secret that I am a celebrity fashion stylist that holds a special place in my style book for Hi/Lo dressing. I don’t see price tags when choosing style; I chose based on the budget, the quality and the aesthetic. Those who spend their life savings just to bear the name of a label is doomed to see empty pockets/bank accounts more than one should in a lifetime. With all that being said I wanted to share some great hi/lo options for spring now that we are in full swing of the season, FINALLY! Here are my selects of some noteworthy high end designers that have collaborated with some low priced retailers to bring you the best of both worlds; high style/low cost and not to forget…with plenty panache! All these collabs are great work to play options this spring and I threw in a few “heads up” collections coming for Fall so you stay ahead of the game.
Kate Young, a Hollywood fashion stylist to Hollywood actors like Michelle Williams has taken her signature style and encapsulated a small collection of her signature look for Target. It’s a modern and fresh approach to spring with a variety of flirty daytime dresses simple enough for the workplace but flirty enough for evening. Accessories also align this collection with slim bags, jewelry and footwear all ranging from $15 to $90 — debuting stores and Target.com on April 14.
Catherine Mallandrino is coming to Kohl’s in Fall 2013 with an 80 piece collection. Keep your eyes and ears perched for its debut with unprecedented prices for this designer between $36 to $130. The anticipation of this collection is high and expected to be a fantastic addition to the history being built of big draw high end designers with low cost retailers. There are no photos to be previewed yet. If you are fashion and penny savvy, you will be one of the first in line when those doors open or at the keyboard when the online store makes it available…it will be sold out as quickly as it is presented, MARK MY WORDS!
Kate Hudson for Ann Taylor
This is Kate Hudson’s first stab at designing. Little is known about the capsule collection, other than it will attempt to translate her red-carpet style into everyday attire—here’s hoping an affordable version of the clothes she dorns on many of the red carpets we see this celebrity turned fashion designer on. Ann Taylor, locations throughout the city; visit anntaylor.com. Available May 20.
Milly designer Michelle Smith is bringing her signature preppy-chic prints and bold colors to Banana Republic for a new collaboration launching this spring. It’s a 60-plus item collection for men and women premiering in May at select Banana Republic locations worldwide and online. The collection will feature re-issues of six popular Milly prints, as well as one new one created especially for Banana Republic. Prices will range from $45 to $175 for women’s apparel, $24.50 to $64.50 for men’s wear, and $39.50 to $130 for jewelry and accessories. That is definitely more reasonable than Milly’s main collection, which normally starts at about $400 for a dress. The women’s collection will include work & spring friendly attire in maxi dresses, skirts, and shorts in a rainbow of on-trend colors, including lime, coral, and navy. Are you ladies excited about this collaboration? It is certain to be a breezy light addition to your workplace wardrobe.