In the past few weeks there have been an inordinate amount of designer collaborations announced, some have peaked my interest and others not so much. The world of fashion can be a fickle universe with some of these collaborations being a super hit and others a super fail. I suppose the success or failure all comes down to marketing but when it relates to our pocketbooks, are these so-called budget friendly collaborations worth it? Some end up not so budget friendly.
The Latest Lineup of Collaborations
Sophia Webster and J.Crew April 23, 2014
Love Sophia Webster (I own a pair of beautiful, simple, white pumps), not too sure about this collection. IMO, not so practical for everyday and a bit too trendy for my taste, especially when the average price is $500 a pair, Yikes! She is definitely one creative lady and has a very whimsical imagination, not your average shoe.
Kate Moss and TopShop April 30, 2014
I’m not one for this much fringe, so I’ll have to say no thanks to this collaboration.
Alexander Wang and H&M November 6, 2014
This collaboration, announced recently at Coachella has peaked my interest. I’d personally like to see what level of quality will go into the garments.
Past Successful Collabos
Isabel Marant and H&M – I remember everyone lined up at The Eaton Centre H&M in Downtown TO last year and were going crazy for this collabo!
I suppose it’s a chance to own a piece of designer for prices that are a fraction (hundred’s vs. thousands of $) of the regular line but what most fail to remember is these garments are usually manufactured cheaply and from a lower grade material. You have to remember the line is a representation of the merchant mostly, how do they normally manufacture clothing and where?