Budget-conscious lines from Missoni, Lagerfeld and Mad Men (oh my!)
It's official: everyone's broke. While most of us are scrambling to figure out how to pay rent, manage debt and have enough left over for a night out every now and then, thanks to forthcoming capsule lines from Target, Macy's and Banana Republic, at least we won't have to worry about our fall fashion budget.
This week, retailers released photos of several highly-anticipated lines, most notably Target's 400+ piece Missoni collection. The lineup features apparel for all age brackets in Missoni’s signature patterned prints, with pink and orange dominating the color scheme. But there’s much more: quilts, kitchenware, luggage, laptop accessories—even a seriously sexy cruiser bike, complete with (presumably faux) leather saddle and squiggle-print fenders.
Jumping up a price bracket is the Karl Lagerfeld Macy’s line, launching later this month. With pieces priced between $50 - $170, the retro-inspired collection focuses on work-wear; lots of ladies’ suiting, knee-length dresses, high collars and tweed. There’s plenty of hot pink in the mix, too, along with some fierce, fingerless leather gloves (we’re thinking these would look equally good with silk as with denim and flats).
Finally, Banana Republic makes the dreams of every Joan Holloway-wannabe come true with their 65-piece, Mad Men-inspired line for men and women. And it’s everything we’d hoped, from fedoras and slim-legged suits for the gentlemen to classic pumps, pearls, high-waisted capris and form-fitting frocks for the ladies.
We're betting that each of these lines will have budget-conscious fashionistas battling it out on showroom floors; try to buy online when the collections launch to beat Black Friday-like mobs.