Designer Collaborations

10 February 2014

The Peter Pilotto for Target collection was being called one of the year’s most anticipated collaborations. While flipping through the look books before Target launched the collection, I could see why. It featured beautiful colors, interesting prints and a nice array of easy-to-style separates.

Peter Pilotto for Target Prints

Peter Pilotto for Target Prints

Despite all the hyped “anticipation,” when I showed up to my local Target in Phoenix, there was plenty left hanging on the racks and the aisles were eerily quiet. I did happen upon a few others scurrying through the goods, but I still took my time sipping a hot latte and checking everything out.

At one point I happened upon a mother-daughter duo who, when I gently moved their cart out of my way, kindly explained to me that the contents — about five Peter Pilotto pieces — were “like gold.” The mother went on to say that her other daughter, an NYC inhabitant, had relayed to her via text that all the NYC stores were already wiped out of the collection. Another shopper had her boyfriend carrying two Pilotto skirts while she held up other pieces to her body and contemplated them. In other words: the Peter Pilotto debut was, more or less, a serene scene in my neck of the woods.

Peter Pilotto for Target Racks

Anyway, my first in-person impression of the actual collection was that the pieces all seemed very cohesive, cool and modern. This set of clothes is very much in line with everything else that’s happening for Spring 2014. In fact, if it weren’t for all of the big fancy signage around this display, it would’ve blended right in with Target’s other offerings. Lots of bright and splashy floral patterns paired with sharp geometric shapes and the occasional “surprise” element.

Another thing I noticed: the pieces were all extremely comfortable looking. Comfy spring fashion? Yes, please. I also appreciated that, unlike some of the other Target collaborations, the Peter Pilotto collection didn’t resort to super sheer fabrics that require lots of layering. Big props on that front.

So, after taking my time sorting through the display, I brought about 8 to 10 pieces with me to the dressing room. Below are some snapshots I took in addition to some of my initial impressions of the pieces.

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For more information and updates on the PETER PILOTTO for Target collection, visit and follow @AbullseyeView and @PETERPILOTTO. Join in on the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #PETERPILOTTOForTarget.

By Wendy Rose Gould

Posted by Wendy Rose Gould at 07:30 AM
Opinions , SHOPPING , Stores |

12 November 2012

After enduring two weeks of near fiction-like weather, we are rewarded this week with a forecast of sunshine and moderate temperatures in addition to an outpouring of sample sales from top designers. With so many unbelievably great sales to choose from in the next seven days, this is your perfect opportunity to score a fabulous outfit for Thanksgiving dinner. Next week you’ll be worried about baking pies, prepping your home for company, and revving up for Black Friday, so take use week to indulge in some “me-time” as you attend sample sales from some of our favorite brands such as Rebecca Minkoff, Anna Sui, Thakoon, Nanette Lepore, Theory, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Bulgari.

Don’t Miss This Week: Shopping for Your Thanksgiving Outfit: Rebecca Minkoff, Anna Sui, Thakoon, Nanette Lepore, Theory, 3.1 Phillip Lim

Rebecca Minkoff Sample Sale

Start your week off right with gorgeous, sunny weather and 70% off clothing, handbags, footwear and accessories at the Rebecca Minkoff Sample Sale on 5th Avenue hosted by the always organized 260 Sample Sales.

Anna Sui Sample Sale

When Anna Sui and $15 are featured in the same sentence than I am there. Monday at 8AM marks the start of a week long sale of 40-80% off women’s ready-to-wear at the Anna Sui Sample Sale, in addition to samples for as low as $15.

Thakoon Sample Sale

Thakoon’s most recent merchandise from Fall 2012 will be on sale at their SoHo sample sale beginning Tuesday at 8:30AM, in addition to past season’s wear. Last spring their sale offered sample pieces for as low as $50, so be on the look out for sample steals!

Nanette Lepore Sample Sale

Wednesday brings us bright colors, bold patters, and thick heels at the Nanette Lepore Sample Sale on West 35th Street where they promise embroidered skirts for $100, jewel-tone velveteen pants for $125, and beaded silk frocks for $175.

Maison Martin Margiela H&M Collaboration

The Stylish City loves a good H&M collaboration. This time around, Maison Martin Margiela brings avant-garde to the floors of wallet friendly H&M, beginning Thursday, November 15th. If we’ve learned anything in the past, it’s that arriving early to H&M on the first day of a collaboration is an absolute necessity, if you want to be able to purchase the top styles in your size that is. Please note, the way it usually works in these cases is a certain number of wristbands are distributed well before H&M even opens. These will indicate what time you will be allowed to shop that day. So be prepared to line up early!

Theory Sample Sale

For diehard fans of the designer, there are two Theory sample sales taking place this week, beginning Thursday at 10AM. With cozy sweaters and ultra cute dresses, Theory may be your best bet in finding the ultimate Thanksgiving outfit that is flattering yet comfortable. Come Thursday, be sure to first drop by the true blue Theory Sample Sale, hosted by the brand at Privé located in the Chelsea Marketplace for deals up to 60% off their men and women’s collections. If you still haven’t had your Theory fill, take a trip uptown and visit clothingline on 36th Street, where they’ll offer Theory’s fall merchandise, including outerwear, knits, dresses, blazers, and more at a discount.

3.1 Phillip Lim Sample Sale

There’s nothing better than alleviating your shopping guilt by knowing your purchase is benefiting a good cause, close to home. A portion of the proceeds from Thusday’s 3.1 Phillip Lim Sample Sale will be donated to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts. This sale is a definite Do Not Miss.

Alice & Trixie Warehouse Sale

To further benefit Hurricane Sandy relief efforts via shopping, head to SoHo on Thursday after the Phillip Lim sale where Alice & Trixie will host a warehouse sale with samples, stock, vintage, and one of a kind items, which will start at $10. 15% of sales from this event will be donated to the American Red Cross relief fund.

Bulgari Sample Sale

Early holiday shopping is in order on Saturday. Load up on goodies for your loved ones as Soiffer Haskin hosts the Bulgari Sample Sale, where jewelry, watches, handbags, accessories, and fragrances will be priced at an eye-popping discount.

After getting a jump on holiday shopping, donating to the Red Cross, and scoring a comfortable yet stunning outfit for Thanksgiving Day, I’d say this week was pretty much a success. Just don’t forget to wear your apron to protect that amazing new dress while fixing the turkey and all the trimmings next week!

By Caitlin Colford

Posted by Caitlin Colford at 12:00 AM
CITY LIFESTYLE , Opinions , SALES , Sample Sale Previews |

10 November 2012

Fashionistas can finally rest easy (and prepare to shop hard). Why? Because the highly anticipated Maison Martin Margiela and H&M collaboration collection will hit stores on November 15. The brand — adored for its truly art-over-function, avante garde aesthetic — has remained true to its nature for this collection.

All the pieces are wearable, but shoppers will find that most of MMM’s pieces are stop-her-on-the-street-and-take-her-picture worthy.

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10 Things You Should Know About the Collaboration

  1. With over 100 pieces, the collection is impressively comprehensive. It includes outerwear, shoes, accessories, bags, formal wear and everything in between.
  2. Prices range from between $13 to $399.
  3. The entire collection consists of re-issued, iconic pieces from previous Maison Martin Margiela collections.
  4. You’ll notice many of the pieces have a slightly retro flare to them while others look quite modern. That’s because the collection covers more than two decades of fashion.
  5. There are a number of “fusion” pieces in the collection. For example, a mens blazer that combines two different colors/silhouettes and a woman’s dress that’s one part knee length with shoulder and one part floor length with halter.
  6. The collection features a wide range of shoes. They include a Plexi wedge pump in various colors, knee-high, heel-less leather boot, hand painted loafer and high top sneaker.
  7. MMM’s collection includes clothing, accessories and shoes for both men and women. No sex-based exclusions in this collaboration!
  8. Some of the more shocking pieces include a blanket coat, a nude bodysuit with printed black bra, a brown/black leather belt jacket and an over sized fanny pack that’s worn across the body.
  9. The collection has caught the eye of even celebrities, including Selma Blair, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kanye West and Julienne Moore.
  10. Each piece will include a unique tag that indicates which season the MMM piece is from.

There’s no denying it — this collection is downright cool. Even those who couldn’t care less about what’s happening in the fashion world have to be impressed and intrigued by what’s included in the collaboration.

What do you think about the H&M/MMM collaboration? Are you eyeing any pieces in particular? Let us know in the comment section below.

By Wendy Rose Gould

Posted by Wendy Rose Gould at 12:16 AM
bargain news , Opinions , SHOPPING , Stores , STYLE |

25 February 2012

Looking to get a drop on Marni before Caitlin’s upcoming Thursday review? Head downtown to the Flatiron store at 111 Fifth Avenue at 18th Street Thursday morning to check out the collection, or go to 515 Broadway right between Spring and Broome. There are two Soho stores, and the one you’re looking for is not the Prince on Broadway location.

Uptowners, check out 150 East 86th at Lexington Avenue or 640 Fifth Avenue at 51st Street, midtowners, look for 435 Seventh Avenue at 34th Street or the H&M at 1328 Broadway at 34th Street.

Check out Caitlin’s review at Marni Explosion at H&M: Shoppers Restricted

Eva Franco Sample Sale

Eva Franco Sample Sale

Eva Franco Sample Sale

Eva Franco Sample Sale

Eva Franco Sample Sale

Posted by Mirela Gluck at 02:32 PM
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