Designer collabs still chic and cheap

It has been more than a decade since Target first popularized designer collaborations — the vehicle through which high-end designers create limited edition collections for mass market retailers.

For the designers, the partnerships present a lucrative opportunity to reach the masses. For retailers, the collaborations increase their cool quotient. And for consumers, it is a chance to own a garment from a designer they may otherwise not be able to afford.

Over the years many other retailers have launched collaborations including H&M, Forever 21, specialty retailers such as Banana Republic and department stores including Macy’s.

By now, you’d think consumers would be on collaboration overload, but the partnerships keep coming and consumers keep buying.

narcisoToday, Kohl’s jumps in the game with its DesigNation collaboration series. First up is designer Narciso Rodriguez.

The collection of color blocked tops and dresses in brights and classic black and white were inspired by the designer’s trip to Istanbul. There are also printed pajama pants, textured jackets and a belted cocoon coat.  (see image). Priced from $30 to $150, the collection is available at Kohl’s stores and online at

But wait…there’s more. Here’s a list of upcoming collaborations to help you plan ahead.

Nov. 15, 8 a.m.: Maison Martin Margiela for H&M

The French fashion house formerly headed by Belgian designer Martin Margiela (he has since parted ways with the company) brings its deconstructed explorations in volume and shape to H&M for a limited edition collection at H&M Atlantic Station. Standout items include a puffy down coat for $349; a $99 jersey gown with a photo print of sequins and a wool jacket for men at $129. Shopping for the collection will follow H&M’s usual process — the first 450 people in line get color-coded bracelets which designate 15 minute shopping blocks of 30 shoppers at a time.

Mid-Nov. – Spring: Sophie Theallet for the Limited

The collaboration will debut a dress in four colors — ivory, magenta, black and vermillion and a cardigan in four colors — midnight blue, midnight purple, brass and tangerine. Theallet also created a belt, a clutch in red, brick, eggplant and gold and five styles of bracelets and two styles of earrings for The Limited collection. Dresses will retail for $108, cardigans for $69, bags for $59, belts for $49 and jewelry for $29. “The Look” for Holiday will be available in over 255 doors and online at

Dec. 1: Target & Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection

A mix of gifts and clothing to get you through the holiday season designed by 24 of America’s most-talented designers — all members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). Categories include fashion and accessories for women, men and kids, home goods, stationery, sporting goods and pet accessories priced from $7.99 to $499.99. The collection will be available at all Neiman Marcus and Target stores as well as online at and

Feb. 10  – Mar. 23: Prabal Gurung  for Target

The collection of women’s ready-to-wear and accessories including handbags, shoes and jewelry will be available for $12.99 – $199.99 while supplies last at all Target stores and Standout pieces include refined dresses, mixed-media skirts, edgy blazers and striking shoes.

Mar. – May, 2013: Duro Olowu for jcp

The seasonal collection features fashion and home items from Nigerian-born, London-based designer Duro Olowu. Apparel and accessories for women and home goods including dinnerware, stationery and décor items will range in price from $10 to $100 at most jcpenney stores and

What was your favorite designer collaboration?

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– Nedra Rhone, for the Atlanta Bargain Hunter blog

4 comments Add your comment


November 7th, 2012
10:51 am

I love collaborations! I am especially excited for the Target/Neiman Marcus! Thanks for sharing these!


November 7th, 2012
12:19 pm

Wow, I’m sleeping on Target. Time for a visit.. Thanks for the story

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November 7th, 2012
6:48 pm

loving Kohls design nation Narciso Rodriguez collection, go before it sells out