Wednesday, September 06, 2006

more "cheap chic" designer collections

so, it looks like this design-on-a-dime trend is here to stay, at least for the near future. target has recently announced its next designer for their crazy successful "go international" line. and now, euro designer abaete is pairing up with payless shoes to produce some styles that are surprisingly non-payless. though, while target has definitely clawed its way to the top of the "cheap chic" pile, i think payless has a long way to go.

the new target collection is by Behnaz Sarafpour, who's a genius when it comes to making simple things spectacular. the full preview of her target collection can be viewed here, - unfortunately, the mini-pics are too small to post. at any rate, the collection is due for a pre-holiday release, which seems divine timing, considering the party-ready nature of nearly everything in the line.

as for the new payless collection (the first in a long line, i predict), i'm actually pretty impressed. a couple of my favorites:

you can read about the entire collection here or here. it's not my favorite of the cheap chic lines, to be sure, but payless had to start somewhere. i never really loved the luella or tara jarmon lines at target either, but they hit the ball out of the park with the paul & joe line, so i think perhaps it just takes a little warm-up. and i have to say, those faux suede boots (which you can also see here) are pretty hot, considering they're 1/10 the price of other styles i've been eyeing this fall.