The Jimmy Choo/H&M collaboration available mid-November has been on Superstylin*s radar for quite some time. Yesterday it was announced that Jean Paul Gaultier will be designing for Target's Designer Collaborations. Previous designers on the Target roster include McQ Alexander McQueen and Anna Sui's Gossip Girl-inspired collection. Both H&M and Target are no strangers to offering high fashion designs at affordable prices. Let's take a peek at some of their past collaborations.
H&M: Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Viktor & Rolf, Roberto Cavalli, Comme des Garcons, Matthew Williamson, soon to-be-released Jimmy Choo and Sonia Rykiel for a December 2009 delivery.
Target: Designer Collaborations- Alexander McQueen, Anna Sui, Jean Paul Gaultier. GO International collections- Proenza Schouler, Richard Chai, Thakoon Panichgul and Rodarte (!!!).
For years I have thought the quality of H&M goods has gone downhill. When the store first came stateside the clothing was manufactured better and the prices were a steal. Now the quality has gone down and the prices have gone up. The H&M in my area is always packed with tourists and a turnoff as a shopping destination to me. Therefore, I always await word from trusty fashionable friends to let me know the scoop about the goods from the limited-edition collections. The Matthew Williamson pieces photographed beautifully but I hear it didn't translate well on the sales floor.
Target is synonymous with deals and well... it's Target. You can almost never leave that place empty-handed. Shopping at their stores doesn't involve the crowds and havoc like H&M. Perhaps the more relaxed setting is what I enjoy most about shopping the designer collections at Target. A few years ago I picked up a lovely black bag courtesy of my Superstylin* heroes Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez (aka Proenza Schouler) and their GO International collection. When said bag was stolen from me, I hopped online and purchased it again because I loved it THAT much. I still rock it this very day.
In the end, they both are winners in my eyes since they work with amazing design talent. Who doesn't want to pick up a high-fashion item for a low ticket price! What do you think- who does designer collaborations better: H&M or Target?