Yesterday Target announced their next designer collaboration, they will be teaming up with London based powerhouse designers Peter Pilotto to create a Spring 2014 collection of 70 pieces, most under $60. The collection will be available February 9th 2014. This news came just 24 hours after the mad sale of the Phillip Lim for Target collection.
By now the racks of every Target store have been stripped bone dry of the remnants of the collection. I am certain that all that’s left is the white pilgrim blouse with the rhinestones down the front that nobody seemed to want. I know this because I was there when “history” went down in one of Canada’s new Target locations. I walked away with only two items, a sweater and a skirt, mainly because all the “good stuff” was gone by the time I reached the racks. And I was only about 30th in line.
Umm, EXCUSE ME??
All I could hear at that point were dozens of angry women gasping in shock “The bags are all gone? The bags are all gone!”. It was a pretty big blow for those of use who had dreams of going home with one of the VERY affordable bags.
THIS bag in particular, I guess I should be checking on eBay for it right about now..
To say its disappointing that I didn’t get the bag I wanted would be very accurate, to say I am shocked, not so much. I knew the hype surrounding the release of the collection was pretty intense, as it always is when retailers do designer collaborations.
Last week I had the pleasure of listening to Meredith Sinclair, Senior Buyer for Target Canada speak at Toronto’s Design Exchange about designer collaborations. She shared how these collaborations are important to the retailer, the designer and the consumer. We all know by now that when a retail brand and a designer brand come together it creates incredible excitement. But in Meredith’s words it also inspires the consumers, drives awareness for both retailer and designer, establishes furthers loyalty, and sets up for sustainable growth of both the retailer and the designer.
I’m sure being a top designer is awesome, having high end clientele with money to burn, but what about the masses? I know some designers may not care, because their brand holds EXCLUSIVITY, but others may want to break into other markets and sell at more affordable price points, and collaborations are the best way to do that.
Its all fun and exciting but there happens to be a lot of drama surrounding the notion of the designer collabo.
Often the criticism is that they dilute the designer brand. Making it accessible to the “little people” kills the exclusivity. As a consumer who mixes both designer items with high street and retail items into my wardrobe I couldn’t disagree more. I enjoy the collaborations for what they are, a way for anyone and everyone to get their hands on something different and “designer”. There are limited quantities which make the collections exclusive in their own right.
Recently H&M released sneak peak pic via Twitter, of a slouchy dress and short western style booties; see, no studded sandals in sight people you can all calm down now.
What do you think? Do these designer collaborations cheapen the famous brands? Or are you on-board and excited for more in the future?
Personally I am excited to see the entire collection and I already have the date marked on my calender. If this past Sunday was any lesson to me I now know I must arrive several hours earlier to get my spot in front of the doors, because you have to commit to fashion sometimes.
Did you get your hands on any of the Phillip Lim for Target collection?? I wanna know what your shopping experience was like and what you managed to score.