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Peter Pilotto for Target picks

I actually considered completely sitting out this collaboration. Not because I don’t like the designer or the collection, but because I’m (big announcement!) nearly four months pregnant. Fortunately I’m still fitting in all of my clothes for now. But I know by the time warm weather arrives (if it ever freaking does – worst winter ever), those cute tops and little dresses won’t even remotely fit. And I don’t want to wait a whole freaking year to wear them.

So I decided on a strategy and stuck to it. I bought theĀ swimsuit coverup – really just a pretty floral printed maxidress, and the colorblock blazer. The dress is billowy and stretchy, which will flatter my growing figure nicely, plus it will be cool and comfy when I’m dying of heat this summer. And the blazer should still work; I’ll just wear it open as my bump grows. I ordered the items online using the mobile site around 2:30 am. For some reason Target loaded the items on there first. Glad I did because my local store (New Berlin) had a really weak selection of items. I went to another store and found the maxidress, but my size was already sold out. I have yet to see the blazer in person, but I’m hoping it will compare in quality to my floral Prabal/Target jacket.

I’d also like to share an exciting Milwaukee retail update. Our first Nordstrom Rack and Saks Off Fifth stores are scheduled to open on April 3 at the Mayfair Collection!

Peter Pilotto for Target jacket
Peter Pilotto for Target jacket
Peter Pilotto for Target  maxidress
Peter Pilotto for Target maxidress
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Phillip Lim for Target bag reveal

Phillip Lim for Target yellow bag
Phillip Lim for Target yellow bag

After a harrowing ordeal with FedEx, I finally took possession of my new Phillip Lim for Target purse last night. I was really excited when I opened the box and saw bright yellow. Unfortunately it isn’t the mini Pashli bag that I’m craving, but I do like this style. It’s larger with lots of interior pockets and a long shoulder or crossbody strap. I wish the strap was removable, but that’s a minor quibble. I’m hoping to still snag a mini Pashli (in black). Good luck to everyone staying up late tonight and hitting Target stores early tomorrow!

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Phillip Lim for Target freebie

Great news! I won a Twitter trivia contest sponsored by Target Style, which means I will be getting a Phillip Lim for Target bag for free! Whoot! The only catch is I don’t know which bag I will receive. I really want one of the little Pashlis, so I’m going to try to buy one anyway just to make sure. If I happen to get a duplicate, I’ll just return one. Hopefully I’ll end up with two fun bags.

The only other piece that I am coveting big time is the Boom! sweatshirt, seen here on Jessica Alba. I love pop art, and this reminds me of the comic book-inspired collection that Phillip Lim showed last fall. I can see myself wearing it to a comic book expo with my husband or even an art museum event. Too fun. Which pieces are you looking to snag from this collaboration?

3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Launch Event
Jessica Alba attends the 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Launch Event (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
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Zac Posen for Target Fail

Zac Posen for Target tuxedo jacket
Zac Posen for Target tuxedo jacket
Close up of the damage
Close up of the damage
Another view of the fabric fail
Another view of the fabric fail

I enjoy designer collaborations, and I generally see them as a good thing. I think they can be a win-win for stores like Target and H&M, as well as the designers when executed well. They bump up the style quotient of the store and hopefully introduce more people to brands like Proenza Schouler and Margiela. These stylish pieces at affordable prices allow more people to get a taste of the fashion industry.

However, the designer and corporation still need to be aware of quality issues and not compromise on materials/construction. In 2010, I purchased a satin tuxedo jacket in the Zac Posen for Target collaboration. I love the piece. Honestly, it was one of my favorite designer cheapies ever. It looks great with jeans and it has really cute details — navy trim, fabric covered buttons, etc.

I wore it a handful of times but not excessively. Maybe a half-dozen times, tops. A few months ago, I pulled it out of my closet and noticed in horror that the seams in the back were completely coming apart. The fabric was wrecked. Torn, shredded, a total nightmare. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I mean, it’s not like I gained tons of weight and ripped it, Incredible Hulk style. Seriously? I took it to my tailor and she said it was a lost cause. She told me the fabric was basically like a big ribbon and it was bound to fray and fall to pieces eventually.

I know the jacket wasn’t that expensive ($49.99), and I guess I shouldn’t have expected it to last forever, but wow. I was pissed. I’m still angry at Target and angry at Zac Posen, or whoever approved this mess. I’m also embarrassed. Shouldn’t I know better than to buy some cheap piece made in who knows where? It really made me question if I even wanted to buy any of the Prabal Gurung for Target pieces. I did get a few, and I really like them, but how they hold up remains to be seen.

I’m still hoping that this jacket can be saved, but it will probably take a very creative miracle. Maybe some of it can be salvaged and transformed into something more fabulous.

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Prabal for Target

I stayed up late last night hoping to snag some Prabal Gurung for Target pieces online, and I’m glad I did. The collection started to pop up on Target.com around 1 am central time, and I had no trouble purchasing all of my favorite pieces.

I still woke up and drove to my local Target when they opened at 8 am. I was expecting a scene similar to Jason Wu, with a handful of excited customers waiting to shop the collection. Instead, surprisingly, it was just me. And then, even more surprisingly, the selection available was really weak and it wasn’t even easy to find. The displays seemed to be kind of an afterthought. I am so glad I ordered online, otherwise I would have missed out. I might stop by another Target this afternoon to see if the selection is better. I’d like to check out the floral shorts and try on the blazer to see if it fits well.

Here are the pieces I ordered online so far. Photos courtesy of Target.

Prabal Gurung for Target Lace front blouse in white
Prabal Gurung for Target Lace front blouse in white
Prabal Gurung for Target Blazer in Floral Crush print
Prabal Gurung for Target Blazer in Floral Crush print
Prabal Gurung for Target Lace blouse
Prabal Gurung for Target Lace blouse
Prabal Gurung for Target Lace-up pumps in Meet The Parents print
Prabal Gurung for Target Lace-up pumps in Meet The Parents print
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Lookbooks

I need these Margiela for H&M boots!
This Margiela for H&M sweater is another must-have for me.
I’ve been wanting a cape since Gwyneth’s Oscar moment.
I love this Tory Burch lunchbox, too.

Yesterday, I was almost overwhelmed with “cheap chic” fashion news. The lookbooks for the Narciso Rodriguez for Kohl’s line (in stores and online Nov. 7), Maison Martin Margiela for H&M line (Nov. 15, select stores) and Target/Neiman Marcus collaboration (in stores and online Dec. 1) all became available.

I am lucky, for once, to live in Wisconsin, because we have a Kohl’s practically on every corner. I plan to check out the Narciso Rodriguez collection, but I probably will not buy anything right away. At first glance, I like the sexy dresses and the patterned tuxedo pants but I’ll have to check out the fabrics. And I want to see if I can take advantage of a good sale or use coupons. Kohl’s frequently offers fantastic deals, even on special lines like Simply Vera Vera Wang. I’m really not worried about the collection selling out around here.

I was planning to bypass the Margiela line, because as usual the only location carrying it anywhere near me will be the Chicago/Michigan Avenue store. And it comes out on a Thursday. However, this was before I saw it. Now I’m obsessed. Even my husband is obsessed. From what I can tell so far, the clothes look freaking amazing, very similar to their current fall collection, AND they are practical! Um, hello, it gets really cold in Milwaukee. I might need that giant comforter coat! I haven’t mapped out my strategy yet, but I definitely want a few of these pieces for my trip to Paris.

By contrast, I felt a little bit disappointed in the Target/Neiman Marcus line. My heart broke a little when I realized the Marchesa and Jason Wu dresses are only for little girls. Well, I don’t have any children, so maybe I can get an Oscar de la Renta collar or water bowl for my fashionable kitty Leinie instead. And I think it would also be fun to snag the Tory Burch lunch box so I can brown bag it much more stylishly. Also worth considering are the Prabal Gurung cape, the Brian Atwood gloves, the Judith Leiber compact mirror and the Lela Rose cocktail dress. I’m sad that Altuzarra didn’t make any clothes for this, but the bar set looks really nice.

Forget Black Friday – I already have a lot of planning to do! What are you hoping to snag?