There are have a bevy of designer collaborations as of late, making it the norm, rather than the exception, for a big box retailer to team up with a talented designer on a lower priced line. The quality and styles have waxed and waned, and I haven’t found too many pieces on my ‘must-haves’ list, although every now and then a special piece catches my eye. With 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target, which launches September 15th in Target stores and on Target.com, the designer provides close iterations of his coveted handbags, alongside practical apparel for women and men. The 100 items in the unit will be priced from $19.99 to $299.99 for apparel, and $19.99 to $59.99 for accessories. Men can get in on the action with stylish knapsacks and footwear, and even a leather moto jacket.
I was lucky to attend the press preview for the line, and snapped some photos of my favorite pieces, so that you can see, as first-hand as possible, before the collection is available, what the pieces REALLY look like, alongside my top pics. I think there are some surprise hits in the line, like the two-toned pique tee for men and lingerie separates for women that will do quite well, and of course, the handbags are going to be the first to go! See the slideshow above for my top picks; which piece will you buy?