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Fashion Underground:

High Fashion, Low Prices

By Sarah Carbone

Fashion Underground: High Fashion , Low Prices

      If you're like most girls, teens, and women, you’d love to be able to go into a store and buy the same dress you saw your favorite actress wearing. The one tiny problem is the not-so-tiny price tag that dress usually has. So what’s the alternative? Hunt around for something similar in your budget, right?

     Yes and no.

     While that’s always a great idea, and one that will help you express your own creativity, there’s another exciting option. Who designed that dress you love? There’s a good chance that very designer is making clothes that do fit your budget. The trend for more affordable stores making deals with high-end designers has been on the rise for years, for good reason. Designers are beginning to pay attention to those of us who love fashion, but don’t have the bank accounts to keep up. Lucky for us! Here are a few examples of where to find designer clothes at prices any fashion loving girl can afford.

     H and M: Even without designers, H&M is great for things that look very of-the-moment, but don’t cost much. Over the years they’ve done collaborations with many designers, starting with Karl Lagerfield back in 2004. Since then, they’ve gotten sought after designers like Stella McCartney, Roberto Cavalli, and Jimmy Choo. French designer Lanvin is the store’s most recent designer, and considered their biggest scoop yet. The Lanvin prices are slightly higher, going above $200 for some dresses.

     Forever 21: It seems like this is every girl’s go-to place for an outfit that’s trendy and cheap, but they ran into legal troubles when they were accused and sued for copying high-end designers illegally. Since then, they’ve tried to work directly with the designers that their customers love. Right now, Petro Zillia, known for bright colors and general sense of fun, and Rory Beca, who does modern spins on boho and vintage like no one else, are bringing in happy shoppers. Especially because all prices are between $5.80 and $32.80.

     Payless Shoes: Christian Siriano gained lots of fans when he won the fourth season of Project Runway in 2004. Since then he’s made the smart choice to go for both high-end and affordable markets. While his clothes are worn on red carpets, he also has a great collaboration with Payless. His shoes fly off the shelves and most are very affordable. The most expensive boots are about $60, with most shoes much cheaper than that.

     Target: The store that took designer collaborations to the next level. First was Isaac Mizrahi in 2002. Things only got more exciting with Alexander McQueen joining Target in early 2009 and the most recent announcement is one with iconic designer Jean Paul Gautier with all pieces priced between $17.99 and $199.99.

     JC Penny: Charlotte Ronson is one of those designers adored by young starlets. Now we can all have a piece of her line at JC Penny’s with her I Heart Ronson collection. All items are priced under $86 and include dresses, denim, and lots of accessories like patterned tights. With the combination of such a trendy designer with remarkably low prices, this is already a favorite of fashionistas on a budget.

     Kohl’s: Taking a fashion icon that most woman love was a smart move for Kohl’s. Vera Wang’s Simply Vera line has been hugely popular, with pieces all under $100. Generally made up of business separates, it also has become known for dresses accented with sequins, which are popular for special occasions.

 

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