Missoni for Target Launches in 10 Days!

…And I, for obvious reasons, could not be more thrilled. Missoni has made its mark in the fashion world and become known for its very distinct signature zig-zag pattern. I have never been a print kind of gal (I honestly have no idea why because I like prints, I just never buy them), but Missoni managed to win over my heart a long time ago. Of course, the prices made many a zig-zag print bikini or cozy knit sweater not much more than a dream for me. But no longer! Because Target’s latest high-fashion designer collaboration is the one and only Missoni.

The 400+ piece collection (!!!) will feature signature Missoni knitwear, swimwear, shoes, clothing and accessories, as well as home goods, stationary, luggage, and even a Missoni bicycle. (Okay, so I really like/want/need the bike, just because it’s cool.) Although not everything in the collection is my cup of tea (I mean, you can’t expect each item to avoid tacky territory), there are tons of fabulous pieces available for all fall fashion palettes, including lots of comfy knitwear.

These pumps are probably my favorite item from the entire collection. Definitely not one of the big stand-out pieces, but the detailing is super cute and I adore the chunky wood heel. Check out some more highlights from the complete lookbook below:

Some of the knits are cute, and I’ll probably be looking for some zig-zag patterned sweaters, like this one. A lot of the Missoni for Target accessories and home goods are super cute, I especially love those mismatched mugs! I think I’ll be spending more in the accessories department for this collection.

What are your thoughts on the Missoni for Target collab? Love it or hate it?

{Sources: top image via target.com; lookbook images via racked.com.}

vena cava for aqua | collection favorites

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The highly anticipated Vena Cava + Aqua collaboration made its debut today at Bloomingdales.com. From the looks of it, the 19 piece collection has some great items for fall, from basics like this tee to statement pieces such as this velvet dress. Above are a few of the pieces I’m loving from the line (information below). The dresses are especially fabulous (all of them!), with gorgeous draping and feminine details.
I do have one reservation, however: despite the heavy price tags (even for a “cheaper” designer & department store collaboration), I’m a bit skeptical of the quality and fit of the pieces — mainly due to this article here. Some of the pieces (like this military jacket) look a little questionable, so I will definitely be checking them out in the store before I decide to purchase anything (and at that, I’ll be waiting for a possible sale first). Although this dress, my favorite piece of the collection, looks fantastic!
  • Ponte Coat, $198 | I love the versatility of this jacket. It looks soft and pliable, like a cardigan, but is warm enough to wear by itself. You can wear it as an integral part of a look or simply throw it on over to keep cozy during the brisk fall weather.
  • Accordion-Pleated Silk Skirt, $138 | Pleated skirts are “in” for the first time in what I assume has been many, many years (as they are quite reminiscent of ugly kilts, aka middle school field hockey uniforms), but the small and numerous folds here and jeweled detailing is quite elegant.
  • Carrot Pants, $138 | Sleek and perfectly roomy for fall. Loving the silky material, zippered bottoms, and cropped silhouette.
  • Jersey-and-Mesh Combo Dress, $158 | This is the perfect fall dress, and the colors are all fantastic. It’s muted tones and simple design make it the perfect base for any layered look, but it also works on its own thanks to the beautiful draping of the skirt.
  • One-Shoulder Draped Mesh Dress, $178 | I love the dark and moody combination of the navy and black (although this dress does come in two other color combos). It’s fierce! And one-shoulder dresses are definitely on my mind right now.
  • Faux Fur Vest, $188 | The only thing keeping me from buying all the faux fur jackets, vests, and accessories I can get my hands on is the question of whether or not I could actually pull them off without attracting some strange glances. But I do love this vest — it’s not very fitted (almost low-key) and the bow is such a lovely feminine detail!

What are your favorites from the collection?

{ Source: Images used in collage from bloomingdales.com }

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alexa chung + madewell

When you hear the name “Alexa Chung,” what words immediately come to mind? Stylish, chic, iconic, and slightly androgynous perhaps? Indeed, she is making waves in the fashion world with her original look — even inspiring the incredibly successful (and completely gorgeous) Mulberry “Alexa.”

The British icon’s new line for Madewell looks as though it will have plenty of classic pieces in true Alexa style. I can’t wait for this line to come out — while Mulberry is definitely outside my price range, Madewell is quite reasonable. And while these looks are nothing incredibly groundbreaking, they are most certainly classic fall staples for every girl’s wardrobe. I’m especially looking forward to the shoe collection (!!) and lots of pretty blouses.

The collection will be available to shop online starting September 9th and in stores starting September 11th.

In the meantime, here are some snapshots from the Alexa Chung for Madewell fall 2010 presentation.

I adore the dotted blouse in the right hand photo. It’s simultaneously visually intriguing and versatile.


What are your thoughts on the line? Will you be queueing up to snag some of Alexa’s pieces as soon as they hit the stores?

{ Source: Photographs by Nick Wolf from refinery29.com. }

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