Missoni for Target: Gone in a Flash…..


Anyone who has ever sacrificed a Saturday evening or perfect summer day to go to work knows how precious money can be. And while fancier, more expensive labels are always tempting to buy, buying real designers labels seems not only impractical, but impossible.

That’s why the entire fashion world completely lost it when Missoni released a line for Target.  The Italian line that has been famous for its signature zigzag pattern (think the line on Charlie Brown’s shirt on steroids) since 1953 released the line September 13, 2011 and sold out almost immediately in most stores. In fact, when I tried to visit the website the day of the debut, I could only get through one in four times- only to find that all of my favorite items were already out of stock.

Despite the news that the  line had sold out, I still made a fashion pilgrimage to the mall that Saturday – four days after the debut. To say that the line was unbelievably picked over would be an understatement. Of the many varieties if dresses, sweaters, skirts, and jackets, only limited amounts of accessories, sleepwear, and children’s clothing remained. While the hysteria over a clothing line may seem foolish, consider this: the Target line sold for much less than it would originally – thousands of dollars less.  A casual dress by Missoni for Target would sell for no more than $75.00, while at Saks Fifth Avenue, a similar Missoni dress fetches a hefty $1475.00. fortunately, I was able to get my hands on a pair of timeless scarves and burette, but I would have died for a sweater or dress.

For anyone who missed the debut of the line, fear not! If you search “Missoni” on eBay, it gives you startling 698 pages of results to look at, most of which are pieces from the Target line – all at an increased price, of course. Oh, the trials and tribulations of cheap chic!

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Because Everyone Really Does Need Something to Put Their Credit Cards in……


……and it’s called a wallet. But everyone owns a wallet (really, do you know anyone who doesn’t?). And this establishment frowns upon what is commonplace and usual!

I was at the mall the other day, pouring myself over lots of fancy clothes that I can’t afford, when I spotted the cutest little credit card holder at Brighton.  Credit card holders are a fad that evolved from cigarette holders (think the 50s’ and 60s’ – anyone who watches the TV show Mad Men knows that people back then smoked to the extent that it’s a wonder everyone from that generation hasn’t died from lung cancer yet). But, when smoking suddenly became less popular due to health reasons, cigarette cases went on a diet and became credit card cases. And while the case is a bit of a throwback from 50 years ago, it manages to add some Victorian-era flair to the accessory with the elegant pattern on its cover.

Credit Card Case – $24 at Brighton

For $24.00, it’s not a steal, but it’s not a rip-off either. I guess that’s the price of being different!