Upcoming Designer Collab: Prabal Gurung for TARGET

Hello Beautiful People!

Yesterday, I was completely floored to read that Tarjay’s next designer collab is none other than…..(drumroll please)….PRABAL GURUNG!

Only a few details have been released so far, including the release date for mid March 2013.

Read more about it on Huffington Post. I am not crazy about the outfit in the photo but there might be a few wearable pieces in the collection!

xx,

FFF

Kirna Zabete The Shops at Target REVIEW

Hi Beautiful People!!

Today I am happy to report on the Kirna Zabete collection for The Shops at Target Fall 2012 line. I wasn’t too impressed with the summer 2012 collections for The Shops by Target–there were a couple of accessories I liked but I didn’t buy them. Obviously I didn’t like them that much.

I went over to Target yesterday to look at the KZ collection with an open mind. I had my eye out for a skirt I liked in the lookbook. My store had about three kiosks of the collection. I would say there was about half of what I saw in the lookbook at my particular Target.

Kirna Zabete collection for the Shops at Target (Fall 2012)

 

Kirna Zabete collection for the Shops at Target (Fall 2012)

I was specifically interested in the high-low hem skirt in geometric blue and was delighted to find it in my store. I grabbed it and a few other pieces to try on. My first impression was the low quality of the fabric. I liked the pattern of the fabric on the skirt but the polyester was rough and the elastic waistband was cheap. Plus, the high-low of the hem was a bit too much of a contrast. The skirt did not flatter my short frame at all. So I passed.

The other pieces I tried on were less than awesome. I liked the pattern on the sleeveless tie front button down blouse in black and white polka dots but the fabric was so damn itchy. I took it off immediately and wouldn’t have wanted to wear it for two minutes. I would convert to catholicism if I wanted to wear a hair shirt.

Sadly ladies, Kirna Zabete is no Missoni. Personally, I bought nothing.

Did anyone else find something they liked in the collection?

xx,

FFF

 

 

Entire lookbook for Jason Wu for Target!! (and my picks)

Hi Beautiful People!

Just two days ago Target released the ENTIRE lookbook for the Jason Wu for Target designer collaboration. Whew! This collection will definitely be worth the wait.

As my loyal readership know, I seek out the best of the designer collaborations to determine what is the most wearable for the average woman. And when I say wearable, I mean, appropriate for work, school, a night out, and hanging out with your girls. BTW, I heard somewhere that ladies these days are dressing more for their girlfriend than for the men in their lives (or who they want to be in their lives/bed). I wholeheartedly agree with this observation because I love to dress up for my female colleagues. My girls are good about saying ‘you look so cute!’ which feels so great. But, I digress!

Anyways, back to JWFT…I have to say nearly EVERY piece in this collection is classic and wearable! This collection is so unlike the other designer collaborations that I just could buy every damn piece. The pieces are both classic and fresh due to Wu’s use of navy blue, pastels, pleating, boat neck and collar necklines, and lots of horizontal stripes. Now, horizontal stripes are NOT my favorite (or anyone who is only 5’2″ but it is a huge trend right now and I can’t seem to get away from them. Wu is right on Target (no pun intended) for what is in for Spring 2012. Yay!!

Below, I love this sailor suit inspired navy blue dress because it is not costum-y at all. I think it is gorgeous and the button detail up the shoulder is adorable and just enough without too much. I hope the belt comes with this. I like this contrast shoulder b/w shoulder bag. So classic, however, I am worried about this bag getting dirty. :-/

Blue sailor suit inspired dress ($39)

I also LOVE the blue and yellow floral print on the scarf and two handbags. I am not a huge blue person (I am trying to branch out more) but I do adore blue and yellow together. Add in some daisies and FFF is a super happy girly girl.

Jason Wu for Target Blue Flower Square Shoulder Bag ($39)

Jason Wu for Target Blue Flower Scarf

A woman can never have enough tote bags and I especially LOVE this one. Too bad it is $40!!

Jason Wu for Target Mila Tote ($39)

My absolute FAVORITE part of the collection, funny enough, is the navy blue shorts and super sweet red/blue top. I really love the simple chic of this outfit…and shorts are something I could actually use in my bureau.

Jason Wu for Target Navy Shorts & Stripe Top

and finally the white dress with black lace petticoat is chic and femininity incarnate. It is simply divine and just gorgeous.

White Dress with Black Petticoat ($59)

There are many many more adorable outfits in the collection including a baby blue cardi, a blue and yellow dress.  See the rest of the collection below (all shots courtesy of Glamour.com) and prices can be found here.

What is your favorite piece from the collection??

xx,

FFF

P.S. What about those black ruffly socks worn by the model? Hmmm….

Next up at H&M: Marni

HI Beautiful People!

The time has come for me to discuss the Spring 2012 designer collaboration for H&M. Now, I know I am a little late as the announcement for this collection was in November (shortly after the Versace release) and I didn’t even peep on it then. I was just super busy in the midst of my semester, which payed off BTW because I got straight A’s (!) for only the second time in my life. However, those straight A’s cost me 30 lbs….! More on that later, maybe? But, I digress.

Anyways, last November H&M announced their next collab will be with Marni, an Italian design house founded by Consuelo Castiglioni in 1995. Quick question though, was Marni really started as a FUR-ONLY fashion house? The wikipedia page says so. If that is true, it strikes me as odd that H&M would choose a potentially controvesrial designer for a collaboration. Who has the intel on this for me? but again I digress.

Regardless, the collection will be available in 260 stores worldwide (none of this UK-only BS like the Versace Cruise collection) on March 5, 2012. The teaser video features a purple polka dot suit (its nicer than it sounds) and a pair of silver platform heels (not necessarily my personal style). My interest is slightly piqued from the t-shirt and the brown print dress. Castiglioni promises lots of fab prints in the collection. yay!

Marni for H&M Teaser

As usual, I will probably skip the clothes in the line and focus more on the jewelery and/or accessories that are often much more wearable than some of the outrageous clothes in H&M collabs (printed shiny spandex leggins anyone?). Snark!

Yesterday it was announced that the T-shirt will be sold to benefit the victims of the Japanese earthquake.

Marni for H&M Tshirt sold to benefit victims of the earthquake in Japan

Waiting in anticipation to see the entire Marni line for H&M! Hopefully, the entire lookbook will be releasesd soon.

xx,

FFF

First Images from Jason Wu for Target Lookbook

Hi Fashion Lovers!

Happy New Year! I hope that 2012 is beautiful for all the lovely ladies out there in fashiondom.

I am here today to pull you out of the post-holiday winter doldrums by introducing images of some lovely dresses and a handbag from the upcoming Jason Wu for Target collab. Mr. Wu became infamous when our lovely FLOTUS chose him to design her inaugural gown. Now, not all the reviews on this dress were positive but I really liked it. I thought the dress was elegant and beautiful.

President Obama and First Lady Michelle in original Jason Wu

 

Target announced their latest ensemble with the well known collection last October and since then have been relatively mum on the collection. On January 3, the NYT released a vingnette with Jason Wu about the collection along with two photos. Wu says he did not attempt to copy pieces from his couture collections but he created completely new pieces based upon his fresh aesthetic and a mischevious black kitty cat named Milu. Personally, I love her jaunty red bow and she reminds me of a naughty black cat my Mom had named Tabitha. (all images courtesy of Target)

Milu is the Muse for the Jason Wu for Target Collection

Jason Wu for Target Sketch

I LOVE the clean lines and ‘all american girl’ look of these dresses and the handbag. The sailor-suit inspired dress is ador-able and I for one hope to see it on our fabulous First Lady. By far, my favorite piece in the two photos that were released is the black and white contrast canvas bag. I absolutely adore this handbag. I have been looking for a black/white handbag (*that I can afford*) for probably a year. This one is classy, elegant and very Jackie-O in my opinion.

Jason Wu for Target Ad (Dress: $40; Handbag $50)

I have to assume that we will see the entire lookbook soon, because the collection will debut in stores in about a month (Feb. 5). I leave you with the formal advertisement featuring a cute pink, yellow, and black sleeveless dress. Horizontal stripes and pleats are VERY trendy right now and this dress has both. I think it will be a hit. Apparantly the black shoes in the ad are also part of the collection, too bad we can hardly see them in this image.

Jason Wu for Target Ad

I am looking forward to seeing the other pieces from the collection! The NYT article teased us with hints of knit t-shirts and tennis skirts (!) in the collection. Yay for us.

xx,

FFF

 

My Loot from Versace for H&M!

Versace for H&M window Union Square San Francisco

 

Versace for H&M Shopping Bag

Hi Beautiful People!!

I waited in line for THREE hours on November 19 to get access to the Versace for H&M boutique in Union Square in SF. However, it was worth every minute for this girl who grew up in clothes from Kmart to have Versace pieces! Some people may think I am nuts, but I really LOVE my new Versace stuff.

I almost got EVERYTHING that I wanted. The only piece I was not able to procure was the cotton jersey sleeveless top because it was only left in sizes 2 and 4 when I finally got in. Ok, I guess I need to start from the beginning.

I set my alarm for 3:30am for the night before the debut, but when I woke up I thought to myself “only crazy people would get up in the middle of the night to buy expensive clothes.” So my husband and I went back to sleep. However, when I woke up at my normal time of 6:30am I was ready to get to SF and get in line. We loaded up the dogs (seriously) and headed in to the City.

I arrived at H&M on Powell Street at 7:30am and the line to get in the store was already around the block.

Line to enter H&M for the Versace Collection

So I jumped in line and chatted up the people around me. H&M staff started giving out wristbands at approximately 7:50am. I obtained a gold wristband that meant I could shop at 10:45 (ugh!) for 15 minutes. The store really had the whole event down to a T–customers with wristbands had to wait in line to get in for their allotted 15 minutes. I didn’t witness any drama throughout the whole morning–the staff was super nice and friendly. Most of the customers were cool and knew what to expect. The men’s clothes were gone almost instantly. I didn’t even see any of the men’s stuff.

The funniest thing was the people who arrived at like 11:00 thinking it would be calmed down and they could shop. Their faces were classic when the saw the line and the color coded wristband system!

Colored Wristband Chart to access Women's Collection for the Versace for H&M

Staff repeatedly announced shoppers were not allowed to purchase more than two of the same item. If they tried it would be taken from them and placed back in the inventory. The 2-only rule was the only thing that gave me hope that I might get to see the jewelery. I also knew everyone wanted the coats so I thought I might have some luck. But the jewelery was also the cheapest thing in the collection…this is what I was thinking when I was waiting.

So, I waited. and waited. and waited. and waited for another hour. When we were finally given the signal that it was time for the gold wristbands to line up I was so excited! Also, my back and feet were hurting!

The gold wristband group was finally admitted into the boutique. It was definitely worth the wait because there was a lot of merchandise still left. Well, there were no purses or necklaces left over when I got in but there were plenty of clothes. I grabbed my pink scarf first, then headed to the jewelery table. I was stoked to find a ring with the red flower, a set of earrings, and the goldtone bracelet I wanted! Sadly, all the leather bracelets were gone by the time I got to the jewelery table but I must have had some good karma because I did find one that had been returned by a store employee before I left! Yay!

The earring are giant and much too heavy for my earlobes–they will be returned or given away as a gift.

The leather and flower bracelet is soo fabulous, it really is a statement piece. I love that it looks like a corsage! very chic.

Black and Gold Leather Bracelet Versace for H&M

 

Black and Gold Leather Bracelet Versace for H&M (clasp)

My MOST favorite piece, however, is the gold tone bracelet because it is so versatile and can be worn with so much. I love the chains…this is a really cool bracelet. Much to my chagrin I realized the CLASP sucks! This gorgeous bracelet has fallen off of me twice and now I am afraid to wear it lest I lose it. :-(

Dammit Donatella! I love this bracelet, but the clasp leaves much to be desired.

Goldtone Versace for H&M Bracelet!

In terms of clothes, sadly, I got nothing that I can keep except for the pink scarf. Almost everything was sold out in my size by the time I got in there. I did not even see the coats or the full-sized handbags. The small bags were just too small to even be practical. In a moment of weakness, I purchased the black silk pleated skirt in a much too small size, but I returned it to the H&M store in Emeryville, Ca. I hope someone who really wants it buys it and loves it!

Black Pleated Silk Skirt with Gold Metal Detail ($69) Versace for H&M

So that was my loot: two bracelets, a pink silk scarf, and a cocktail ring. Overall, it was a good experience! I’m not sure I will ever stand in line for THREE HOURS but it was fun once!

xx,

FFF

Versace for H&M

Hi beautiful people!

I just drove past the H&M store on Powell Street in SF and can you believe there us already a line? I was there at approximately 1:30 pm the day before the debut!

The line is NOT a good sign for my Versace! I won’t get in line until way later this evening…

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Versace for H&M Strategy for Debut

Hi Beautiful People!

So, there has been a flurry of press this last week leading up to the Versace for H&M debut in the US this coming Saturday Nov 19. My girls at SFSU have been telling me all week about how they heard about it here or there. Im really not happy about all this press…it just means it will be that much harder for me to get anything from this line.

One detail that I just learned is that the clothes will be available in sizes 4-12. So there will be something for our rubenesque friends! The California Girls are the most fortunate as the collection will be carried in a whopping EIGHT stores (two in the SF Bay Area where I live: SF and SanHO!) Also, H&M made me soo happy because they are limiting each customer to TWO of each garment or accessory. At least we won’t find eight of the Versace for H&M neclace we wanted on eBay sold by one seller (I hate those damn ebayers). Customers can only purchase TWO of the same object regardless of the size.

I called the H&M store in Union Square (San Francisco) this past tuesday and was told that the Men’s collection will be public but the women’s  would be in the lingerie and people would be let in by groups by wristband only. Ok. That I can handle. I am willing to get up and wait for more than six hours to get that Versace bracelet that I want. The important thing to note is that ONLY the first 280 individuals in line will receive a wristband to enter the women’s section. Groups will be let in 20 at a time in order of arrival. Yes, I am determined to be one of the 280 in San Francisco. I would like to be in the first group of 20–we’ll see how that goes for me. Click here for the official rules for shopping Versace for H&M the collection.

I believe that I have narrowed my wish list down to several items. I have decided that I absolutely LOVE the Pelle Borchie items in the women’s collection. If I could have my choice I would purchase the black and gold skirt  ($129) and  sleeveless top with the design (never worn together). I will fight for this top ($50) though. OK, so a cotton jersey top for $50 is not entirely fierce frugal fashion..but it is authentic brand-new Versace for crying out loud. Throw me a bone ladies! The other Pelle Borchie top is also chic, subtle, and gorgeous, but also $70 because it is woven silk. I would rather save the $20 to apply for a piece of jewelery (that is fiercefrugalfashion).

Versace for H&M black cotton top ($50)

Versace for H&M silk skirt ($130)

The Pelle Borchie  leather jackets are ABSOLUTEY TO DIE FOR! There is a trench coat and motorcycle jackets in both zipup or button. Of all three I like zipup moto jacket the best. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. However, at $300 I am going to have to pass on this one. I am not necessarily awesome looking in a motorcycle jacket. Besides someone is gonna LOVE this garment more than I ever could.

My very favorite pieces in this collection are the jewelery and handbags. The number one item that I want is the leather bracelet ($40)–I would prefer to have the gold tone and black but I really don’t care, I will be ecstatic if I can get either. I also LOVE the goldtone bracelet ($29). I will probably purchase this too if it is available. Images of both are below.

Versace for H&M Leather Bracelet ($40)

Versace for H&M Goldtone Bracelet ($30)

The rings are also to die for and I am really going to try to get one (available in sizes S, M, L)! The earring look really awesome too. But I want to see them vefore I make my final decision. They may be too big for my delicate ears (ha!)

Versace for H&M Ring ($20)

Versace for H&M Earrings ($20)

I would also really love to have this animal print and pink silk scarf but I am sure those will go super fast. I may even settle for the blue one if it is still available but I seriously doubt I will be able to purchase either.

Versace for H&M Silk Scarf ($30)

Finally, the last items on my wish list is a handbag. However, I really don’t think I will end up buying one because they are soo damn expensive! I am never happy..if the purse is poor quality materials I complain and then when it is nice materials (silk in this case) I complain because it is too expensive. When I am Queen, a girl will be able to get a chic, gorgeous bag of high quality materials for about $50! I am really curious to see these handbags. Below are my two favs. I am not entirely sure about the price on the black bag so I am holding off on that.

Versace for H&M Silk Handbag ($200?!?!)

 

Versace for H&M Black Handbag

 So there you go! The official FFF wishlist as of two days before the debut. Let’s see what I actually end up with. :-)

I am planning on arriving at the Union Square H&M either the night before (friday) or at 2 or 3 am saturday morning. Yes, I know I am insane! But I just want to experience a large debut like this once in my life. I have the time to do it now so I am gonna bite the bullet and just do it. Do you plan on arriving early on Saturday morning? What is your strategy for buying your favorite pieces? I plan on flying to the accessories first, then checking out the Pelle Borchie second. Afterwards I will go to the men’s cloths to see if the belt is as good as it looks in the photos!

I will let you know how it goes!

XX,

FFF

Versace for H&M Exclusive!

Hi Beautiful People!

Just a quick note to inform you that the list of stores that will carry the Versace for H&M Collection has been released. This is not really an exclusive I just asked the sales girl at my local H&M store.

My H&M of choice is at Union Square in San Francisco. I will be there with bells on.

Oh, and I do know the competition will be fierce. Just remember fierce is my first name. ;-)

xx,

FFF

Giambattista Valli for Impulse for Macy’s (Review)

Hi Beautiful People!

Today I had the pleasure of visiting Impluse Store at Macy’s in order to perform some reconnaissance on the Giambattista Valli for Impulse Collection.

Before I jump in to the fabulousness that is the Valli collection I want to mention the last Impulse collection…Karl Lagerfeld. I reviewed this collection in August when it debuted and gave it an OK at that time. Since, then I have been to Macy’s several times and seen KL collection in passing. Let me just say I liked the collection less each time I saw it. I didn’t buy a stitch of clothing from this line. It looks dark, drab, and may I dare say…sad, especially next to all the gorgeous colors out for Fall/Winter 2011. Apparently, I am not the only one who isn’t overly impressed with it, because the clothes aren’t necessarily flying off the rack. Look at these kiosks bursting with clothes from the collection. This after a 25% price reduction.

Karl Lagerfeld for Impluse is not selling well even at 25% off

...and even more (unsold) clothes from the KL collection

Now, on to the Valli Collection. OK, hands down, I LOVE this collection. I love some pieces more than others but the good pieces are SO fabulous that they knocked my socks off. Literally I took my socks off in the dressing room–I tried to grab a pair of black heels from the shoe section to strut back to the fitting room but was nearly tackled by a security guard.

Valli for Impulse for Macy's

Valli for Impulse Banner

Valli Collection at Impulse for Macy's

So onto the garments I tried on…first of all I grabbed this flutter sleeve animal print blouse just for laughs. It’s kinda cute, but not necessarily my favorite. I wouldn’t buy it but it sure was fun to try on! (do you love me pairing this with jeans?-ha!)

Flutter Sleeve Animal Print Blouse ($69)

 

Flutter Sleeve Animal Print Blouse ($69)

Secondly, I really like this skirt. I chose the black sequined t-shirt to pair it with just to have a top I could photograph in. I would NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS wear a sequined t-shirt like this. Just to clarify. However, I really liked the Animal Print Metallic Jacquard skirt! More about this fabric below.

Valli Collection for Impulse: Animal Print Metallic Jacquard skirt ($69) and black sequined t-shirt ($59)

Animal Print Metallic Jacquard skirt ($69)-Cute!

Next up is the Animal Print Metallic Jacquard jacket with three-quarter length sleeves. This was the garment that first caught my eye and I LOVED it even more when I tried it on! So glamorous and chic! I always hate putting on my ratty wool coat over a gorgeous dress when I am going out. This jacket is the perfect remedy for that problem. Want!

Animal Print Metallic Jacquard Jacket ($149) in the Valli Collection for Impulse Stores

Finally…the piece de resistance is the puff sleeve animal print metallic Jacquard dress in carmen red. Now, I didn’t really think twice about this dress when I grabbed it off the rack. I was like “meh, it’s kinda cute…” but when I put it on…dreaminess ensued. I absolutely LOVED this dress and was actually SAD to take it off. I want it so bad! I am trying to figure out where I can wear it…New Years Eve party, maybe? IDK, but I gotta figure it out quick. This dress is gorgeous, flattering, modern, chic, on-trend and very now. From the sweet puff sleeves, to the perfect length it is sex on a stick. But with enough modesty that you can wear it and not feel like a trashy hooker. The print is magnificent, the animal print becomes smaller around the waist and that is somehow slimming! It’s like Cinderella magic or maybe Giambattista Valli voodoo but it is lovely, elegant, and cool all at the same time! The fit is divine too. Double WANT!! (notice no socks!)

Puff Sleeve Animal Print Metallic Jacquard Dress ($139)

Puff Sleeve Animal Print Metallic Jacquard Dress ($139)

Puff Sleeve Animal Print Metallic Jacquard Dress ($139)

Can you tell I love this dress? How many times have I included THREE photos of the same garment? I need to find somewhere to wear this immediately. Too bad I am not a high level curator at a premier museum or I would def wear this to an exhibit opening. Oh well, maybe someday….in my dreams.

I suggest all you run out and try this dress on. It may be a winner for your much anticipated holiday party! :-)

oh, and Giambattista…I give you an A+ on this one!! Thanks for the lovelies.

xx,

FFF

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