Fifth Avenue Meets Main Street: 10 Top Designer Collaborations

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Trying to satisfy your designer tastes on a thrift-store budget? Thankfully top designers have begun introducing small collections at more downscale outlets, allowing us common folk a taste of the finer things in life. (And customers are responding: Karl Lagerfeld’s 2004 line for H&M sold out in hours.)

It’s a new season, and a new crop of top designers are taking their wares to Main Street, including Phillip Lim, Michael Bastian, Lulu Guinness and housewares genius Jonathan Adler (above). All we can say is, “save a few items for us!”

Check out 10 don’t-miss designer collaborations below.

Jonathan Adler for JCPenny
We could only afford the tiniest tchotchke from this spritely home designer’s eponymous boutiques, but now that Penny has snagged Adler’s Happy Chic collection of bedding, bath and kitchen wares, lighting and furnishings, we’ll be able to give our apartment that kitschy early-70s makeover we’ve always wanted. (Jonathan explains his philosophy in the video above.)

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Phillip Lim for Target
Known for effortlessly chic apparal, Phillip Lim made his work more accessible with a 100-piece capsule line for Target. Price points vary between $20 and $300, with items for him and her including semi-formal dresses, toggle coat and the satchel bags Lim is especially praised for. The magic starts September 15.


Lulu Guinness for Uniqlo
Clever graphic tees and peter pan collars dominate this line by the quirky British bag designer, her second with the Japanese retailer. Guinness’ iconic eyes-and-lip motif grace a small but lovely collection of black-and-white women’s tops, all priced under $20.

Michael Bastian for Uniqlo
The master of the English prep-school chic has delivered an extensive line of polo shirts, all for under $20. “The polo shirt is very interesting: everyone in the world has one, everyone wears them all the time,” says Bastian in the promo clip above. “But how do you make one a little better, a little more unique?” For Bastian the answer was a focus on  on fit and detail, offering up the classic style in a variety of patterns and styles.

Kate Young for Target

From clutch purses and sheer polka-dot bodysuits to ruffle dresses and LBDs, Kate Young’s collection for Target is a stroke of genius from one of Hollywood’s top stylists. (Sorry Rachel Zoe.) Young, a former Vogue staffer, says its long been her dream to bring “that kind of red-carpet magic to the real woman.” With pieces that coordinate perfectly,  “shopping the look” may prove beneficial. 

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Brick Lane Bikes for H&M
You don’t actually have to be a cyclist to wear any of H&M’s retro’s collection for the legendary British bicycle company, a 11-piece line of menswear incorporating water-repellent jackets, articulated blazers, vintage-inspired jerseys and caps. If you’re eco enough to bike to work, you’ll also be happy to know the items are recycled from sustainable materials as part of H&M’s Conscious campaign.

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Derek Lam for Kohl’s
When Blake Lively and Emmy Rossum are seen sporting Kohl’s, you know you’ve struck mid-price gold with Derek Lam’s DesigNation line, offering Rio-inspired florals, sexy cut-out bathing suits and artfully-asymmetrical stripes. In the ten years since he blew up, Lam has established himself as the go-to designer for sharp silhouettes and a wardrobe that is feminine without ever being too girly.

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Lauren Bush for Target
Some years back model, designer and First Niece Lauren Bush started her line of recycled FEED bags, proceeds from which provide meals for Indian children. Now she’s bringing the satchels to Target with a 50-piece line that debuts June 30 and ranges from $3 to $400. With profits going to domestic hunger organizations, you have a perfectly good reason to go overboard.

A.P.C. and Nike

France’s answer to American Apparel, has paired with Nike again, this time on two types of monochromatic sneakers: The Dunk (available in black or beige) and the Air Max (available in black or white). An intercontinental marriage between “effortless Parisian cool and sportswear Americana, these minimalist kicks available for men and women retail for $85-$120.

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Taylor Swift for Keds
For many, Swift’s cotton-candy sweetness is a bit much, but channeled into classic canvas lace-up sneakers, it’s actually a successful aesthetic. Nautical prints and light fusions of stripes with polka dots and florals add a perfect summery kick to any outfit.