Those of you who have been reading this blog from day one might remember that one of my very first posts was about the Thakoon for Target diffusion line. Specifically, this post about the gorgeous trench that was the centerpiece of the collection. Well, I purchased the jacket ($45) and I remember thinking that it really was beautifully made – moreso than you would expect from a discount retailer. The lining is a stunning shade of blue and feels totally luxe. The print just screams Thakoon, the cut is flattering and I get at least one compliment from a total stranger every single time I wear it.
So you can imagine my interest when I read on The Cut that the Wall Street Journal conducted an experiment to see if fashion experts could tell the difference between a regular Thakoon piece and a Thakoon for Target item (obviously, with all identifying labels and tags concealed). You may be surprised by the results…
The fashion experts in question were Simon Collins, the dean of fashion at Parsons the New School for Design, and Randi Rahm, a Manhattan-based designer. The Journal mixed a $1,145 Thakoon dress with several items from the Target collection and asked the experts to pick out the expensive piece. The designer was able to correctly identify the mainline Thakoon dress but Collins thought the trench was the real deal!
It just goes to show that you don’t have to shop at Barney’s to look like a thousand bucks. Just know how to shop smart. Look for attention to detail with seams, linings and findings (buttons, zips, etc.). Go for fabrics that feel nice and don’t look cheap. And, if you’re able, mix in designer accessories. I once read a quote that basically said “If you’re carrying an expensive bag and wearing designer sunglasses, everyone will assume the rest of your outfit cost a fortune too.” (Just don’t ever, EVER do fakes. Seriously. It’s just gauche.) Above all, no matter if you’re sporting $500 Manolos or $25 Payless, wear it with confidence. Because that’s always in style.
Is Michelle Obama our generation’s Jackie Kennedy? I think she’s certainly closer to that distinction than any other First Lady has come. Let’s take a look at some of her moments in the spotlight…
For Inauguration Day, she chose New York-based deigner Isabel Toledo. This lemongrass ensemble stood out in a sea of red and blue. Her green J.Crew gloves and coordinating Jimmy Choos complete the look without being too “matchy-matchy”.
Criticized by some for not being bold enough in her color choice, I think she looks absolutely radiant in this white gown by Jason Wu. As anyone who watched the Golden Globes red carpet knows, one shoulder gowns are the silhouette of the season.
This dress from the Democratic National Convention is unmistakably Thakoon. It’s a great use of color and pattern, modest and flattering all at the same time.
Here she is in standout purple, supporting Chicago designer Maria Pinto. This dress is classic Kennedy to me, but the belt brings it current. (I believe this was the night of the “infamous” fist-bump. Can anyone explain the media storm that created???)
Her election night choice, this Narciso Rodriguez dress is considered by many to be her only major sartorial misstep. While it’s perhaps not my favorite, I don’t quite get the uproar it caused in the fashion community. The criss-cross cummerbund isn’t the most flattering but I think, as a whole, this dress showed she’s not afraid to take a chance.
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I just spotted this most recent look by designer Tracy Feith, as worn to a service at the Washington National Cathedral yesterday morning. This gorgeous frock is yet another nod to Jackie with its distinctly 50’s/60’s silhouette, elegant boat neckline and elbow-length sleeves. Perfect.
Thakoon for Target has finally hit the stores and recessionista dressing has never been so fun. My favorite piece is this gorgeous floral printed canvas jacket in shades of ebony and purple. It’s signature Thakoon styling at bargain basement prices ($44.99).
Get yours before they’re gone!