In the Market Report: “Cheap Thrills”

Deal or no Deal? At the eleventh hour, Congress and President Obama reached a deal to address the fiscal cliff. Indeed, it’s been impossible to escape hearing the word ‘deal’ these last few months, and it continues as we head into the New Year, as we are barraged by advertisements for deals and steals galore. Whether or not you’re feeling especially drained financially after the holidays, let’s face it, we all love a good deal, and there are many where fashion is concerned. I thought I’d share 10 of my favorites, ranging from $6.99 – $198 (and yes, you might say more than few found their way into my closets).

1- a.n.a Peplum Puffer Coat: What could be better than a warm, feather down hooded parka (with removable faux fur trim on the hood) that not only has a flattering peplum shape, but is rendered in chic and graphic black and white color blocks? I forgot to mention, it was $40 now reduced to $30,


2- INC International Concepts puffer jacket: Along those same lines, what could be better than a warm quilted jacket with an unmistakable resemblance to Coco Chanel’s iconic cardigan (it’s collarless, fitted, rendered in black with white trim, and even has 4 pockets, currently reduced from $99.50 to $44.99),,

3- Michael Michael Kors chain trim jacket: Speaking of Coco, Michael’s heavy black stretccotton hip length jacket has the ease and informality of ones favorite jean jacket, but the addition of frayed edges and double gold chain trim makes it so much better. Plus, it’s just been reduced from $220 – $154,

 4- J.Crew lace-printed sweatshirt: Lace is a perennial favorite, and always covet-able, and this piece is inspired, combining a lace motif with a favorite sweatshirt to create something totally fresh (and completely cove table). Grace, their in-house graphic guru, hand drew the lace design, then printed it by hand on a feminine elbow-sleeve sweatshirt. The artful process means no two are alike. Originally $75, it has been reduced (but good luck if you can still find it),


5- Zara’s gold studded ballerina: Unless you’re living under a rock, you know it’s all about low heels and flats going forward this spring (all the better if they’re decorated and embellished). Zara’s gold studded ankle strap flats remind me of Valentino’s gold embellished low heeled shoes from last season, but the price can’t be beat (they were reduced from $89.90 to $59.90,

6- Forever 21’s Metallic T-Strap Flats: Flats, especially those with t straps, have never looked better, and the combination of black or nude suede with gold metallic leather can’t be beat (or the price: $19.80),

7- H&M silver toned modernist cuffs: It’s all about ‘cuff love’, and these sleek modernist cuffs are a statement making 5 inches. At $6.95 each, you can easily buy two and wear them on each hand for real impact,

8- H&M jewel encrusted bronze cuffs: These bronze toned metal cuffs are 3 inches wide, and embellished with graphic square cut stones in a variety of sizes and colors. Once again, at that price ($17.95), you can easily buy two,

9- J.Crew’s neon narrow patent leather belts: A hit of color is always welcome and don’t forget: color is what makes black and white, black and white. These were reduced from $45.00 to $6.99,

10: Banana Republic Monogram black&white striped trench: This has everything going for it: it’s a trench, it’s black and white, and it’s striped. So, it’s not Marc Jacobs…but neither is the price ($198),

– Marilyn Kirschner

Marilyn Kirschner

I am a long time fashion editor with 40+ years of experience. As senior market of Harper's Bazaar for 21 years I met and worked with every major fashion designer in the world and covered all of the collections in Paris, London, Milan and New York. I was responsible for overall content, finding and pulling in the best clothes out there, and for formulating ideas and stories.


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