We’ve seen it all before, right? High-end designer joins forces with mid-priced mass merchandiser to bring us their version of high-meets-low fashion at affordable prices. Everyone from veteran designer Karl Lagerfeld to shoe maven Jimmy Choo to current design sensation Jason Wu has thrown their hat into the designer “collabo” ring. The results have been mixed. While H&M’s early collaborations with both Karl Lagerfeld and Jimmy Choo were met with high fanfare and sold out collections; its recent efforts with both Marni and Maison Martin Margiela barely generated a significant buzz. Heck, for many who aren’t among the fashion devoted , Margiela’s name recognition is derived from a Kanye West rap. Even fashion darling Jason Wu isn’t exempt from scrutiny. While his collection with Target was highly anticipated, the final collection left some underwhelmed in terms of appeal and quality.
Now high-end designer Duro Oluwu enters the fray as he debuts his limited edition collection for JCPenney. But he is up to the challenge? The answer is YES. The Nigerian born, London-based designer brings one of the most aesthetically pleasing collaboration collections I’ve seen in some time. With bold colors and lively prints, Oluwu’s JCPenney collection stays true to the essence of his much-touted designer pieces. Oluwu for JCPenney is fun, wearable and affordable.
The price range for the collection is from $10 to $100 dollars and includes handbags, shoes, clothes accessories and home décor. The Duro Oluwu collection is in stores and online through May 2013.
From the Duro Oluwu lookbook:
What say you? What do you think about the Duro Oluwu for JCPenney collection?