Rock NYFW Looks for Less

Courtesy of Target

What do Tracy Reese, Christian Siriano and Philip Lim have in common? These NYFW (New York Fashion Week) designers have made their runway-inspired collections available for everyday people in mainstream stores, such as Payless and Target.

This Sunday, 3.1 Philip Lim for Target will debut online and in stores nationwide. The brand promises to deliver chic and affordable looks for men and women-on-the-go, featuring pieces that closely resemble runway looks from his 3.1 Phillip Lim runway.

Lim, noted for his modern and sophisticated aesthetic has received accolades from editors to celebrities as he was as a finalist for the CFDA  2013 Accessory Designer of the Year.

With more than 100 items, including trench coats to handbags in fall palettes of neutral tones and prints, Lim’s collection ranges from $19.99 to $299.99 for apparel and $19.99 to $59.99 for accessories.

Now that is the look for less.

Being savvy for designer labels affords customers a sense of reward, purchasing a piece inspired by the same designer that graced the catwalk.

“Everyone might not be able to afford a Proenza Schouler PS2 bag in iridescent python, but everyone can go to Target for a similar bag without resorting to a knockoff,” commented NYFW attendee Ian Edwards.

A-list style expert Robert Verdi offers a different perspective on achieving the runway look.

“Don’t just pay attention to the clothing, but look at how the beauty ideas are changing from season to season,” he says. “Look at what hair and makeup are doing. Sometimes it’s a bare lip and a bold eye or a bright lip and a bare eye. What’s the moment?

“Sometimes women buy new clothes and they don’t change their hairstyle, so update,” advises Verdi.

Motions Celebrity Hair Stylist, Ursula Stephen agrees with the notion, especially if the look is more avant-garde runway.

“Less is more,” she says. “You don’t want to compete with the dress or turn it into a costume. Keep [your hair] chic and invest in [a] cut.

“A hairstyle should be an accessory and should always complement your look. The worst thing is having an amazing outfit and your hair is terrible,” says Stephen, whose celebrity clientele includes Rihanna, Mary J. Blige and Kerry Washington.

Verdi says it best, “A lot of times people think that it’s all about wearing the clothes, but it’s not. Looking in style is an all-encompassing idea. It’s a full package!”