Christopher Kane for Topshop collection has been launched! And last weekend, there was a preview of Anna Sui for Target – all Gossip Girl inspired, just in time for the premiere of the new season.

Miss Glitzy researches and compares these 2 collaborations.

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Christopher Kane: London-based designer aged 27, started his own label in 2006.

  • Graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
  • Favoured by Donatella Versace, partnering with Versace to design accessories for the Versus label
  • Awarded New Designer of The Year at the British Fashion Awards in 2007
  • His SS09 collection was sold out on Net-a-Porter within hours after hitting the site

Anna Sui: American-based designer aged 45. Her clothing, fragrance, cosmetic, and accessories lines retail in her stores and independent boutiques in over 50 countries.

  • Attended Parsons School of Design
  • Famous clients include Paris Hilton, Mischa Barton, Christina Ricci, Cher, Naomi Campbell, Sofia Coppola, Lindsay Lohan, Hilary Duff, Maria Sharapova and Nicole Richie
  • Awarded the CFDA Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award (Council of Fashion Designers of America) in 2009

VERDICT: Anna Sui leads with much more experience in the industry and impressive clientele. Christopher Kane is clearly a designer with loads of potential despite his short experience in the industry.

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Christopher Kane for Topshop: Biggest collection ever for Topshop, with a total of 39 pieces ranging from scarf, dresses to footwear.

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Crocodile tee, studded leggings and mesh dress. And plenty of interesting colours such as flourescent yellow, pink and a lot of black. The bodycon dresses embraces the feminine curves but the industrial studded eyelets looks fierce. Indeed a cool and cutting edge collection for women who dare to be different.

Anna Sui for Target: Inspired by Serena, Blair, Jenny and Vanessa – the 4 lead characters of popular drama “Gossip Girl”. A total of 19 outfits – with leggings, dresses and outer wear.

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Miss Glitzy bet you can’t even tell who’s who. From left to right: Blair, Jenny, Vanessa and Serena. The outfits don’t really look closely like what the characters usually wear. Anna Sui merely included some of their elements – for example Blair-inspired dresses have more girlish details and Serena’s outfits are mostly monochrome to emit some cool chick vibes. Actually Serena does wear colours – such as that beautiful yellow dress at Lily’s wedding. And gosh, Vanessa’s range just looks horrendously orange.

Some of the dresses in this collection are reminiscent of Anna Sui’s earlier runway collections. Well, to some, it displays a lack of creativity. To others,  it means that the consumers now have a chance to get a second version of her collection – who cares if they originated a few seasons earlier- at a more affordable price tag!

VERDICT: While Miss Glitzy is more of a fan of colourful dresses than studs and mesh dresses, Christopher Kane’s offerings for Topshop are a lot more customised and unique as compared to Anna Sui who rehashed some of her previous designs into this collaboration. One up for Christopher Kane – check out his own collection here.

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Christopher Kane for Topshop collection range from US$90 for a croc tee to US$310 for a dress. Definitely much pricier than the regular Topshop offerings.  On the other hand, Anna Sui for Target is a lot more affordable at US$19.99 to US$149.99 (that’s the Serena-inspired leather jacket)!

VERDICT: Anna Sui for Target takes the cake! Although some bloggers who were at the pop-up store at NYC for a preview did comment that the quality of the dresses appears comparable to the price tag.

PARTING NOTE: Half of Christopher Kane for Topshop collection will be sold at ION Orchard from Oct 1. And meanwhile, Miss Glitzy can’t wait to check out those Target dresses online!

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