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Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Kameel Stanley, & Keyonna Summers

More designers invading the arena of the affordable



Perhaps the best invention to come out of this treacherous recession is the prevalence of high end designers doing affordable lines.

Isaac Mizrahi is the grandfather of the movement with his Target line. Proenza and the late and great Alexander McQueen followed in fine form both providing cutting edge lines for Target. Rachel Roy's at Macy's now and Max Azria has teamed up with Miley Cyrus over at Walmart.

Whew ... is there really any excuse left not to dress well these days? And it just keeps getting better.

Target announced a few days ago that French designer John Paul Gaultier, also known as the "enfant terrible" or bad boy of fashion, will be releasing a line exclusively for Target. Take a sneak peak at a Gaultier for Target look below.

  JPG_TARGET_7(leather motto jacket, $199.99/Red tank dress, $34.99)
 And over at Payless Alice + Olivia's selection of shoes and handbags are looking pretty good. This sequin flat below ($29.99) is going to single handedly make me go to Payless this weekend.


Both Gaultier and Alice + Olivia sell their lines at uber high-end stores like Neiman's and Bergdorf Goodman. So it's a big deal when these designers create items for the everyday person.

But of course there's a "Deal Diva" rub here. While I adore the idea of owning a piece of Gaultier, I can't help but think the items are priced a little high for Target. Am I really going to spend $200 on a leather jacket at Target? Better yet, am I really going to spend $200 on any clothing item at Target? Things that make you go hmmm, for sure. And the same goes for the A+O flat. I mean they are adorable, but when I go to Payless I'm kind of not trying to spend more than $20.

So the question is: will you spend more to get the "name" at a cheaper price? What say you?

Deal Diva Nicole

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