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JCPenney Discover Spring Style Event

Last Tuesday I attended the JCPenney Discover Spring Style event at the Lincoln Center in New York City to see highlights from the upcoming spring fashion collections. Celebrity designers in attendance included Cindy Crawford (Cindy Crawford Style), Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen (Olsenboye), Michele Bohbot (Bisou Bisou), Charlotte Ronson (I Heart Ronson) and Nicole Miller (Nicole by Nicole Miller). You could tell that the crowd (myself included) was thrilled to see Cindy and the Olsens briefly introduce their collections before models took to the runway to showcase the latest trends: Modern safari, brights, florals, lots of denim and bold accessories. Celebrity hoopla aside, I think JCP offers a lot of affordable, stylish pieces to get excited about this season. My favorite piece was a pink dress with a giant side ruffle, hands down! What do you think about the latest spring offerings? Have you shopped JCP yet? Keep reading to see all the looks!

Off the Rack: Jean Paul Gaultier for Target

The Jean Paul Gaultier for Target collection hit stores Sunday, and while i wasn't able to see it for myself, I recruited my sister to check it out for me and take the photos you see here. Isn't that what sisters are for? Anyways, my sister was pleasantly surprised by the overall quality and styling, despite prices that felt higher than usual and inconsistent sizing (a constant battle). Highlights for her included the brown and red leather bomber—undeniably fabulous, but then again, you'd expect it to be great for $200, she said. The tattoo print tights, tops and bathing suits, however, are reminiscent of Ed Hardy and therefore seem generic rather than special. The rolled collar floral dress was her favorite piece because of the lovely neckline and interesting detailing. She actually liked the plastic-y fabric because it holds its shape and doesn't wrinkle. All things considered, my sister says this might be her favorite Designer Collaborations line so far. Have you shopped this collection yet? What did you buy?