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Rajana Khan’s collection for The Limited – Chic or Cheap?

November 8th, 2011 8 Comments

One of my favorite “affordable” (hand gesture quotation because you all get testy when I say something over $200 is affordable) jewelry designers Ranjana Khan, wife of Naeem Khan who designs over-the top fabulous clothes, is officially making her way to the masses via The Limited this month.  A couple years ago designers for Anthropologie knocked off her signature rhinestones on mesh designs and probably made a killing.  Now, she’s getting in on the action.

The question is, has she brought the same look and quality of her brand to the The Limited?

From the looks of the pics above I grabbed from NY Magazine, the answer is no.  In this video, you can see my RK piece up close.  (It’s stunning and works with so many different outfits.)  I wish this pic was more focused on her earrings than Karla’s amazing makeup so you could see the craftsmanship and details.

It’s obvious she’s referencing this design in her collection for The Limited, but the quality doesn’t even look close to the same.

Many of the clothing designers I’ve witness take their designs mainstream have done so more successfully than accessory designers.  You can’t fake gold or gem stones or good quality leather.  You just can’t. Look at Jimmy Choo for H&M. Look at Isaac’s shoes for Target.

Apart from the quality, the other disappointing factor to this line is the materials’  masculine sensibility.  One of the reasons I love RK jewelry is it’s bold but feminine nature.  None of the pieces I saw seem feminine at all.

Well, I guess we can hope I’m wrong when we see it with our own eyes.  I really do admire her as a person and appreciate her work.

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  • Perhaps the ribbon necklace (on the NY mag link) could pass… Rhinestones and pearls are hard to fake.

  • Ali

    I find it pretty offensive that you say ‘hand gesture quotation because you all get testy when I say something over $200 is affordable.’ Yes, for most people, $200 for a piece of jewelry is not affordable. Especially these days when so many people are out of work! I mean, seriously, have a little compassion.

    • The point is that it doesn’t matter what the individual’s budget is, you shouldn’t judge at all. I’m just a little irritated that people get upset if they don’t agree with my perception of affordable. It’s perception not budget. Couple perception with product and quality for a particular price. RK could be charging thousands for her pieces if she wanted.

  • Ali

    Okay, well it’s affordable for you, but you are writing a blog and alienating readers. It doesn’t matter what your perception of affordable is. This post would have been just as effective if you had simply been more compassionate towards the vast number of people who are struggling and just omitted the word ‘affordable.’ Plus, adding the sentence “hand gesture quotation because you all get testy when I say something over $200 is affordable” is like a slap in the face to your readers. It definitely doesn’t help peoples’ perception of you. Why do you have a blog if you make it impossible for your readers to relate to you? I must admit, I’ve gone from being unable to relate to you to just not liking you, because more and more you sound like a spoiled child on this blog. I doubt I’m the only reader you’ve lost.

  • tamarie

    There’s no question that her jewelry for The Limited, while nice, is not comparable to those beautiful earrings that you’re wearing! That being said, $200 is too much for me to regularly spend on statement jewelry, so I’d be more likely to buy her Limited pieces if I needed a nice necklace to complement an outfit. I like seeing the “luxe” items you feature on your site, but I’d be excited to occasionally see some more affordable (yet stylish) items here.

  • ssharma

    I dont know this particular designer, and am not familiar with the intricacies of her design, however this kind of jewelry is very widely available in India, pretty much anywhere including at the flea markets for few dollars cos $1=40Rps.

  • Mary, I agree with your take on RK’s line for the Limited. While she is obviously selling her pieces as a more marketable price point for an everyday mall shopper, the pieces aren’t a great representation of her work.

    It looks like she slapped her name on someone else’s designs – Missoni for Target and Versace for h&m are great examples of designers staying true to their aesthetics at a much lower cost!

    p.s. i’m still obsessed with your RK necklace!

  • Tamara Kay

    I agree, too, that the quality looks less than in the pieces made for the Limited.