It should probably come as no surprise that I love fashion, if you’ve ever seen me at conference. And by fashion I don’t just mean designer labels — I mean looking good in my clothes. I mean buying things that I think flatter and fit my shape, and dressing to the nines when appropriate (like conferences!). I also like bargain shopping. I won’t turn my nose up at a bargain if the fit and fabric is awesome, believe me!

I was interested in the Missoni collection that Target trotted out this week. Vaguely interested, because I’m not sure how all that zigzagy stuff would look on me. I know that Missoni is important in the fashion world (Angela Missoni is the designer behind the name) and I really kind of wanted to go and try some things on.

But I wanted to do this at my leisure, when I had time. No way in hell did I anticipate the feeding frenzy that would descend on Target once this collection went live. I heard that the Target website was down for hours. And that women were shopping the stores the way they shop the Filene’s Basement wedding dress sale (which is amusingly called the Running of the Brides) — just blast in and grab stuff off the rack, then trade sizes until you get what fits you.

No. Way. In. Hell.

There’s nothing I need that badly that I’m going to race through freaking TARGET, people, and snatch zigzagy prints off the racks and hope I can trade with someone. I have yet to go to Target (had hoped to go this weekend), but I’m sure it will all be gone by the time I get there. I should have anticipated this. After all, last year when they brought out the Mulberry for Target line, that pink leopard bag I wanted was gone within hours.

I kind of liked this jacket. But it is, you guessed it, out of stock. (This is not the usual zigzag print, obviously.)

I think the lesson here is that real women want designer clothes at prices we can afford. Why does a store like Target pair up with a designer and then not anticipate how well the things will sell? They never did get anymore of the Mulberry stuff in after it sold out. Why not? In fact, I just saw the pink leopard Mulberry purse on eBay for $80. It was only $40 at Target when it debuted.

I love fashion, but I won’t go out of my way to get something. I’m not standing in line for hours (did that with iPad, just to see what it was like, and still had to wait weeks to get what I really wanted) and I’m not fighting ladies hell bent on grabbing whatever is there.

Give me fashion at affordable prices, and make sure you’ve got enough of it! The next thing I’m looking forward to, no kidding, is the Jennifer Lopez collection. I want to see what kind of things they come up with. I think it’s in stores now, but I’ve not had a chance to check it out yet.

What are your thoughts? Any collection you’re looking forward to, or love to pieces? Or does it even matter to you? Would you stand in line for a new collection, or say to hell with it like me?