The designer in question: Charlotte Ronson (the sister of Mark and Samantha), whose I [Heart] Ronson line for JCPenney is now available on the JCPenney site, and it appears to be on the cheap, generic side. Nylon Magazine had previously gotten ahold of the line and based on the way they styled it, the line has potential when mixed right. Either way, it may be worth checking out in person. There are a few pretty floral dresses and a cute but basic vest, and after all the price is right - it retails for $15 to $65, while Ronson's contemporary line wholesales for $70 to $130. If nothing else, the line should make up for the shockingly inappropriate junior line Kimora Lee Simmons did for the discount retailer.
On the other hand, Isaac Mizrahi’s collection for Liz Claiborne is surprisingly good. It retains the use of color and smart separates that made his Target line successful, but replaces the occasional frumpiness of that line with a little extra chicness. To be fair, it’s doubtful that Mizrahi did much of the designing on the Target line himself, so it appears he’s more hands-on with his Claiborne gig. The price points are a bit higher than what we’re used to, ranging from $149 for a simple strapless wool dress and $49 for a crew-neck sweater, but judging from the online lookbook, everything looks higher-end than it really is - which, after all, is the point of cheap chic lines.