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Sleeping Beauty: the weekend’s best costume/pj wear

We’ve got two word to cover both your lack of a Halloween costume because you waited too darned long to get one and Sunday’s extra hour to sleep in: pajama set. Let me explain.

Matching pajama sets have been the luxe sets loungewear of choice since Stella McCartney sent them careening down the runway in 2012. Celebs like Rihanna, Sophia Coppola and Alexa Chung have also rocked a few red-carpet wearing their p.j. sets and a slick set of heels, and don’t forget Coco Chanel’s obsession with them – FYI. So here’s the idea: Slide into your most stylish matching pajama set. Grab a stuffed bear, tousle your sexiest bedhead hair, and slip on a chic pair of stiletto’s (or jewel-toned smoking slippers). Et voila! You’re a very stylish sleepwalker. (I know, low on the creative scale. But high on style… so that should even things out.) And look who’s ready for Sunday’s extra hour of hibernation? You are. Win-Win. Here are some of our most coveted matching pajama sets for fall.

Olivia Von Halle

Neiman Marcus

Liliane

H&M

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Prabal Gurung x Target Scores A Big Win For Fast Fashion

Just when we thought that whole collaboration thing had finally jumped the shark (Kellogg’s anyone?), it seems it’s safe for designers to wade back into the fast-fashion waters. The people have spoken — with their wallets — and have gobbled up nearly the entire collection of Prabal Gurung for Target in one day.

There was all sorts of industry speculation as to whether or not the high-low collaboration trend had played itself out — especially after the disappointing returns Target saw on it’s mega-pairing with CFDA and Neiman Marcus. But it seems Gurung’s latest is just the thing to revamp a formula that seemed to be wearing thin on the public. His secret?

Business Insider speculates on two reasons for this latest success: Gurung stayed true to his aesthetic of cheerful, youthful versions of the floral prints and patterns that the ladies love, and Target staying true to their super-affordable pricing scheme.

So while the frenzy over Gurung for Target didn’t exactly crash Target’s website (We’re referring to you, Missoni.), it did sell out remarkably fast.

Here are a few of the looks that you missed if you overslept on Sunday — of course you could always find them on eBay.

 

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Karlie Kloss Stars In Target’s Neiman Marcus Collaboration Commercial

Tomorrow’s the big day! The day we’ve all been waiting for! The Dec. 1st release of Target’s Neiman Marcus’ collaboration. The goods, created by a heavy-weight list of 24 CFDA designers — including an Alice + Olivia designed basketed bicycle, metallic Marc Jacobs makeup bags, and a bowed and black lace cocktail dress by Robert Rodriguez — will arrive magically on Target shelves tonight.

What better way to get those shopping juices flowing than the release of the Karlie Kloss-endowed commercial from the imaginary mind of Quentin Jones.

Take a look here (complements YouTube) and prepare yourself for tomorrows shop-a-ganza.

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Target + Neiman Marcus’ Holiday Collection Leaks!

If you weren’t already gearing up for the holiday season, you will be now. Photos of the collaboration between Target, Neiman Marcus and 24 CFDA designers that we told you about waaay back in July have finally leaked!

Jason Wu for Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection

Just in case you’ve forgotten, the two super-stores announced earlier this year that they were planning on producing a mega-collaboration with an impressive list of designers including: Carolina HerreraDerek LamDiane von FurstenbergJason WuMarc JacobsOscar de la RentaTory Burch, Alice + OliviaAltuzarraBand of OutsidersBrian AtwoodEddie BorgoJudith LeiberLela RoseMarchesaPhilip CrangiPrabal GurungProenza Schouler, Rag & BoneRobert RodriguezRodarte, Skaist TaylorThom Browne, and Tracy Reese. (*Whew. Did you catch all that?)

Each designer will produce three items, with categories running the gamut from clothing, to home decor, to electronics, to pet accessories — culminating in a 50+ piece collection of  limited-edition goods, with most items priced under $60.

Alice + Olivia for Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection

So here it is — a few of our favorite leaks from the Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection:

Lela Rose for Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection

Altuzarra for Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection

Marc Jacobs for Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection

Robert Rodriguez for Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection

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eBay Joins The Mega-Collaboration Bandwagon

Shoppers have big reason to celebrate this holiday season, as this year is turning out to be a veritable collaboration-palooza!

Tibi for eBay Holiday 2012 Collection

Hot on the heels of Target and Neiman Marcus announcing their mega-collaboration with TWENTY-FOUR different CFDA designers, eBay reveals its own hand at multi-designer collaborations for a special Holiday 2012 Collection.

Fallon for eBay Holiday 2012 Collection

Partnering with seven heavy-hitting names — Billy Reid, Chris Benz, Fallon, Jonathan Adler, Ruffian, Steven Alan, and TibieBay’s Holiday Collective will feature five pieces from each designer and will include womenswear, menswear, jewelry, travel, electronic accessories, and home decor.

Chris Benz for eBay Holiday 2012 Collection

According to eBay’s general manager of fashion, Jeff Somers, the illustrious seven were chosen by the internet giant due to one commonality, “their genuine enthusiasm for eBay.” Somers then added that their talent also had something to do with it, “”each [designer] brings originality and a distinct point of view, and embodies the entrepreneurial spirit of our marketplace.”

Ruffian for eBay Holiday 2012 Collection

Naturally the tweet-o-sphere was going wild. Fallon’s Dana Lorenz tweeted, “Thrilled to be collab’ing w @eBay_Fashion this holiday on a ltd edition, locally made collection. All my friends can attest I love Ebay!”, with Chris Benz responding, ”You & me, both, sister! Xx”.

Steven Alan for eBay Holiday 2012 Collection

So while we’re still clinging to July, it might be time to start thinking about those shopping lists a little sooner. The 40-piece collection will drop on November 12 with everything priced between $50 – $100.

Jonathan Adler for eBay Holiday 2012 Collection

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COLLABORATION STATION: Target Reveals Its Next Big Thing(s)

If you were impressed by the caliber of any of the designers who have paired with Target on capsule collections in the past, you’d probably better sit down. Target has just announced its latest designer pairing and it’s a doozy.

The beloved one-stop-shop is planning on partnering with 24 (TWENTY-FREAKIN’-FOUR!) CFDA designers and super-luxe department store Neiman Marcus. The plan is to create an uber-collection with which to take over the world — okay, not really, but they do plan to take over the holidays with a mass capsule collection that will be sold in both stores.

Target & Neiman Marcus Collaboration Designers

If it seems too good to be true, think again. These are the designers that have already signed on to be involved:

Alice + Olivia
Altuzarra
Band of Outsiders
Brian Atwood
Carolina Herrera
Derek Lam
Diane von Furstenberg
Eddie Borgo
Jason Wu
Judith Leiber
Lela Rose
Marchesa
Marc Jacobs
Oscar de la Renta
Philip Crangi
Prabal Gurung
Proenza Schouler
Rag & Bone
Robert Rodriguez
Rodarte
Skaist-Taylor
Thom Browne
Tory Burch
Tracy Reese

WWD reports that each of the 24 designers will create between one and three pieces for this holiday fashion fête, with prices ranging between $7.99 to $499.99, and lest the later number gives you heart palps, WWD says most items will be under $60.

While the goods won’t appear on Neiman Marcus or Target shelves until Dec. 1st, Target has announced that it will reveal the collections (to include home décor, pet products, sporting goods, and more) in October — other than that, it’s all hush-hush.

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Know Your Faux From Real Fur – Retailer’s Cited For False Labeling

Faux or Fur?

Those in the fashion-know are acutely aware that faux fur is one of this season’s biggest trends… but buyer beware. Those of you wanting to both support animal rights and sport this trend may have to look a little closer.

According to a legal petition filed this week with Federal Trade Commission, The Humane Society of the United States is alleging that 11 retailers have falsely labeled or advertised fur fashions as being “faux fur” when in fact the fur used is quite real.

The Humane Society names Barneys, Neiman Marcus, Gilt, Revolve Clothing, Yoox and other online retailers in the petition as listing real fur apparel as faux fur on their websites – coaxing buyers who don’t wish to support the fur trade into inadvertently doing so.

So why is The Humane Society citing the practices of the retailers and not of the designer labels themselves? It seems that the fur garments from brands like Woolrich, Mackage, Stuart Weitzman and Marc by Marc that failed faux testing by The Humane Society did, in fact label their  own garments as “containing real fur” – oftentimes naming the type of animal — while the retail website advertised the items as ‘faux fur.’ Obviously, this puts the retailer firmly in the responsibility seat.

Senior attorney for the Humane Society in Washington D.C. Ralph Henry said, “I don’t think they’re trying to maliciously mislead consumers, but it’s a pervasive problem,” he said, suggesting the retailers do a better job of auditing their product descriptions and also citing petitions of the same cause filed in 2007 and 2008 that eventually reached a settlement.

Henry went on to explain that the problem typically occurs when an item originates in China, where fur is inexpensive, and some of the best synthetic furs are more expensive than using real fur.

So this holiday season… it’s buyer beware. Here’s a link to The Humane Society’s guide for how to tell if your fur is real or faux.

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Chanel Commits A Fashion Fail: Safety Recall

Chanel

It’s not like a brand recalling a product is necessarily big news (Toyota, Fisher Price) why I’ve even see alerts for recalling an item at my local Trader Joes, but Chanel? Really?

Yup. Chanel fans everywhere are shedding a little tear. The coveted high-end luxury label  has had to issued a recall of 120 scarves and 34 garments – priced between $430 and $3,650 – due to the items failing to meet federal flammability standards.

That’s right… your well-heeled Chanel blouse and or scarf could potentially pose a fire threat. The dresses, skirts, tops and accessories included in this take-back were sold at Chanel boutiques, Neiman Marcus and elsewhere between March and April 2010.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has thoughtfully instructed that Chanel customers stop the offending Chanel items (*sob) and contact Chanel customer service.

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Clutch This: House of Harlow 1960 Ads Handbags

House of Harlow 1960 Handbag

The turning of leaves, the smell of firewood, the brisk night air cooling summers unrelenting heat – fall brings many splendored things. Oh… and handbags. This fall Nicole Richie’s lifestyle collection, House of Harlow 1960 will add a bevy of cross-body bags to their ultra-stylish collection.

House of Harlow 1960 Handbag

Ranging in price from $150 – $625, this 14-piece collection utilized casual/luxe materials like vintage leather and young calf hair and embellishes with fringes, toggles, triangle studs, velvet and crystallized jaguar head hardware.

House of Harlow 1960 Handbag

“Handbags have always been a part of the equation since we first launched the House of Harlow 1960 brand,” Richie told WWD. “We just needed to make sure all of the components were aligned before setting foot into that category. The collection is quite small in terms of the styles we are launching with. I wanted to make sure that each piece is special and then be able to grow it slowly and organically season after season.”

The collection will be available in the next few weeks at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Shopbop.com.

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VICTORIA BECKHAM UNVEILING: Posh Polishes Her Handbag Line.

The wait is soon-to-be over… but not quite yet.

It wasn’t really a big surprise when Victoria Beckham announced that she would be trying her hand at handbag design.  After all, she does claim to own every “It” bag, including 100 sought-after Birkin Bags.  But enough about that… just what could this handbag hoarder have in store for the scores of fashionistas that admire her style and status?

How about this:

Victoria Beckham Handbag Preview

While the line won’t be available for at least a few weeks, Ms. Beckham unveiled these photos of two of the modest six designs in the line (($1,800-$13,950) – the theme?  A day in the life of Victoria.  Oh, to change out my purse six times in a day!

The collection includes a clutch in nubuck and matt calf leather, a shoulder bag in nubuck and calf leather, a traditional handbag in buffalo and matt calf and a Hexagonal Chain bag in matt crocodile and calf leather, and will go on sale later this month at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus Los Angeles and netaporter.com.

Victoria Beckham Handbag Preview

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