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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 Announces Spring 2013 Collaboration With Prabal Gurung

Prabal Gurung Target Collaboration

If there is one thing Target and it’s never-ending designer collaborations isn’t afraid of, it’s over-exposure.  On the heels of the released lookbook featuring the super-stores pairing with 24 CFDA designers, comes word that it will next produce a capsule collection with Prabal Gurung. We imagine Gurung’s inclusion in the CFDA collection — which produced a black wool cape and a bow-adorned clutch purse — had something to do with this latest news… and we’re awfully glad for it.

The Target + Prabal Gurung limited-edition collection will launch on Feb. 10 of next year and will include women’s ready-to-wear clothing and accessories, ranging in price from $13 to $200. Think jackets, dresses, handbags, shoes and jewelry, and you’ll be on the right track.

Gurung, naturally, took the opportunity to say a few words about the pairing, “This collection was inspired by love, and if Target’s guests can feel even a little bit of the love that I felt while designing this collection, then I will consider it a job well done. The collection is inspired by a girl’s journey through the different stages of love and the clothes she wears during each milestone — from the first date to meeting the parents to the engagement.” Awww… and it’ll all be here by Valentine’s Day. How apropos.

 

 

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Jason Wu’s Junior’s Line Get’s A First Lady Reveal

Two looks from the Miss Wu Collection

Jason Wu continues to woo the oh-so-fashionable masses with the announcement that he’s been slogging away all summer on a new juniors diffusion line to be called “Miss Wu.” — *cue the swooning.

WWD reveled that the 40-piece collection, to be sold exclusively at Nordstrom, will feature shifts and A-line frocks “with touches of Mod.”  Think sixties icons Jane Birkin and Marianne Faithfull, says Wu, “Those girls had that certain something-something that really felt right for the image of [the Miss Wu] girl.”

Wu went on, “This collaboration has an appeal not just to a younger set of women, but to a broader set of women and at prices that are approachable.”  And while, the line won’t exactly be Wu’s Target collaboration “approachable,” Miss Wu will be priced lower than Wu’s ready-to-wear line — think $195 – $795.  The collection is set to appear in January… unless of course you’re the First Lady, Michelle Obama.  In which case you get to done a Miss Wu green checkered “modern weave dress” for a recent campaign event in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Shopping Goes High Tech With Target’s Shoppable Video

Sure, we live in a modern age… but that’s obviously not enough for Target.  The mega-store has upped the ante with the latest and greatest in high-tech shopping: Shoppable videos.  And since they are the masters of collaborating with celebrity designers, why should we be surprised that their very first shoppable video somehow managed to snag actresses Kristen Bell and Nia Long as its stars?

The short film is a rom-com (no doubt) and is titled “Falling For You,” and nearly every single thing that you see in the film, styled by Angelina Jolie’s go-to-stylist Jen Rade, is available for purchase online or at your nearest Target store.  And by that, we mean the 140+ clothing, home, and beauty items from the super-stores Fall collection that co-star in the film.  I personally haven’t tried the shop-while-you-watch that is so popular in other parts of the world (and is likely soon to be taking over here in the U.S) — but hey, I’m game.  And if you are too, then you can log onto Target.com/FallingForYou for the debut of three five-minute episodes that will be released on Oct. 2, Oct. 4, and Oct. 9.  As with all “movies” — this one has a trailer that you check out with the “click” of a finger.

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The Shops At Target Announces It’s Next Big Thing!

Kirna Zabête at Target

There they go again… fulfilling the fashion-forward dreams of ladies everywhere!  We already espoused the virtues of Target’s latest venture The Shops at Target, and but we really must do it again!  Target’s newest partner in their in-store pairing is none other than NY boutique Kirna Zabête — yes, the very one the Harper’s Bazaar dubbed “the Shangri-la of shopping!” — and the duo has finally released sneak peeks of what we can expect! *Squee!

The collection won’t hit Target stores until September 9, but that will give you enough time to pine over the lust-worthy collection of chic dresses, flirty skirts, jackets, sweaters and accessories in the lookbook.  Here are a few of the nearly 100 pieces we can expect to snap up  for between $10 – $200 — truly a steal considering the Kirna Zabête boutique is chock full of very expensive statement pieces.

Kirna Zabête at Target

Kirna Zabête at Target

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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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Target Launches Beauty Advisor Program

targetbeautyconvierge

Target’s been stepping up their beauty game in the past few years building phenomenal relationship with designers like Jemma Kidd and Napoleon Perdis adding premium looks to their shelves.  Now, like so many other retailers looking to expand their beauty business, Target has recently launched a trial run of their beauty advisor program in 28 Chicago stores to test the concept over the next nine months.

Using mirrors and ipads, the advisors will be stationed at kiosks to offer samples and give advice. If all goes well with the on-demand beauty concierge concept, they’ll add these little helpers to 450 stores.

Beauties in the Chicago area please send us details about your experience with a Target advisor.

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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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Is Cheap Fashion Killing Our Planet? Elizabeth Cline Says So

When we think about global warming, our environment and even our food, we often turn to increasing our awareness about recycling, reusing, going organic and turning off the AC. But what about our clothing? In a world of easy access fashion, designers partnering with budget retailers and $5 t-shirts that are easy toss-aways, our current high-consumption society is way too used to buying cheap clothes all in the name of trend.

Elizabeth L. Cline, author of the new book Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion calls out this toxic “fast fashion” frenzy that accounts for over-production, lack of originality when it comes to designs and even FLOTUS who is notorious for citing Target as her go to store for looking incredible. Where quantity has outweighed quality and the importance of creating a sustainable wardrobe (pieces that are well made and can be worn and cared for for years) is a lost thought, Overdressed is likened to Fast Food Nation or Food Inc. but specifically geared towards the fashion industry.

What do you think Posh Beauties? Are you willing to give up your access to cheap fashion in the name of a better planet and better quality? Check out the book and let us know your thoughts.

 

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