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Jean Paul Gaultier Is Designing For Target!

It’s official. Jean Paul Gaultier has signed on as the newest Target Designer Collaborator, inciting gasps and breathless moments from fashion lovers all over. He’s the third designer to take part, following Alexander McQueen who drew inspiration from Liela Moss of The Duke Spirit, and Anna Sui, whose “Gossip Girl” pieces were a major fan obsession. Keep reading »

A New Twitter Home Page For Fashionistas

Twitter has taken over the world, it seems, and there’s a pretty good chance if you see someone on their phone, they’re pouring over incoming Tweets or making their own updates. So obviously, there’s a need for Twitter-based search engines. That’s So Swag is the newest app and search engine for anything fashion-and-Twitter-related. It even generates the top ten trending topics so you know just what fashion insiders are Twit-sessing over. Keep reading »

3 DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

We’re still in a recession, people. This Halloween, costumes certainly don’t need to be purchased from those expensive pop-up stores. Besides, the most creative and innovative Halloween get-ups aren’t those that come from a box but rather from the imagination. And for everyone who’s not so skilled in thinking up their own DIYs, here are a few ideas … Keep reading »

The Gap Has A New Perfume!

Usually, I go to The Gap for staple pieces. But Patrick Robinson is revitalizing the brand with must-have items, like the newest Pierre Hardy boots. Those are majorly swoon-worthy. Now, he’s introducing a brand-new perfume to the store called Close.

Created with perfume house Givaudan, the new fragrance is a mix of salty and citrus, which already has me intrigued, but Patrick explains it by saying, “The salty part – that’s human nature, that’s how you get people close to you. The citrus part makes them stay.” The bottle design is sleek and elegant, allowing the scent to speak for itself instead of being overpowered by aesthetics. Plus, it’s a huge steal at $35, and a fragrance that’s perfect for day-to-day wear. Could this be my newest fragrance for during the day? What’s your go-to perfume? [Grazia] Keep reading »

SJP Gets Carried Away With A Third Fragrance

She’s already launched Lovely and Covet, but Sarah Jessica Parker isn’t ready to end her perfume rampage. Along with the newest “Sex and the City” movie, Carrie’s real life fashion maven created SJP, NYC. Because when you already have two perfumes, why not make a trio, right?

The newest scent will launch in February and is capitalizing on the obsession many have with Carrie Bradshaw and her bold fashion sense. “A large part of the inspiration was what I now understand to be people’s impressions of seeing Carrie Bradshaw walk down the street and what feelings that evokes for her and for them — a real sense of freedom and possibilities, a love for the city around her and, of course, fashion,” she said of the new perfume. But, after her last two classy fragrance bottles, the newest one is a little lacking in elegant design, no? How do you feel about the leopard and zebra print paired with bright blue? Would Carrie approve? [WWD] Keep reading »

Bebe Hires The Kardashian Sisters. Um, Yay?

Though hard to admit, it seems the Kardashian sisters do know something about fashion and running a business. After all, their store, Dash, has taken off — but are they ready to design? While we’re not quite sure, Bebe, apparently, has full faith in the girls and has hired Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney to create a collection for spring. “This is honestly a dream come true!” Kim wrote on her site. “We have always loved fashion and have wanted to design for such a long time and now we finally are!”

No word yet on just what their line will look like, but we wonder: Will you buy Kardashian designs at Bebe? [Er, seems like that'll be a whole lotta "sexy," and yes, those quotation marks indicate irony. -- Editor] [People]
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Famous Teen Enters the Fashion Design Game, Ahem

Seems like everyone wants to be a fashion designer these days, especially celebrities. Selena Gomez — yes, that chick on the Disney Channel — decided that she’d like to join in the fashion fun, so here comes Dream Out Loud by Selena Gomez. “Growing up in Texas, I was sort of close-minded and kind of a tomboy, but as I’ve traveled, I found such a love of clothes,” Selena said. “It’s really always been a dream of mine to have a line.”

To turn that dream into, uh, clothes, she began working with former Generra designer Tony Melillo and Sandra Campos. Born was a collection based on her own style, which is a mix of “pretty, feminine and bohemian” looks, and is partially made with organic and recycled or eco-friendly fabrics. The line will launch for fall 2010, but so far they’re still looking for a retail store to partner with exclusively. So you’ll have to hold your breath on where to purchase the Selena looks you love. Um, yeah. There’s always The Disney Store! [WWD] Keep reading »

Sneak Preview: Rodarte for Target!

No, these are not Halloween costumes. They’re actually pieces from the upcoming and greatly anticipated Rodarte line for Target.

Yes, images are finally leaking of the new line, which editors have already previewed, but were banned from sharing with their readers.

Along with the sequined skull dress (far right), the ultra “it” designers have developed 55 other pieces, ranging from a lacy t-shirt, to a leopard jacket and dress, amazing stockings, and even more lace. We’re looking at a price range of $9.99-$79.99 for the collection, including knee-highs, dresses, and jackets. Mark your calendars people. December 20th is R-day, and you best believe every fashionista (professional, amateur or otherwise) is gonna be clamoring to scoop each and every piece up. [Racked]
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Retail Nostalgia: The Limited Stages A Comeback

The Limited was a staple back in the day. First, you craved the bright neons and girly prints from Limited Too, but finally, when you were old enough, your mom would let your wardrobe graduate to The Limited. [I fully remember shopping for a dress there while a new Enya song throbbed in the background. That was a while ago, I guess. -- Editor] Unfortunately, over the years, and with the popularity of stores like Abercrombie & Fitch, that Limited obsession has become, well, limited.

Now, the store has decided it’s time for a comeback. Though Manhattan hasn’t seen a Limited store since 1999, the brand is opening a pop-up shop in Soho on Spring Street in order to try and entice shoppers with their new runway to real way looks. New stores will follow, along with dressing rooms from the next generation–with call buttons for help, an e-bar to exchange a size, and wireless remotes for the bored-to-tears boys. If the clothes that appear in stores stay true to the pictures we’re seeing, then The Limited has won us back. [WWD]
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Is Facebook the New Online Shop?

Facebook is good for many things. Stalking ex-boyfriends, staying up to date on which of your old classmates got married or had kids, and generally wasting time.

But while you’re using it to stay in touch with friends, brands and stores are using it to gain even more consumers. Everyone has their own fan page, but lately, people are getting creative with Facebook. Louis Vuitton streamed their runway show live, but in order to see the newest collection, you were forced to become a fan. Hello, hundreds of new followers for LV.

While everyone has come to use and abuse the site for procrastination, it’s a gold mine for a retailer. According to Facebook, if you have 10,000 fans, you’ll reach 1.5 billion people on the site. How’s that for an audience? While many brands like Sephora, Victoria’s Secret, and Forever21 promote sales and coupons on their fan page, 1-800-Flowers has actually begun to sell their products via Facebook.

So how long before the social networking site is an official retail location for stores across the world? And will you shop via Facebook? [WWD]
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