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Justin Timberlake’s William Rast Teams With Target

Having perused the men’s section at Target a few times, I’ve come to the conclusion that male shoppers of the retailer like their clothes boring and tame. Khakis, striped polos, and cargo pants abound. The section is nothing like the women’s department, where Target has figured out how to cater to the soccer moms and cheerleaders, while also offering avant garde designer wear for the style geek on a budget. Target’s collaboration with Justin Timberlake‘s William Rast will take the men’s department and women’s to the next level, though. William Rast, which Justin founded with his friend Trace Ayala, is known for its biker-influenced clothes and jeans. The label offers a rock star edge that also has that laid-back L.A. vibe, so it will be interesting how this attitude translates for the Target customer. At least on Dec. 19, when the collaboration collection premieres, Target will have more than a graphic T-shirt to offer to their fashion forward male customers. And I might finally be able to get a William Rast leather jacket, which normally retails for almost $400. [WWD] Keep reading »

First Look: Target X Harlem

Just when you thought the designs from Target’s designer collaborations were becoming both boring and too outrageous, Target teams up with Isabel and Ruben Toledo and Stephen Burrows for the collection Target X Harlem. The mega-retailer seems to have been influenced by the neighborhood of one of its newest stores, which is set to open July 25 on 116th Street in Harlem. Besides the super saturated and bright colors, which I’m guessing are a nod to the diverse ethnicities of Harlem, I don’t see much of the neighborhood’s flavor. However, I do love quite a few of the pieces, especially the swimsuit ($34.99) and towel ($24.99) by Isabel and Ruben Toledo and the sexy summertime dress ($34.99) by Stephen Burrows above. The collection hits the Harlem Target first on July 25 and the Target website and select stores on Aug. 1. So you have just enough time to get your money’s worth between then and Labor Day. [Nylon] Keep reading »

Threadless And Dell Team Up To Make Crazy Cool Computers

Threadless, the Chicago-based brand that’s gained a cult following for their crowd-sourced graphic tees, is teaming up with Dell computers to produce a line of laptops featuring Threadless designs. The company has more than 80,000 designs in their archives with new ones submitted by the dozens daily. The initial run will feature 11 different design options, but the choices will be updated based on user votes two to four times a year. Sorry, HP and Vivienne Tam, but Threadless has your fancy netbooks beat. [Lookbooks] Keep reading »

Check Out Nike’s N98 Muse Collection

Nike has paired up with six young, new London designers, asking them to tear apart the classic N98 jacket and remodel it with specific athletes in mind. Designers like Katie Eary took athlete muses like sprinter Martyn Rooney and customized the jackets to emulate their style. Eary’s concoction was a classic N98 shape with an intense snake print superimposed over it. We like, but it’s also just a touch terrifying on Rooney, who could easily break us with two fingers. Other options were a bit less intense, like Felder Felder’s pretty/cool ruched jacket for sprinter Ashlee Nelson (left). Check out the rest of the collection, which will be on display in London at the end of July, here. [Vogue UK] Keep reading »

Joss Stone Should Stick To Singing

Joss Stone is good at a lot of things, like singing and getting tattoos. Wanna know what she’s not so good at? Designing shoes. As evidence to support this claim, we present early images of Stone’s shoe collaboration with Nine West. Part of the brand’s American Vintage Collection, the kicks are allegedly inspired by the American countryside with, according to Joss, a little help from her own tattoos (look closely and you can sort of make out the “tattoos” on the shoes themselves). Perhaps these shoes really are American Vintage-looking and we just don’t get it, but we can’t help but feel they’re less suited for use by humans and more appropriate for a rather skanky yeti. Because, really, in what other world do thigh-high, faux-shearling boots with braided rope and tattoo detailing make sense? [The Cut] Keep reading »

Eley Kishimoto For Anthropologie Looks Like Maternity Wear

We love an Anthropologie designer collaboration as much as the next girl, but the newly released Eley Kishimoto collection is a dud. Cheaper fabrics don’t seem to do justice to Eley Kishimoto’s usually cute prints and shapes, and all the clothes veer pretty intensely towards maternity wear. The line is available in the U.K. and a handful of U.S. outposts right now. That said, you’re not missing much. Click through for a look at the lackluster options. [Fashionista] Keep reading »

Kim Kardashian Adds “Jewelry Designer” To Her Resume

Apparently, Bebe loves Kim Kardashian so much, they’ve asked her to return to their design team. This time, instead of creating tight outfits and dresses with hoods, she’s entering the world of accessories. Kim’s collaborating with jeweler Pascal Mouawad on costume jewelry, including a capsule collection for Bebe, meaning that her line will actually have a bit of legit designer influence (he’s worked on jewelry collections with Heidi Klum, Nicole Richie, Erin Wasson, and others). Kim and Pascal’s designs fall into three different styles: 1930s-inspired Lucite and gunmetal, 1960s-inspired geometric resin and enamel, and Moroccan-inspired designs. Though the first two categories sound classy and ideal for cheap costume jewelry, we’re slightly concerned about the Moroccan selections. As Kim describes it, the jewelry is perfect for dressier holiday outfits and rumors say the line includes belly chains — I guess her Christmas dinner with grandma is a bit different than ours. Kim’s jewelry designs for Bebe will retail for $25 to $250, hitting stores toward the end of this year. But she’s not done yet! Kim’s said she aspires to bring her makeup experience to the beauty world, so watch out for eyeliners and lip glosses from the reality star. [WWD] Keep reading »

I Survived The Cynthia Vincent For Target Debut

I’m not really one to wait in line for hours in the hopes of spending money on so-and-so’s designer collaboration. One, I don’t really enjoy owning something that thousands of other women own too. Two, why should I wait in line to spend my money? Three, the construction of most designer/retail chain items is really shoddy. But the minute I laid my eyes on the Cynthia Vincent for Target gladiator wedges, I knew they would be mine. Oh yes, I just had to have them! Keep reading »

Prada Now Has Its Own Alphabet

We all knew the day was coming when Miuccia Prada would try to corner more than just the designer handbag market. Now, it seems, she’s going after the written word. THE PRADALPHABET, a collaboration between Prada and M/M Paris, has arrived to kick the Times New Roman font’s butt. It will be released in May in a limited-edition series of T-shirts made to order and printed on demand. There’s also a cloth-covered custom box with a 64-page book option, if you want to spend mad money on pretty pictures of letters. [Style.com] Keep reading »

J.Crew’s Jenna Lyons On Why It’s OK To Miss Out On Designer Collabs

We’ve been a little bummed that we’re not obsessive enough to stay up all night in order to score pieces from Target’s recent designer collaborations, but J.Crew creative director Jenna Lyons puts things in perspective. In an interview with Style.com, Jenna shared how she feels about designers doing “affordable” lines for mass retailers:

“What I appreciate about it is someone like Rodarte or Proenza Schouler maybe gets more mindshare from people who might not have known who they are. But I think it’s a little flash-in-the-pan, and the quality, a lot of times, is really not great. That, to me, is for the young little fashion girl who’s obsessed with Proenza and Rodarte and who can’t afford it. For someone who just wants to look good on a day-to-day basis, it’s not a strategy for how to dress.”

She makes a good point. Instead of racing to pick up pieces when Target, H&M, and other retailers join forces with high-end designers, we should focus on building a wardrobe without regard for whose name is on the tag. From now on, when the dress we’d been hoping to score sells out before we can snag one, we’ll just tell ourselves we aren’t looking for “flash in the pan” clothes. We want to develop our own style by purchasing quality items we love, rather than trying to pick up something that’s hot today but might not make it through one laundry cycle. [Style.com] Keep reading »

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