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 »
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 »
Nina Garcia of Project Runway, Elle, and Marie Claire fame has signed on to be Target’s “fashion expert.” The role will mean more videos for Target’s website and StyleBoutique blog, repping new developments for Target brands like Mossimo, and offering tips and tricks for making the most of the store’s budget clothes. This is a definite service for Target consumers, and if Garcia is attempting to be the Anti-Wintour, she’s certainly on her way — can you imagine Anna even touching a Target tee?! [NBC] Keep reading »
I’ve been wanting to buy a pair of TOMS shoes for a while … but not from Target. Browsing the shoe department at Tar-jay this weekend, I noticed a cute pair of navy-and-white striped canvas loafers with a straight cut across the top of the foot. Very nautical, very Connecticut. One problem: they look a hell of a lot like TOMS shoes. As you might know, the majority of TOMS shoes are canvas or linen loafers with a distinctive straight cut.
Coincidence? I’m not sure. But TOMS loafers retail for about $44. Target’s knockoffs only retail for $16.99. Keep reading »
Unlike Michelle Obama, you’ll probably never wear an outfit by Isabel Toledo while watching your husband be inaugurated as president. But Tar-jay looks out for us little people! Isabel Toledo and her husband, Ruben, have designed a swimwear collection which goes on sale at Target.com on August 1. Five percent of the proceeds from the bathing suits/cover-ups will be donated to New York City’s Museo del Barrio, a museum devoted to Latin Americans culture in the city. Anyone who wants to nab an arty bikini can pick them up earlier than the rest of the country at Target’s new store in Harlem, NY starting July 25. Grab the red one-piece for me, please. [Fashionista] Keep reading »
It’s official: Fashion diapers are now a trend. First Huggies came onto the scene with their hipster-fied denim diapers. Now news has just broke that Cynthia Rowley will collaborate with Pampers to design a line of the baby panties, to be sold at Target come mid-July. Her second collab with the mass retailer, this one sounds like high fashion for four-month-olds. According to a company statement, “the pastel designs includes madras, stripes and printed ruffles suited specifically to babies and toddlers.” Cute? Or a sign of an impending designer diaper boom? [Stock Market News] Keep reading »