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 »
Teen Vogue (via Shine) posted a preview of Zac Posen’s Target collection and asked the designer the usual “What was your inspiration?” question. His answer was surprising enough to get the interview picked up on a whole bunch of blogs today:
“Lesbian proms have been such a big thing in the news lately. Rather than create a fake subculture, I wanted to address things that are actually happening.” Not that you need to be gay to wear the tux; it just takes confidence. It’s a kick-ass girl who can wear a tuxedo to prom! Don’t be afraid of drama.”
Huh. Keep reading »
Jean Paul Gaultier‘s collection for Target arrived
today yesterday, but if you didn’t stay up all night, endlessly refreshing Target.com, or make an early morning trip to the store, you probably missed out. That’s because most of the JPG for Target clothes were gone before 9 a.m. on Monday morning.
I thought the point of high-end designers collaborating with mass retailers was to get their name out beyond the world of fashion insiders and to give those of us who can’t afford a real designer clothes a taste of our favorite labels. But design-for-all doesn’t seem to be the goal anymore. When the only people who can get their hands on the clothes are fashion insiders and crazy entrepreneurs who snap up as much as they can and sell the items for more than twice the retail prize, the original purpose is defeated. And I’m not alone in feeling annoyed with the exclusivity of these “democratic” offerings. Keep reading »
When we heard that iconic Brit luxury label Liberty of London was set to bring its prints-mad aesthetic to Target we had to try and keep ourselves from stalking the website in anticipation. Well, imagine the freak-out we had when photos of the fashion and home line started appearing on various websites (OMFG, there’s a bike!). Major giddiness, people. Could these pretty florals be any more perfect? (As if I needed one more reason to wish for springtime weather.) Check out a few product shots and a link to the promo video, after the jump … Keep reading »
In the past, Target has hired big-name fashion designers like Erin Fetherston, Jean Paul Gaultier, Sonia Rykiel, and Proenza Schouler for its famous Go collabs. But yesterday, when the superstore announced their newest Go International designer, more than a few people were left going, “Who?” Fair enough, Tucker by Gaby Basora, isn’t exactly a household name, but when the collection hits stores during the summer, you’ll fall for her precious florals and rompers. Created because she saw a lack in her own wardrobe, Gaby found inspiration in National Geographic magazines, novels and travel mementos, designed one piece for herself, but quickly turned that single item into a line of adorable dresses, coats and lingerie. And if you can’t wait until the summer to add her (cheaper) designs to your wardrobe, never fear. Retailers like Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Net-A-Porter, and Bloomingdale’s all carry her creations. [Fashionista] Keep reading »
Up top there, a belt (a kind of ugly one at that) from the Rodarte Target collection. Down below, a Sonia Kashuk duffle bag, also manufactured by Target. Hmm … those two look pretty gosh-darn similar in terms of material. Remarked the Racked reporter, who posted the pics, the Kashuk bag “in terms of how the material looks and feels, [is] a dead ringer for the Rodarte belt.” BTW, the reporter also mentioned how crappy the fabric is too. So does that mean that Target is recycling leftover stock? Here’s an interesting ethical question: Does that take something away from the design or even point to self-plagiarism? What about two different high-profile designers creating dresses from the same fabric because they shop at the same trimmings store?
What do you think: A mistake on Target/Rodarte’s part or big whoop, who cares? [Racked] Keep reading »