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April 18 2014

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Jason Wu, Right On Target

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Following in the footsteps of the Missoni for Target collection is a daunting task, but if there’s any designer up to the challenge, it’s Jason Wu. Next month, he debuts his 53-piece “gamine chic” collection for the retailer, a very tightly edited collection (and one not part of Target’s new designer program it is unveiling this week) by comparison to Missoni’s, which had upward of 400 items. “I felt it was much more me to go capsule and intricate,” Wu tells Style.com. “To go after something as big and successful as Missoni, I knew I had to come up with a different way to work with Target.”

His collection is smaller in size, but the hype surrounding it could rival that of the Italian knitwear’s collaboration. Fashion blogs the world over have been frantically publishing and republishing the few images of the pieces that have surfaced to date; above and below, Style.com exclusively debuts a few of our favorite looks from the full collection. (As for Wu’s own picks from the range, which was inspired by French New Wave films and the likes of Jean Seberg and Anna Karina, he called out the chiffon blouses, lace-print T-shirts, and the hand-drawn bicycle wheel prints as a few of his personal favorites.)

“They all have this idea of handmade behind them that reflects my sensibility and craftsmanship as a designer,” he says of the intricate details he made sure to include, like the lace trim and bows. There’s also a reappearing cat theme throughout. “You can call me a cat person; it’s fine,” Wu, who has two cats, admits. “We did a whole narrative through the cats in a very fifties style to reflect the fun and sophistication in the collection.”

He has managed to translate the same sophistication of his namesake runway collection into his Target line by “not replicating more expensive materials.” Instead of using faux leather for the handbags, for example, he used raffia or canvas. “The focus isn’t just getting Jason Wu at a lower price point,” he says. “It was about creating an entirely new collection that I think my regular customers will enjoy, too.” Before that hits the racks at Target, Wu is already hard at work on his Fall line, launching a fragrance with Nest this week, and receiving the YMA Future of Fashion Award at the end of this month. “I am really humbled by it,” he says. “The future of fashion is really about nurturing the students, and not that long ago, I was a student.”

Jason Wu for Target, $19 to $60, launches in stores February 5.

Photo: Courtesy of Target

Rodarte Gets Breathless

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It might be one of the most grating sounds ever caught on film: The young Jean Seberg bellowing “New York Herald Tribune!” on the streets of Paris in Jean-Luc Godard’s 1960 Nouvelle Vague masterpiece Breathless. But it might be one of film’s most indelible images, too: the gorgeous Seberg, with her shock of close-cropped blond hair, selling papers in her New York Herald Tribune sweater (left). For style-watchers, the sweater (almost as much as the star, and certainly more than whatever was in the Tribune) was the news.

So when the 50th anniversary of Breathless rolled around, accompanied by a gorgeously restored print, Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte chose the design to reimagine for themselves. “The New York Herald Tribune top is iconic to the film; it is pivotal in creating the idea of the innocent American in Paris that Godard eventually rejects,” Kate explains. “And Jean Seberg is perfect in the film in that she represented, at the time, a sort of rejection of the accepted idea of beauty. She is one of the many subversions of the status quo that appear in the film.”

To accompany the re-release, the sisters tried their hand at redesigning a host of Breathless merch. Four shirt styles are available: Their spin on the New York Herald Tribune design (bottom); a totally original design inspired by the film; and two shirts printed with the new posters they worked up with illustrator Patrick Li, with French and U.S. flags. (See the posters, below.) The collaborative items are on display now in the windows of Barneys’ Madison Avenue flagship; come June 8, the tees and signed posters will be sold there exclusively in the U.S. (They’ll be in Dover Street Market in London and Colette in Paris, too.) Continue Reading “Rodarte Gets Breathless” »

B Is For Cookie, Jason Wu Channels Jean And Jett, And More…

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Band of Outsiders’ Web site has always been home to a few blogs—from one documenting the brand’s collaboration with Lego to ones keeping fans posted on ad campaigns and label goings-on—but the latest may be our favorite yet: It’s dedicated to the love of cookies. Why? “If you don’t like cookies, you might not have a soul,” reads the header. We can’t disagree, especially not when there are shots posted of handsome gentlemen like the one at left, duded out in a Band bowtie and snacking on a Band/Momofuku Milk Bar cookie. [Cookies.bandofoutsiders.com]

Jason Wu’s first sunglasses, made in collaboration with Modo, hit stores this month. The five initial styles include looks inspired by Nouvelle Vague gamine Jean Seberg, aviator Amelia Earhart, and Joan Jett. Sounds like Jason’s been keeping a close watch on the trends and flicks of the moment, huh? [FWD]

Narciso Rodriguez is opening a new store, but we’re guessing the rent is pretty affordable—this one is on eBay. The designer has created a lower-priced, eight-piece capsule collection, including dresses, tops, coats, and one denim suit. As eBay might say: Buy It Now! [WWD]

Pour a little out for the Weinstein Bros.: Disney announced the closure of Miramax, the studio they founded, today. The brothers themselves had since moved on, but over the years, Miramax produced such stylish films as Prêt-à-Porter, 54, Velvet Goldmine, and The Talented Mr. Ripley. [EW]

Juicy Couture creative directors Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor are stepping down from their roles to become creative consultants to the Liz Claiborne-owned line. But who will design the velour sweatpants now? [Fashionista]