31 posts tagged "Target"
It’s no secret that stylist Kate Young knows her way around a red carpet. In the past, Young’s vintage-leaning, high-glam moments have typically been reserved for bright-faced ingenues and megawatt stars such as Natalie Portman and Michelle Williams. But thanks to Target, that’s no longer the case. This Spring, Young debuts her first capsule collection for the retailer, joining the ranks of Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, and Missoni, each of whom designed hysteria-inducing collections for Target in the past. Young is the first stylist to collaborate with the megashop. “I wanted to bring some of the magic that you see on the red carpet to real women,” Young told Style.com at a preview today. “The main focus was to create something affordable and accessible.”
To wit, Young translated her quintessential gamine chic into a streamlined array of thirty after-eight ensembles. Priced between $29.99 and $89.99, the wares ranged from flirty party frocks and sophisticated separates to evening clutches and costume jewelry. “I am always drawn to the drama of Old Hollywood,” Young said, citing a black-and-white floor-grazing gown as a favorite. Contemporary looks included an Alaïa-inspired dress made of tech jersey, a satin peplum cocktail number, and a tuxedo jumpsuit, which paid homage to Valentino and Saint Laurent. (“I can’t wait to wear it for day with a white button-down beneath,” she revealed.) There were also plenty of Young’s hallmarks: sweet shifts with Peter Pan collars, polka-dot bodysuits, and whimsical blossom prints.
With awards season in full swing, we might even see some of the looks sooner than the store drop date on April 14. “Maybe I’ll put my clients in one of the looks,” Young mused. “It’s not about the money. Wearing a designer collaboration for Target is something everybody does. If the design is good, that’s all that matters.”
In this age of high/low collaborations, being asked to create a collection for Target has become something of a milestone marker in a designer’s career. At long last, Prabal Gurung has reached that point, and, he admits, he’s been dreaming about it for quite a while. “My first-ever designer Target piece I bought was Proenza [Schouler],” the designer tells Style.com. (Gurung created two pieces for the Neiman Marcus + Target Holiday collection, but this is his first full-fledged effort for the retailer.) “I was still in school at the time and I remember telling myself that one day, I hope I get to do this—I remember it so vividly. I have thought about this collaboration for the longest period of time.”
The look of the 80-piece collection of women’s clothes, jewelry, shoes, and bags is right on point with the Prabal brand, full of graphic prints and bold colors. And naturally, he based it all upon love, a theme that seems to be a constant point of inspiration for the New York-based designer. “I was looking at my own personal journey. I started with zero, nothing, and now am doing this collaboration with a major brand like Target,” he says. “I am a product of love and support from the fashion industry, so I thought, ‘How do I make it a story about love?’” In particular, he fantasized over the Prabal woman’s milestones in romance, like the first kiss, the first date, etc. “I imagined this girl and the diary she kept during that time, and then right before she got married, she went back and read it. It is literally her journey—it is kind of where I am in my career today,” says Gurung. In keeping with this romantic theme, the collection hits stores right before Valentine’s Day (February 10). Here, in this Style.com exclusive video, see some of the gorgeous prints and pieces and watch Gurung talk about his latest project.
Fashion loves a fashion film, and there’s one name rolling with the credits more often than not at the moment: Quentin Jones. The 27-year-old filmmaker (pictured) has done shorts for Kenzo, Chanel, and Victoria Beckham, and has just completed her latest for Tibi, making its debut exclusively here on Style.com. “There are so many fashion films it’s easy to get bored really fast,” she tells Style.com. “You need to give people a reason to watch your film.” Spontaneity gives hers their particular kick. “Nothing was planned,” she says of the Tibi short, which was created entirely from moving stills, rather than live-action shots. (She works frequently with animation.) “It was all about having the model pose in position after position, which is kind of robotic and sci-fi feeling.”
There are more fashion videos than ever before, but the genre as a whole is still very new. “There are still more editorials than there are videos and people still love those,” Jones says. “It is a new medium, so people are finding their feet and working out what makes them good. I think that artists realize that if they are a good photographer, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they can make a good movie. There are definitely a couple of people that stand out.” (Among them, in Jones’ opinion: Ruth Hogben and Barnaby Roper.) Her career is still young, but Jones may be well on her way to joining their ranks. Up next, she’s taking her show to the small screen, creating a television commercial for Target and Neiman Marcus’ holiday collection, and after that, a project with Louis Vuitton.