34 posts tagged "Target"
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.
Target is upping the designer collaboration ante with its latest project. As reported last week, the retailer has partnered with Neiman Marcus and 24 CFDA designers on a 50-piece limited-edition holiday collection, due out December 1 at both Target and Neiman Marcus stores. That means you can stuff the stockings this year with presents from Proenza, Rag & Bone, Jason Wu, Marc Jacobs, and Tory Burch (prices start at $8 and go up to $500, but the majority of the pieces are under $60), and you won’t break the bank doing it. Here, the designers talk about the project as it all came together in this Style.com exclusive video.
Rihanna’s caught the reality show bug. The pop singer’s rumored show (reported earlier this year), a U.K.-based style competition called Styled to Rock, is slated to air on Sky Living for ten weeks. The show will follow the singer (pictured) as she coaches 12 young British designers, with guest appearances from stylist Lysa Cooper, Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts, and designer Henry Holland. [Rolling Stone]
Galeries Lafayette has expanded its annual “Windows on Art” project to other cities for the first time. The curated selection of museum works, which includes pieces from the Centre Pompidou, Le Bal, and the Galliera Museum (currently home to the Cristobal Balenciaga exhibition), will be on display at the Paris flagship, as well as stores in Marseille, Nantes, and Strasbourg, through August 4. [WWD]
ESPN Magazine took its “Body” issue pretty literally. In honor of the 2012 Olympic Games, the magazine celebrates “athletic perfection.” And what better way to do so than to have 27 world-class athletes pose nude? Included in the group, all of whom stripped down to their birthday suits for the occasion, is basketball player Tyson Chandler and surfer Maria Gabeira. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Neiman Marcus and Target have joined forces. The two stores have announced plans for a partnership this Christmas, for which they gathered 24 CFDA designers to create a limited-edition holiday collection. The capsule will be sold starting December 1 at all Target and Neiman Marcus stores, as well as online. The line, with prices ranging from $7.99 to $499.99, will include pieces from Carolina Herrera, Derek Lam, Jason Wu, Marc Jacobs, and more. [WWD]
Condé Nast college? That’s the latest venture for the publishing house, which just announced that the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design will be located on Soho’s Greek Street (walking distance from the Condé headquarters in London). The school is set to open in January 2013 with a ten-week Vogue Fashion Certificate as the first degree on offer to students who wish to enroll. [Telegraph]