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July 25 2014

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At 50, Right On Target

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Target was toasting its 50 years in business in New York last night, but it was not its history that served as the night’s centerpiece. Instead, the retailer and its party guests focused on Christmas future with last night’s unveiling of the Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday collection lookbook, featuring an impressive roster of 24 CFDA designers including Proenza Schouler, Marc Jacobs, Jason Wu, and Band of Outsiders. “I’m so honored to participate,” said Eddie Borgo at the party on West 22nd Street. “This is such a new, innovative way to connect consumers to brands that may seem otherwise unattainable.” In addition to Borgo’s accent box and letter opener offerings, gifting options from Altuzarra, Brian Atwood, and Rag & Bone inspired partygoers to engage in a debate of the non-presidential variety—favorite for-Target designer.

“Jason Wu, no contest,” declared Harley Viera-Newton from the turntables, kicking off the festivities before Alicia Keys treated attendees to an a cappella performance. DJ Brendan Fallis made an equally strong case for another candidate. “I’m completely partial to the Thom Browne blazer. [Thom] is dressing me for the Apollo benefit; I just can’t get enough of his stuff right now,” he told Style.com. Interior designer and author Nate Berkus (celebrating the same-day release of his home decor book The Things That Matter and whose own 150-piece Target collection launches October 21) vehemently agreed. “Thom wins by a landslide. I’m only 5′ 8″ and love that his clothes actually fit me,” said Berkus.

Starting a whole new debate, actress Naomi Watts (pictured) cast her votes for future collaborators. “I would love to see my friend Stella McCartney, Isabel Marant, or Helmut Lang do a little something.” #Don’tWeAll. Until then, the limited-edition collection from the current lineup of designers for Target + Neiman Marcus will be on offer starting December 1 at all Target and Neiman Marcus stores.

Photo: Neil Rasmus / BFAnyc.com

In the Director’s Chair With Quentin—The Other One

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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.

Photo: Nick Harvey / Getty Images

Happy Holidays, From Target, Neiman Marcus, And The CFDA

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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.

RiRi Goes Back To Reality, And More of Today’s Top Stories

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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]

Photo: Dave J Hogan / Getty Images

The Cat Is Out of the Bag

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If the elbow-to-elbow lines at the Jason Wu for Target party was any indication, the retailer’s latest high-low collaboration, set to hit shelves on February 5, will be tough to keep in stock. Wu and Target took over Skylight Soho last night and converted it into a whimsical Parisian street scene with a Ladurée macaron station, fully stocked café bar, circulating mini croque madames, and, of course, a boutique stocking the affordable designs (think: polka blouses with jaunty ties and pleated skirts for strolling the Seine). While the likes of Blake Lively, Chloë Moretz, and Harley Viera-Newton jostled for the size smalls, Wu circulated in a trim black-on-black suit. “It’s been amazing to come up with a concept and to have it executed like this,” he said, marveling at the sheer scale of the party and collaboration. “I’ve really enjoyed the process,” he added. “I mean, I’ve now filmed my first commercial and there’s the billboards!”

And the cheeky black cat in the campaign? “I’m a cat person; I have two at home,” Wu explained. ”And I like that the black cat is mysterious and a bit naughty.” Nearby, Kate Young stopped to congratulate the young designer, as did Jaime King, who was in town from L.A. for a few days. By 10:30 p.m. the crowd thickened around the stage, where French electropop band Yelle played a set. Judging by the number of editors in the room bopping their heads, with their Wu merchandise in one hand and a cocktail in the other, it felt like a fashion week warm-up.

Photo: David X Prutting / BFAnyc.com