Target's designer collaboration GO International is turning five, and in celebration of the anniversary, the department chain is launching the GO International Designer Collective - a collection of 34 dresses from 17 designers who previously turned out budget-friendly capsule collections for the brand. The collection includes signature dresses from plenty of our favourites, including Alice Temperley, Luella Bartley, Tara Jarmon, Paul & Joe, Behnaz Sarafpour, Proenza Schouler, Libertine, Erin Fetherston, Jovovich-Hawk, Rogan, Richard Chai, Jonathan Saunders, Thakoon, Tracy Feith, Rodarte, Zac Posen and Tucker.
The range will sell in most Target stores and at Target.com from March 13 to April 10, 2011. Will you be stocking up? We know we will.
I've always been a fan of Thakoon Panichgul and now even more so after his Spring/Summer 2011 show yesterday. Cementing white as the new colour of the season, the designer was a lot more playful with the neutral palette than we've seen so far. Despite the chiffon sleeves and floaty maxi dresses, the Thakoon girl isn't demure at all. If we had his way we'd be baring all come Spring. Dresses mainly came in short styles but even on simple maxi dresses the legs were the focal point as they often came in sheer fabrics, Lady Gaga style.
Again like brands such as Preen the appeal was all in the detail. Dresses came in what looked like subtle floral prints in lilac with eyelets running down the front. Structured jackets added an edge in a collection that was dominated by softer silhouettes. Amongst the neutrals appeared blue snakeskin on a mini dress and on a high waisted skirt and like Alexander Wang, Thakoon also played with silver on sheer maxis and oversized blouses and waistcoats. Whilst aligning himself with the the key themes this season, Thakoon did offer something additional and interesting.
After being promoted from accessories editor to special-events planner in July, Vogue's Sylvana Soto-Ward unsurprisingly has a lot on her plate right now - after all, she is planning Vogue's annual Costume Institute Gala, otherwise known as the Oscars of the East Coast. Whilst we'd imagined that such a fashionable event would take an unprecedented amount of preparation, just like we are, Soto-Ward was "... Shocked the planning started so early, but it does. It takes almost a year," she told The Cut, "You get two months off and then right back at it".
In previous years, sponsors of the event have been Marc Jacobs and Giorgio Armani, however this year, American retailer Gap will be funding the ball. "I think the Gap is perfect for the theme" she says, speaking of the Gala's exhibit, which is devoted to the fashion of American women between 1890 and 1940. "Yes, it's been sort of these high-fashion companies, but particularly in this economy and in this world right now where it's not all about high fashion but its about the mix between high-low, you know?" she continued, "It's certainly something we're trying to portray in the magazine and everything else we do".
Although we often think of the Gap for its accessible line of basics, this year, we'll associate the brand with an event that's decidedly more high-fashion: the highly anticipated annual Met ball. The Gap is sponsoring the gala this year, and is - sort of - outfitting famous guests as a result. Gap designer Patrick Robinson will team up with Alexander Wang, Rodarte, Thakoon and Sophie Theallet to create gowns for Monday night.
M.I.A. and Zoe Kravitz have selected looks by Alexander Wang for Gap, while Kirsten Dunst, not surprisingly, has chosen Rodarte for Gap, as has Jamie Bochert. The brand's collaboration with Thakoon will be seen on Riley Keough and Kerry Washington, and Vera Farmiga and Jessica Alba reportedly will opt for Sophie Theallet. After the gala, the celebs' dresses will be auctioned off, with proceeds going to the Costume Institute.
In other event news, Taylor Swift - like Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel - is rumoured to be a guest of Ralph Lauren, while Michael Kors will take Chanel Iman, Natasha Poly, Carolyn Murphy, Brooke Shields and Diane Lane. Going with Kenneth Cole? Matthew Morrison of 'Glee' fame, plus Stanley Tucci and Emmy Rossum. Check back next week for full details...and first looks of all the great styles.
Whilst we've seen the jumpsuit become a catwalk staple for some seasons now, the key to buying an investment to last Summer through to Winter is to look for a long sleeved, long legged one-piece. Keep it belted to accentuate the figure and buy in neutral colours, sticking to black, petrol blue or nudes and pale greys. Accessorize with shoe boots for day or stilettos for night, and even an oversized pompom if you're feeling brave a la Sonia Rykiel.
The six-figure sums that amount to a fantastic catwalk show at New York Fashion Week can sometimes seem a little extortionate, especially with the recent push on the economy. However the lavish investments made by fashion houses in their seasonal shows might be well worth it, according to the latest findings produced by the Wall Street Journal and NetProspex.
Together, they tracked the number of sales enquires for designers who had shown at NYFW in the days following their shows, and found that on average most designers saw an increase of about five times the normal amount of enquiries. Coming in at most profitable from their runway show was Diane Von Furstenberg, with an astonishing increase of 1150 percent, and though only time will tell to see if sales increase after enquiries from buyers, the vast jump in interest shows a promisingly positive reception.
Thakoon Panichgul's Fall 2010 collection signalled a movement away from his usual romantic and feminine aesthetic to something with a harder edge.
The collection had a thrown-together feel that worked. This season he explored textures, playing with chiffon and light fabrics against heavy wools, feathers, Mongolian lamb gillets and fur ranging from mink to raccoon. The colour palette remained sombre, moving from dark greys to black and beige, with the exception of one bright yellow dress with ruffle detail along the chest and along the hemline.