Target said Monday that Jason Wu will design a limited edition collection for the mass retailer, confirming a front page story in WWD Monday. Jason Wu for Target will be a stand-alone designer collection and will not be part of Go International, Target’s program for partnering with young designers, nor will it be part of Designer Collaborations, a separate program whose participants have included Alexander McQueen, Anna Sui and Jean Paul Gaultier. Jason Wu for Target will be available from Feb. 5 through March 6 at most Target stores and on target.com. The collection will feature women’s apparel, handbags and scarves, with prices ranging from $19.99 to $59.99 for apparel and $19.99 to $49.99 for handbags and scarves. Wu’s collection for Target embodies the designer’s signature aesthetic of feminine sophistication with a mischievous nod to the Sixties. Target Corp.’s senior vice president of apparel and accessories, Trish Adams, called Wu “one of the most influential designers of today. His talent for creating modern, yet feminine designs translated beautifully into an affordable collection…”Wu’s color palette for Target includes navy, red, beige and yellow.Target, which had been dropping hints as to the identity of the next designer collaboration through its TargetStyle account on Twitter, on Monday posted a video on YouTube titled, “Next Designer Collaboration — Spring 2012.” The video, which seems to have been filmed in Wu’s studio, shows the designer sketching a look, and reveals snippets of fabrics that will be used in the collection, such as a bright yellow nubby fabric and a print of snowflakelike flowers on a black background. Items in the video appear to be a black dress with a skinny nude belt and a white woven messenger bag with black trim. Wu is seen sketching a cap-sleeve dress with peaked shoulders and a cinched waist; however, it couldn’t be learned whether than design made it into production.
Exclusive: @dsquared2 signs fragrance licensing agreement with Euroitalia, with the first effort of the new partnership being unveiled in September. The brand will launch two scents – one for men and one for women – in Italy. Read our interview with designer Dean and Dan Caten on WWD.com. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@louisvuitton has officially renewed Nicolas Ghesquière’s contract as artistic director of women's collections. "I am very pleased to open the next chapter of the story I started with Louis Vuitton almost 5 years ago," said Ghesquière, who first signed on to design the French luxury brand's women's line in 2013. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
“I learned then and there that I had to figure out a way in life to maintain and preserve my sense of pride when I felt good about what I did or what I represented or created,” said @saintrecords on how being bullied for wearing capri pants inspired her to be the artist she is today. Knowles was at the 70th Parsons Benefit last night where she outbid the room for a Dapper Dan customized @gucci experience. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
“There’s this amazing braintrust of people who know the whole universe so well. So we talked to them and they gave us more input,” said actor Alden Ehrenreich on playing the young Han Solo in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” The cast was at NYC’s SVA Theatre last night for an advanced screening of the film, which hits theaters this week. #wwdeye #starwars #hansolo (📷: @aurorarosedecrosta)
@asaprocky spent nearly two hours in a Plexiglas box Sunday night at @sothebys putting himself through a series of “tests” to demonstrate the process of completing his new album called “Testing.” Get all the details and see all the pictures on WWD.com. #wwdeye
“I’ve struggled my whole life to find a bathing suit that fits me that doesn’t look like a maternity bra. I’m proud of the line because it’s an accurate representation of me rather than me putting on someone else’s clothes,” says @atlantabean of her swimwear collaboration with @piaarrobio, LPA X ATL. The two decided on a swimwear collab and increased the industry standard size for the pieces. Read more about the line — and our interview with de Cadenet Taylor and Arrobio — on WWD.com #wwdfashion
Exclusive: Cate Blanchett has been named the first global beauty ambassador for @armanibeauty. Blanchett has been the face of the brand’s Sì fragrance franchise since 2013, and is now representing all of the label’s beauty categories including makeup and skin care. #wwdbeauty (📷: @zefashioninsider)