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TARGET WRANGLES WILLIAM RAST: Justin Timberlake’s William Rast line will launch exclusive men’s and women’s collections at most Target stores and target.com on Dec. 19. The collections will be available through Jan. 22. William Rast was introduced by Timberlake and his childhood friend Trace Ayala in 2005. “Our guests have varied tastes and this collection provides the perfect mix of rocker attitude and laid-back appeal for men and women everywhere at affordable prices,” said Target spokeswoman Katie Heinze. Prices for the Target collection were not available, but William Rast jeans cost $165 to $229; leather jackets, $395 to $595, and fashion tops, $95 to $165. “The collection for Target was inspired by the essence of the William Rast brand — the iconography of biker culture and American denim heritage,” said William Rast chief executive officer Colin Dyne.
A TABLE: Donna Karan knows how to throw a good dinner party, and soon she’ll be able to do it with her own designs. Word has it Karan is launching an extensive tabletop collection with American company Lenox. This being Donna, featured colors are expected to include a lot of black and gold. First lines from the collection will be unveiled during the fall tabletop market in mid-October. Lenox also makes collections for Marchesa and Kate Spade.
COCOSA TEAMS WITH SUI: Cocosa, Bauer Media’s private sale Web site that launched in the U.K. in 2008, has some big plans in the pipeline — including a collaboration with Anna Sui. The American designer has created a 14-piece collection specifically for the site, which sells designer labels — such as Alexander McQueen, See by Chloé and Valentino — at discounted prices for a period of up to 72 hours. The new collection will go on sale in September. Cocosa also plans to launch a men’s version of the site for fall, and also has plans for an iPhone app. Kelly Kowal, marketing director and head of editorial at Cocosa, said the site has about 275,000 members and sales tripled in 2010. She added the site would also unveil a new design in August.
AND NOW THE ‘MAD MEN’ NAIL POLISH: Janie Bryant must barely have time to take a breath these days. On top of working on the television show that’s all the rage, a book and a clothing collection for QVC, the “Mad Men” costume designer has partnered with Huntington Beach, Calif.-based nail polish brand Nailtini on four limited edition nail lacquers for fall. Bryant said she was inspired by fabrics used in cocktail dresses during the “Mad Men” era — velvets, satins and lamés — when creating the colors, which are a brown, gold, platinum and iridescent shade called Bourbon Satin, French 75, Deauville and Stinger, respectively. Michelle Toma Olson, founder of Nailtini, is hopeful Bryant will team up with Nailtini on a spring collection as well, but well before then the $14 fall polishes will hit CVS’ Beauty 360 and Duane Reade’s Look stores.
LICK OF THE IRISH: Ireland’s designers are spreading the word — literally. An Post, the Irish postal service, has issued six stamps celebrating contemporary fashion designers who work under their own name and label and have successful Irish and international careers. Designs by Philip Treacy, Orla Kiely, John Rocha, Paul Costelloe, Louise Kennedy and Lainey Keogh are featured on 55 euro cent and 82 euro cent stamps, which were issued earlier this month.
ANNUAL AUSSIE AFFAIR: At the second annual Australians in New York Fashion Foundation fete held at the Crosby Street Hotel on Tuesday evening, Oz land transplants and an adoring coterie of non-Aussies nibbled on Lamingtons (the coconut-dusted lemon sponge cake cafe staple from Down Under) while nursing ginger-spiked Melbourne Sling cocktails. “Australians are so uncouth. This is what I’m talking about,” Sarah Wynter exclaimed as a friend made a beeline toward her across a crowded nook of the candlelit bar, nearly toppling over fellow partygoers along the way. “We get a bit silly when we go to these Aussie events,” said Aussie actress Melissa George. “The accent comes out really strong.”
While the scads of native Australians in attendance reunited, others including Fabiola Beracasa, Francisco Costa and Italo Zucchelli marveled at the lively spectacle. “They come and share the party with everybody,” Zani Gugelmann said of the Aussie way of mingling. “There aren’t any cliques when Australians show up somewhere.”