Target Corp.'s flexible-format stores are on a tear, and New York City is a recipient of a lot of the love.The retailer on Wednesday said it will open a 21,000-square-foot unit on 29th Street and Second Avenue in Manhattan's Kips Bay neighborhood. Target is on its way to operating eight of the smaller stores in Manhattan, including existing units in TriBeCa and Herald Square, locations in the East Village and Lower East Side, bowing this summer, and Hell’s Kitchen, the Upper East Side and Kips Bay in 2019. Target isn't discriminating against the outer boroughs. Flexible-format units will bow in 2019 in Jackson Heights and Astoria, Queens; Midwood, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. Some of the biggest examples of the concept with 37,000 to 47,000 square feet of space, will be located in the boroughs, where the retailer planted its flag in areas such as Forest Hills, Queens and Bensonhurst in Brooklyn during an earlier round of development.
Target is on track to operate 130 small-format stores by the end of 2019 that offer elevated shopping experiences and assortments tailored to the needs and preferences of the community. Flexible-format units have become one of Target's main growth vehicles, eclipsing the expansion of full-line stores.New initiatives designed to enhance the in-store and digital beauty shopping experiences were also revealed on Wednesday, and Target said it has lowered the delivery fee for next-day household essential delivery service Restock, which recently rolled out nationally.Now being tested at 10 stores, with a rollout to more units slated for later this year, Target Beauty Studio lets customers virtually try on makeup using augmented reality via digital screens in the select beauty departments and online, desktop and mobile. Target's AR solution uses real-time facial mapping technology. Customers can upload a photo of themselves or choose a model with similar skin tone and features as a canvas on which to play and experiment with makeup and try products — without the mess. With beauty concierges helping consumers at beauty departments at Target stores, the retailer wanted to offer a similar benefit over to the Internet. Wednesday it revealed it will launch Beauty Chat text-to-get beauty advice services and target.com beauty chat. Shoppers browsing target.com cosmetics or skin-care pages will see a chat icon pop up when the service is available. Clicking on the icon and typing a question prompts a beauty concierge to provide an answer in real-time. The "soon-to-launch" text-to-get beauty advice service, which is enabled by texting “BeautyChat” to “Target," will be another way to get advice.
Exclusive: @longchamp is planning to stage its first official runway show at New York Fashion Week this fall. The French leather goods firm has expanded into ready-to-wear as part of its repositioning as a lifestyle brand. The show, scheduled for September 8, will also cap the brand’s 70th anniversary celebration. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex undertook their first overseas engagement as a married couple in Dublin. The trip included multiple events and outfits changes, including this black dress by @emiliawickstead that Meghan Markle wore for a party at the British Ambassador’s home. #wwdfashion #royals
At 20 years old – and with an estimated net worth of $900 million - @kyliejenner is the youngest person to ever make @forbes’ annual list of America’s Richest #SelfMadeWomen. “It’s incredible to be recognized for something I’m so passionate about, and I’m really grateful for that. I’ve always loved makeup and worked really hard to bring the first lip kit to the market,” said Jenner on founding @kyliecosmetics. See who else is on the list on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty (📷: @rainerhosch)
“The collection is inspired by Tulum and the Mayan Riviera – its laid-back luxury, life of cabanas, untouched coastline, natural habitats, exotic cocktails and jungle parties with renowned DJs,” said Matteo Maniatty, creative director and cofounder of @descendantofthieves, on the brand’s inspiration for its latest collection. See more designer sketches and inspirations on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #nyfwmens #nyfw
@riccardotisci17 is releasing a limited-edition capsule collection as part of his anticipated runway debut for @burberry in September. Delivered in a series of instant drops, this is the second Burberry capsule collection announced since Friday, when Tisci broke the news on his collaboration with @viviennewestwood. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #wwdnews
“It’s like a Cinderella story. You get a little fake, you get a little real, you put it together and voilà,” said legendary rapper Slick Rick, who helped pioneer the merge of luxury and streetwear. WWD’s @ariahughes spoke to @therulernyc about his jewelry collection, his collaboration with @bally and how the industry has evolved – link in bio. (📷: @kristaschlueter)
@ragandbone and @eminem are teaming up on a special capsule collection of streetwear pieces. Sold at a one-day pop-up in London’s Soho on Friday, the collection features three different T-shirt designs and a hoodie. The capsule is set to kick off the rest of Eminem’s shows in his European Revival Tour, which ends on Sunday. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdfashion