Target bringing back designer collections to celebrate 20th anniversary

Target is bringing back 20 designer collections, including its collaborations with Zac Posen and Missoni, to celebrate two decades of fashion partnerships.Executives at the U.S. retailer announced on Thursday that they are gearing up to launch the Anni…

Target is bringing back 20 designer collections, including its collaborations with Zac Posen and Missoni, to celebrate two decades of fashion partnerships.

Executives at the U.S. retailer announced on Thursday that they are gearing up to launch the Anniversary Collection, which will feature 300 products across clothing, accessories, home decor, and kitchen items. The line will drop on 14 September, with prices ranging from $7 to $160 (£6 – £130).

Previously, shoppers have queued for hours, and crashed Target’s website, in an effort to get their hands on items designed by the likes of Rodarte, Jason Wu, Proenza Schouler, Anna Sui, Altuzarra, Phillip Lim, and Lilly Pulitzer.

However, shoppers are restricted this time round to five items per size and colour from the collection, both in-store and online.

And Mark Tritton, chief merchandising officer at the U.S. retailer, teased more collaborations in the future.

“This anniversary celebrates our rich design history and the diverse range of partnerships we’ve offered our guests for the last 20 years,” he said in a statement. “Each partnership brought something special and exciting to our guests, and with 20 years behind us, we’re only getting started. We look forward to bringing our guests more incredible, inspiring and affordable design, creating preference for Target each and every day.”

The designers are a huge favourite with famous faces, and recently, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wore a Jason Wu Collection dress to the London premiere of The Lion King reboot, while Katharine McPhee sported three custom Zac Posen dresses for her wedding to David Foster in London back in June.

Target has also teamed up with editors at publishing house Rizzoli to release Target: 20 Years of Design for All: How Target Revolutionized Accessible Design, a book which will highlight each designer collection over the years.

Additionally, bosses will release a documentary that will take a look behind the scenes at Target’s innovative approach to affordable design in September.

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Katharine McPhee shares first look at Zac Posen wedding dress

Katharine McPhee has finally shared the first look at her bespoke Zac Posen wedding dress.The Smash actress wed music producer David Foster in a chic ceremony in London last Friday, and finally gave her fans and followers on Instagram a full-length vie…

Katharine McPhee has finally shared the first look at her bespoke Zac Posen wedding dress.

The Smash actress wed music producer David Foster in a chic ceremony in London last Friday, and finally gave her fans and followers on Instagram a full-length view of her stunning dress on Wednesday.

“The most perfect day with the most perfect husband,” McPhee wrote alongside a series of snaps that documented the nuptials.

In one image, the newlyweds are sitting closely together on a couch, while another shot captures the couple as they make their way down a staircase at their wedding reception, with the Broadway star debuting another Posen-designed dress.

The 35-year-old changed from her white dress with sweetheart neckline into an elegant, off-the-shoulder white gown with a delicate pattern from the New York-based designer’s pre-fall 2018 collection.

“I really trusted Zac Posen to make my wedding dress,” she told Vogue Weddings. “I knew he would bring my dream to fruition. I had sent him some reference images of Princess Grace (of Monaco). I loved her classic beauty and elegant simplicity. The wedding dress turned out to be more than I could’ve ever imagined.”

For cutting the cake and hitting the dance floor, McPhee opted for a blue duchess satin tea-length Zac Posen cocktail dress, that was based on one of his gowns from his spring 2013 collection.

Posen also shared a full-length shot of the Broadway star wearing his creation and wrote on Instagram: “The gorgeous bride @katharinemcphee in a one of a kind #zacposen right before her wedding! #madeinnyc #madewithlove”.

He later shared a sweet slow-motion clip of the former American Idol star spinning round in her breathtaking dress.

David also uploaded a snap from his wedding day on his Instagram Stories, and simply shared one stunning image of him and his new wife posing together shortly after they exchanged vows at the Church of Saint Yeghiche in South Kensington.

“A magical day 6.28.19,” the 69-year-old wrote above the sweet shot.

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Zac Posen teases unveiling of Katharine McPhee’s ‘pure magic’ wedding dress

Zac Posen has teased the full unveiling of Katharine McPhee’s “pure magic” wedding dress.The actress/singer wed music producer David Foster at the Church of Saint Yeghiche in South Kensington, London on Friday, and the 35-year-old walked down the aisle…

Zac Posen has teased the full unveiling of Katharine McPhee’s “pure magic” wedding dress.

The actress/singer wed music producer David Foster at the Church of Saint Yeghiche in South Kensington, London on Friday, and the 35-year-old walked down the aisle in a custom dress by the New York-based designer.

After exchanging vows, McPhee posted a snap to her Instagram Stories of herself riding in the car with her mother on her way to the ceremony and gave fans a sneak peek at the creation.

The white gown featured layers of tulle that gathered together at the front to create a sweetheart neckline, with the bride wearing a matching white veil and her hair scraped back into a chic updo.

“Yesterday was absolute pure magic. A big congratulations to the stunning bride @katharinemcphee and debonair groom @davidfoster,” Posen began his post on Instagram, alongside a picture of him helping the Smash star out of her wedding car with netting to disguise her face.

“A few takeaways from yesterday: firstly magic takes lots of planning and trust, thank you to the talented stylist @jordiefos (Jordan Foster) and the #zacposen #atelier!! Secondly, nothing like the #London paparazzi, wow are they are quick and crafty (we literally had the bride outside and covered for less than 3 seconds),” the 38-year-old continued, before teasing: “And third and lastly, for the full real photos etc of #KatharineMcPhee and her gowns you will all have to be patient, good things are worth waiting for.”

McPhee was spotted leaving her wedding reception with groom David, 69, later on Friday while wearing a short blue strapless gown, which is believed to have also been designed by Posen.

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Zac Posen and Anna Sui to design costumes for New York City Ballet

Zac Posen and Anna Sui will design costumes for the New York City Ballet (NYCB)’s annual Fall Fashion Gala. The prestigious dance company will reprise its annual Fall Fashion Gala on 26 September (19), and has invited fashion designers to create costu…

Zac Posen and Anna Sui will design costumes for the New York City Ballet (NYCB)’s annual Fall Fashion Gala.

The prestigious dance company will reprise its annual Fall Fashion Gala on 26 September (19), and has invited fashion designers to create costumes for new works that will premiere that evening.

The event has been annually conceptualised by Sarah Jessica Parker since it began in 2012, and the Sex and the City star acts as a matchmaker between choreographers and designers. City Ballet’s costume director Marc Happel then facilitates the designers’ visions, and adapts their ideas to suit the ballet dancer and the scale of the performance on stage.

Posen has been paired with NYCB’s principal dancer and choreographer Lauren Lovette, and her yet-to-be-titled ballet will accompany Tan Dun’s score, Fire Ritual, composed for solo violin and orchestra.

Sui will team with Edwaard Liang, artistic director for the BalletMet and a former dancer with NYCB as well as the Nederlands Dans Theater. The work will be set to a new composition for solo violin and orchestra, devised by Oliver Davis.

“For many years, I’ve been pushing for a New York-centric Fall Fashion Gala. This year with Anna and Zac, I think it’s a really nice moment for New York designers,” Happel said to WWD. “What I’ve really learned over the years is how to talk to fashion designers in a way that helps them understand our world and how they can bring their designs into it, in a way that works for the ballet but still has their unique fingerprint.”

Jonathan Stafford, the new Ballet Master in Chief, said he intends to keep the “highly successful” annual gala going as it brings excitement into the theatre.

In the last seven years, the gala has seen collaborations with designers including Valentino, Thom Browne, Virgil Abloh, and Dries van Noten.

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Designers and models slam Alabama’s controversial anti-abortion law

Top fashion designers and models are among those slamming Alabama’s new anti-abortion law.Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed into law the controversial bill on Wednesday evening, after senators from the U.S. State passed the bill late the previous day, w…

Top fashion designers and models are among those slamming Alabama’s new anti-abortion law.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed into law the controversial bill on Wednesday evening, after senators from the U.S. State passed the bill late the previous day, with the law only allowing for terminations of ectopic pregnancy, if the unborn child has a “lethal anomaly” or to “avoid a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother”.

Under the legislation, doctors who perform abortions may face life in prison, and while Democrats attempted to re-introduce an amendment to exempt rape and incest victims, they were unsuccessful – with a number of members of the fashion community now speaking out over the divisive law.

Taking to Instagram, Zac Posen uploaded a picture of a poster with the words, “Abortion is a personal decision, not a legal debate,” and in the caption wrote, “Deeply shocked and disappointed by Alabama criminalising abortion. I know from my mother what it was like for women before Roe v. Wade. Women’s rights are human rights. Let’s move forward, not backwards.”

In her statement, Ivey commented that she was aware the new law may be unenforceable due to the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v Wade decision in 1973 which legalised abortion in all 50 states, but insisted that the new regulation was passed with the aim of challenging that law.

Elsewhere, luxury footwear designer Brian Atwood shared vintage images of women fighting for the right to have abortions and added, “Total BS!!! Alabama wake the f**k up! We will not stand for this!!!! Men will not govern a woman’s body!!!!”

While model Bella Hadid reposted a comment on the issue penned by artist Petra Collins, and Hailey Bieber shared a Twitter user’s post on her Instagram Stories in which they pointed out that the 22 Alabama senators who voted for the bill were all male.

Other A-listers including Lady Gaga, Alyssa Milano, Sarah Silverman, Ava DuVernay, Chris Evans, and Padma Lakshmi have all spoken out over the law too.

The bill will not take effect for six months after becoming law.

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Victoria Beckham straightens hair before she deboards a flight

Victoria Beckham’s secret to looking flawless when she steps off a flight is to travel with a pair of straighteners.The fashion designer never looks anything but perfect and has been known to exit an airplane in sky-high heels and smart tailored looks….

Victoria Beckham’s secret to looking flawless when she steps off a flight is to travel with a pair of straighteners.

The fashion designer never looks anything but perfect and has been known to exit an airplane in sky-high heels and smart tailored looks.

She’s now shared with her 25.1 million Instagram followers that as well as slipping into something less comfortable when she lands, she also goes over her hair.

“So I’ve been looking for the perfect hair straighteners that you can use on board that you don’t need to plug in, that get nice and hot so before I get off a flight I can straighten the little bits of my hair,” she said in her Instagram Stories. “And most of them don’t get so hot but I’ve found these Balmain hair straighteners that come in this really nice little bag which I think is going to be a life changer. No more frizzy hair when I get off the plane.”

The mini Balmain Universal Cordless Straightener carries a price tag of $258.89 (£199.95).

Victoria’s other in-flight must-haves include Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Cleanser and Vilhelm Parfumerie’s travel-sized fragrance.

She’ll be packing all of her travel essentials later this year when she flies to Toronto for the fifth series of Suzanne Rogers Presents events, where she’ll be the special guest in November.

Diane von Furstenberg, Oscar de la Renta, Marchesa and Zac Posen have all previously spoken at the charity fundraising series, which started in 2010.

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Zac Posen shares new photo of Princess Eugenie in her second wedding dress

Zac Posen sent Britain’s Princess Eugenie a late birthday message, shedding light on the friendship they formed after he designed her second wedding dress.Eugenie, who turned 29 on Saturday (23Mar19), married Jack Brooksbank in October at St George’s C…

Zac Posen sent Britain’s Princess Eugenie a late birthday message, shedding light on the friendship they formed after he designed her second wedding dress.

Eugenie, who turned 29 on Saturday (23Mar19), married Jack Brooksbank in October at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle – the same venue in which her first cousin Prince Harry wed Meghan, Duchess of Sussex five months earlier.

For her nuptials, Eugenie donned an elegant white off-the-shoulder gown from Peter Pilotto, before changing into a blush-pink design by Zac and his team.

“Every now and then you meet somebody who just knocks your socks off,” Zac began his Instagram post, next to an unseen photo of the pair together on her big day. “This last year I got to know a young lady who possessed natural elegance, a heart of gold and sophisticated humor. My studio and I had the honour (and the best time) collaborating with her on her special gown. Best of all she is dedicated to using her privilege to help our world and its people with her project @the_anti_slavery_collective. Happy Birthday! @princesseugenie.”

In an official post from Eugenie’s father The Duke of York’s Instagram account the day after the wedding, it was revealed Zac was inspired by the beauty of Windsor and the surrounding countryside when creating the stunning gown.

“The White Rose of York is subtly embroidered on both the shoulder and back which hold together the cape,” the photo caption also read.

Eugenie accessorised the draped plisse silk dress with diamond and emerald drop earrings, which were a wedding gift from her new husband, and a hair slide that belonged to her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

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Maya Hawke lands Zac Posen fashion job

Zac Posen has tapped rising star Maya Hawke to star in his spring 19 lookbook.Budding actress Maya, the 20-year-old daughter of Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, made her acting debut in 2017 mini-series Little Women, and will also appear in series three of…

Zac Posen has tapped rising star Maya Hawke to star in his spring 19 lookbook.

Budding actress Maya, the 20-year-old daughter of Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, made her acting debut in 2017 mini-series Little Women, and will also appear in series three of Stranger Things, which hits Netflix in 2019.

For her new fashion gig, Maya was shot by Gia Coppola and posed fully clothed in a swimming pool.

“I love Zac’s clothing because the dresses don’t aspire to be ‘cool’ and they don’t try to overshadow or manufacture the personality of the women who wear them,” the brunette star told Vogue Runway. “They aspire to be beautiful and to highlight and frame one’s natural graces. There is something romantic and nostalgic about the shapes he chooses. The dresses are era-less yet original.”

Zac, who took his new muse to her first CFDA Awards and her first Vanity Fair Oscars party, has swapped runway shows for film and images over the past few seasons.

Explaining why he is shunning the catwalk at the moment, the designer said his current focus is creating projects that feel personal, and “capturing something that has atmosphere”.

“These images feel like something lasting versus having a runway,” he explained. “I love runway shows, but I could potentially put these in a book in the future.”

Palo Alto director Gia, who got her first big break when Zac hired her to make the video promo for his Target collection in 2010, also praised Maya for her charisma.

“She’s a natural born star,” she smiled. “She tapped into exactly what I was looking for without having to express it. She delivered so much – I really attribute the photos to how much she brought to the table. I’m really excited for her.”

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Fashion world pays tribute to music icon Aretha Franklin

Fashion industry leaders have paid their respects to the late Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.The singing legend passed away on Thursday (16Aug18) at the age of 76 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. As well as stars from the world of music and…

Fashion industry leaders have paid their respects to the late Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

The singing legend passed away on Thursday (16Aug18) at the age of 76 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

As well as stars from the world of music and film paying their respects, the fashion industry is also morning the loss of the Think hitmaker, who was as well known for her opulent outfits as her powerful voice.

“RESPECT !!! REST IN PEACE AND POWER OUR TRUE QUEEN. IT WAS AN HONOUR TO HAVE MET YOU AND WORKED WITH YOU #QUEENOFSOUL #ROYALTY #BLACKEXCELLENCEATITSBEST #LEGEND WHEN WORDS ARE SLIENT MUSIC SPEAKS (sic),” Naomi Campbell posted on Instagram next to a black and white picture of a young Aretha.

Naomi starred in the video for Aretha’s 1991 version of Sly and the Family Stone’s Everyday People.

British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful told his followers he was heartbroken, while Marc Jacobs shared a recent photo of him and the soul singer with the caption: “Saying a great big prayer for you dear Aretha. #respect #queenofsoul #friend.”

Zac Posen also added a message next to an old portrait of Aretha.

“Loss of the legend. A continuous source of inspiration and strength. Sending my love and Condolences to all her loved ones and family. #ArethaFranklin #RIP,” he wrote.

Christian Siriano called the Chain of Fools singer, who won 20 Grammys, including three special accolades, over her career, a “true legend”, a sentiment Stella McCartney echoed in her own post.

And Tyra Banks eloquently expressed her sadness to her 5.8 million Instagram followers when she wrote: “Aretha the Queen. Legendary talent. Aretha Franklin epitomised that fierce black woman soul with just enough touch of pain in her vibrato, to make every human bow down to those precious vocals that only she could produce. May the heavens above shout with eternal pride, R-E-S-P-E-C-T!”

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Christina Hendricks tired of criticism over bold outfit choices

Christina Hendricks is tired of receiving criticism for wearing prints or bold colours on the red carpet.The actress, known for her roles on Mad Men and new show Good Girls, always looks glamorous when she steps out for red carpet events and is a favou…

Christina Hendricks is tired of receiving criticism for wearing prints or bold colours on the red carpet.

The actress, known for her roles on Mad Men and new show Good Girls, always looks glamorous when she steps out for red carpet events and is a favourite among designers such as Zac Posen and Jenny Packham. However, Christina has now shared that she is often called out by fashion critics for choosing unconventional ensembles.

“I’ve fallen in love with dresses with bold prints or unusual finishes and been warned I’ll be criticised,” she told Variety, adding that she is now determined to brush off negative opinions. “I don’t care anymore. We need interesting and unique fashion choices on the red carpet.”

Over the years, Christina has tended to opt for figure-hugging gowns in jewel tones when attending awards ceremonies. But one of her top outfits choices had to be the lilac Posen gown with flowing train and feather trim which she wore to the 2010 Emmy Awards.

“This dress is everything – I felt like Ginger Rogers,” the 43-year-old shared of the eye-catching design. “(It’s) so Old Hollywood, romantic and playful and the construction was flawless. A dress has never fit me better.”

Other memorable looks for Christina include the emerald green Tadashi Shoji gown with plunging neckline and finely pleated sleeves that she sported to the 2008 Emmys as well as the red silk Marchesa dress with gold embellishment which she donned for the 2014 TV event. And although she usually wears colour on the red carpet, she is still a fan of the black lace dress from Christian Siriano that she chose for the 2013 Emmy Awards.

“I’m always encouraged to not wear black on the red carpet, but this dress was perfect,” she smiled. “I wish I could wear it again and again.”

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