Thursday, February 9, 2012

Jason Wu for Target :))))

I am sure you may have heard that Jason Wu is doing an exclusive private label line for Target. Jason Wu gained his popularity when his design for FLOTUS Michelle Obama was a show stopper. As expected, Wu's designs were sold out with hours of Target making the line available online. Interestingly, when consumer demand is driven by exclusivity there will be opportunists looking to make capital gains on Targets' business deal with Wu. So, part of the WU product wipe out was a result of enterprising individuals purchasing in bulk to sell the items on Ebay at a profit. You got to love the free market :)

Below are some of Wu's designs from Target. You can check out more designs on Target's website, but of course, considering the complexity of the supply chain process, replenishment of Wu's line in store and online is going to take a couple of weeks!!! Wu Wu Wu!!

Jason Wu for Target® Long-Sleeve Sheer Blouse in White with Black Ribbon.Opens in a new windowJason Wu for Target® Sleeveless Pleated Shift Dress in Blush Stripes with Black Belt.Opens in a new window
Jason Wu for Target® Flared Dress in Black with Nude Patent Belt.Opens in a new window

Jason Wu for Target® Textured Pleated-Front Peplum Top in Gold.Opens in a new window

Jason Wu for Target® Blue Stripe Tote.Opens in a new window
The advertisement is also the most adorable thing out!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Valentine's Day and Retail Therapy?

Hi Readers,

So I stumbled upon this site and read this article called Retail Therapy. I am always amazed at how commercialized our society has become in regards to consumerism. They make it seem so positive to be constantly spending for each holiday. Love is a great motivator for people to dip into their pockets and spend considerably on their loved ones. So check out these two articles. The first is on Retail Therapy suggestions and the other is an article my student found showing the different merchandise categories and people, yes and even pets, that people purchase gifts for Valentines day.

Retail Therapy

Valentine's Day Spending

What are you doing for Valentine's Day?

Diane's von Furstenbug Picks for Spring

We all know that Dianne von Furstenberg is a big deal in the fashion world. Literally, the Project Runway All Stars' designers literally burst into paroxysms of awe and excitement when they heard they were to design an outfit that would appeal to her design aesthetic. The trick is they only had 6 hours.

How often are we given an awesome opportunity to go somewhere, meet someone special, but we only have a couple hours to decide what we are going to wear, to hair, makeup, and show up looking confident to impress? So how do you accomplish this? Think classic vs edgy and accessorize, accessorize, accessorize. Simple chic always works well, but trying to be too edgy in a short space of time may cause more anxiety and decrease your level of productivity for achieving an awe inspiring look.

Diane is all about classic chic. For spring, she says it's all about classic cuts, floral prints, pastel colored loose fitting layered pieces. Michael Costello (PRallstars' winner of this challenge) in the video below, though an incredibly skillful tailor, took a smart approach by going simple but classy chic. We can all take inspiration from his approach to an important, tight deadline. Looking at Diane's ready-to-wear garments from her website, you see he was right on target!
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Janice TopAthos PantKarin DressLandy TopMaizah DressSol Sequined Dress

Michael Costello's design:

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Sniff his jeans...fall in love?

So on my quest for information to do a post for my male friends who often cry neglect, I stumbled upon this interesting development. Who would have thought that there was a way to get an aroma on your clothing without perfume, spilling, coffee, or just buying the freshest smelling detergent or fabric softener you could find. But alas it is fashion, and as we all know there are no rules with fashion.

So I present you with the new fad - Scratch and Sniff Raspberry scented jeans from the designers of Naked and Famous. They apply a special coat that includes mini microcapsules to the denim and then bake it to seal the fruity raspberry scent. Oh and they come $150 a pop. Be on the cutting edge of fashion.....that's your scoop :)

What do you think?

Monday, February 6, 2012

Celebrating Project Runway

I knew the day would come when I decided to revisit blogging. It is a passion that requires immense commitment and while your commitment may wane, your passion lives on.

Today, I want to blog about two project runway stars.

(1) Anya my country mate is speaking at the College of New Jersey about being in the fashion industry and her experiences as a reality star. The lecture will be held at Mayo Concert Hall from 8-10pm. I wouldn't miss it if I were you...she is a very smart, practical, and down to earth woman!

(2) Christian Siriano's collection. I loved this guy when he was on Project Runway. He was a skillfully fast tailor and confident as hell! However, he was sweet and produced fierce fashions. There is something about knowing your worth and being able to articulate your worth. We oftentimes shrink ourselves and undersell our strengths for fear that others deem us "cocky" but the only way you rise to the top is by asserting yourself as "top" worthy! He just released his 2012 Spring/Summer collection. I love the ease of his line and the inspiration from the Middle Ages herigaut with the slit and hanging sleeves. I have always been a fan of the shaggy styled skirts. His collection has a practical ease and sophisticated style.

Click here to see the rest of his collection and share with me what you think!