As the third designer in Target's Designer Collaborations series in which an established designer draws inspiration from a collaborative partner, muse or creative element, the Hermes designer (and re-designer of the classic Hermes Birkin) - not to mention Lady Gaga fave and one-time assistant to fashion legend Pierre Cardin - decided to repackage our #1 export, pop culture, and serve it right back to us with a tasty dose of cheeky French panache. “My collection with Target pays homage to the wide range of personalities that make up the diverse styles of American women,” says the designer. “From ingénue to rock ‘n roll, this collection celebrates women of all ages and a host of distinctive, iconic American styles.”
His fusion of rocker chic, Silver Screen glam, and Hip Hop attitude celebrates Stateside style, meaning flirty silhouettes and classic shapes embellished with laser-cut embroidery, poplin and mesh details, and pops of bold color for modern flair. And with prices starting as low as $18 and on up to only $200, it would be a Capital Crime against Couture not to pick up something fab & fun. “Jean Paul Gaultier is a fashion icon who is known to push boundaries and create inspiring, yet timeless designs,” adds Trish Adams, senior vice president, Target. “Target is honored to partner with such a renowned designer, and to bring Gaultier’s craftsmanship and creativity to women across the country, at a great value.”
Collection highlights include his signature Breton-inspired stripes, tattoo-print mesh leggings, a criss-cross bandage dress, cropped two-tone leather moto jacket, and a sleeveless black & white poplin buttondown shirtdress with coordinating longsleeve shrug. Our must-haves (above) include the classic trench with jaunty stripes; striped tee with anchor print; tres jolie draped stripey top with flirty floral skirt & pink floral frock with rolled collar; "face" tee worn just as shown under a snug strapless dress; and drapey red jersey tank dress.
Jean Paul Gaultier for Target will be available at Target.com from March 7 through April 11, 2010.
- Lesley Scott
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