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August 15, 2012

Gaga for Guinness, Neimans & Target Team for the Holidays, Nordstroms’ Brit Pick & Wu Goes Downtown

Buzzy new fashion collaborations make headlines

By Nancy Staab

Read on for all the latest fashion collaborations to dress up your fall and holiday season, from Neman’s unexpectedly genius partnership with Target to Nordstrom’s pairing with British import Topshop

A portrait of Daphne Guinness and fashion items from her auction including the McQueen dress that Lady Gaga bought. A portrait of Daphne Guinness and fashion items from her auction including the McQueen dress that Lady Gaga bought.

Fashion Convergence: Daphne Guinness, Lady Gaga and Isabella Blow!

Three of fashion’s greatest eccentrics came together when Christie’s London hosted an auction this past June of fashion- forward frocks from Guinness heiress Daphne Guinness’ closet. The record-breaking auction benefitted the Isabella Blow Foundation, which Guinness set up to honor her late, fashion-eccentric friend and editor Isabella Blow. The foundation supports emerging fashion and art talents.

Both Blow and Guinness have been prone to sartorial risk-taking in the past: Blow once wore a miniature pagoda on her head and Guinness regularly trots about town in heel-less platform boots and her signature skunk’s-stripe hair. As fitting Guinness’ image, the pieces on auction were equally daring-- Gothic or futuristic in some cases, ethereal and delicate in others. Many are crafted by Blow and Guinness’ favorite designer, the late Alexander McQueen. (Other labels included Christian Lacroix and Dior to lesser-known designers like Noritaka Tatehana.) So it’s only fitting that another of fashion’s great individualists, Lady Gaga, should also enter the picture, silently bidding on and snagging a key McQueen empire gown in ivory silk (shown above) from his magical “The Girl Who Lived in the Tree” 2008 collection for a mere $133,075. Knowing Gaga, it will be perfect for her next trip to the grocery store round the corner.


Neiman Marcus Gets Hitched to Target for the Holidays

In a brilliant merger of high-low luxe, Neiman Marcus and Target announced this month that they are pairing up for a limited-edition collection of fashionable gift items just in time for the holidays. The Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection will consist more than 50 women’s, men’s and children’s fashion and accessories, including home décor, electronics, pets and sports items, crafted by 24 CFDA designers. Price points will range from $8 to $500, with most items coming in at less than $60. If you think Neiman’s is slumming it, think again, this crafty collaboration taps into top-most design talents like Carolina Herrera, Jason Wu, Diane von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta, Derek Lam, and Tory Burch

Other equally pedigreed participants include: Alice + Olivia, Altuzarra, Band of Outsiders, Brian Atwood, Eddie Borgo, Judith Leiber, Lela Rose, Philip Crangi, Prabal Gurung, Proenza Schouler, Rag & Bone, Rodarte the ladies from Juicy Couture with their new line Skaist-Taylor, Thom Browne and Tracy Reese. No images of the holiday swag are available yet, but below is a sneak-peek video link in which some of the above designers talk about their creatively free-ranging collaboration with the two merchants.

The coveted holiday items will debut Dec. 1, 2012 and will be sold at all Target stores and 42 store-within-store Neiman Marcus locations, as well as online at and Don’t worry, Neiman Marcus will still be producing their lavish, over-the-top, holiday gift catalogue, The Book, but in this recessionista period, you better have quick aim if you want to nab Neiman’s Target loot. 



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Nordstrom Goes Brit with Topshop

Not to be outdone, just a day after Neiman Marcus and Target published their holiday pairing, Nordstrom made news by announcing that the department store is pairing up with Brit. favorite Topshop for a more permanent partnership. Similar to H&M, Topshop mixes it up with fashion-forward, mid-priced items ranging from punk-inspired street wear to more lady-like looks, including a past Kate Moss collection. Current items include a fur shawl leather biker jacket, sequined shorts, a bonded lace pencil dress, bejeweled gladiator sandals and crystal skull tee, and the late singer Amy Winehouse appears to be an inspiration for this year’s fall collection. It’s a move towards slightly younger more trendy female shoppers and an attempt to draw in new customers with one-of items, some of the Topshop styles exclusive to Nordstrom. Nordstrom will begin selling Topshop items online in September and at 14 store locations and will gradually roll out the product to all 117 store locations within the year. Atlanta's Nordstrom at Phipps Plaza wil debut Topshp and Topman (for the gents) on Sept. 15 with an official launch party from 1:30-4:30PM.

Fall fashion from Topshop Fall fashion from Topshop

Fall fashion from Topshop Fall fashion from Topshop




Designer Jason Wu Designer Jason Wu

Jason Wu Launches “Downtown” line Miss Wu

A look from Jason Wu's new Miss Wu Collection for Nordstrom A look from Jason Wu's new Miss Wu Collection for Nordstrom

Exponent of ladylike polish, Jason Wu, says he is going “downtown” with his younger, more affordable diffusion line Miss Wu. The designer told WWD, “I always see Jason Wu [the collection] as my aesthetic, my design sensibility. Miss Wu is my personality. It was really fun to explore that facet of who I am—slightly more downtown, and with a more relaxed attitude.” And we might also add, with a slightly 70’s boho Jane Birkin vibe. What to expect from the new 40-piece line? Shift and A-line dresses, trench coats, floral skirts, striped shirts, silk bow blouses and leather jackets ranging from $195 to $795. In another coup for Nordstrom, who just announced a partnership with Topshop, the department store will be the exclusive purveyor of Miss Wu for it’s first year, which launches January 2013. Will there be any owl motifs in the upcoming collection? Stay tuned. Wu was fond of the black cat motif for his limited-edition Target collection and we heard that the Miss Wu collection is named after his signature owl emblem.