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Phillip Lim: The Next Target Collaborator

After broadening the scope of its traditional designer collaborations by partnering with celebrity stylist Kate Young, Target is going back to its roots. The retailer announced today that it was working on a capsule collection with New York designer Phillip Lim

3.1 Phillip Lim for Target will launch in stores and online on September 15, with an 100-piece range of apparel and accessories, including shoes, bags and travel gear. Items will retail for $19.99 – $299.99 for clothing and $19.99 – $15.99 for accessories.  The collection will be available in a neutral fall palette and will, according to Target, include a trench coat for women and a leather moto jacket (!) for men. 

Phillip Lim is a golden boy of New York City design (I suppose a 40-year-old man can't really be called a boy). After launching his label in 2005, Lim went on to be nominated as a finalist for the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and Vogue's prestigious Fashion Fund Award. In 2007 he was awarded the CFDA's Emerging Talent Award for Ready-to-Wear in the Womenswear category. Five years later, in 2012, he received the same award for Menswear. This year, the American fashion body nominated him for the 2013 Accessory Designer of the Year Award. Soon, the CFDA will have to invent entirely new awards solely dedicated to praising Phillip Lim.

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RIP Ottavio Missoni

"The Missoni Family announces that Ottavio Missoni passed away peacefully at home at the age of 92, surrounded by his Family.

The day and time of his burial will be communicated soon."

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Ottavio Missoni, co-founder of the iconic Italian fashion brand, has passed away, according to a statement released by his family earlier today.

Missoni was 92 years old. The New York Times reports that he was treated for respiratory problems just last week. 

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Link Buzz: Riccardo Tisci Explains Kim Kardashian’s Met Gala Look; Hall of Fame Looks

  • Kim Kardashian's Givenchy dress has been tearing people apart (it's just like that Jewel song). At long last, designer Riccardo Tisci explains what he was thinking when he dressed her and voiced his support for the much-maligned reality star. [HuffPo Style]
  • Are you tired of looking at the same pictures of the same outfits from two days ago over and over and over again? Yeah, sorry. Here are the best looks from the *history* of the Met Gala. [FabSugar]
  • Okay but sorry: Anne Hathway's smoky eye from the other night? You can click through to 'get it.' [StyleBakeryTeen]
  • No more Met Gala! Here's the full version of Karl Lagerfeld's short "film" for Chanel, starring Kiera Knightley. [Fashionologie]
  • Lauren Conrad's super-bright hottt pink lipstick is a thing you can do too. [BellaSugar]
  • A tabloid claims that Kim and Kanye West have broken up and Kanye is "threatening" to take their baby to Paris, which is very illegal and it would not be possible for a famous person to get away with. [CelebDirtyLaundry]
  • Sorry, more Met (minus gala): New Yorker music critic Sasha Frere-Jones thinks the Met's punk exhibit was surprisingly, embarrassingly bad — and particularly mind-boggling given that the same curator mounted the wildly successful Alexander McQueen exhibition at the museum in 2011, which played on similar themes of darkness and chaos. [NYer]

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John Galliano’s Parsons Workshop Was Canceled

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In a statement released yesterday, Parsons The New School for Design said it was canceling a planned undergraduate master class taught by former Dior designer, John Galliano

"An important element of the planned workshop with John Galliano was a candid conversation about the connection between his professional work and his actions in the world at large. Unfortunately, we could not reach consensus with Mr. Galliano on the conditions of this conversation, and the program could not move forward.”

Galliano was fired from his position at Dior as well as his eponymous line (both are owned by French luxury holding company LVMH) in 2011, after a video leaked online showing the designer making a series of offensive racist and anti-Semitic statements while drunk at a Paris cafe. He was later found guilty of hate speech in French court and stripped of his Legion of Honour medal. 

After some speculation that he would ease back into public life by taking a teaching post at a top design program, Parsons announced he would be leading a workshop. Despite consistent support from leaders in the fashion industry, reactions were mixed and a petition protesting the assignment appeared online within a few days. (When we first broke the news that Parsons students were circulating the petition, it had only 160 signatures; it has since racked up over 2,000.)

As I've previously written, in the mid-20th century, The New School was a haven for Jewish academics and writers fleeing the Nazi regime in Europe, making Galliano's now-void teaching position seem troubling. Parsons is no longer in the cards, which may be the best thing for everyone, but it's clear that the former designer won't rest until he finds a way to establish a new professional life. But for that, he'll need to do what he was unwilling to do at Parsons: talk about his past mistakes. 


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Shop Local with Fab “Made in Canada” Finds

After the whole Joe Fresh/Bangladesh factory collapse disaster, Canadian consumers are question the clothing that's on their backs. More to the point, the customers have spoken and they want their merchandise made locally. To that end, I've curated a few exciting designers that most definitely deserve the "Made in Canada" tag.

Varsity Brown

You can find this purveyor of leather goods in many upscale boutiques (Toronto's Dutil, Community 54 and the newly opened Elevator). Fashioned by 24-year-old McMaster grad Matt Boston, his popular belts (see above) and wallets are made in the basement of his Queen West home.

Twigg & Hottie

Vancouver's Twigg & Hottie carries more than just homemade fashions from 50-plus designers. It focuses on clothing that is sustainable, like the store's in-house line, We3, by owners Glencora Twigg, Christine “Hottie” Hotton and Jessica Vaira.


A relaxed brand that trumpets unisex, laid-back sportswear, Muttonhead is headed by sisters Meg and Mel Sinclair along with their partner Paige Cowan. Their popular raglan sweaters (above) are developing a loyal following thanks to their Toronto manufacturing, sustainable fabrics and counter movement to "fast fashion."


A very well established line Comrags, by Judy Cornish and Joyce Gunhouse, design and produce all their goods locally, working with some of the same Ontario sewers for the past 28 years. The inspiration for their breezy prints and workplace tailoring comes from everywhere — the street, television, even literature.

La Canadienne

Finally in the footwear department, you can't boast a name like La Canadienne without waving a Made in Canada label. This boots and shoes from this Montreal based store are handcrafted in Canada to the highest European standards (using Italian materials no least). Their boots and sandals (above) come with a practical sensibility and you can learn about the entire manufacturing process on their site, from design right the way through to packing.

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Holly Rose on the Cover of Miss Vogue

Miss Vogue’s Northern Hemisphere counterpart may have just struck her own career a heavy blow, but the title’s antipodean cover star Holly Rose Emery is on the up and up.

On the sun-drenched shores of Bondi Beach, far from the probing cameras of rogue British tabloid paparazzi, the New Zealand-born model does the bronzed Aussie beach babe thing in an entirely age-appropriate way. Christine Centenera is the fashion mastermind behind the shoot’s denim and midriff-heavy styling. Local labels Josh Good and Ksubi are featured alongside what looks like the top half of a Burberry trench, and which at the hands of Centenera becomes perfect beach attire. The series was shot by Australia-based photographer Pierre Toussaint.

This year, Holly Rose flew to Sydney for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia. She is now signed with Chic Management in Sydney. 


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