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DESIGNER PAIRINGS & GOSSIP GIRL CONTROVERSY

The young ladies of one of Bravo’s newest reality shows, NYC Prep, have inspired a new line of handbags from Kooba. Each of the totes are named after one of the female stars – Camille, Jessie, Kelli, and Taylor – and they come in traditional Kooba shapes in colored leather and suede topped off with gold hardware. Unique colors were made just for the show and they are priced at $595.

The totes are available for purchase on Bravotv.com.

In other news, a lot has been made about the controversial CW show Gossip Girl so it was odd to begin with that the show was chosen as a point of inspiration for Anna Sui’s Target line. Now the New York Daily News is reporting that the association between the line and the show may get the axe because a key Target executive “got nervous about being that closely associated with the show, given the [debauchery] its characters get into.”

The paper further found out that a party scene featuring Leighton Meester and Ed Westwick’s characters was set to shoot at Anna Sui’s flagship store in NYC’s SoHo, with models being used as extras wearing Anna Sui’s Target collection. Last minute, the store pulled out.

The crew is supposedly furious; the paper is reporting that “they can’t believe Target would bail on them, especially after publicly announcing the collaboration. It’s Target’s loss, because the line would have sold better if it had played a part in the show.” 

However, interested parties can still pick up the capsule collection when it hits target.com and approximately 250 select stores across the United States on September 13th.

In other odd designer news, newly single (and by most accounts disgraced), Jon Gosselin of Jon & Kate Plus 8 has been spotting spending a lot of time on the yacht of Ed Hardy designer Christian Audigier in St. Tropez. Audigier told E! News exclusively that he would like to do a line of children’s apparel with Gosselin.  The fact that Gosselin has nothing to do with nor has ever expressed any interest in the fashion industry seems irrelevant to Audigier.

Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.