>> Ryan McGinley, Rodarte Collaborate for Olympics Shoot —Ryan McGinley, who has a history of shooting Olympic athletes — he contributed a portfolio of the US Olympic Swim Team back in 2004 to the New York Times Magazine — revealed at Art Basel over the weekend that he's at it again: “I've been in Utah. I've been shooting for the Winter Olympics, and I got Rodarte to make me the outfits. It looks crazy!” [Hint]
Rodarte's holiday collection for Target won't be available in stores until December 20 unless you're lucky enough to live near Manhattan, Washington DC, or San Francisco, where Target-To-Go popup stores will give early access to a few pieces from the lineup—the sequin ribcage dress, the black halter dress, the coral slipdress, and two bow belts. See the complete look book in the gallery below. Prices start from $9.99 for cutout knee high socks; the lace cardigans are $22.99, and most dresses will retail for $39.99.
>> Rodarte's Target lookbook is finally out, just a couple of weeks before the collection hits stores December 20 through January 31. Unless, of course, you have close access to Manhattan (Gansevoort and Washington Streets at the entrance of the High Line), San Francisco (Mint Plaza), or Georgetown in Washington DC: those three locales are getting Target-To-Go popup stores Dec. 11 through 13 (10 am to 8 pm), complete with the Rodarte for Target goods a week before the rest of the nation.
Part of the collection, which runs $9.99 for a pair of knee socks up to $79.99 — including plenty of Rodarte's signature netting on dresses for $39.99 — can be seen in high quality below, as modeled by Jamie Bochert, who is said to be the face of both Marc Jacobs and Lanvin Spring 2010.
It was a glorious day when we announced that Rodarte is collaborating with Target. It will be even more exciting on Dec. 20, when the collection debuts. Here's a sneak peek of what's in store for us. Lace and tulle frocks, leopard-print sequin dresses, netted tights, and bow belts all sound fabulous. Even more fabulous is the price range — $10 to $80. Basically, the raw Rodarte aesthetic minus the stinging price tag.
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Two weeks after announcing the launch of Z Spoke, a secondary line in partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue, Zac Posen confirms he is next in line to design a Go International collection with Target. Posen's pieces will be in Target stores and online from April 25 - May 30th.
Target also recently announced two new accessory collaborations launching in April—hats by Eugenia Kim and footwear by Cynthia Vincent will be available on the 18th in Target stores and online.
In other Target news, don't forget to mark your calendars for the Rodarte Go International collection, which willl hit stores on December 20.
Alexander Wang Takes Home 2009 Swiss Textile Award; Kate Mulleavy On Why Her Label Is Called "Rodarte," Not "Mulleavy"
>> Alexander Wang is experiencing quite the winning streak — he was awarded the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund of $200,000 last November, the 2009 CFDA Swarovski Womenswear winner this past June, and now he's taking home the 2009 Swiss Textiles Award, a prize of about $150,000, to go towards international development. Wang becomes the second American designer in a row to win the Swiss Textiles Award, following after Rodarte, who were the first American winners ever last year.
The jury this year, chaired by Isabel Toledo, apparently had a tough time making a decision — Wang's fellow finalists this year were Peter Pilotto, Erdem, Thakoon, Alexis Mabille, and Ohne Titel, who will each receive a prize of approximately $6,000.
The last couple of days have been some of the most experimental of the week. If you've seen the makeup and hair at Marc Jacobs's runway show you know what I'm talking about. While I'm excited to see designers innovating, I'd also like to showcase looks that are achievable without a team of brilliant makeup artists present. So along with the big, cool-to-look-at shows, I've put together some of the prettiest, most accessible looks from the last couple of days. Click through and see for yourself. (And in case you missed them the first time around, be sure to check out my favorites from days one and two and days three through five.)
To find out more about the tattoos, just keep reading.
As reported earlier, Kate and Laura Mulleavy showed a line-up of battle-worn women painted in tribal tatoos for spring 2010. Today the talented sisters of Rodarte gave Dazed Digital a rundown of what exactly they were thinking in designing such fierce collection.
Inspired by a trip with Johnson Hartig of Libertine to California's Death Valley, Kate and Laura started "imagining this empty house, like what would be left behind. So we imagined this woman who was stranded and mangled and burnt alive, and then being reborn as a Californian condor. What we wanted to say was that this person could tell a story. Their bodies would be a physical transformation, there would be scars everywhere. So that’s where the tattoos on the body come in. And the idea of having hair that looked like it still had ash on it."
Side note: MAC makeup artist James Kaliardos worked with Kate and Laura for a month finalizing the full-sleeve, half-sleeve and neck tattoo designs, and a team of 40 MAC artist worked for over four hours to ink each model on the day of the Rodarte show.
To build the collection, they began by burning, staining and sandpapering all types of expensive fabrics, then spent two months hand braiding leather, plastic and macramé to piece together the look of a stranded woman in the middle of the desert. Ultimately, said the sisters, "it's about empowerment and survival and coming up stronger for it." [Dazed Digital]