The Fashionista is in – Designer lines at Target

Jean Paul Gaultier and Zac Posen can soon be in your red cart.

GAULTIER FOR TARGET

GAULTIER FOR TARGET

Kara Nesvig

February is a tough month. The weather is frigid, the sky is gray and everyone is relatively miserable, myself included. IâÄôm already hankering for March, mainly because of what TargetâÄôs set to release, namely a couple of stellar designer collaborations. Jean Paul Gaultier is a legend. Those with just a passing, trivia-based interest in fashion may recognize him as the brains behind MadonnaâÄôs âÄô90s âÄúBlonde AmbitionâÄù cone bras, but thereâÄôs more to JPG than bustiers. HereâÄôs a quick history lesson to get you all filled in before his Target collection hits stores March 7. JPG is 57 years old and, duh, heâÄôs French. GaultierâÄôs empire includes a couture line (which requires a lengthy and esteemed certification process from the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture), a ready-to-wear line, menâÄôs clothing and fragrances, to name a few. The designer has been lauded for the way he toys with preconceived notions of fashion and his unabashed fearlessness on the runway. And, oh yeah, he loves to put men in kilts. HeâÄôs made stage wear not only for the Material Girl but also for Kylie Minogue and Marilyn Manson, and now heâÄôs set to outfit Target shoppers. Last month, the highly-anticipated Target collection finally leaked, to the delight of bloggers everywhere, and though Target was all, âÄúNo way! Take those pictures down!âÄù eventually they let it go and the lookbook thrives online. WeâÄôre seeing prim pencil skirts and frocks, a fluorescent yellow Marilyn Monroe-style halter dress, some bad-girl motorcycle-style jackets and a splash of gingham and floral print to mix it all up. Since JPGâÄôs collection is a âÄúDesigner CollaborationâÄù versus a âÄúGo! InternationalâÄù endeavor, the prices may be higher, as they were with the Alexander McQueen collaboration last spring. IâÄôm looking forward to adding a few of the pieces (which IâÄôm not gonna name so you stay far, far away from my territory) to my wardrobe and mixing and matching all these fabulous prints with things IâÄôve already got. The other Target collection IâÄôm eagerly anticipating comes to us courtesy of Zac Posen, the New York wunderkind who took over the pages of âÄúVogueâÄù and the red carpets in only a few years. His rise to fashion fame was relatively meteoric, with very little of the struggle and strife that some fashion designers endure. He was fortunate enough to hook himself up with socialites and supermodels. Once he got the legendary Naomi Campbell into one of his gowns, his future in fashion was solidified. Now, ZPâÄôs fluid dresses and incredibly chic suits and separates are sold everywhere, including on the top floor at the Saks outlet downtown. Diddy invested in Zac, and my dream girl Ashley Olsen was one of his interns. Most recently, Katy Perry wore a gold floral Zac gown to the Grammys, though the E! Fashion Police generally hated the ensemble. WeâÄôve got to wait until April 25 for this baby to hit the racks, but donâÄôt worry, IâÄôve had it written down in my Moleskine planner for weeks. The best part about ZPâÄôs collection is his generous use of my favorite attention-getting color: red. He uses it in a floral maxidress, a one-piece bathing suit and also in a completely stunning tiered tulle cocktail dress for only $79.99. That one is definitely coming home with me, as I literally gasped with joy when I saw it. Zac has also whipped up sweet candy-colored mini-dresses in polka-dot and tiger prints, an adorable black tuxedo skirt and matching jacket and several LBDs with an edge. It remains to be seen if this stuff will look as good on a hanger as it does online. Target designer lines are notorious for their inconsistent sizing (I fit into both XS and XL most of the time) and the fabric quality can be disappointing, but rest assured IâÄôll be letting you know.