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Altuzarra for Target Is Coming This September

If you’ve been wearing your Peter Pilotto for Target items non-stop over the last few months and have started wondering what the discount retailer has up its sleeve next, we’ve got answers for you. Namely, Altuzarra for Target – coming to a location near you this upcoming September.

Joseph Altuzarra, creative director of his eponymous line, has created an almost 50-piece, limited-edition capsule collection of women’s apparel, accessories, shoes and even lingerie for Target.  “As a designer, I believe firmly in the transformative power of fashion. It has the ability to not only change how you look, but also how you feel,” said the 2011 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner. “I’ve admired the elegance that Target brings to fast fashion. By working together on this capsule collection, we hope to instill a sense of power, confidence and beauty in women everywhere.”

Priced from $17.99 to $89.99 for apparel and $29.99 to $79.99 for shoes and accessories, Altuzarra for Target will launch on September 14 at most Target stores, as well as Target.com and Net-a-porter. Mark your calendars! And check out the preview video below while you count down the days.

Images courtesy of Target

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Mary Katrantzou for Adidas Just Might Inspire Us To Hit The Gym

We’re perpetually on designer collaboration watch, and this month has been unexpectedly exciting on that front: first Alexander Wang for H&M was announced, then Roland Mouret for Banana Republic. Then it seems we looked away for a minute and missed yet another that has us squealing (belatedly): Mary Katrantzou for Adidas.

[Side note: By now you've probably heard about it and are shaking your heads at our tardiness, but slow as we are, can we all pretend for a second that the news only just broke and let us have our moment?]

The first collection, due out in November, will be the start of a long-term partnership between Adidas and the London-based Greek designer. “I’m really excited to be working with Adidas on a line of apparel and footwear,” Katrantzou said. “I grew up, like so many other kids around the world, wearing Adidas sneakers and I’m really excited about bringing my vision to such a global brand.”

And being the Katrantzou addicts that we are, we can’t wait to see it. The collection might even inspire us to go to the gym once in a while. Now that would be a real win.

[P.S. Thanks for indulging us.]

Image Credit: Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images

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Roland Mouret and Banana Republic To Team Up on Capsule Collection


Roland Mouret with Doutzen Kroes at Met Gala 2012

Another day, another freak out worthy designer collaboration announcement. This time? Roland Mouret for Banana Republic.

The French designer and celebrity red carpet favourite has created a 25-piece collection of separates and, of course, dresses that will launch this upcoming August. The dresses – the bread and butter of Mouret’s eponymous line – will retail from $165, a much more pocketbook-friendly price point than his wares usually sell for.

“It’s not a copy of my clothes in a less expensive [version],” says Mouret, “but the experience of a fitted dress for the Banana Republic customer.” As big fans of both Roland Mouret and Banana Republic, we’ll take it.

And so Banana Republic continues its streak of very buzzworthy and covetable designer capsule collections. We can’t wait to see the Roland Mouret offering.

Image Credit: Getty

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OH EM GEE: Alexander Wang x H&M to Launch This Fall

H&M announced yesterday a doozy of a designer collaboration at Coachella. Following last fall’s highly successful capsule collection with Isabel Marant, the next in line to team up with the fast fashion retailer is none other than Alexander Wang, the very first American designer to do so. And we are downright freaking out over the news.

“Alexander Wang is one of the most important voices in fashion today,” said Margareta van den Bosch, H&M’s creative advisor, in a press release. “He understands exactly what people want to wear and does it with an energy and passion that’s infectious. It feels incredible to be collaborating with him this year.”

The lineup will feature both men’s and women’s apparel and accessories. With a high profile name like Wang, who serves as creative director of both his eponymous line and the house of Balenciaga, this latest designer collaboration promises to be the most highly anticipated to date.

Alexander Wang said, “I am honoured to be a part of H&M’s designer collaborations. The work with their team is an exciting, fun process. They are very open to push boundaries and to set a platform for creativity. This will be a great way for a wider audience to experience elements of the Alexander Wang brand and lifestyle.”

Mark your calendars, ladies and gents: Alexander Wang x H&M will launch in 250 H&M stores worldwide and online on November 6, 2014. We’re already counting down the days.

Image courtesy of H&M

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Charlotte Olympia to Launch Boardroom-Ready Accessories Collection

We love our Charlotte Olympia here at The Backseat Stylers, and though S frequently sports her cat pumps at the day job, even she’ll admit that her designs aren’t always the most appropriate for the office. Cue the London-based accessories designer’s latest venture: two new collections of sensible (a word never before used in the same sentence as ‘Charlotte Olympia’) day bags and shoes made for the 9 to 5 gig.

The new lineup will retail from USD$635 to USD$896 for a pair of shoes and from USD$1,195 to USD$2,995 for a handbag. Each pair of boardroom-ready shoes has been designed with a clear PVC detail on the heel, and will come in a box that looks like a briefcase and with a pair of pantyhose for good measure. Because Charlotte Olympia wouldn’t be Charlotte Olympia without even just the smallest touch of whimsy.

We can’t wait to incorporate more of her styles into our office shoe rotation.

Image via WWD

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Solange Knowles Teams Up with Puma on Colourful Sneaker Capsule

Solange Knowles was recently tapped by PUMA for the role of creative consultant. Her first order of business? The ’Girls of Blaze’ Disc Collection, a capsule with three versions of the iconic Disc Blaze shoe, made for women for the very first time.

The singer collaborated with Gerlan Marcel of Gerlan Jeans, Soft Circle bandmember and artist Hisham Baroocha, and sisters Darlene and Lizzy Opko of William Opko on very colourful renditions of the first laceless running shoe ever introduced back in 1992. The shoes will be sold exclusively at Opening Ceremony for USD$150 a pop.

They’re perfect for that fitness New Year’s resolution we’re all still going hard on (right, right?). Will you be buying a pair?

Images via Opening Ceremony

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Topshop x Adidas Originals Capsule Collection Coming this March

It’s now month #2 of the year, and if you’ve started to falter on that New Year’s resolution exercise regimen, here’s some news that might keep you going for a few more months: Topshop has teamed up with Adidas Originals on a 20-piece capsule collection of stylish activewear.

Due to launch in select Topshop and Adidas stores around the world as well as on topshop.com late March, the line-up will feature slim-fitting three-stripe track pants, printed tanks and sweatshirts, and, of course, sneakers in fun leather and print combos. The collection will be priced from USD$35 for a tank top to USD$135 for a pair of sneakers.

If, like T, you’ve been on a Stella Greenspan-inspired search for the perfect pair of track pants for several years now, this just might be the moment all your activewear dreams come true, so mark that calendar for March 20. And keep at that New Year’s resolution in the meantime – you can do it!

Images via Vogue UK

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David Beckham for H&M Super Bowl 2014 Ad

Because we know you’re going to want to watch this one over and over again.

You’re welcome.

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Banana Republic x Marimekko Is Coming This Summer

Banana Republic is looking to continue its streak of highly covetable designer collaborations in 2014. Up next? A limited edition capsule created with Finnish design company Marimekko, just in time for summer.

“Marimekko’s unique design of pattern and colour has always inspired me as a designer,” said Banana Republic Vice President of Women’s Design, Melloney Birkett in a press release. “With this summer capsule, we wanted to create a collection that marries Marimekko’s iconic prints with our signature silhouettes. We were inspired by Marimekko founder Armi Ratia’s motto of, ‘Stand out from the rest,’ and we designed a collection of must-have summer standouts.”

Due to hit Banana Republic stores and online in late May, the almost 25-piece collection of dresses, separates and accessories will feature the type of bold and colourful patterns that Marimekko is known for the world over. The offerings will be priced from $50 for a tank top to $175 for a dress, with accessories ranging from $69.50 for a clutch to $98 for a pair of shoes.

Only one look has been released so far, but it’s looking downright cute and delightfully loud. Are you excited for Banana Republic’s next collab?

Image courtesy of Banana Republic

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Oscar de la Renta Has Designed a Second Capsule Collection for The Outnet

Remember back in February when Oscar de la Renta teamed up with TheOutnet.com on an exclusive collection of tea party-ready dresses and separates, and the whole fashion world rejoiced? Well, it’s time to do it all over again, because Mr. de la Renta has collaborated with the online retailer on a second collection, due out next week on December 17.

The 20-piece evening wear collection is featured in a campaign fronted by street style star Miroslava Duma. “Oscar de la Renta’s style is very classic, very uptown – it makes you feel confident, chic and elegant,” says Mira. “I love the Oscar de la Renta for The Outnet collection; its beautiful silk dresses and feminine silhouettes are elegant and sophisticated.”

In fact, Mira has been a longtime ODLR fan. “For my graduation party I bought a piece from Oscar de la Renta. It was an Audrey Hepburn-style black dress and although it was very expensive, I still wear it now. It was worth it. Oscar really is the best brand you can invest in.” If it’s good enough for Ms. Duma’s wardrobe, it’s certainly good enough for ours, especially at prices much more friendly to the pocketbook than the designer’s main line. The collection will retail between $325 for a tank to $1,095 for a floor-length dress.

We’ll be all over The Outnet on launch day – will you? Check out the offerings from Oscar de la Renta for The Outnet, round #2, in the gallery below.

Images via Grazia

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