Last night TGATP stopped into two spectacular shopping events. First up was the launch of the Zac Posen for Target line, a four hour shopping party on the site of the Posen Pop-Up Shop at 481 Eighth Avenue. The fashionistas, Hollywood stars, and socialites, were out in droves with Claire Danes, Selma Blair, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michelle Tractenberg, Parker Posey, Alec Wek, Ginnifer Goodwin, Kelly Bensimon, Patrica Fields, Pat Cleveland, Fern Mallis, Olivia Palermo and the rest of the cast of “The City,” all in attendance. It was especially lovely to catch up with Ann Dexter Jones, socialite and Mom of my favorite producer, Mark Ronson. Guests were given feathered masks, noise makers, and glow rings to add to the festivities as they jammed to the sounds of the ’50’s and ’60’s and LA girl band, The Like played two rousting sets.
As for the line, I hated it online but loved some of it in person! Unfortunately, the pieces fall into the same trap that so many of the previous designer Target lines have, in that they are cut too small for anyone that is a regular healthy size. I really loved the floor length Hawaiian print dress and the lace fronted dress, which I dubbed “The Dom”. Both could’ve been cut to fit curves. What a shame that Zac, who always claims to “design for tits and hips” fell into the same old trap that most designers do and catered almost exclusively to the very thin. Women with any curves whatsoever — and I am not talking fat I am talking normal curves — will not be able to find a nice piece that fits. This drastically limits the selling potential of the line and one hopes that Target will wise up and get their future featured designers to, like Issac Mizrahi and Liberty of London, think more about their consumer. The average American woman is a size 14, so lines that cap at a 10 are not going to maximize their profit margin.
Anthropologie is one of my favorite shops, so I welcome the addition of the new NYC store in the Chelsea Market (17th & 9th). Chock full of beautiful clothes and funky eclectic home goods, Anthropologie is the perfect place to find unique gifts for weddings, housewarmings, and every special occasion. I particularly love the hand painted bowls and the adorable butter dishes.