Target’s Next Designer Collaboration, & It Was Bobbi Brown for Kate Middleton

Hello-Hello, happy middle-of-the-week to everyone.

We begin with what could be wonderful news, word that Le Boutique Targét’s next collaborative partnership will be with Missoni.

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The styles above are from 2007, but you get the idea. For those unfamiliar with the brand, Missoni is known for their strong designs, saturated in lush, vibrant colors.  Below, Alessia Piovan in Missoni, surrounded by pieces from the home collection during Milan Design Week last month.

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Below we see Margherita Missoni at Monday’s Met Ball with Joy Bryant.

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Vogue broke the news:

“…the 400-plus fruits of their collaboration (the biggest to date, apparently) will hit Target stores nationwide, the latest in a long line of couplings for the retailer (Proenza Schouler and Rodarte among them). Everything from clothes (women’s, men’s, kids’), to bed sheets, to enough dinnerware to set the table for colazione, pranzo, and cena—all in plenty of Missoni’s swirls, zigzags, and near-hallucinogenic florals.”

Although concerned by sentiment that the Target/Calypso collaboration is sub-par, we are optimistic this will be a strong collection. Our favorite part of the group is likely to be things made for the home.  Below, Missoni dinnerware shown at Milan.

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Missoni Rugs via Verde Design Studio .

Verde Design Studio

A look at the results of this spring’s collaboration between Missoni and Converse,

Via High Snobiety

The spring 2011 Chuck Taylor All-Stars by Missoni come in a number of color palettes.

Via High Snobiety

More formal shoes.

Via Shoeblog

The company has been busy, a collaboration with Bugaboo was just announced as well.

Via Missoni

The line is slated to launch September 13.


Next, we look at a line being shown at Australian Fashion Week, now underway in Sydney. The designer is Lisa Ho, we may have a new obsession.

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The clean lines, structured cut and strong colors make the designs more-than-appealing.

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This is something your intrepid scribe feels the need to investigate.


Another follow-up to our royal wedding coverage, word on who helped Kate Middleton with her makeup. From the Bobbi Brown FB page:

“We are proud to confirm that Bobbi Brown Cosmetics makeup artist Hannah Martin provided makeup artistry assistance to members of the bridal party for the Royal Wedding. We wish to respect the privacy of all those involved, and therefore will not be releasing further details.”

The company has a step-by-step primer for those interested in learning more about the look, or trying it themselves.

Via Bobbi Brown FB page


We have news about still more ‘copy-Kate’ gowns, dresses imitating the Sarah Burton/Alexander McQueen dress created for the newly titled Duchess of Cambridge.

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Here is the version made for House of Fraser, a UK retailer. The Belfast Telegraph has more:

“Local dressmaker Mary Rose McGrath was among the hundreds of designers who got to work making cut-price copies of the regal look.

Her take on the gown, made of French lace and delicate ivory fabric, was put together in less than 24 hours.

It is said to be a perfect replica of Kate’s dress.”

Below, the McGrath dress.

Via Mary Rose McGrath

Ms. McGrath displays her Royal Replica gown.

Via Mary Rose McGrath

We’ll have more on this knockoff and others at our sister site, What Kate Wore, later today. (We already have a lengthy piece looking at other dresses copying both Kate and Pippa Middleton’s gowns, including one Nordstrom is offering.)


We leave you with today’s Pretty in Pink, personalized hard candy.

Yum Baked Goods

How darling would that be as a wedding favor? The candies are from etsy seller Yum Baked Goods, and they come in a variety of colors.We also like the company’s Tie the Knot rings.

Yum Baked Goods

Until next time, g’bye!


Filed under Collaborations, Preppy Fashion, Pretty in Pink, Royal Wedding, True Prep & TOPH

8 responses to “Target’s Next Designer Collaboration, & It Was Bobbi Brown for Kate Middleton

  1. Strangely (or not) the Target collaborations are not doing well. Strange that Missoni would step in on what is the tail of these projects .. finally are the collaborations good for the designer?

    I just believe in Pierre Berge who would have fought a duel to protect the brand, not dissipate the name.

    I wish them well. I think.

  2. Amy

    Love those candies, those are so cute!

  3. Wow Target doesn’t skip a they? I have a few Missoni pieces…this should be interesting I would not be interested in anything clothing wise…as there is NO WAY they could do a cheap version of a Missoni knit however it will be interesting to see how they interpret the home line…let’s see!
    I love the Lisa Ho items shown too…those colors are stunning and the simple clean lines…fabulous! Someone to watch out for…… finally I will not tire of seeing elegant Kate in her stunning gown. Beautiful things never get old.

  4. I have also heard less than stellar comments about the Calypso/Target collaboration. I’m with you hoping Missoni does a better job. LOVE what you showed of Lisa Ho – I hope you’ll keep us updated who in the States will be carrying her line. And the personalized candy is simply adorable!!

  5. I don’t even know where to begin with all the goodness contained in this post, Ms. Intrepid Scribe! Of course I want the Missoni Bugaboo (though I want someone else to buy it for me, more specifically), I love those Lisa Ho pink looks, and I’m marching myself to the Bobbi Brown counter with that Princess Palette just as fast as the Trophy Wife Wagon can get me there.

  6. Still can’t get enough royalty! I hadn’t seen the make-up break down but knew it was BB. Did you read about the perfume? Would love to take a whiff. Mmmmm. Bet it’s lovely. 🙂

  7. Love, love, love Kate’s dress…the replicas almost make me want to get married again-HAHA. I guess that would be bad…

  8. I’m so surprised to hear that the collaborations target has with some designers are not doing well?

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