NEW YORK — Target's new designer collaboration with Joseph Altuzarra arrives in stores across Texas and the nation today, but the fashion faithful got a sneak preview during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at a big party that attracted such celebrities as Naomi Watts, Keri Russell and Naomie Harris, along with a lot of eager shoppers.
Anticipation is high for the collection since Altuzarra is fashion's new darling, having just won the Womenswear Designer of the Year award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America for his sophisticated, sexy designs.
The collection of nearly 50 pieces, retailing from $18 to $90,was laid out in a funhouse setting, with mirrors everywhere and twinkling lights above.
Watts wore a red wrap dress from the collection to the party; it retails for $39.99; Russell looked like a secret agent in an Altuzarra for Target trench, $89.99, while Harris appeared in a python-print minidress, $44.99. To show that the designs don't look good just on celebrities, several women from Dress for Success modeled the clothes, too, and were just as fashionable.
The collection of nearly 50 pieces, retailing from $18 to $90 (considerably below Altuzarra's namesake line which starts at $900), was laid out in a funhouse setting, with mirrors everywhere and twinkling lights above, so that disoriented shoppers were running into each other and their own reflections.
But that didn't stop some serious retail therapy, as shoppers snapped up such items as a python print skirt with a thigh high slit, ($34.99), a black sweater embroidered with images of cranes ($49.99), croc embossed booties ($59.99), a satin navy blouse with an orchid print ($34.99) and dominatrix-like over-the-knee black boots ($79.99).
Also in the mix were a sexy satin cami set ($34.99), a peekaboo lace dress ($39.99) and a red velvet blazer ($59.99) with matching tuxedo pants ($39.99).