IMG Models is betting on it. The agency is launching a brand new men’s plus-size division called ‘Brawn,’ rather than the typical “big and tall.” As IMG’s president Ivan Bart told WWD, “Brawn has a body positive message. It’s those qualities that led Bart to sign actor and comedian Zach Miko as IMG’s first brawn model.
“It was an aisle of pink, fairy princesses, ponies and flowers,” Target’s Senior Vice President of design and product development, Julie Guggemos, said of Target’s old children’s decor section. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.
Finding the perfect Fall coat can be a struggle no matter what your size. Worries about bulkiness, fit, and comfort are questions that we all face. For women who consider themselves plus size, we recommend a coat that will nip or belt at the waist to show off your hourglass silhouette. From the trendy leopard coat to the classic trench, here are 15 on-point pieces to keep you looking chic all season long.
Those not in wearable condition are recycled through a partner and get a second life as a carpet, pillow stuffing, or other useful everyday item. Currently, the service is only available in Target’s home base of Minneapolis, but based on the fact that the secondhand clothing business nets a few billion each year, if the test is successful it’s sure to expand. ThredUp recently received $81 million from Goldman Sachs Investment Partners, according to Forbes, bringing their capital fundraising to a total of $125 million since it was founded in 2009. “In the U.S., we know that parents give away more than $8 billion a year of kids clothing,” said thredUP cofounder and CEO James Reinhart, illustrating his company’s opportunity.
I hail from the land of 10,000 Targets (Minnesota) so it’s been exciting to watch the retail giant expand it’s beauty offerings by adding lines like Brooklyn based S.W. Basics, Nuxe Paris, Laneige (AmorePacific’s Korean beauty line), and La Roche Posay to Target.com and store shelves over the last few months. The newest addition? W3LL People.
Menswear designer Todd Snyder, who recently showed his Spring 2016 collection during Men’s New York Fashion Week, has a new partnership under his fine leather belt. The first of which is our beloved Boston (or Bah-ston if you’re a local). The offerings include mugs, foam fingers, and tote bags with the words “Boston Pride” stamped onto them, as well as T-shirts emblazoned with local aphorisms such as “Wicked Smaht” and “Yaz” (after the greatest Red Sox of all time Carl Yastrzemski, duh).
Why Is Chris Noth (aka Mr. Big) in the Lilly Pulitzer for Target Ad? Hold onto your golf clubs and floppy hats because Lilly Pulitzer for Target, the highly-anticipated collaboration, is almost here. On April 19, the megastore will release a 250 piece collection with all items under $150 and includes plus sizes, making it one of the biggest (and definitely brightest) lines to make its Target debut. It’s a party — with the weirdest guest list. Alek Wek, Denise Bidot, Bella Thorne, a bunch of kids, some senior citizens, and tons of models were there.
In fact, it’s coming to your local Target! The mega store just announced Target Collective, a collaborative project with six made-in-the-USA men’s brands including Billykirk, Owen & Fred, Taylor Stitch, Duluth Pack, Locally Grown, and Terrapin Stationers. For their Target collaboration, Billykirk offers an assortment of affordable accessories including genuine leather key chains with brass and silver hardware. Taylor Stitch: Brought to you from San Francisco, Taylor Stitch provides some of the best men’s staples, such as denim and chino pants. This gig landed them a job with Target, where the team created clean-cut chinos for all for just $98.
Gabi Gregg, Chastity Garner, and Nicolette Mason modelling AVA & VIV for Target. Photo:Target Target historically hasn’t done enough to provide the plus-size community with suitable clothing options for its customers. But, in an attempt to make things right, the super retailer has just announced a new line, AVA & VIV , which will be a fashion-forward collection designed with fuller-figure women in mind. AVA & VIV will feature fun, flirty clothes that any woman, regardless of size, will want to wear.
Lilly Pulitzer is about to join the ranks of brands such as Altuzarra, Peter Pilotto, Missoni, Proenza Schouler, Jason Wu, Thankoon, and more with the announcement of the brands upcoming collaboration with Target. But while the partnership will bring preppy prints from the country club to the aisles of the superstore, some aren’t so happy with the high-end brand’s expedition into mass-retailer waters. “Lilly Pulitzer is turning over her grave right now that her legacy is being sold at TARGET,”Vianca Zamora tweeted. Many across the Internet backed up her sentiments, with people noting that the brand was built on class and the wide availability and cheaper prices means the brand might lose its longstanding reputation and the cache it holds with its loyal customers.
Most Target collaborations—with Alexander Wang, Missoni, Joseph Altuzarra— are met with plenty of enthusiasm and lines around the block, but their latest “Annie”-inspired collection has caused an uproar. The girls collection, which was launched to coincide with the release of the remake of the popular 1982 film, prominently features a caucasian girl in the ads— despite the fact that lead role is played by the young, black actress Quvenzhane Wallis. L’Sean Rinique Shelton, a motivational speaker from Bear, Delaware was outraged enough to create a Change.org petition. Despite most beliefs, African Americans are capable of portraying more than drug dealers, pimps, and other bastardized portrayals of our culture.” The petition has already garnered thousands of signatures, but Target maintains that in no way was the company attempting to be racially insensitive.