If you've been stalling on heading over to Target to pick up any of the limited-edition looks by Paul Robinson, it's time to get there or get online. Target announced that on July 15, the special "GO" line, dedicated to edgy looks by international designers, switches over to Libertine, which is sort of like Denver's Potential Fashions or Hazell.
Here's how New York Magazine describes Libertine:
Libertine works like this: Johnson Hartig (based in Los Angeles) finds vintage pieces to recut and reassemble with exposed stitching and raw edges. Then he sends them to partner Cindy Greene (based in New York), who silk-screens nineteenth-century images (skulls, birds, leaves, Abraham Lincoln) onto them. Every piece is necessarily a one-off, since the designers are cherry-picking the vintage crop, but their sophisticated, rough-edged collections are united through themes like Victoriana, Goth, and punk. Although the collection was only started in September 2001, it’s been influential enough that Karl Lagerfeld has made it a mainstay of his wardrobe. Rock stars like Mick Jagger, Michael Stipe, and Dave Navarro like it, as do Brad Pitt, Liv Tyler, and Gwyneth Paltrow.
So what can you expect to see next month in your local Target? Well, Cat is actually a little surprised because it's so, well, J. Crew. Not really adventurous at all. Bucket hats, sweet embroidered skirts, polos. Not that some of it isn't cute, but Cat's actually disappointed by its mass market-ness. (Yes, Cat realizes that Target is all about mass market, but most of the Go collections are more bold.) It will definitely be a buy piece-by-piece situation rather than a clamour for the whole collection (as has happened in the past, with other Go designers selling out immediately in New York and L.A.).
(Pictures after the jump.)