Today’s Fashion Headlines. January 13, 2012

January 13, 2012 • Fashion, Fashion Blog

Target gets more shops including Apple, Kimora Lee Simmons gets skincare, and Rue La La closes its

More Stores Inside Target!

Could there be any more shops in Target?! Well, it seems that there could. Yesterday, Target unveiled its new street of shops design partnership platform to the media. The ongoing program attempts to re-create the ambiance of the key stores from across the country that were discovered by members of Target’s in-house design team.

Separately, Target Corp. on Thursday confirmed reports that it will open Apple shops initially in 25 of its stores. The five inaugural Shops at Target will bow on May 6 in all Target stores and at and will feature retail concepts inspired by The Candy Store in San Francisco, Aspen-based Cos Bar cosmetics shop, Boston’s Polka Dog Bakery’s dog accessories, Warren, Conn.-based Privet House home products and The Webster, a 20,000-square-foot luxury boutique in Miami that sells luxury apparel, jewelry and accessories brands.

Kimora Lee Simmons to Try Skin Care

For her skin care debut, Kimora Lee Simmons has developed a nine-item treatment line called Shinto Clinical, which is designed to encompass cultural elements of the East and the West with a dash of humor thrown in. “This line is about their Eastern allure of diet and beautiful skin. It’s based on cultures that live from the sea,” she said, ticking a list of ingredients such as fish oil, pearl powder, omegas, beta glucan, mushroom and Wakame kelp extract. “The Western [influence] is the medicine, the efficacy, the delivery and the clinical results. That’s why we call this Shinto Clinical; this is really a clinical range.” Shinto means “of the gods,” she noted.

The line will make its debut on QVC on Feb. 24 and the retail rollout will start in late February and early March, consisting initially of Nordstrom and Fred Segal plus the Shopping Channel in Canada. Price range will be from $32 to $65.

Rue La La Closing

Rue La La is restructuring operations, a move that includes shuttering its site and outsourcing the sales staff connected with its Rue Local operation. One source familiar with the restructuring plans said about 11 percent of Rue La La’s total head count is affected by the changes. Some of those employees were offered other positions at the company, while the balance were given severance payments and outplacement services.

Rue La La said late Thursday, “In a continued effort to revolutionize off-price shopping, we have made the strategic decision to double down on our core business. This heightened focus on our core includes the restructuring of our Rue Local business by outsourcing our sales force and consolidating into Rue La La.…These moves unfortunately resulted in the elimination of some staff positions. Rue La La has continued to see dramatic growth with nearly $300 million in sales in 2011 and similar growth planned for 2012 and beyond.”

– Taneisha Jordan

Source & Photo: WWD

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