Soooo, Target Australia Gets Cavalli
Roberto Cavalli is set to bring a glam, sexy touch to the Australian summer. Retailer Target Australia has tapped the Italian designer to do an exclusive women’s capsule collection to be launched on Oct. 21. The capsule, consisting of 42 pieces spanning from daywear and eveningwear to footwear and swimwear, will be available at 136 Target stores across the country, as well as at shop.target.com.au, with prices ranging from $49 to $159.
Target Australia will accompany the launch with an advertising campaign shot by fashion photographer Giampaolo Sgura and featuring Karolina Kurkova. This collaboration is part of “Designers for Target,” the Australian company’s initiative launched in 2007 with a one-off collection designed by Stella McCartney.
Rachel Zoe’s Line in Trouble?
Rachel Zoe’s clothing empire might soon be in shreds — sources say her line isn’t selling well in stores and her Bravo reality show may also be in trouble.
The stylist-turned-designer has become a household name from styling A-list clients and her Bravo reality show, “The Rachel Zoe Project.” Last summer, she launched a clothing line with Chinese retail giant Li & Fung. But despite the large promotional platform of her Bravo show, we hear the line isn’t doing well at stores including Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom, with industry insiders snipping that interest in the line has “peaked.”
According to Page Six, Li & Fung “is panicked” about Zoe’s collection, and there are also rumblings that “The Rachel Zoe Project” may not return to Bravo for a fifth season. To add insult to injury, sources tell us that Zoe’s assistant, interior designer Jeremiah Brent, is getting his own reality show on the network. Brent, who redecorated Zoe’s Hollywood home on the show, appeared on “Zoe Project” in Season 4, having been fired and rehired by Zoe and her husband, Rodger Berman. A rep for Zoe, who will show at Lincoln Center during New York Fashion Week, didn’t comment.
Victoria’s Secret Sued
Victoria’s Secret Stores Inc. and its parent company, Limited Brands Inc., are being accused of breaching a 2001 agreement and deliberately selling cheaper “knockoffs” to unsuspecting consumers, in a $15 million lawsuit filed by Zephyrs, a former major hosiery supplier to the specialty chain.
Joseph Gioconda, principal of Manhattan-based Gioconda Law Group PLLC, which is representing Zephyrs, said a complaint was unsealed Friday in federal court in Columbus, Ohio, where Victoria’s Secret is headquartered. The complaint alleges that Victoria’s Secret is misleading consumers by selling less expensive legwear while deliberately using images of Zephyrs-designed legwear on packaging and in-store displays.
“Victoria’s Secret changed the product in the packaging but didn’t change anything else except Made in Canada on the back of the package. It used to say Made in Italy,” said Gioconda, noting that Zephyrs has a longtime relationship with Italian contractors for quality control. “We are planning to proceed and will be serving papers to Victoria’s Secret and The Limited as well as other Victoria’s Secret entities. They will have 21 days to respond,” said Gioconda.
– Taneisha Jordan
Sources: WWD; Page Six