Fashion News: Missoni for Target floods EBay

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Target’s launch Tuesday of the much-anticipated Missoni for Target collection was full of problems -- long lines at stores, empty racks, a crashed website, as I wrote at the time. Some customers walked away empty-handed and fuming; others scored big time (All the Rage commenters reported seeing shopping carts in stores brimming with merchandise scooped up by the greedy fortunate). Patience paid off for my colleague Jenn Harris and me when, after several hours , refreshed itself and we were able to log on and scoop up a few things (non-greedily, two pieces each). About the same time, Jenn noticed that EBay was beginning to fill up with items from the collection. As I write now, EBay lists 21,991 Missoni for Target results. Oops. Make that 22,132 -- er, 23,736 -- and growing! [EBay]

-- Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, at left, may have a ladylike style that is copied by the masses, but that doesn’t make her a fashion trendsetter, say some fashionistas at New York Fashion Week. She’s no Kate Moss, says Elle fashion news director Anne Slowey. [Telegraph]

-- First Lady Michelle Obama teamed up with ‘Project Runway’ guru Tim Gunn to host a luncheon on Tuesday for winners of the 2011 National Design Awards, which are presented by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City. She also invited 15 high school students to join honorees hailing from the worlds of fashion, interactive computer design and other design fields. [Bloomburg Businessweek]

-- Michelle Williams is on the cover of Vogue, styled to look like Marilyn Monroe. [Vogue]


-- Dolce & Gabbana has come out with a book (published by Rizzoli) about male model David Gandy -- who happens to be the face of Dolce & Gabbana’s Light Blue fragrance. Titled (fittingly) ‘David Gandy by Dolce & Gabbana,’ the tome is filled with photos and some ‘insights’ such as ‘I don’t know why my parents named me David.’ [Telegraph]

-- I did not see this one coming: Kirstie Alley walked in designer Zang Toi’s runway show on Tuesday during New York Fashion Week. [The Cut]

-- Conde Nast UK, the publisher of magazines including British Vogue and GQ, is setting up its own fashion school, with courses in design. [WWD] (subscription required)

-- Italian fashion house Marni has landed a fragrance deal with Estee Lauder. [Telegraph]

-- Hermès hosted a cocktail party Tuesday at its Paris flagship on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré to celebrate the French premiere of its documentary “Hearts and Crafts.” The short film directed by Frédéric Laffont and Isabelle Dupuy-Chavanat showcases the artisans who make the label’s luxury goods. It will go into general release in France in October. [WWD]

-- British socialites Petra and Tamara Ecclestone -- the daughters of Formula One racing mogul Bernie Ecclestone -- have arrived in L.A., younger sister Petra moving into Candy Spelling’s former home and Tamara reportedly looking for a place. Good news for our shopping districts as they’ve been spotted out and about. [PopSugar LA]


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-- Susan Denley