“We work, we play, we create, we pay, we get paid,” said Zac Posen at the 24-hour shopping party for his new Target clothing collection. “It’s all part of the hustle and bustle that builds our country, and it starts in New York.” And what a kick-off it was, with a fabulous slew of A-listers, stylists and fashionistas piling into Posen’s pop-up shop at The New Yorker Hotel on Thursday night. As a beyond-dapper host, the couture designer was dressed in a signature tailored suit but what of the VIP guests we hear you ask? Claire Danes, Selma Blair and Mena Suvari were lucky enough to get first dibs on the high-end meets high-street garments - before those eager masses who queued around the block got their mitts on them - and brought a splash of bold brights because of it. Ladies and gents, we bring you the event’s Best Dressed...
According to the designer, "I wanted this collection to have glamour and energy but still be elegant" and the gown donned by Claire Danes did just that. The actress looked set for summer thanks to the maxi-dress’s vibrant print of quirky safety-pins – you’d never guess it was direct from the highstreet range, retailing at a wonderous $69.99 (about £45!). The golden rule? Just add a simple black belt to transform it from beach daywear to party appropriate clobber. Loving your work, Danes.
Also rocking a bold print from the collection was Alek Wek in a tie-dye tank dress. "I love everything Zac does," the model said. "He is all about strong women, and he makes you feel good in whatever you're wearing." Here, here!
As for Mena Suvari, she opted for a dose of casual chic courtesy of her ‘Zac’ vest top with cute lipstick design, under a sexy leather biker and animal print scarf. This is one surefire way to get confidently stylish without looking too ‘out there’ but we’d love to have seen her sporting those Chloe Sevigny-cool high waisters. We want!
“I haven’t shopped at Target for myself, but I would now,” said Selma Blair who was kitted out in a two-piece LBD funked up by a removable full skirt of poufy ruffles. "I cannot believe [Zac’s] created this dress, I believe it's $79 [about £52].” Fun, flirty and bargainous? We’ll see you there Selma!
As the celebrations continued, the designer’s BFF (Best Fashwan Friend, obvs) joined the celebrity crowd sporting a similarly feminine gown. After starring in his ad campaign and walking in his NYFW show, there's no doubt Coco Rocha looks good in Zac's designs but did she take the opportunity to discuss how her wedding dress is coming along? Course she did! “I’ve never been a girl that knew her wedding dress — you know how girls plan their wedding dresses? That wasn’t me," said the lovely Co.Ro. "So I showed him one thing that I loved, but that was it. I never imagined myself in a dress like that. And he put it beyond — he just went for it." We are beyond jealous.
Meanwhile, Ginnifer Goodwin delivered a strong message with the perfect way to enhance that chic boyish crop: a sharp androgynous suit over a shimmering metallic vest. “Target’s kind of my go-to for everything, to be honest," said the ever-adorable actress, "Toilet paper, Zac Posen, everything.” And what more could you need?
And for our final Best Dresser, we give you Maggie Gyllenhaal who got into the fashion mojo with a sexy shape-hugging number that provided a wonderfully youthful look that we've been missing from our Mags recently. Yep, this is one collection we'd happily move across the pond for and if it's good enough for the A-listers, it's good enough for us.
So there you have it: a bevvy of beauties getting it bang on Target (guffaw). It's certainly improved our Monday morning mood, but what say you? Get voting above gang!
- Jessica Vince