More designer offerings coming

  • Article by: SARA GLASSMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 27, 2011 - 4:01 PM

Stylepoints: If you didn't get the Missoni for Target dress you were after, you'll want to mark your calendar for the next round of designer collaborations.

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Albertus Swanepoel for Target fedora, $19.99, www.target.com

If you didn't get the Missoni for Target dress you were after, you'll want to mark your calendar for the next round of designer collaborations. Here's a look at the season in mass-produced offerings:

ALBERTUS SWANEPOEL FOR TARGET

When: Sunday.

Where: Target stores and online at Target.com.

What: Milliner Swanepoel, known for his feather-trimmed cloches and sculpted straw sun hats, has created 14 winter hats, all at $19.99.

RORY BECA FOR FOREVER 21

When: Now.

Where: Online and all locations.

What: Beca is back for a second capsule collection with Forever 21. The 18 items ($15.80 to $27.80) were inspired by the disco glam of Studio 54.

GIAMBATTISTA VALLI FOR MACY'S

When: Now.

Where: Macy's Downtown Minneapolis, Mall of America, Ridgedale, Rosedale and Southdale.

What: A red-carpet favorite, the capsule collection for Macy's has captured Valli's usual high-drama silhouettes and playful volumes.

MISS PIGGY FOR MAC

When: Nov. 14.

Where: At www.maccosmetics.com only.

What: Miss Piggy's one-of-a-kind style has inspired a suite of eye products, including frosted pink shadow ($15) paired with bold liner ($17.50) and lashes ($15).

VERSACE FOR H&M

When: Nov. 19.

Where: Select H&M locations.

What: Versace isn't exactly a subtle brand, and this collection is no exception. Featuring designs and bold patterns from the Italian label's archives, the men's and women's pieces will be in only 13 stores nationwide, none of them in Minnesota, so book your ticket to Chicago now.

Tie one on

Got a question about your tie? Robert Valdes-Rodriguez has the answer. The owner and designer of RVR neckwear and author of "Men: 10 Essential Skills" will be meeting with customers at Hubert White on Thursday (10 a.m. to 7 p.m., IDS Center, 747 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-339-9200).

Q What ties are in style?

A There is a lot of talk in the industry about whether narrow ties (2 to 2¾ inches) will play a more important role. My opinion is that narrow ties will maintain a narrow following. The standard (3¼- to 3¾-inch) tie widths will continue to represent the largest percentage of market share.

Q What is your approach for picking ties, shirts and suits?

A Complete -- don't compete -- when deciding what to wear and what colors to choose.

Q What's your recommendation for a power tie?

A Most shades of purple. People refer to purple as "the new navy."

Q What's the biggest sartorial mistake men make?

A Having a tie and pocket square in the exact, same design and color. Another mistake is trying too hard by creating a busy ensemble with too many wild colors while combining stripes and plaids. My advice is to keep it simple and set yourself apart with a dash of color and accessory accents rather than a tsunami.

Q How often do you wear ties?

A I wear a tie five or six days a week. Seriously, it's all about comfort and confidence. Ties can be worn in the dressiest and most casual of occasions.

THURSDAY

Picky Girl closing sale: Everything in the St. Paul boutique is at least 30 percent off. Owner Elizabeth Varghese will become the women's buyer at Details Style Lab in downtown St. Paul.

Through 2 p.m. Sat. or while supplies last, 949 Grand Av., St. Paul, 651-698-4107.

Oxxford Clothes trunk show: COO Don Deisch will consult with customers. Hubert White has been offering the line since the 1920s.

10 a.m. to 7 p.m., IDS Center, 747 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-339-9200, www.hubertwhite.com.

Vera Wang trunk show: Brides-to-be can experience the fall gowns firsthand.

Through Sat., L'atelier Couture, 219 N. 2nd St., Mpls., by appointment, 612-367-8120, www.lateliercouturebridal.com.

Continuing

Call for entries: Ages 10 to 17 can enter a design competition sponsored by Zelaz. The apparel shop is looking for school-appropriate outfits that remake an existing garment or use nontraditional materials. The show will be Nov. 13. Contact the store for details.

Zelaz, 287 Water St., Excelsior, 952-920-1044, www.zelaz.com.

Sara Glassman • sglassman@startribune.com • Follow Glassman on Twitter: @SaraRGlassman

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