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Jewish Fashion Designer Designs at a Price Point Even Bubbies Find Reasonable

For all of us whose Jewish grandmothers have been poo-pooing how much we spend on clothing, stuffing dinner rolls in their purses to compensate for our supposed lack of fiscal responsibility – Zac Posen has come to the rescue, providing … Read More

By / January 25, 2010

For all of us whose Jewish grandmothers have been poo-pooing how much we spend on clothing, stuffing dinner rolls in their purses to compensate for our supposed lack of fiscal responsibility – Zac Posen has come to the rescue, providing fashion-loving Jews and gentiles alike with his Zac Posen for Target line. If you’ve never heard of Posen, here’s some Jewish geography for you, or as I like to call it, the Jewish version of "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon": Natalie Portman is Zac’s close friend and muse – enough said.

Posen, one of fashion’s few haute Jewish fashion designers next to Alber Elbaz of Lanvin, is officially the next top fashion designer to create a collection for the discount house. Posen will follow in the footsteps of his non-Jewish but incredibly talented peers Proenza Schouler, Benhaz Serafpour, Libertine, Erin Fetherston, Temperley and Rodarte – just to name a few. Rodarte for Target, the most recent designer installment to hit the racks of the discount Mecca, will be followed by John Paul Gaultier for Target, who will officially be the first couturier to grace the racks of Targée on March 7th. For those of you unclear on the difference between high fashion and couture: a fashion house must be appointed a couture house by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in Paris. Few design houses have been awarded such status and no American, let alone an American Jew, has ever been awarded couture status by the Chambre. The others, who most deem couture but are actually just high fashion, are undoubtedly fantastic but are not considered couturiers.

Zac Posen will arrive in Targets right after Gaultier’s collection has been rummaged through and sadly misunderstood by flocks of suburban soccer moms across the country. Posen’s line channels hints of the mod 60′s and 80′s and while peppered with swimsuits and not necessarily appropriate for shul, its low price point seems off-putting in comparison to how expensive it looks. Zac Posen for Target will arrive in late April, making his Bubby proud and getting our Bubbys off our backs.

Check out the Zac Posen for Target Lookbook online courtesy of fashionista.com