Jean-Paul Gaultier Teams with Target for Spring Capsule Collection


Looks from Jean-Paul Gaultier’s limited-edition collection for Target, which hits stores on March 11. (Photos: Target)

Bonjour, big box retailing! Jean-Paul Gaultier, who at 57 manages to remain fashion’s enfant terrible, is the latest designer to collaborate with Target. Distinct from the company’s longstanding “GO International” program, which just wrapped up its hotly anticipated Rodarte collection, Gaultier’s limited-edition line will be part of the Designer Collaborations program that bowed in 2008 after “masstige” pioneer Isaac Mizrahi left Target to take the creative helm at Liz Claiborne. Gaultier will be the program’s third designer, following Anna Sui and Alexander McQueen. According to Target, the collection “pays tribute to the American woman—celebrating the forces of style both past and present in American pop culture,” but it is awash in decidedly French Gaultier signatures such as the Breton-inspired stripes that appear on swimwear, t-shirts, a tank dress, and a trench coat (above, at far left). Tattoo prints abound, and there are pieces that pay tribute to rock, punk, hip-hop, old Hollywood, and menswear at prices that range from $17.99 to $199.99. We like the Eye Tee (at left, shown under a pinstripe vest). At $19.99 and covered in the goofy Stencil typeface that is a Gaultier fave, it’s the perfect way to say, “I love a bargain and Georges Bataille!”