5 Target Collaborations We Would Love to See

5 designers we'd like to see team up with target

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Looks from the Victoria Beckham and Isabel Marant Spring 2012 runways

We’ve only just come down from our Missoni for Target-induced high, and already the mega-retailer has broken the news that it has another sartorial star working on a wallet-friendly collection.

This time, it’s Jason Wu, and instead of the massive, 400-piece offering that Missoni dreamed up, it will be a smaller, limited-edition line for Target. (The collection is not part of the company’s Go International initiative, the program Proenza Schouler, Rodarte, Thakoon, and more participated in)

A smaller collaboration means less to go around—so if you think the Missoni for Target Web crash was a debacle, just wait for Wu’s February 5 debut …

With Versace’s H&M collection forthcoming and now this latest partnership to look forward to, we got to thinking: what other high-end names would we like to see dive into the mass market?

Here’s our shortlist.

1. Victoria Beckham

She’s made a name for herself with all things luxury (that Birkin collection alone is the stuff of legend)—but what happens when you put Posh on a budget? Like a few of our other dream designers, Beckham already has a bridge line—but it still retails for between $500 and $900. It’s a challenge, for sure, imagining the impeccable tailoring of her main collection being mass-produced. Then again, stranger things have happened … And we have no doubt that Beckham’s got the chops and the customers to make the collaboration a hit.

2. Isabel Marant

Her cult following puts other brands to shame (seriously, do French fashion editors wear anything else?). Yet, even for those who breathlessly document the every style move of those aforementioned Emmanuelle Alt types, the prices might be a bit out of reach. So, why not create perfectly patterned denim on a budget? We can't think of a good reason either.

5 designers we'd like to see team up with target

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Looks from the Emilio Pucci, Michael Kors, and Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2012 runways

3. Emilio Pucci

One word: prints. Sure, Peter Dundas has updated the house’s heritage to include all things super-sexy and slashed-to-there, but to many people, Pucci means prints—the brighter, the better. Donatella Versace dug into the archives for inspiration for her upcoming H&M line, and Missoni’s Target line was all about those iconic zigzags—Dundas could easily do the same and splash Pucci patterns on everything from linens to tote bags to tea kettles. We smell a collector’s item!

4. Michael Kors

This mogul’s got plenty on his plate, with multiple collections (Michael Kors, Michael Michael Kors, Kors Michael Kors … not to mention menswear and jewelry)—and though he flirts with more affordable fashion for his bridge lines, the legions of Project Runway-watching fans would absolutely eat up lower-priced looks from the American sportswear king. Dare we dream of cashmere, faux fur, and leather goods that won't take a toll on our credit card bills?

5. Dolce & Gabbana

With the recent closing of the D&G line (a moment of silence, please), what’s a shopper with tightened purse strings to do? Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are certainly plugged into the younger generation of fashion followers (see: their fondness for bloggers, the Justin Bieber bash they hosted, and Gabbana’s oft-updated twitter feed), so it would only make sense for the design duo to launch a line that's heavy on glamour and light on the allowance. We see a lot of black lace.

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