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Jason Wu for Target to Hit Stores on Sunday

Tim Boyle/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Target will launch its latest limited-edition designer collection from Michelle Obama favorite Jason Wu on Sunday. Wu famously designed the white evening gown that the first lady wore to the presidential inaugural ball in 2009.

The collection is made up of 53 pieces including dresses, skirts, tops, short, bags and scarves. Wu said it is inspired by the idea of an American girl in Paris. Apparel ranges from $19.99 to $59.99, and accessories are $19.99 to $49.99. Luxury department stores sell Jason Wu pieces that can retail for upwards of $3,000.

The collection features floral patterns, fitted silhouettes and blacks and whites paired with bold colors for the spring.  The collection’s exclusive muse, according to Target, is an illustrated black cat named Milu that appears on a T-shirt, tote bag and silk scarf, as well as in the collection’s marketing campaign.

“By working with Target I was able to create an accessible collection that reflects my sophisticated design aesthetic,” Wu said in a statement. “As with my main collection, special attention has been considered into every detail and I can’t wait to see girls wearing and enjoying the collection.”

The collection will be available from Feb. 5 to March 6, or as long as supplies last.

A number of the pieces have already shown up on eBay after last week’s launch party and pre-sale event. Some are being sold for double or triple their store prices.

Target’s most recent high-fashion collaboration was with Missoni, which caused a frenzy both in stores  and online. The store’s website crashed the day the collection went on sale and items sold out almost instantly, causing a great deal of customer backlash.

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Forever 21 Criticized for ‘Oriental Girl Necklace’

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Forever 21(NEW YORK) -- Forever 21 has the Internet buzzing with an “Oriental Girl Necklace” that some shoppers are calling offensive for its stereotypical depiction of an Asian woman and the use of the outdated term “oriental.”

The charm is of a white-faced girl with her black hair styled in two buns over her ears. It is on sale for $1.50 on the Forever 21 website.

There is debate, however, in the online world about whether the item is offensive or racist. Many of those who believe it is offensive comment that the issue is with the word “oriental,” which is often regarded as a derogatory word when referring to people.

“Apparently, Forever 21 thinks that people want to wear outdated, cultural stereotypes as necklaces, and that it’s okay to sell them,” wrote Dhani Mau of style website “Fashionista.”

Others think the criticism is an over-reaction and say the charms aren’t offensive.

One commenter wrote, “People need to grow thicker skin, get a sense of humor and stop yelling racism at every little thing.”

Forever 21 did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Cultural caricatures were the target of a recent effort by an Ohio University student group poster campaign denouncing “racist” Halloween costumes.

The posters showed students of a different ethnicities holding photographs of an offensive costume. An Asian girl holds an image of someone dressed up as a geisha. A Mexican boy holds a photo of someone in a sombrero, colorful poncho and exaggerated mustache riding a stuffed donkey.

Each poster has two sentences on it: “We’re a culture, not a costume,” and “This is not who I am, and this is not okay.”

“Fashionista” also spotted a necklace in a Forever 21 store with a Native American girl charm that is not available online. This charm has a tan-skinned girl with exaggerated rosy cheeks sporting her hair in two braids and wearing a “traditional” Native American dress.

Urban Outfitters was recently slammed by the Navajo Nation for its ‘Navajo’ line that included the “Navajo Print Fabric Wrapped Flask” and the “Navajo Hipster Panty.” Under pressure, the company eventually dealt with the situation by replacing the word “Navajo” with “Printed” in the product names, but left the products up.

This is not the first time that Forever 21 has been at the center of a controversy surrounding a product. In September, outraged consumers denounced the brand’s “Allergic to Algebra” shirt marketed to girls and teenagers. The shirt was criticized for sending an anti-education message to girls. The company ultimately pulled the shirt from its website.

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Lululemon’s Success Inspires Gap, Nike and Nordstrom to Rethink Yoga 

Benjamin Norman/Bloomberg/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rising star in yoga apparel, Lululemon Athletica, has Gap, Nike and Nordstrom launching yoga-inspired, Lululemon-like lines of their own.

Bloomberg News reports that retail giants like Gap are jumping on board the pricey spandex bandwagon, and are launching $60 women’s yoga tops of their own at their Athleta stores and offering free yoga classes as well—another popular Lululemon trend.

Nike’s Salvation chain is offering $64 training capris and a yoga-studio style similar to those found in Lululemon.

Nordstrom’s Zella line has hired a Lululemon to recharge their yoga apparel.

Despite the current economic climate that has many penny-pinching shoppers hunting for bargains, U.S. sales of women’s athletic clothing rose 2.6 percent in 2010 to $30.5 billion, according to market researcher NPD Group that said the trend is driven 100 percent by Lululemon.

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