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Jason Wu Next Designer ‘Target’ for Retail Giant

Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Attention, Target shoppers: Of-the-moment designer and first lady Michelle Obama’s favorite, Jason Wu, is next in line to take on the design-for-the-masses entrepreneurial model, Target announced Monday.

The news was teased on Twitter Sunday night by @TargetStyle and confirmed Monday by the chain in a YouTube video.

“The exciting thing about this limited edition collection of affordable women’s wear and accessories is that it allows me to reach a wider audience and bring my designs to people who may not have been able to purchase them before,” Wu told Women’s Wear Daily.

The young designer broke into the national spotlight nearly three years ago when Michelle Obama wore one of his original designs at the 2009 inaugural ball.

He has remained a favorite of the first lady, who was spotted shopping in a suburban Virginia Target last month.

The first lady was said to have picked up food and toys for first pooch Bo on that trip, but come February, she might also use a Target trip to stock up on Wu-designed clothes and handbags.

Judging by the reaction from the chain’s last collaboration with an A-list fashion house, the Missoni for Target line, shoppers may want to line up now for Wu’s Feb. 5 launch.

The Missoni launch proved that even a retail giant like Target can be overwhelmed by fashion-hungry, discount-seeking fashionistas.

Lines stretched out the doors of Target stores across the country ahead of the Missoni launch, making store aisles quickly bare of the line’s signature, striped clothing and home goods.

The website was also down for hours after shoppers flooded the site to purchase what they couldn’t find in-store. Meanwhile, the savviest of savvy shoppers posted their Missoni for Target purchases on eBay, listing them for hundreds of dollars more than the Target price.

Target has yet to announce the exact details of Wu’s launch, and how they plan to avoid a similar fate.

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Fashion Designers, Factories Fight to Save Manufacturing Jobs

Maria Teijeiro/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- As President Obama kicks off his plan to lower the unemployment rate, currently at 9.1 percent, the issue of job creation is alive and well during New York City's Fashion Week.

Nanette Lepore, one of over 99 fashion designers presenting their spring lines this week, says her colleagues hold the future of American apparel manufacturing, especially in New York City's garment center district, in their hands.

"There are 20,000 manufacturing jobs in this neighborhood," Lepore said, referring to the historic district.  "I just hope more designers onshore their manufacturing in New York City and we increase to full capacity."

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 19,823 apparel manufacturing jobs in New York state last year, compared to 65,182 of those jobs in 2000.

"The area got wallopped," said Steven Capozzola, media director for the Alliance for American Manufacturing.  Capozzola said the majority of apparel manufacturing jobs are based in New York City.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 154,400 apparel manufacturing jobs in all of the U.S. as of August.

Despite a few high-profile departures from the neighborhood of designers' offices, such as Vera Wang and Oscar de la Renta, Lepore said the clothing factories in the tight real estate market of New York City are alive, but in danger.  That is, unless more designers bring their businesses back.

"This block used to be lined with UPS trucks," Lepore said, referring to a street in the garment center.  "It was a block that was so busy and thriving in manufacturing, and it's so sad to see it go.  I am going to be one of the last holdouts.  I don't want to let go of my American manufacturing."

About 1.6 million square feet of manufacturing space remains in the neighborhood, according to the Garment Center Supplier Association, which has 125 supplier members, all based in the area.

Lepore said many designers are taking their manufacturing either out of the city or the country with the goal of cheaper production costs.  As a result, city factories, already squeezed by rent, have less business.  Not only does that harm factory jobs but it also affects the resources available to emerging design talent and the creative process.

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Christian Dior Fires John Galliano for Alleged Anti-Semitic Rant

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(PARIS) -- Christian Dior axed designer Galliano Tuesday after a video surfaced online that appears to show the designer spewing anti-Semitic remarks.

In the video, posted Monday on the website of the British tabloid The Sun, Galliano launches into a tirade at the Paris bar La Perle, declaring, "I love Hitler" and telling patrons that "people like you would be dead," and that "your mothers, your forefathers" would all be "gassed." It's unclear when the video was recorded.

Last week, in a separate incident, a Paris couple accused Galliano of verbally abusing them at La Perle. He was suspended from his post as Dior's creative director on Friday after those allegations.

In a statement released Tuesday, Dior's CEO, Sidney Toledano, said, "I unequivocally condemn the statements made by John Galliano which are in total contradiction to the longstanding core values of Christian Dior."

Since joining Dior in 1996, Galliano, 50, has used his provocative sense of style to push the luxury label to the top of the fashion heap. Celebrities covet his creations; Nicole Kidman and Sharon Stone wore Dior gowns to Sunday's Academy Awards.

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