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Target Offering $99 Wedding Dresses

Tim Boyle/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Target executives over the past few years have really thought outside the bargain box, teaming up with high-end designers like Missoni, Neiman Marcus and Prabal Gurung. Now the popular discount chain’s latest venture may have more people than ever saying “I do.”

Target is now offering affordable wedding wear, exclusively online, in their latest launch that targets nuptial necessities.

“It’s a huge industry,” Jennie Ma, fashion and beauty editor at The, told ABC News. “It generates about $4 billion a year. We’ve seen a lot of online retailers enter this space.”

Target is offering four styles of wedding gowns, 10 bridesmaids dresses and two flower girl frocks in sizes 2 to 28 with prices ranging from $69.99 to $129.99.

The average wedding dress costs around $1,200, and for that amount, brides-to-be could purchase six wedding dresses and eight bridesmaids dresses at Target.

Newly engaged Taylor McGrann is on the hunt for her perfect dress, but at a bargain.

“It’s hard because you want it to be special, you want it to be perfect, you want it to be beautiful, but how much can you really spend on a dress that you wear one day, one time?” McGrann asked.

McGrann added that she'd consider buying a wedding dress from Target because “They’re so classic. They’re timeless, they’re simple and it’s really evident that you can make this your own.”

The bridal dresses are only available online and Target has no plans to carry them in stores. But if you order a dress and it doesn’t fit, the dress can be returned per the return policy.

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Target to Launch Evening Wear Line with Top Hollywood Stylist

Target(NEW YORK) -- Starting this spring, you’ll have the opportunity to get your housewares and evening wear in the same place.  Target announced its newest designer collaboration Friday with top Hollywood stylist Kate Young.

“I’ve been working with Target for a number of years as a stylist, so having the chance to design my own collection with a brand I already know and love is like a dream come true,” said Young in a statement.

Young’s celebrity clients include Natalie Portman, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz.  She consults for designers Jason Wu and Derek Lam and was named the most powerful stylist last year by The Hollywood Reporter.

“With this collection, I wanted to design standout pieces that allow women to experiment with fashion and create their own red carpet moments,” she said.

In addition to evening wear, the line will also include apparel and accessories.

“This collection perfectly translates Kate’s edgy, yet sophisticated sense of style, allowing Target’s guests to create their own memorable fashion moments, all at affordable prices,” said Trish Adams, Target’s senior vice president of apparel and accessories, in a statement.

The special occasion dresses as well as separates are $29.99 to $89.99.  Handbags, jewelry and shoes will range from $14.99 to $49.99.  The items will be available in April at Target stores and on

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Target to Match Prices of Online Competitors Year-Round

Tim Boyle/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Stung by fierce competition from its online rivals, Target is now making a year-round pledge to match low prices customers find on identical products at other sites.

In a press release Tuesday, the Minneapolis-based retailer explained the new policy: "If a guest buys a qualifying item at a Target store and then finds the identical item for less in the following week’s Target circular or within seven days on,,, or [including] or in a local competitor’s printed ad, Target will match the price."

Target began matching prices of some of its online competitors this past holiday season. The new, permanent policy expands on that and goes into effect immediately.

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Black Friday: Retailers, Shoppers Preparing for Big Day

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Retailers are preparing for a stampede of shoppers on Black Friday, some of whom have already begun camping outside of stores, eager to get the best deals first.

Nearly one in four Americans, 86 million total, hit the stores on Black Friday last year, according to the National Retail Federation.

At one retailer, ABC News witnessed a mock Black Friday scenario, where a steady line of people banged their shopping carts through the door.

There’s good reason for the training. Some shoppers in Wisconsin are already camped out, ready to be the first people through the door when the Black Friday sales begin.

“Our time is almost getting paid back just by the savings,” one shopper said.

But not everyone is cheerful about the big day. Employees of some big box stores are unhappy their stores are opening on a Thursday for shopping, causing them to miss spending Thanksgiving with their families.

“We’re just demanding respect,” said Rosetta Brown, a Wal-Mart employee.

Target announced on Monday that it is opening some stores on Thanksgiving at 9 p.m. for its Black Friday sale, which in the past began the day after Thanksgiving.

Walmart will be opening its doors at 8 p.m. Sears will also open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, moved up from 4 a.m. on Black Friday last year. Kmart will be open Thanksgiving Day 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., then it will close and reopen 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. Macy’s, Kohl’s and Best Buy open at midnight.

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Target, Amazon Opposite of Chick-fil-A on Gay Marriage

Target/Amazon(NEW YORK) -- With gay rights activists still riled up over Chick-fil-a’s LGBT criticism, two megastores are taking the opposite stance and making their support for gay marriage as public as possible.

Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos became the biggest financial backer of gay marriage in the country on Friday when he and his wife MacKenzie pledged $2.5 million to support Washington state’s same-sex marriage referendum.

The Bezos' gift doubled the amount Washington’s pro-gay marriage group Washington United for Marriage had raised so far, the group said in a statement. Washington’s Legislature legalized same-sex marriage in February, but opponents have since collected enough signatures to put the measure before voters in November.

Gay marriage is legal in six states, but despite 32 separate attempts in various states, same-sex marriage has never survived a popular vote.

At the national level, Target is broadcasting its support for equal marriage rights with a wedding registry ad featuring two smiling men dressed in suits and bow ties holding hands and touching foreheads.

“Be Yourself, Together,” is printed in bold red lettering across the center of the advertisement, which encourages couples to build a registry that is “as unique as the two of you.”

Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder said in a statement that the ad is part of Target’s broader commitment to “diversity and inclusion.”

“At the heart of our company are core values which include Target’s long-standing commitment to create an environment where all of our team members and guests feel welcome, valued and respected,” Snyder said.  “We believe our current marketing is consistent with this value.”

Two years ago Target earned itself the scorn of gay rights activists after the Minneapolis-based retail giant donated $150,000 to MN Forward, a political group that endorsed GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer.  Emmer was firmly opposed to same-sex marriage.

Since then, Target has launched numerous pro-equality campaigns.  It sold gay pride T-shirts online during June’s Pride month and donated part of the proceeds to the Family Equality Council, an LGBT advocacy group.

And in June, the megastore stocked its shelves with greeting cards for same-sex couples.

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Target Stores Pull Whitney Houston Greeting Card

Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In light of Whitney Houston's death, a greeting card that poked fun at the late singer is not so funny anymore - at least according to Target. The greeting card, which mocked Houston's tumultuous relationship with ex-husband Bobby Brown, was recently pulled from Target stores, according to a report by TMZ.

The card reads: "Next time you think of dating the bad boy, consider Whitney Houston. That's all I'm going to say."

A Target rep told TMZ that the card was available in stores before Houston's Feb. 11 death and has since been pulled from store shelves, according to TMZ.

"As soon as this was brought to our attention, we began the process of removing the card from all applicable stores," a Target rep told TMZ.

Target did not respond to ABC News' request for comment.

The six-time Grammy winner was married to R&B singer Bobby Brown from 1992 to 2006. Many cite their turbulent relationship as a force behind her professional fall from grace and descent into drug addiction. The couple had one daughter together, Bobbi Kristina, born in 1993.

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Michelle Obama Wears a Jason Wu for Target Dress

Alex Wong/Getty Images/Target(OCOEE, Fla.) -- Designer Jason Wu’s line for Target sold out hours after it went on sale online, but it looks as if Michelle Obama managed to snag one of the coveted dresses from the collection.

The first lady sported the Sleeveless Chiffon Dress in Navy Floral, which retails for $39.99, over the weekend during a tour for her “Let’s Move” campaign in Florida.

The first lady wore the dress to dinner at the Halls family’s Ocoee, Fla., home, accessorizing it with a bright blue cardigan and trading the gold belt for a red one of her own.

The first lady has been known to mix high-priced designer items from designers such as Wu, Lanvin and Isabela Toledo, with pieces from retailers like J. Crew.

Wu’s Capsule Collection for Target includes delicate dresses and tops, pleated skirts, scarves, handbags and clutches, all for $60 or less. Items from Wu’s regular line can cost $5,000 in luxury department stores.

The young designer has Michelle Obama to thank for putting him on the map. The first lady famously wore Wu’s white, one-shoulder silk chiffon dress to President Obama’s 2009 inaugural ball, catapulting the designer into the national spotlight. That dress is now on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

Since then, the first lady has continued to wear Wu’s designs, notably a magenta dress on the March 2009 cover of Vogue, and a Wu dress and cardigan to an event with the G20 spouses in April 2009.

The first lady is also a fan of Target. She was seen at suburban Virginia Target in September, where she reportedly bought food and toys for first pooch Bo.

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Jason Wu for Target Apparel Sells Out in Hours

Marc Stamas/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Mere hours after Target released designer Jason Wu’s limited-edition collection in-store and online Sunday, the fashion line was sold out.

“The collection became available shortly after midnight online, and was sold out within a few hours,” said Joshua Thomas, a spokesman for Target. “The feedback from consumers has been overwhelming positive. …Jason Wu is a fashion darling and his collection is very wearable by a variety of body types and styles.”

Thomas added that out of the 1,800 Target stores nationwide, 1,200 of those stores carried Wu’s collection and many were, “sold out or running low.”

Shoppers in some locations waited hours before the stores opened to get a chance to buy the apparel, while others raced to several stores only to find empty racks.

Target launched Wu’s Capsule Collection with clothing items priced at $60 or less. This follows the mass retailer’s enormous success with getting other high-fashion designers, most recently Missoni, on board to offer affordable collections to the masses.

Wu famously designed the white evening gown First Lady Michelle Obama wore to the presidential inaugural ball in 2009. The gown is now on display in a Smithsonian museum in Washington, D.C.

His Target collection is made up of 53 pieces including dresses, skirts, tops, short, bags, and scarves. 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.

While some items are still available on Target’s website, Thomas said items from Wu’s clothing line would not be restocked. Products will continue to trickle through stores and online as shipments are either delayed or people return items, he said.

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Jason Wu to 'Target' Fashion for the Masses

Tim Boyle/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- While football fans are gearing up for the Super Bowl, fashion fans may be heading to Target Sunday, where designer Jason Wu is unveiling an affordable Parisian-inspired line that features delicate blouses, pleated skirts, handbags and clutches.

While luxury department stores can sell Jason Wu items for almost $5000, Target is selling almost 60 items, including women’s clothing and accessories, for under $60.

The collection became available Sunday morning, and already many of the items are sold out online.

According to a Target news release, “the collection’s Parisian inspiration is found in Wu’s exclusive muse for Target, Milu, a mischievous, illustrated black cat that will be found on a t-shirt, tote bag and silk scarf, as well as in the collection’s marketing campaign.”

First Lady Michelle Obama and actress Blake Lively are fans of Wu’s designs.

“His lines are so beautiful. He’s so classic and elegant and really timeless. He has such iconic shapes,” said Lively.

Actress Chlore Moretz was among Wu’s celebrity pals who stopped by the launch party at Skylight SOHO in New York.

“I do shop at Target. Duh! Tar-zhay. That’s what happens. What’s up. That little dog sells me every time,” said Moretz.

“I just think it’s awesome it’s going to be affordable. So I’m re-naming Super Bowl Sunday ‘Jason Wu for Target Day,’” said actress Emily Rossum, who attended the launch party dressed in pieces from Wu’s Target collection.

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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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