Last night, Target celebrated its second round of The Shops at Target with — what else? — a shopping party. Guests like Lynn Yaeger, Mickey Boardman, Brooklyn Decker, and Hailee Steinfeld perused the collaborations with Kirna Zabete, Odin, Patch NYC, and The Curiosity Shoppe while
nibbling inhaling mini pies, pretzels, and barbecue-flavored pop corn.
Of course, we made a beeline towards the Kirna boutique, and nabbed a hi-low printed skirt. We’ve had practice at Target shopping parties before (remember the Missoni and Jason Wu craziness?), so we held onto it tightly. As we made our way over to the retro-styled bar for some bubbly and pie, we spotted Yaeger. Decked out in a mix of Comme des Garçons and AllSaints Spitalfields (“I’m a secret AllSaints shopper!”), and carrying a glittery J. Crew Crew Cuts bag, she poked fun at her own style.
“It’s because no one wants to dress like this,” she laughed. “I’m actually anxious to go home and watch the Democratic National Convention. I’m addicted to the convention.” Although it’s taboo to talk about politics in casual conversation, we still had to ask about Ann Romney, Janna Ryan, and Michelle Obama‘s dresses. We just had to.
“I thought that the two dresses between Michelle and Ann really showed so much about the campaign and the constituency, and it was really fascinating contrast. In Ann Romney’s defense, I think that somebody really rich should wear an Oscar de la Renta dress. I’m certainly glad she didn’t wear some J.C. Penney dress and act like that’s what she wore. Yes, Janna wore Talbots, but Ann’s a multi-millionaire.”
Her thoughts on Michelle’s Tracey Reese frock? “Gorgeous, gorgeous. But, you know, I’m really not watching for the clothes, but I mean, seriously.”
While scoping out the homegoods at The Curiosity Shoppe, we bumped into Paper magazine’s Mickey Boardman, who was wearing “tone-on-tone monochromatic navy blue.” The only non-blue items were his gold Steve Madden shoes and red Stella McCartney bag.
“I like to mix it with the expensive things, too, because it’s not how much it costs, but how fabulous it is. It’s the high and the low, the middle is where it’s difficult. The middle is under $500, the high is $1,000, and the low is under $75. Even J. Crew is the middle, even though I love J. Crew. I have a fabulous Crew Cuts sparkly suitcase that I use as a laptop bag, and my friend got it for me as a gift. That was $195 or something.”
“But I do love Target,” Boardman continues. “I can find something I like in any store. The good thing about shopping at an affordable store is you can shop like a rich person. I was in Target in Minneapolis a few months ago, and I found a pair of shorts that I liked, and I got them in every color because they were $20. I felt like Mr. Money Bags!”
Of course, the Target party was the first of many, many events during New York Fashion Week, and Boardman is pretty much on every show, event, and after-party list. How does one stay so fresh and “Boardman” despite all the craziness?
“I think I’m just going to do what I can do, take it as easily as I can. I’ve learned after a hundred thousand fashion weeks what I can prioritize, what I have to go to, and what I don’t have to go to. Although it’s hard because you want to support young designers, but you don’t want to miss the big designers, and you’re friends with this one and that one’s publiscist. It gets exhausting, but at the end of the day, it’s going to fashion shows — how bad can it be? It’s better than flipping hamburgers at the McDonald’s in Illiniois — not that I ever did that, but I could’ve easily ended up doing.”
And we’re glad he didn’t.
this is some kind of spaceship or something.