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September 14, 2009
Another top designer - Anna Sui - at Target and on 'Gossip Girl'


Tonight's the night to get your "Gossip Girl" on and some cute clothes to go with the new season. FYI: Chuck and Blair adjust to life as a couple - whatever that means. The third season airs at 9 p.m. on The CW (Channel 31).

And yesterday, designer Anna Sui's "Designer Collaborations" collection debuted at Target to coincide with "Gossip Girl." The inspiration for the line comes from the show's four main female characters. Sui was in New York recently to launch the line, appearing with actress Monet Mazur (pictured).

Sui is the second big-name designer the discount retailer has partnered with in the "Collaborations" line. Alexander McQueen was first. The mission is for the designer to find inspiration from a partner, muse or other creative element. For Sui, it was the hit TV show.

"When I was in Asia last year, girls kept asking me about the different areas in New York City by referring to them as where the characters from 'Gossip Girl' live," Sui says in a statement. "The show is such a phenomenon and so fashionable, so I really wanted to create a collection reflective of the four main characters."

I checked out the collection yesterday at Target and left with a really cute three-quarter-length T-shirt and a tweed jumper. The palette is both colorful - blues, purples, oranges - and neutral - gray, brown, ivory and black. Sui adds the "girly" must-have touches, too, including satin, chiffon, a velvet bow-tie collar and lace.

Yes, the collection definitely skews to a younger market. But I can "gossip" with the best of them! It's all in how you hook it up as a complete outfit.

Prices range from $19.99 (for a feminine tulle tie-front top) to $149.99 (for a really cute leather jacket). The collection is in stores and online ( through Oct,. 17.

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