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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Patrick Robinson releases fashion line

If Sister Sledge were to remake their song “He’s the Greatest Dancer,” they might need to rework the lyrics to say, “Halston, Gucci, Fiorucci, Robinson.” While Patrick Robinson doesn’t yet have the worldwide recognition of the former designers, he is quickly moving up the ranks of the fashion industry and into America’s dressing rooms. Robinson has created his own line of Greek-inspired women’s fashion and accessories for the Target Corporation as part of Target’s GO International Flights of Fashion series, where he is the first African American designer to be featured. The series is a limited-edition line of affordable fashions created by world-renowned designers, with each designer’s collection in stores for 60-90 days. Robinson’s collection of skirts, dresses, tops, pants, shorts, swimwear, handbags and hats is currently on display at The collection will be available at Target through mid-July.According to the Target website, Robinson has over 20 years of fashion experience in the United States and Europe. As a youth in California, he started designing clothes for surfers when he was 14. In 1986, he moved to Paris to work as an assistant to fellow African American designer Patrick Kelly. Later, he became the design director for Giorgio Armani. Within four years, Robinson turned around Armani’s ailing Le Collezioni line into a success. After Armani, Robinson returned to the United States in 1994 to become the senior vice president of design, merchandising and marketing for Anne Klein. By 1996, Robinson had started his own women’s apparel label, which was picked up by major department stores, including Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys. To top it off, this May, Gap Inc. announced his selection to executive vice president of design for Gap Adult and Gapbody.Even after working for such prestigious designers, Patrick Robinson’s fashions are not solely for the rich and famous. They are created with the needs and budget of today’s woman in mind.

source: black pr wire

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