For those of you who love to shop on Gilt.com — the New York City-based online retailer specializing in offering high-end designer apparel and accessories, home goods and more for up to 60 percent off retail every day — but always wanted to try on the dress or shoes of your dreams before buying, then your ship has come in. From June 28 through July 28, Gilt will open its first-ever designer pop-up outlet in Louisville.

Too weird, too pretentious, too expensive and, in the end, too out of step with what today's arbiters of style deem cool. Those have been among the many critiques of Target's multidesigner collaboration with luxury retailer Neiman Marcus, a partnership that was hyped to the hilt, and wound up as a major bust.

In a twist on its proven formula, Target announced a new partnership series that brings local boutique owners, rather than internationally recognized fashion brands, into the mix of its successful high-low designer collaborations. Five boutiques from across the country have designed limited-edition collections that will be sold in Target stores and on Target.com beginning in May.

Target has announced partnerships with several fashion designers for limited edition women's wear, handbags, lingerie, lounge wear and accessories. Target signed designer Josie Natori for its first limited edition collection of lingerie and loungewear.

When Target made headlines with the launch of its limited partnership with designer Missoni, it probably didn’t expect demand for the fashion line to crash its website. While we usually hear about retail website crashes on or near Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Target’s recent site outage is remarkable for its atypical timing, severity and length.

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