Allison Williams at Target + Neiman Marcus Event

Posted on November 29, 2012



Allison Williams attends the Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection launch event in New York City. Allison wore a Vince blouse, Rag & Bone jeans, Marc Jacobs for Target scarf, Casadei shoes, and Jennifer Meyer earrings.

Marc Jacobs for Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection Scarf

Which is a relief, because her last few public appearance looks have been questionable, at best; a veritable cornucopia of trying too hard. It’s too simple a look to spend much time breaking down but we just wanted to feature her wearing something simple after those too-complicated dresses. She’s wearing essentially the same kind of outfit Katharine McPhee wore the other day, but it’s styled better and the pieces look more … we won’t say “expensive,” (although they do), so we’ll go with “impeccable.”

The only thing that kind of bugs is the half-assed way the scarf is draped on her. We can’t help but think – since it appears to be the only piece from a Target collection – that some publicist pretty much threw it on her just before she walked out on the step-and-repeat.


[Photo Credit: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images]

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  • She looks perfect for the type of event, and location.  Though I confess a certain sadness that Marc Jacobs is designing for Target. (sigh)  Those sorts of collaborations rarely work out well for teh designer involved in the long run.

    • MaryanneGirl

      I understand your perspective, but I’ll say as a woman who’s back in college in her late twenties & therefore on a STRICTLY tight budget (AKA: there’s no money to budget), it’s nice to have the option to walk into a Target and own something that says Marc Jacobs on it. Even if that sounds silly. 

      • And on that point I agree. In fact I’ve always wanted more real good design to end up in mass marlket environments, so people like thee and me, can actually contemplate getting to it.  What ends up happening for the designer all too often, is a diminishment of cachet ,and ultimately, style impact.  The willingness to allow their name to be used can be an awfully slippery slope.  Care must be taken at all times not to over promote. I’m thinking of the name Pierre Cardin, in particular.

        • MaryanneGirl

          Oh, there’s no argument here, I completely agree with what you’re saying now and in the original comment! 

          •  I guess my biggest beef is that the industry seems to believe that they must dumb down a design in order to make it sellable.  Sure, construction techniques, and fabric quality must be altered to bring something in at the right production price point, but the essential design quality should not have to suffer in the bargain.  In the 40s and 50s a remarkable woman named Claire McCardell working in ready to wear, was able to design and produce a huge array of innovative, fun, and practical clothes that were entirely affordable for the average woman. It is possible to do.

          • Qitkat

            I am in such strong agreement with all your points regarding good design. I have always felt that excellent design, whether fashion, industrial, technological, architectural, interior, or any other type, enhances a person’s life, for convenience and comfort, aesthetics and usability. As we interact with design choices made by someone else, over and over, every day, it becomes far more than how something looks or feels or works, it may indeed, consciously and subconsciously, impact how we feel about our lives and our friends, coworkers and families, and our happiness too. High quality ought not to be a slave to high price.

          • Sadly, we Americans have become to a very real extent, addicted to the notion of far larger wardrobes than are really needful, or affordable. So, we rely on cheaply made goods in order to have more options. Sure, there are millions for whom businesses like Target are the only real options, because of the price issue. I don’t mean to diss anyone for whom that is true.

    • CozyCat

      The thing that bothers me about the Target/designer collaborations is that the quality is usually so low.  The designs are often cute, but the fabric, while nice to look at, has a horrible, synthetic cheap feel.  The fit is bad.  The quality of construction is low.  And then the price is higher than normal because of the name.  It just seems like they’re messing with us.

      • And you’ve just nailed another reason why these partnerships end up badly for the designer. Suddenly, a couture deaigner’s name is being associated with shoddy, cheaply made goods. Not a good idea.

      • xmixiex

         totally agreed.  i love the idea, but i seriously can’t fathom wearing crappy made clothes.  i certainly do not have a designer wardrobe, but i buy the best quality i can afford.

  • I’ve never noticed her ears before, which makes me think a ponytail might not be her best friend. Everything else looks really good though.

    • ecallaw1977

       I’m of the opinion that no lady should ever not wear a ponytail just because of prominent ears.  Fuck ’em.

      • MoHub

        I personally have Dumbo ears, but the ponytail gives me the illusion of better cheekbones. It’s a tough choice.

      • Jackie4g

        Right you are. Ears and noses continue to grow throughout a person’s entire life. Unless you’ve had a rhinoplasty (nose job) your nose grows.

      • LesYeuxHiboux

        I am not prominent eared, but I love those who are. I love the look of prominent ears with a ponytail or close-cropped haircut. Something winning about it.

    •  Seriously? Seriously? Whats the problem with her ears? Am I blind or why am I just not seeing the apparently giant problem with her ears which must be so horrible that she has to cover them?  She’s a beautiful young women with perfectly normal ears and looks great with a ponytail.

      • I didn’t say giant or horrible – but this hairstyle is not as flattering on her as other hairstyles are.

    •  I actually liked her ears. They gave her an elfin sort of look (in a good way!), and I think they make her more striking and memorable.

    • Qitkat

      True story, me, seventh grade, sensitive. Someone makes fun of my ears. Forever after I am self-conscious about my perfectly normal ears and forego wearing pony tails. Thank goodness this young lady is most likely mature enough to overlook such silly remarks. Especially with her normal ears.

      • ecallaw1977

         I’ve had several friends over the years with the exact same complex, and with of them it was borne out of some offhand comment someone made about them when they were young that made them forevermore self-conscious about it.  That’s just a little sad to me.  I’ve wondered if the same thing happened to Cathy Cambridge!

  • I think she looks great, but I’m biased. I’m obsessed with the razor-sharp wit of her dad. “Reeewr with Brian Williams” on The Soup is my favorite.

    • Sarah Dickerson

      BRIAN WILLIAMS IS HER DAD??? Wow.  Mind blown.

    • LeBarron

      I adore Brian Williams.  When Allison here was promoting Girls, I thought, “Well, she’s really pretty.”  Then I found out her dad is Brian Williams, and I thought, “LUCKY BITCH!”  She really won the genetic lottery.

    • kcarb1025

      Her dad is so much more interesting to me than she is. Love him.

  • Sobaika

    Very appropriate for the event and yet still chic and stylish. This is the sort of outfit a mortal like myself looks at and thinks, “Hmmm I could do that too.”

    • homespunner

       Mortal me just thought exactly that.

  • It’s a shame, b/c that’s a cute scarf, and I’m all about scarf styling. However, I love a good navy and black, which is deployed oh so well here. I’m glad she ditched the godawful Walnut Grove Formal look that was her last. Still wearing the same nail polish, though.

  • crash1212

    Might have to hit Target after work. Want that scarf.

    • l_c_ann

      Only if the scarf isn’t in black.  (Hint, black is not the color of winter for some of the USA)

      • Sarah Dickerson

        WTF are you talking about?

        • l_c_ann

          I am trying to talk about the color black, which is not a big seller in winter in large parts of the country.  Brighter colors go better with dreary days, but not, apparently in New York and equally stylish places.

          If you’ve ever been to cities in western Canada where the days are even shorter in winter, you’d notice that lighter colors are welcome.  My BIL in Switzerland plans ski vacations to get up where it’s bright, and there aren’t folks cloaked in black there.

          Nothing to do with dandruff.  More to do with outlook in winter. 

          I’ve tried to explain to you both why colors (not neutrals) do matter to some potential customers.

          • Sarah Dickerson

            So… just because ONE scarf is available in black, the fashion industry doesn’t understand that some people like bright or light colors in the winter?  Bullshit.

      • Yeah, seriously, what are you on about? Dandruff? Do people in snowy climes get dry, flaky scalps?

      • crash1212

         I live in San Francisco and black is the color for pretty much everything all year round! We’re dark and moody that way. Although, I wouldn’t be too sad if I could get it in a nice shade of gray/lavender.

  • Giustina Pileggi

    she has such a charming smile. totally jealous. 

  • Why did Neiman – Marcus and Target have a joint event? 

    • SewingSiren


      • mjude


    • kimmeister

      Such a random pairing!  One store, I go to at least twice a week.  The other, I probably couldn’t even afford one sock.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    I think the stylist was probably arranging that scarf on her so the garish “MARC JACOBS” label wouldn’t show.

  • MaryanneGirl

    I think she looks very lovely. Clean, love the ease of the ponytail, etc. Will definitely agree with TLo that the scarf could’ve used SOME attention…feels like she was running from event to event with a bag full of accessories in the car. “Where are we?? Target event? Black scarf! GO GO GO!!!”

  • Sara__B

    My only problem with this outfit is the ordinary-ness of it. My co-workers and I wear similar stuff (of the less “impeccable” variety) all the time, and we’re plump gals in our 50s and 60s.

  • anotherkate

    She gives me such (pleasant) Amanda Peet vibes. They could play sisters.

    • kimmeister

      I always think that as well.

  • frannyprof

    She looks so much like Amanda Peet. 

  • decormaven

    Very appropriate for the venue. My choice would have been a bigger earring, but the ones chosen are very tasteful. Will have to check out the scarf and other MJ offerings.

  • marilyn

    Doesn’t anyone else think it is totally BIZARRE that NM is working in a joint project with Target?  What in the world are they doing together?????  I assume the Target shoppers are pretty happy with this unholy alliance, and the NM shoppers are looking for somewhere else to shop.  Yikes.

    By the way, I couldn’t care less about what she is wearing.  It is perfect for a funeral.  Impeccable, chic and depressing.   Happy holidays.

    • Candigirl1968

      Given the bang up response to the designer collections (in Atlanta there were near riots for the Missoni), it’s a smart move to do something for the holidays.  By having the collections in both stores (so nobody needs to shop away from their comfort zone if they don’t want to), it guarantees high foot traffic for both retailers and the likelihood (as with the Black Friday effect) that folks will walk out with more than they planned. 

      Target has done generally very well with its designer partnerships and Neiman Marcus needs something fresh.  I think that the alliance may actually mean more to NM than Target.  

      P.S.  Love the scarf.  

  • Nice scarf. I’ll need to check out the local Target.

  • Oh my god, I was thinking the exact same thing. Well, first I thought, ‘a scarf? this huge promo and they’re gonna throw us a scarf?’ Then I thought they probably threw the scarf at her too. Cute, event appropriate attire. Her make-up looks great.

  • Imasewsure

    Who the hell is this girl (said the person too lazy to look her up and/or remember once I do/did)? She looks nice I guess but I’m tired of seeing her

    • margaret meyers

      Bring me a younger Amanda Peet!

  • Susan Collier

    Could MARC JACOBS be written any bigger on that scarf?

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      I know. And call me weird, but I hate when designers slap their name all over my accessories. And my initials are not “MK” or “DB” or “C” or “F” or “G”. If you want me to advertise your brand then you have to give me something for it.

  • mike__tv

    cool step-&-repeat. 

  • RocknRollmom

    Replying to Kiltdntiltd down the way since my replies don’t ever seem to work—While I don’t disagree with you in theory, I think Target and its focused limited editions of designer ware may limit that traditionally bad idea such as Cardin and Halston.  I still have some great Isaac Mizrahi pieces from their first efforts and I scored a few Jason Wu pieces last year.  I would never ever own Wu otherwise. 

  • RocknRollmom

    Oh and as to Ms. Williams who is lovely and a beautiful feminine version of her hunky dad—one’s fingernails should not match one’s eye color.  Call me old fashioned.

  • neofashionista

    She looks beautiful

  • ChelseaNH

    I’m distracted by how much she looks like Amanda Peet.

  • guest2visits

    It’s a cute and simple look; I just wish there was another pic without her legs in a twist.
    I like the designers contributing some designs for mass market and affordable venues like Target. (although a scarf, – really?)
    Having read some other responses; I would like to add that the quality of women’s clothing in general, except at the very top of
    the fashion retail business, – is much inferior to the quality of men’s wear. The construction and the fabric are much flimsier for
    just about anything made for women; item for item. There are exceptions in the market; here and there.
    Also keep in mind that women are expected to wear a larger variety of looks for the workplace or school, or for everyday even;
    and that if they don’t change up their wardrobe enough, it doesn’t reflect well for the woman. Men are not expected to have an
    expansive closet, they can get by wearing the same stuff routinely.  And yet most women are earning less than her male peers;
    but still have to fill that expectation somehow – and then wind up with inferior, shorter-lived garments to boot.  And add to that;
    women’s clothes are MORE expensive than guy’s.   It’s a frustrating norm that most women discover when they start purchasing
    their own things; usually before leaving high school.