I, like most fashionistas, headed to their local Target to grab a few goodies from the Prabal Gurung “Love” collection before it got ripped off the shelves. I mentioned in my last post on it that I was interested to see if it would be more like the Missoni line or the Neiman Marcus collection and I found that it was right in the middle. Some items went very quickly off the shelves and online while others are still available and probably will be for some time.
I bought 4 items of the collection. And here’s where the good and the bad comes in. They had my favorite dress at my local target so I was able to get my hands on it; however, my target had about 4 pairs of shoes, 3 clutches and absolutely ZERO jewelry. I really wanted the multicolored lace-up heels but all they had was black and they looked a bit cheap. So, a bit defeated, I tried on the items I grabbed and walked out of Target a bit sadder than I went in.
Items were available online, but by the time I left Target and looked on Target’s website, the shoes I wanted were gone.
After a day of thinking about them, here is my reviews on the items I was able to buy:
1. Dress w/ Full Skirt in Floral Crush Print – $49.99. Here is where photoshopping, good lighting, and possibly a specially made dress for the lookbook magic comes in. This dress looks amazing in the lookbook. Truly amazing. When you see it up-close however, it is just a colorful print on stiff white fabric. It looks great with a leather jacket over it but it definitely cannot be worn by itself with the print.
2. Shorts in Floral Crush Print – $26.99. These, I admit, were an impulse buy. They fit, and I figured I could wear them now with black tights or in the summer with a white shirt and maybe pink blazer? I don’t know yet but I honestly hadn’t even considered buying these until I saw the collection up close. This image makes them look sort of long on the leg, but they are in fact not long at all.
3. Short-Sleeve Dress in First Date Print – $39.99. Out of the clothing that I purchased this is my favorite piece. It still doesn’t quite look expensive, nor extraordinary quality, but it is cute. and with heels and a belt, it’s really cute, a bit long for my taste, but I’m also only 5’2″ so I understand why. It’s silky and lightweight and fits really well.
4. Lace-up Pump – Meet the Parents Print – $39.99. My absolute favorite item and I was so glad to see that my Target at least had these even if it didn’t have the multicolored strappy lace-up heels. These are honestly gorgeous and comfortable. They zip in the back so if you have narrow feet like I do, no lacing is required. The soles have rubber on them so you won’t slide. I really hope these hold up for a long time!
The other items in the collection, the ones I didn’t buy were simply because they were extremely plain. The color-blocked cardigan and skirt, plain yellow sweater, and racerback tanks look like they could’ve come from anywhere. They could’ve easily been placed on a different rack in Target and no one would’ve noticed them.
Even though I’m not a jewelry hoarder, I wish my Target would have had at least one piece of jewelry to just look at. That’s the thing about living in Kansas: items might still be on the shelf tomorrow, but because of that, we don’t get the whole collection.
Summary: My honest opinion, the only thing really worth the price was the shoes. Everything else, especially the dress with the full skirt in floral crush print, was a letdown. But, I realize I can’t expect perfection. It’s a designer making clothes available for Target. I did just hope for a little bit more.
What are your thoughts on the collection now that you’ve had a chance to see it?