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February 11, 2013

The Good and Bad of Prabal Gurung for Target

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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?

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February 9, 2013

Prabal Gurung Tomorrow at Target

That’s right, the day has finally come for those who have waited. The anticipated Prabal Gurung “Love” collection is arriving at Target in just a matter of hours that will last through March 23, 2013, while supplies last.

Prices are: $19.99 to $199.99 for apparel and $12.99 to $39.99 for jewelry, handbags and shoes for the 80 piece collection.

Here’s just a few of the outfits from the lookbook. You can see how colorful the collection is.

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And last but not least, my absolute favorite that I can’t wait to see in person:
prabal gurungAll photos courtesy of Target.

I’m very curious to see if this collection is going to be a smash like the Missoni and Jason Wu or if it’s going to be more like the bust that was the Neiman Marcus collaboration. Missoni sold out in hours whereas the Neiman Marcus collection ended up on clearance for 75% off.

What piece are you most excited for?

July 10, 2012

Target + Neiman Marcus

As you probably have guessed, I love collaborations among designers and normal everyday companies. It’s a great way to get designer styles for a much more affordable price.

Which makes me pleased to announce Target’s newest collaboration. It will be with the one and only Neiman Marcus. Yes, I know that’s a department store, not a designer. Because it’s Neiman Marcus, it will feature 24 designers in the Limited Edition Holiday line. I’m curious to see how they will do this, if each designer gets one piece to design or they all work together. I don’t know for sure, they just announced today. But, I do know, after being happy with the Jason Wu collection I will be going after this for sure.

Want to know who the lucky 24 designers are? They’re not going to make you wait for that. They’ve given the list. Straight from the press release:

“The Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection includes an eclectic and diverse mix of more than 50 limited-edition gifting products. The collection ranges from $7.99 to $499.99, with most items less than $60. Designers who created pieces for the collection include:”

Alice + Olivia Jason Wu Proenza Schouler
Altuzarra Judith Leiber Rag & Bone
Band of Outsiders Lela Rose Robert Rodriguez
Brian Atwood Marchesa Rodarte
Carolina Herrera Marc Jacobs Skaist-Taylor
Derek Lam Oscar de la Renta Thom Browne
Diane von Furstenberg Philip Crangi Tory Burch
Eddie Borgo Prabal Gurung Tracy Reese

I’ve got to be honest, I’m a little worried about seeing some items be up to $499.99. While it does say “most” items are under $60, I just hope their “most” and my “most” are the same thing. Kind of defeats the purpose of having a collaboration in my opinion if a lot are around $500, but I’m still excited and we’ll just have to wait and see the goods!

An even greater update to this collaboration – it will be available through both Target and Neiman Marcus – in stores and online! That’s right! If we all crash the server on Target (like it’s happened the last two times – Jason Wu and Missoni collections) no worries, head over to Neiman Marcus’ website to try and get your hands on it there. And, if you’re lucky enough to have a Neiman Marcus around you, scour their racks for that piece you love.

With this collaboration, Target and Neiman Marcus will also be donating $1 Million to The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) as all designers are members of the CFDA and it’s the 50th celebration of the Council this year.

I hope you’re as excited for this as I am. Never have I wanted it to be the holiday season so bad as I do now. I just have to wait 5 months….

Make sure and set your alarms early for the morning of December 1st. These items will go fast.

Check out the full press release here.

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