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Target launched the latest of their designer collaborations this past Sunday, this time teaming up with Prabal Gurungm the former head designer of Bill Blass, and most well known for recently dressing First Lady Michelle Obama. The launch was per usual, highly anticipated by many fans of Target, who couldn’t wait to get their hands on the most recent collaboration. While nothing from the look book really struck my fancy, making me rush into Target at 8 am on a Sunday, I was open minded and still wanted to check it out in person to see how it looked. I’m usually one of the biggest cheerleaders of these collaborations, but was very disappointed when I saw and touched in person, what had come about from this partnership. When I tried the items on in the fitting room, disappointment turned into frustration. Here’s a look at what I tried on.
The bottom line, my overall impression was that it just all looked very cheap. I honestly can’t believe Prabal Gurung, who says he believes in quality and craftsmanship, would let these pieces pass through. The fabrics were some of the worst I’d ever seen and felt. If you aren’t sure if something is poor quality, the first tell tale sign is to feel the fabric. If it’s a cotton and looks too shiny or feels too stiff, or if it is scratchy, then chances are it’s of poor quality. At the end of the day, for the prices Target charges for some of these pieces, you’re better off buying most of their Massimo items, which are better quality and less expensive. Or be patient and diligent and shop the sale racks at higher end stores. I’ve got some beautiful and well made dresses for cheaper than these, off the sale racks at Madewell and Anthropologie. Sorry Target, but I think this girl is gonna need you to really wow me going forward, if I’m going to buy into these designer collaborations.
*Also, I hope I didn’t offend anyone if you loved the collection. The prints, shoes and accessories were all fun and seemed better made than the clothing. I am just finding that the older I get and the more serious I get about value for my money, the more picky I’m becoming when it comes to clothing. With that being said, did anyone buy anything, and if so, what did you think about it?