You may, or may not, know that I’m not generally a fan of Target collaborations. Not only because I don’t like to see designers knock themselves off, but also because the end results usually ends up looking and feeling cheap. And the fit always tends to go more towards “juniors” sizing, which also means I can never wear anything. Nevertheless, I always WANT to like Target collaborations (especially this one) and I always look forward to seeing them in person…so while I was at Target this weekend, I took a closer look.
The leopard-print pieces and the accessories were horrible (the lips? OMG) – so cheap and tacky looking in my opinion. But I did like a few pieces enough to go and try them on, but not buy:
First, I tried on the sleeveless metallic jacquard dress in burgundy. It IS shiny IRL, but not in a really terrible way; I actually would have purchased it if it’d fit. I tried on the medium, which wouldn’t zip up, but otherwise fit well, besides being a little shorter than I like. The large zipped up, but was way too big in the bust/underarms. I suppose if I really loved this dress, it MIGHT be worth getting tailored, but not really. It’s a nice dress, and would have been really nice if it fit, but it didn’t…
I also tried on the black/gray/white shirtdress (hello!! it’s my color palette!!!) and really liked it, other than the fit. Again. The large was a bit big, but more comfortable around my hips than the medium. I could have forgiven everything and bought the dress if not for the sleeves; they are HUGE. And there’s nothing you can do about them. I tried rolling them up, but the polyester combined with the size of the sleeves made it impossible. The print is interesting, and I loved the star-print layer underneath, and I could see this being a really fun dress to wear with tights in the Fall, but those sleeves!! Crazy.
I did not try on the two jackets pictured there, but I did think they both looked more expensive than they are. The leather jacket seemed to be pretty high quality, and the tuxedo jacket was really nice and interesting. My gut says that the tuxedo jacket would be too long and shapeless on me, and same for the leather jacket (maybe not shapeless, but definitely too long). I was generally impressed by those two pieces though.
All in all, the collection has WAY too many crazy prints in it for my taste, and of course, fit issues, but I like to see a collaboration with an edgy, contemporary boutique. Maybe next time, they’ll get more of the details right…
Have you tried anything on from the KZ for Target collection? Buy anything?