This is me, eating my words.
(and deciding that maybe I CAN wear ankle booties after all…Rag & Bone harrow booties – get them for 20% off at Hampden Clothing- size up one size)
I have to say up front that I’m probably not keeping the dress, and the embellished gray tank top I also got, but I’m (probably) keeping everything else. I really like the dress, and if it was made of a softer, more flowy material, I’d probably keep it, but as it is it’s rather stiff. That’s kind of what makes it fit so well, though and gives it its nice structured shape, which I love. I think it would be very well suited for a work dress, and/or use as a jacket (it has a double zipper all up and down the dress so it can be unzipped all the way or zipped at the top or zipped at the bottom. Clever!). I just didn’t intend to keep everything, so the dress is going back.
I do love the print of the dress though, so I’m definitely keeping the blouse. It’s a great shape, not too long in the back or front, and has some interesting detailing on the shoulder. I can wear this a lot, and it might satisfy my need for print for a while, so I don’t need to get that Kenzo flying tigers dress. Maybe.
And OF COURSE I loved the Boom! sweatshirt I’m wearing a large because that’s what there was, but I like the way it fits, and it’s really comfortable. I’ll wear this a lot. Obviously.
Now…to the bag…you guys KNOW how I feel about the Target designer collaborations, and if you don’t, I’m generally opposed to them because the designers usually end up knocking themselves off instead of coming up with new, unique designs. I’m also usually very disappointed in the quality and fit of the items. This time, though, Philip Lim hit it out of the park. The clothing was spot on in terms of fit and design, and honestly, so are the bags. If you’ve seen or have a Pashli bag in person, you know the leather is quite textured and “stiff” feeling anyway, so the Target collab bags, even though they’re PU, are very similar in texture, and in quality. I didn’t care the other bags so much, but this top-handle crossbody I really liked. It was also the last bag left in my store, and I got there 30 minutes after it opened!!!
So, yeah, I was wrong about this collaboration – but I do try and always keep an open mind on them, so I’m glad I went to check it out anyway. I do still think he knocked himself off, but at least he did it in way that didn’t compromise quality or cheapen the brand. I see that most everything is now sold out online, and stuff is showing up on ebay, but maybe there are still some pieces in stores if you haven’t already been in to check them out. It’s worth a look if you can!
If you checked out 3.1 Philip Lim for Target collaboration in person what did you think? Did you buy anything? Will you buy anything? What are you opinions of the target designer collaborations in general?