In case you’ve been stuck under a rock (or thinking about something other than fashion or shopping…), Target launched their new Go International Designer collection by Rogan Gregory yesterday.
I normally DO NOT get excited at all about these collections; they are usually too “juvenile” for my taste, and never fit me correctly. But I wanted to check this one out, because I do love Rogan Gregory’s main line: Loomstate, and this is the first Target collaboration where a designer features pieces made with certified organic cotton. I admit, I was interested to see what he would produce, given the pricing constraints of creating a line for Target, and the relatively high prices of his main line.
Overall, I was impressed by the collection. I wish the colors had been a little more bold, and that there were fewer animal prints, but as a whole, the collection was cohesive, and the pieces were very interesting. There were silk “dresses” with organic cotton accents, a nice linen/cotton sweater, 100% organic cotton denim skirts and trousers (which I couldn’t try on, because my size was out – these are junior fit, so I probably would have taken a size 15, or at least a 13!). The t-shirts are my favorite – they were incredibly soft, and featured the same vertically stitched hem as my Loomstate tees (I love this detail). They were relatively thin, however, in comparison to Loomstate, but not compared to LnA and some American Apparel tees.
I tried on nearly everything I could find at my store, except the short shorts and bathing suits…oh, and the mesh coverups…ewww, and they only pieces that fit were the tops; the dresses did not fit my hips at all (But I kinda had a feeling that would be the case). Nothing really worked except three pieces – all tops – and here they are on me:
I love this tiger print tee – it’s super-soft, the style is fitted, but not too fitted, and the pattern is cute – not over the top animal print. I am wearing a medium. On the left, I’m wearing the tee with Samantha Treacy Wide leg pants and Matt Bernson Love sandals. On the right, I’m wearing it over a James Perse tube dress, with a belt from Target, and Castaner Espadrilles.
Next is a button down blouse:
I love the way this top fits! I did take my “normal” size in this: L, otherwise, it wouldn’t have fit my hips. The top is a bit sheer, but I don’t think too sheer to wear without a tank or cami underneath (I’m not). I don’t really care for the rolled/buttoned up sleeves, so I unbuttoned them and unrolled the sleeves just a bit to make them longer. The top is also a bit stiff – definitely not as soft as the tees – but I’m hoping it will soften up after washing a couple of times. Oh, and there’s a really cool zebra print inside the shirt you can see from the back – which is kind of fun…(I’m wearing it with J Brand Kat Jeans)
Last, I picked up this sweater:
I do love the way this fits/looks, but it is ITCHY!! It’s made from linen and organic cotton, and has a very interesting texture, which adds to the appeal of the sweater, but I wish it was a bit softer to the touch. Again, maybe it will soften up with a wash (this is hand-wash only). I sized down to a medium in this, and almost could have gone one size smaller, it runs pretty big. Worn with my Samantha Treacy wide leg pants in navy).
I also tried on this jacket. It was interesting, I liked how you could see the leopard print lining from the outside of the jacket, but I could see how it would not look very nice after wearing a few times…I just didn’t think it would hold it’s shape very well.
I’ll post an update after I’ve worn/washed everything a couple of times to let you know how they hold up, but overall, I think the collection is definitely worth checking out, and I admire that Target and Rogan Gregory are working on bringing affordable organic cotton pieces to the “masses.”