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?
No plans to shop Philip Lim at Target, but I like that dress (though not the black booties with it). Would love it w/ sandals or a “nude” platform shoe. The blouse I would love to see unbuttoned & belted over a bright tank…
Re edging into color, am in the midst of adding color to my super-neutral living room. (Maybe because so many fall clothes are black and gray, which I like on others, but not me.)
It seems odd that I fought it so hard, but the Sept. House Beautiful really opened my eyes. Dashes of pink, green, why not?!
Kim McLeod says
I think the dress looks wonderful on you! It was fun (even though I am such a simple grey, black, white, etc., solids kind of gal) to see you in this great pattern and style when I clicked on the picture! Love it with the booties, too! (Keep it! 🙂 )
I have no doubt our Target(s) will be sold out. I have a Philip Lim bag and love the look of it, but I don’t find it as functional as I like. I like longer handles and pockets in a bag!
Anyway, you look great and what fun stuff! Thanks, always! Kim
Oh I think that BOOM sweatshirt is perfect on you. In a way the pattern adds the same edge that you usually get from sillhouettes and asymetry.
Monica P says
I didn’t check it out the Philip Lim stuff at Target, but I’ve been reading blogs that got great stuff. I sort of forgot all about it .. lol.
Another blogger also said that the dress was stiff, but I have to say – it looks great on you!
I say keep the blouse over the dress. I think you might get more wear out of it.
So I wasn’t sure if I should stay up and try to catch the release online. I figured my sleep would probably be more beneficial than another bag, but somehow I woke up around 4am when they started putting stuff up for sale and managed to buy the two gray bags that I was interested in (good thing too since they were online only). I like that the style isn’t distinctly Phillip Lim like the Pashli and a gray handbag is on my wishlist so I can’t wait to get them although I’m only keeping one.
Anyway, I went to the store and got there around 8:20 and every single bag minus the men’s travel bag was completely snatched up. It was ridiculous seeing carts full of bags and multiple bags of the same bag on women’s arms. All I could do was shake my head and be thankful I wasn’t one of them, lol. I tried on the sleeveless version of that dress and blouse, the leopard skirt, the gray sweatpants and the black/cream drop dress. They were all cute and I was tempted to get the leopard skirt and sweatpants but I didn’t get the I love these and had to have them feeling so I left them in the store. The quality seemed on par with other collections and I couldn’t inspect any of the bags up close but from what I could see they looked pretty darn good for faux leather.
Grechen Reiter says
Grechen Reiter says
i did like the dress, but can’t imagine wearing it very often, so i took it back…it was pretty stiff, but that’s the only way you can get that shape IMO.
Grechen Reiter says
the sweatpants were cute, but not that cute i guess…i just didn’t “feel” them enough to buy. but you’re right about the girls with the bags, i got there 30 minutes after the store opened and all the bags were gone. i did a circle around the display and saw one and just snagged it really quick! there were girls walking around with bags falling off of them, which pissed me off a little, but i guess first come, first served, right ? the poor lady who was stocking everything said they got hounded going to put out more bags! so crazy!!!!
I know you are returning it but that top photo is so great – the dress and boots combination is wonderful on you! I am so jealous at your healthy haul — I couldn’t go to Target the day of the sale and everything near me is gone. Maybe it’s worth it to keep everything for now?
Damn those booties look great on you! I am totally craving a pair of Rag and Bone boots…maybe someday. But I agree that it ALL looks great on you, but knowing your penchant for solids, I’d say, keep the blouse and return the dress. Although the dress makes you look like a skinny minnie!! And I didn’t think that I’d like the “BOOM” sweatshirt…too “pop art” for me, but I love it!!
I am in favor of designer collaborations, because I am one of those people that can’t afford the real thing (although, truthfully, if I bought LESS and thought like a French girl, I probably could!), so I long for something made by an A-list designer. I don’t mind that they copy themselves, because really, they ALL do it to each other!
Ann Krembs says
Grechen, I don’t know if you’ve returned your items yet, but I want to encourage you to keep the dress. It looks fabulous on you! I mean it! It’s a perfect fit on you–so slimming and the way it goes with those booties, emmhmm. The shirt I’m not so crazy about. Well these are just my opinions for what it’s worth. It’s at times like these when people mention target on their blogs when I really wished I did live back home in the states. Hmm, I wonder if Target would ever come to Hong Kong….? Probably not! Anyway dear, keep the dress! It looks terrific on you! That’s my two bits anyway. Love, Ann of Kremb de la Kremb
Grechen Reiter says
i did actually return everything. long story, really, but while i liked everything, i can’t keep it right now, and i honestly don’t need any of the things i bought. i just got caught up in the “hype” – everything was good, yes, but i’m trying to focus on needs rather than wants right now!!
Hi! I’m about to purchase the boom sweater on ebay and trying to figure out what size to buy. May i know what size you usually wear pls, esp. On tops? Thank you
Grechen Reiter says
i usually wear mediums, sometimes small. i got a large in this sweatshirt.