Prabal Gurung for Target

Thursday, January 17, 2013

source: Target.com
... it's almost that time again, when Target releases a new designer collaboration. They haven't really done a successful, full-on release of one designer in a while, and I'm wondering how this one will go. I don't know if most people know who Prabal Gurung is, which could be a challenge for Target. I didn't hear of him until about 2011 when he collaborated with Sally Hansen on some Salon Effects designs, which I thought were really lovely. They sold out before I could get my hands on them ... maybe a sign of what's to come?

Whether or not Americans have heard of him, his collection with Target hits stores and the website on February 10, and Target released the entire lookbook last weekend. Here are some of the goodies, which will range from about $15 to $200, and have great names. The product names and prices were taken from this Elle.com article.

Left: Dress in First Date print ($39.99), minaudiere in Nolita print ($34.99), wedge sandals ($29.99)
Right: Top in First Date print ($26.99), skirt with lace in Sulfur ($29.99), floral earrings ($14.99), bangles ($16.99 each) 

Left: Leather jacket in Dresden blue ($199.99), sleeveless tee in First Date print ($26.99), pleated skirt in Nolita print ($29.99), sandals ($29.99)
Right: Dress in First Date print ($34.99), minaudiere in Nolita print ($34.99), floral earrings ($14.99), sandals ($29.99)

Left: Lace front blouse in white ($34.99), shorts in Floral Crush print ($26.99), earrings ($16.99), lace-up pumps ($39.99)
Right: Dress in Sulfur Spring ($39.99), lace minaudiere ($34.99), lace-up pumps in Nolita print ($34.99)

 
Left: Shirtdress in Nolita print ($39.99), lace minaudiere ($34.99), wedge sandals ($29.99)
Right: Peplum top in Floral Crush print ($29.99), ankle-strap pumps in Sulfur Spring ($39.99)

Left: Blazer in Floral Crush print ($49.99), long-sleeve tee ($19.99), shorts in Floral Crush print ($26.99), crystal teardrop pendant necklace ($19.99), ankle-strap pumps ($39.99)
Right: Dress with full skirt in Floral Crush print ($49.99), ankle-strap pumps in Sulfur Spring ($39.99)

Left: Cardigan in Dresden blue/Calypso coral ($32.99), sweater in Dresden blue/Atlantis ($29.99), tank top ($19.99), minaudiere in Nolita print ($34.99), ankle-strap pumps in Apple red ($39.99)
Right: Dress in Calypso coral/Atlantis ($39.99), minaudiere in Nolita print ($34.99), ankle-strap pumps in Dresden blue ($39.99)

Left: Ruffle blouse in Dresden blue and black ($34.99), crystal stone tassel earrings ($16.99), crystal teardrop pendant necklace ($19.99), ankle-strap pumps ($39.99)
Right: Sleeveless dress in Dresden blue ($44.99), lace minaudiere ($34.99), ankle-strap pumps ($39.99)

 
Left: Ruffle dress in Apple red ($39.99), lace minaudiere ($34.99), bangle in Calypso coral ($16.99), crystal stone cutout bangles ($24.99 each), crystal stone ring ($14.99), lace-up pumps in Meet The Parents print ($39.99)
Right: Dress with full skirt in Apple red and black ($49.99), crystal stone cutout bangle ($24.99), crystal stone tassel earrings ($16.99), lace-up pumps in Meet The Parents print ($39.99)

 
Left: Cardigan in Meet The Parents print ($32.99), lace-front blouse ($34.99), crystal teardrop pendant necklace ($19.99), crystal teardrop necklace ($39.99), crystal stone necklace ($19.99), crystal stone tassel necklace ($24.99), crystal double stone necklace ($24.99), lace-up pumps ($39.99)
Right: Pintuck dress ($49.99), lace minaudiere ($34.99), floral earrings ($14.99), ankle-strap pumps ($39.99)

Left: Lace blouse ($29.99), skirt in Meet The Parents print ($29.99), crystal teardrop earrings ($16.99), bangle in Calypso print ($16.99), lace crystal stone bangle ($29.99), crystal stone cutout bangle ($24.99), lace-up pumps ($39.99)
Right: Sleeveless dress in Meet The Parents print ($44.99), crystal stone tassel earrings ($16.99), crystal stone cutout bangles ($24.99 each), lace-up pumps ($39.99)

Lace-up pumps in Meet the Parents print ($39.99)

Lace-up pumps in black, Nolita print and red ($39.99 each)

I left out some of the more conventional items, because no one really wants to see black pointy-toed flats or heels. What do you think? I actually think this collection is more daring than many of them have been. I see these items being purchased by worn by either a relatively young crowd or a relatively bold crowd, since the patterns tend to be less ... "wearable."As for me, I tend to straddle the line of daring and conventional when I purchase the Target designer items, since there's really no point in buying something that doesn't have some of the designer's flavor injected in it. 

I'm eyeing the white blouse with the neon yellow/green lace overlay, though I can't imagine many instances when I would be able to wear that! I also really like pretty much all the floral-patterned items, though knowing the number of dresses I have, I'd probably go for the shorts. And I do like the bright blue ruffle blouse, though I hate ruffles. I think the structure of the shirt itself looks masculine enough to overtake any girliness the blouse might give off. I'll have to have a look in person, since oftentimes the designer collections are not depicted well and turn out to either be much more appealing or far worse in person.

I don't think this collection will sell in Missoni-like proportions, but I think it'll sell better than the Neiman Marcus holiday collection which seemed not to have moved at all. 75% (and maybe more) off on items at Target still ... Will you be checking it out at all?

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1 comments

  1. Oh wow. These are pretty. Lately I tend to like colourful clothing. Maybe because it's so hot down here so I need something bright to cheer myself up. Really like the 'Flora crush' ensemble.

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