Right On Target

I went to get some stockings from Target on Friday; it was scary to see how the leggings were all sold out...the anti-leggings camp is starting to become a lonely place. Anyway, I got a chance to see the new goodies, and I was quite pleased. Too bad I'm low on cash and will have to wait for the leftovers.

In my opinion, the Behnaz Sarafpour "Go International" collection is the most wearable yet. The Paul and Joe stuff is more casual and fun, but the new collection is much more sophisticated and timeless. They're things that you can wear to work or to a fancy restaurant.

My favorite are the jackets, particularly this one. It looked beautiful--I love the texture and the detailed enclosure. Of course, that means it's really expensive as well ($90). At least the price isn't unjustified. The store also had a luxurious-looking leopard-print faux-fur jacket.

The dresses were oh so pretty.

I think the picture speaks for itself. Yes, the material is cheapy, but I love the color and the lace.

The cardigans are also cute because of the lace detailing, the sleeveless tops are light and flirty, but I was rather disappointed in the shirts. I didn't like the satin blouse very much (simply because it's not very practical for me), and the puff-sleeved shirt is almost the same as the Paul and Joe one. Come to think of it, the Paul and Joe version is simpler and better. The jewel applique tee is, quite frankly, ugly--the big stones make it look like some arts and crafts fair project.

Despite the shortcomings in the shirts, I think it's a very, very good collection overall--definitely looks like something from a big-time designer.

There were more goodies in store. I read from somewhere that Rafe was going to have a line of handbags for Target. I love his handbags and won't be able to afford them for a very long time, so I was very excited. He's not exactly a household name, but I think more people will come to appreciate his work now. You can read his thoughts on his Target line here.

When I saw this clutch...

I almost caved and bought it. At full price. I almost never do that. It is seriously that cute. At $20, it wouldn't have hurt me that much if I did pay full price...that would be my "splurge."

The doctor bag also made me weak at the knees. I looked it over, up and down, inside and out, and it's one of the best things I've ever seen in Target's accessories section. Unfortunately, the $50 that I have lying around now is reserved for living expenses. When I get some Christmas money as gifts, maybe I'll be able to get one. I have a thing for navy blue--I loved the navy blue clutch, and I loved the navy blue hobo too. It looks great, but I don't like the magnetic enclosure. Since I'm always jamming way too much stuff in my bag, I'm afraid that the magnetic enclosure won't stay closed.


BLossom said...

I just stumbled onto your blog today. I hadn't read Rafe's blog for a few weeks, so I missed the news about him doing a line for Target! That's pretty cool.

I just got my first Rafe handbag for my birthday, and am loving it. I was lucky to get it at TJ Maxx, or I probably wouldn't have spent retail price for it. That being said, it was still over $100 at TJ's. I consider it an investment though...LOL!

Looking forward to reading through your other posts. Have added to my RSS feeds.

ambika said...

I'm avoiding Target these days b/c of being broke and/or saving for the holidays. However, I will hang out in the anti-leggings camp for eternity.