Many girls, such as myself, had been waiting, patiently twiddling our thumbs since word was announced that Rodarte would be doing a line specifically for Target from December 20 to January 31. Though some have fared better than others (Muslin and Cotton do not a collection make, Jovovich-Hawk), this line was being touted as one of the best this year ever.
Personally, I am sorely disappointed. Kate and Laura Mulleavy know better than this. I went into my local Chicago Target to not just see the collection, but feel what the clothes were all about. The line heavily consists of leopard prints, nudes, lightweight tulle and lace. I understand that when you cut costs, you have to make a few fabric changes but I expected a little more than this. The intricate sewing quality of the clothing would shine through if the fabric didn't seem so shoddy.
Many of the holiday dresses consist of this lightweight tulle, which looks like it could easily tear if you just so happen to catch a snag on a door. I thought maybe that was just the look of the fabric and the tulle was actually stronger than appeared, so I touched a few to be sure. No such luck. This wouldn't be much of a bother if the dresses didn't start at $39.99. Even being extra careful, knowing a dress will tear in at least two wears is not a great mind set when readying to buy a luxury-name dress.
The three lace cardigans, which could work with different dresses as well as everyday outfits, seem just as flimsy as the tulle skirts. And the cut-out knee highs and lace tights are so 80s, I wish they would stay there.
I will say that I am not a big fan of lace in any way, shape or form so this could be a huge reason why the collection made left a bad taste in my mouth. Though there are two silver linings in this collection: the bright pink mesh lace with top bow, matching camisole and tulle crepe outfit with aforementioned tulle problem (a three piece set, each piece ranging from $19.99 to $29.99) and the sequined Ribcage dress, $49.99. I thought that the contrast between these two outfits showed those not familiar with the Rodarte brand what they are all about. A clash of sweet and sassy. The old school Hollywood glamour of Bonnie and Clyde with a dash of Audrey Hepburn.
Though my words mean almost nothing (most of the collection is sold out already at Target.com), it will come to light exactly how "disappointing" this collection really is. You can find all of it on eBay if you feel the end to do a bit of bargain hunting.
I just pray for the best when Zac Posen's line hits in April.
Photos: Chicintuition.com; Target.com
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