Updated 12/5 with pictures of the Girls' Marchesa Beaded Dress.
I have been eagerly awaiting the debut of the Target and Neiman Marcus holiday collaboration since late summer. It boasts some 50 designs by 24 CFDA award-winners. It's the lovechild of high street and high fashion and with such an eclectic array of designers involved, it would be unsurprising for this collaboration to become the event-of-the-year.
When pictures of the collection surfaced earlier this fall, I felt slightly underwhelmed by the selection. In my opinion, there were too few "signature" pieces and I was personally not drawn to Altuzarra glasses or Oscar de la Renta pet supplies. I am sure for some people this collection was an amazing (perhaps even a historical) event but I had only one item that I was eager to line up for.
My love for Marchesa designs knows no bounds so I was ecstatic to learn that the designers of Marchesa decided to recreate two of their bestsellers for the holiday collection. Only for children, unfortunately. However, unlike the Jason Wu dresses for toddlers (buy here and here), the Marchesa dresses are made for girls and I was hoping that the largest size would also fit me, who on occasion can squeeze into children's clothing.
She was right. When I saw the dress for myself, it did not look large enough to accommodate those who normally toe the line between adult and children sizes. I was only able to find a medium at my local store so I took pictures of the beautiful beading but did not attempt to try it on.
|Marchesa Hand-Beaded Dress (buy at Neiman Marcus or Target)|
Perhaps as a result of the disastrous precedent set by the Missoni and Jason Wu Target collaborations, this time around there was plenty of inventory available (I overheard store associates estimate ten times as much stock for the initial shipment). I had planned on staying up for the online launch but a full workday exhausted me so I passed out while watching TV on the eve of the launch. I awoke the next day in a frenzy (in retrospect it seemed a little silly) and was surprised to find that everything I had wanted was still available in my size. I happily checked out and went back to sleep.
I decided to swing by a local store to see if I could try on a few items. I grabbed six items from the rack and tried on five for fun (also snapped pictures of the Marchesa beaded dress). I also thought the Tracy Reese sequined blouse looked interesting but the fit seemed boxy and wide so I didn't try it on.
The Oscar de la Renta Floral Canvas Bag and Tory Burch lunch box were supposedly two of the bestsellers so I wasn't surprised that they disappeared from store shelves. They are both still available online for those of you who want to take a chance.
The Robert Rodriguez Fit-and-Flare dress (I also saw the RR ruffled top in person but was unimpressed), which I had ordered online, proved slightly too big for me in size 2. I think relative to mall brands you will have to take one size larger than usual (the smallest size available is US2 - I would say this fits like a size 0).
The Lela Rose lace top was also one of the items I ordered online but it wasn't very flattering on me. I think the length is awkwardly long on a shorter person and the price seems high for the workmanship ($69.99!). The fit is true to size for the collection.
|Left: Robert Rodriguez Fit-and-Flare Lace Dress (buy at Neiman Marcus or Target)|
Right: Lela Rose Guipure Lace Top (buy at Neiman Marcus or Target)
|Thom Browne Women's Blazer (buy at Neiman Marcus or Target); men's version available at Neiman Marcus and Target|
Lastly, I tried on the Lela Rose Watercolor High-Low dress in size 2. This dress is very pretty in person but is made for women who are on the taller end of average height. The belt, which is meant to sit on one's normal waist, sat on my hip bone.
|Left: Marchesa Floral Dress (buy at Neiman Marcus or Target)|
Right: Lela Rose Watercolor High-Low Dress (Buy at Neiman Marcus or Target)
Did you buy into the Target + Neiman Marcus collaboration hype? If you've seen the collection in person or tried on some of the garments, please share your thoughts in the comments.