i got a chance to check out the liberty for target collection yesterday, and although most things were cute, i found myself throwing stuff in my basket purely because of the hype. i think i might have gotten my hopes up a little too much for this designer collaboration, or maybe i'm missing something.
first, i found the women's clothing collection to be a little too loud, and the polyester just wasn't cutting it for me. now i don't claim to be a liberty expert (only learning what that term meant maybe a year ago), but i always assume it means beautiful, delicate florals. these fabrics, although they could be classic liberty prints, turned me off paired with the styles of dresses. honestly, i haven't seen a maxi dress that i've wanted to buy, guh, even saying "maxi" makes me gag, but i thought maybe liberty would change my mind. they didn't.
the men's collection was good though, much more classic than the women's. i even picked up a shirt for me, and a tie for doug. although the print is wonderful, i'm still a little unsure about the shirt itself. i usually love the casual feel of wearing a button-down, but for how soft the fabric is, the shirt still feels a little stiff and boxy which to me isn't very feminine. perhaps washing it will help that - we'll see.
i was lucky enough to find the very last wallet in the store - the one thing i had decided to get if i could find one. but again, i'm not sure i'm going to keep it. i LOVE that it's oilcloth. my wallets get so beat up, and oilcloth sounds like a great bet for durability and staying clean. but the hardware is a bit clunky and loose, and the magnets used to close it aren't that strong. if you're like me, your wallet is almost a mini-purse, and with this wallet, once you get all your crap into it, it won't stay closed! what's the purpose of including a coin pocket when even ten pennies make it pop open?
i hesitated saying anything about my reaction to this collection because if everyone else loves it, great! my life definitely doesn't depend on buying more stuff from target, and target's sales don't depend on me liking everything. but for a company like liberty that seems to pride itself on quality and exclusivity, i'm surprised that they didn't just stick to a couple items that were simple and well made for the price. since i'm a borderline miser, i'll always be thrilled that target keeps collaborating with designers that not everyone can afford and i wouldn't buy otherwise. i just never feel good being duped into buying something just because a designer's name is slapped on it, whether it's $200 or $20.
edit: since writing this, i caught up on chelsea and ellenitza's blogs, and they had also said the same sort of thing about liberty for target. they both had some great ideas of other things to check out from the line and elsewhere in the store.