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Rodarte for Target: What Say You?

Rodarte for Target

Rodarte for Target is finally in stores and selling out fast online. Sadly, I haven't see it yet (I called two stores near my house and braved post-snowstorm roads only to find that the collections had not yet been put out), but I am dying to know what you all think! Whether you've seen it in person or just browsed the collection online—which includes illusion tulle dresses, sheer cardigans, bow belts and lacy bikinis, ranging in price from $9.99 to $79.99—share YOUR thoughts on Rodarte for Target in the comments. More pics after the jump…

Rodarte for Target

Rodarte for Target

Rodarte for Target

Rodarte for Target

I picked up the lace print dress and my target was already running low on those. It is pretty! I also ran to the other target in my neck of the woods and they didn't even have the collection out yet. I do have to say, the selection of pieces offered at my target wasn't great. I would say only half of the items were even there, with missing items such as the lace cardigans, leopard jacket, and ribcage dress. I wasn't planning on picking those up, but I wanted to see the collection in its entirety.
#1 Sarah on 2009-12-21 11:17 (Reply)
I checked it out at my local one and I was not impressed at all. I have no use for all that tulle.
#2 Tracie on 2009-12-21 11:29 (Reply)
I'm totally unenthused. Which is probably for the best, since it seems everything sold out INSTANTLY.
#3 Sally (Homepage) on 2009-12-21 11:30 (Reply)
It's probably the practical midwesterner in me, but I'm not all that impressed. I do like the faux animal fur coat (second row of pics, middle model), and I'm liking the socks/stockings with the boots. It's making me want to drop money for a pair of D.M.'s and some cool boot socks to go with them...hmmm.
#4 Jen on 2009-12-21 11:51 (Reply)
Hmm, I'm kinda on the fence about the collection. I can do without it :-(
#5 Living Fly on a Dime (Homepage) on 2009-12-21 12:34 (Reply)
Gotta say - the best thing out of the collection is the sequin dress. The pink wrap dress (1st photo) has a lace insert in the back and while trying to look vintage, it looks more like a robe for the boudoir.

There's also a caplet that looks to be made from the faux fur used inside snow boots - not very cute.

Not really impressed with the collection. I guess I'm lucky the one Target I happened to slide into only have a few items.

Maybe Target should take their cues from H&M and relearn how to launch their guest designer lines.
#6 texnyqueen on 2009-12-21 12:39 (Reply)
I am very impressed by the collection. I also purchased the lace print dress. My target had almost the entire collection and I tried on most of it. This is actually my favorite Go Designer collection so far. I thought the designs looked far more expensive than their affordable price point. These are classic dresses that will make you stand out, but you will be able to wear for years.
#7 Jackie on 2009-12-21 12:47 (Reply)
I was looking forward to the ribcage dress, but that sold out quick, of course. I've been reading the reviews online, and so far many people have been complaining about the quality and fit of the pieces. This isn't very surprising, unfortunately. :/
#8 Monica Y (Homepage) on 2009-12-21 12:59 (Reply)
I went to my Target today and saw all of these items. Surprisingly, it seemed like all sizes were there and I was the only one looking at the pieces! I actually liked the second one..the blue dress. But my waistline doesnt really match that of the dress. I also saw a blue shirt, it was a mesh-style with little flowers. It's not in the pictures, but I thought it was cute, and cheap.
#9 Giselle on 2009-12-21 13:04 (Reply)
those are great outfits, especially from target

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#10 he on 2009-12-21 13:38 (Reply)
Meh. The best part about the promo pics is the boots... and yeah, those aren't part of the collection.
#11 rae on 2009-12-21 13:46 (Reply)
I MUST see it in person to decide...good thing i'll be going there..again :-)
#12 Real Style Real People (Homepage) on 2009-12-21 14:05 (Reply)
Yeah, I'm not real fond of this collection. the jacket I like and the cardigans are pretty cute, but also pretty standard. I'm not all that fond of tulle. Kindof hit or miss, but I won't be braving the holiday shoppers to take a peek in person.
#13 SupaWaifu (Homepage) on 2009-12-21 17:06 (Reply)
planning on stopping by tonight to see the collection.
#14 anh (Homepage) on 2009-12-21 17:54 (Reply)
I liked looking at it, but i didn't find the materials used practical for winter or fall here in MN, and as for the dresses, i'm a bit short torso'd and the dresses i would say are almost long torso'd so they bunched kind of awkwardly around my waist.

Sadly my Target did not have the belts or the lace cardis which i was really looking forward to.
#15 Nicole on 2009-12-21 19:13 (Reply)
I'm pretty much in agreement with most of the commenters here: not impressed.

I was SO excited for this collection - I mean come on, it's Rodarte! - but honestly, scrolling through the collection via this post, I felt every piece was just very... "old and done" in the immortal words of Nina Garcia. (Any Project Runway fans here?)

Still loving Rodarte, and Target, of course, just not so much this collection. Better luck next time. :-)
#16 Vanessa on 2009-12-21 19:37 (Reply)
I've seen it now in person and I have to say, not at all impressed. It concept it looks interesting, but the quality of the fabrics? Ugh. They can use cheap fabric, but it shouldn't always have to feel cheap. The best piece is probably the ribcage dress, but everything else is super scratchy and shapeless. However, I was at least intrigued by the lace cardigans, so I gave the black one a try, but I'll have to see how it feels wearing it for more than an hour. In the end, it might be cute over a strappy or strapless dress.
#17 Lynda on 2009-12-21 20:06 (Reply)
My sentiments toward the collection have already been voiced by other reviewers. I was one of the crazy people who came to the store right when it opened to look at it in person. Tried on all of the pieces that I'd been eying. The only thing I like in the entire collection was the blue swiss dot dress. It's darling and worth purchasing. Other than that, the material and fit is not what I imagined it to be when I saw and felt the clothes in person. It's okay though... it's definitely a step up from other collections in the past.
#18 Athena on 2009-12-21 20:28 (Reply)
I ran over to my nearest Target on Sunday morning and instantly gravitated to the pale pink, floral faux-wrap dress with lace back detail. The pictures online do NOT do it justice. It's beautiful! I gave it a rock 'n' roll vibe today w/ black ankle boots and a leopard print scarf, but I know it will look fabulous if I dress it with heels and pearls.

The lace and tulle pieces are also quite lovely, and part of me is regretting not buying more stuff!
#19 Stazh on 2009-12-21 21:05 (Reply)
Not impressed, either. All the tulle makes it look like a budget '80s prom exploded on the collection. And, like many others, I have gripes about how cheap the fabrics feel. (I understand the clothes are made for a budget, but the should still feel nice against your skin.)

The only piece I'm really curious about is the boudoir-y wrap dress in the first photo, but alas, it's sold out online and I've had no luck finding it in a local store. :-(
#20 Nikki on 2009-12-21 21:09 (Reply)
OK, just got to order that wrap dress online. Target is on the ball with restocking that! So I guess we'll see how the dress looks in person in a week or so...
#20.1 Nikki on 2009-12-22 15:41 (Reply)
My overall impression is "MEH."

The best items from the collection were the lace cardis, the blue swiss dot dress, the ribcage dress, the flower print tee, and the leopard print jacket. Of all of those items, the only one practical for me was the leopard print jacket and that was a whopping $80. Cheap for Rodarte, expensive for Target. I'll wait for those bad boys to go on sale.

Everything else was cheap-looking or the sort of thing you can find anywhere (plain gray tee, striped navy tee).
#21 StrawberryGirl on 2009-12-21 21:20 (Reply)
I had fairy costumes as a child that looked similar. Pass.
#22 Shelle on 2009-12-21 22:44 (Reply)
wow what in the world. i definitely thought this has been one of the best target collabs thus far. the prices are cheaper than any other collection and the pieces seem more substantial than some of the anna sui or mcqueen dresses i had purchased. the style certainly appeals to a specific person and while not every piece is exactly my style, i can appreciate the direction. i bought the mustard lace cardigan and a shirt that i never saw in any of the lookbooks and im in love.
#23 kristayyy (Homepage) on 2009-12-22 00:02 (Reply)
i loved it. had an absolute fit. i found a target through a local atlanta blogger that put it out early. i scooped up the cream lace cardigan and the yellow lace skirt with tulle overlay. the lace cardigan is lightweight but extremely practical for mild atlanta winters. maybe it's the southern girl in me, but i loved all that tulle and can't wait to rock it with punk stripes and beat up farmer boots :-)
#24 Brittany on 2009-12-23 10:21 (Reply)
It looks like lingerie. I was a little disgusted to see that at Target. I wouldn't buy any of it.
#25 Emilie on 2009-12-23 12:08 (Reply)
I got a Target gift card on Friday last week and decided to go to my local Target and they already had the Rodarte stuff out! I bought the blue lace dress, and it is probably the prettiest dress I have ever worn. It reminds me of the things Zooey Deschanel wore in 500 Days of Summer
#26 Brooke on 2009-12-23 15:11 (Reply)
I absolutely adored this collection. Its all about being creative and layering the different pieces. I bought both black and nude tulle dresses and had fun dressing them up with over the knee high boots and patterned tights. The cardigans are lovely and I bought every color. My favorite pieces were the swiss blue dot dress which is wonderfully flattering, and the black lace bikini top which is very sexy. It was worth the trip.
#27 Ramielynn on 2009-12-23 20:25 (Reply)
I tried on quite a few pieces in the fitting room, and posted the photos with my review on my blog. My absolute favorite piece is the slip dress in black. Although it's prone to static and the neck snap is flimsy, I adore the girly vibe. I also found the black lace cardigan to be comfortable and versatile with my wardrobe. I got lucky and found a belt at my store, and also ordered the lace tights online at midnight when the collection became available. I agree with Ramielynn, this collection lends itself well to layering and being creative, that's probably why I like it so much! Here's the link to my review:
#28 Poster Girl (Homepage) on 2009-12-23 20:59 (Reply)
BB & Rest of the US, do not risk the hazards of driving in the snow for this one. It's definitely not so grand. I had to laugh tonight at Target with my 9 yr old niece when she looked at the Rodarte rack and asked me "Why would ladies wear lingerie like that on the OUTSIDE? " That about sums it up! :-)
#29 Mary Hall (Homepage) on 2009-12-24 00:54 (Reply)
I think its interesting that people are disappointed by the quality of the materials, this is a collection for target! It isn't RTW!

Well, I went last Sunday to check on the collection in person, I loved it all, I didn't have a lot of time so I didn't try anything on, but I got a couple of dresses and a few tops.

I think that it's an affordable collection and it's stylish. It came out in the winter season and you can layer it with other clothes to stay warm, but the best part is it's just really fashionable! If you wan't to find boring classic pieces, Rodarte isn't where you're going to find them.
#30 Emily (Homepage) on 2009-12-26 23:53 (Reply)
I hated it.

The materials could have been luxe and it still wouldnt have mattered.

Why so much tulle?

I dont see how these clothes could be worn IRL without looking crazy.
#31 killakate on 2009-12-27 00:42 (Reply)
Girls I need your help. I bought the leopard coat in small but it's too big and I need it in extra small. I've been to so many targets and I can't find it. If anybody knows which target has it in extra small in California or if anyone has an extra small and wants to trade for a small please let me know! Thanks!
#32 LA girl on 2009-12-31 14:07 (Reply)
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