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Off the Rack: Jean Paul Gaultier for Target

The Jean Paul Gaultier for Target collection hit stores Sunday, and while i wasn't able to see it for myself, I recruited my sister to check it out for me and take the photos you see here. Isn't that what sisters are for? Anyways, my sister was pleasantly surprised by the overall quality and styling, despite prices that felt higher than usual and inconsistent sizing (a constant battle). Highlights for her included the brown and red leather bomber—undeniably fabulous, but then again, you'd expect it to be great for $200, she said. The tattoo print tights, tops and bathing suits, however, are reminiscent of Ed Hardy and therefore seem generic rather than special. The rolled collar floral dress was her favorite piece because of the lovely neckline and interesting detailing. She actually liked the plastic-y fabric because it holds its shape and doesn't wrinkle. All things considered, my sister says this might be her favorite Designer Collaborations line so far. Have you shopped this collection yet? What did you buy?

Jean Paul Gaultier for Target Halter Dress - Spanish Mustard, $59.99

Jean Paul Gaultier for Target Lingerie Dot Print Lace Trim Dress - Green/Cream, $34.99

Jean Paul Gaultier for Target Anchor Braid Knit Top - Red/Gray, $19.99

Jean Paul Gaultier for Target Cold Shoulder Knit Top - Blue, $29.99

Jean Paul Gaultier for Target Leather Moto Jacket - Brown/Red, $199.99

Jean Paul Gaultier for Target Necklace Sleeveless Top - Coral, $24.99

Jean Paul Gaultier for Target Tattoo Print Halter Bikini Swim Top and Bottom, $17.99 each; One Piece Monokini Swimsuit - Metallic Gold, $34.99

Jean Paul Gaultier for Target Floral Print Halter Bikini Swim Top and Bottom, $17.99 each

Jean Paul Gaultier for Target Rolled Collar Floral Dress - Pink, $39.99

Jean Paul Gaultier for Target Strapless Cloque Dress - Black, $59.99. My sister is wearing a size 9 (she's usually a misses size 4 in dresses). Gorgeous!

Jean Paul Gaultier for Target Rolled Collar Floral Dress - Pink $39.99. My sister is wearing a size S (usually takes a size XS or S). Love the print and the price.

Alas, my Target does not carry any of the Designer Collaborations (the GO lines, yes thank goodness) and when I logged on to this morning, the two garments I was interested in: the trench and the Cloque dress your sister was able to try on, were both sold out! Dang!
#1 Gillian on 2010-03-08 00:37 (Reply)
I got the 2 anchor shirts. We didn't have alot of the other items like the outerwear. I tried the coral necklace shirt and it looked strange. It didn't hang right under the arms. The thought the anchor shirts were the best since I don't have anyplace to wear most of the dresses.
#2 Tracie on 2010-03-08 01:36 (Reply)
I am going tomorrow, first thing!
#3 Rae (Homepage) on 2010-03-08 03:23 (Reply)
I'm actually just finishing my write up about the collection!
I only bought the green dress and the trench coat (yes, I was lucky enough to get one!), but I might not keep the trench.
I really wasn't that impressed. The sizes were terrible. I'm normally about an 8 and I couldn't even squeeze into the size 13 black dress your sister is wearing above!
I tried on EVERYTHING and wasn't really into most of it. I agree about the tattoo tights- they were kinda awesome, but not worth $25!

#4 Suze (Homepage) on 2010-03-08 09:05 (Reply)
I'm gonna check out this collection next weekend when I hit Target to stock up on Liberty!
#5 Sally (Homepage) on 2010-03-08 09:12 (Reply)
I shopped it first thing yesterday and I loved it. The sizes were a little inconsistent, but when I found something that fit correctly I loved it! Ended up getting the navy stripe dress and black pinstripe jacket.
#6 Emily (Homepage) on 2010-03-08 11:40 (Reply)
I have to say im pretty disappointed especially since he is my favorite designer.. It just didnt do anything for me
#7 Miss Neira (Homepage) on 2010-03-08 14:07 (Reply)
I bought the bustier dress with shrug, thought it was really cute! However, I'm really disappointed with the fit for a couple of the items. Sizes were definitely inconsistent!

Just wrote a review today:
#8 Pretty Lil' Things (Homepage) on 2010-03-08 17:23 (Reply)
I am always disappointed in these designer collaborations. It just seems like they feel like they don't have to put any effort into their creations because they are designing for the masses. While I'm not expecting couture quality at $40, it would be nice for these designers to maintain some creativity. I don't see how these items are any different from what is available at F21 or H&M on a regular basis. Sorry, I'm not going to buy something just because a designer label is attached to it. Also, $200 is a crazy price point for a jacket that is being sold at Target. The whole point of Target is that its supposed to be cheaper. I'm still waiting for a really good collaboration to come along.
#9 Athena on 2010-03-08 17:40 (Reply)
bahh, i'm writing my review now about today's experience. your sister looks FABULOUS in both dresses! the floral dress was a mess for me :/ i was a bit disappointed, but like i told you - some pieces were standouts, like the trench!
#10 fashion court (Homepage) on 2010-03-08 19:42 (Reply)
I got the pinstripe jacket. Very nice piece that you can wear to work. I also liked the anchor tee but I'm still undecided as to whether to buy it.
#11 StrawberryGirl on 2010-03-08 21:20 (Reply)
The collection wasn't bad at all, honestly I was expecting less. I scored two tops and can't wait to get warmer so I can show them off!!!
#12 myvogue (Homepage) on 2010-03-09 13:01 (Reply)
Overall, I thought the line wasn't that impressive. The halter dresses were cute, but I thought the material was flimsy--almost paper-like.

However, I TRULY fell in love with the pinstriped navy skirt--so flirty and cute. Ah, takes me back to the days of uniforms at school--though I had to wear a hideous Kelly green color back then.

Anyway, you've got to see this one. I think they ran a bit small, but I went up one size, just so I could wear it further down on the hips and not as high up on the waist. Wonderfully sexy for fun-sized shorties like me with black tights and oxford pumps. The quality of the fabric was good with a decent metal zipper on the side. Nice touch!

The skirt also has these hidden pockets. (Sorry, I like having pockets!) Fortunately, you don't lose any style by having them there. :-)

I thought about getting the matching pinstripe jacket, but I was undecided about getting it, and I didn't want to break the bank on that particular trip.

I might try another Target to see what else they have in stock. Get it while you can--there were a few sizes left!
#13 TechnoGirl on 2010-03-09 23:20 (Reply)
this is not really related to the collection, but I see your sister has the two-toned hair look!
#14 xeroxahippo on 2010-03-10 02:53 (Reply)
Man, the JPG collection was, overall, such a snooze-fest in-store. Honestly, it looked tacky, out-dated, and poorly made, especially since in my store it was next to the Liberty stuff, which just looks much nicer.

I do wish they'd used the Japanese tattoo-ish print on more stuff... perhaps on less, uh, brief stuff.
#15 Sandra on 2010-03-15 00:13 (Reply)
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