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Off the Rack: Tucker for Target

With Fashion Week over, I finally had a chance to head to my nearest Target to check out the newly launched Tucker by Gaby Basora collection. I found a delightful assortment of blouses, camisoles, skirts, dresses, one fur jacket and one tweed coat. The prints look expensive and the fabrics, though mostly polyester, work well with the designs and for once, they're not sheer! Hooray. The cuts are cool and wearable for women of all ages. Sizing seemed off; I could easily have taken a size L for the furry jacket (although the $79.99 pricetag was a major turnout) whereas I fit comfortably into a size XS tunic-style dress. The looks had a feminine retro feel that I'm really into right now and I could see the inspiration that designer Gaby Basora took from the movie The Passenger, which I rented after reading an interview in which Basora sighted the film as an inspiration. (Strange but good, I recommend seeing it.) I didn't buy anything because I need to save up and plan my fall wardrobe judiciously but I really liked a lot of the pieces and hope I can find them on sale in the coming weeks. What did you buy/love from this collection?

This collection really doesn't whelm me in any way ... A few pieces, though, I could see purchasing on sale, such as the Butterfly Print Camisole Dress, Mosaic Print Signature Blouse, Persian Bomber (all of which you showed here), in addition to the Burnout Print Camisole and the two halter tops offered.

All in all, though, I have to admit I find the assortment a bit dowdy -- I just can't realistically get into the "Mad Men"/Emma Pillsbury of "Glee" look.
#1 Katie (Homepage) on 2010-09-19 12:28 (Reply)
I tried on a bunch of the Tucker line at Target. I love the colors and the styles, but I found the cut and fit of the clothing to be a bit boxy. The XS were pretty big and I am normally a size S. I really wanted to buy a piece from the line, but I couldn't justify it. Bummer.
: ) KB
#2 Kristyn (Homepage) on 2010-09-19 12:28 (Reply)
thanks for the report. bummer about the jacket. it's the one piece I would consider.
#3 m on 2010-09-19 15:29 (Reply)
I bought one of the shirtdresses - the purple-ish one in the Desert Bird print. There were other pieces that I liked OK, but not enough to buy. This line looks to be a sellout, at least in my part of California; the 3 stores closest to me had a big selection last weekend (when the line debuted) but now, it's pretty slim pickens' of what's left on the racks!
#4 Target-Addict (Homepage) on 2010-09-19 15:35 (Reply)
I picked up a few pieces: the butterfly and floral camis, the butterfly dress, the hooded jacket, 2 of the blouses and ordered the black floral blouse, and the black floral dress. Overall I would say this was better collection than some of the previous ones. Very wearable and not costumey. I couldn't make the shirtdresses work for me though. Guess you have to be very slender and tall.
#5 Tracie on 2010-09-19 16:49 (Reply)
I love those polka dots!

#6 Kim (Homepage) on 2010-09-19 19:52 (Reply)
I bought the diamond print dress and considered the orange polka dot blouse. I may go back and get it.
#7 StrawberryGirl on 2010-09-19 23:07 (Reply)
These are some of the ugliest clothes I've ever laid eyes on.
#8 Leslie on 2010-09-20 02:10 (Reply)
These clothes SCREAM "old lady", "homely school teacher" or "depressed secretary" not cute. Ugh.

But! I did just buy a very chic black, faux-leather bomber jacket from Target.

There is hope there!
#9 Carrie on 2010-09-20 02:17 (Reply)
I saw all this stuff, and while I kind of liked it, I couldn't really see any of it on me and it really didn't fit into my wardrobe, so I didn't bother trying it on. Everything looks great on you, but probably best you walked away. Thanks for the reviews!
#10 Elizabeth (Homepage) on 2010-09-20 10:32 (Reply)
The mustard dress looks really cute on you; which is amazing considering how few people are flattered by that color...I think it's nice that there is a designer collection accessible to a wider audience, even if it's not so much to my taste. Some people look adorable in this style though.

I concur with the sentiment that target's clothes don't really fit petite people as well (Kristyn's comment). Many of their skirts and dresses end right at or below my knee which has to be the most unfortunate length ever when attempting to look lithe and elven and not muscular and gnomeish.

The butterfly dress makes me want to throw on my Docs and stand around looking disaffected while listening to mudhoney

How was Basora inspired by the movie? Alienation and identity issues? I'm always interested in how others are inspired.
#11 sobriquet on 2010-09-20 11:22 (Reply)
I'd say on the surface Basora was inspired by the past itself (the movie was made in 1975) and the clothes worn by the girl in the film played by Maria Schneider. And yes, to some extent, themes of alienation and subdued romance. Some people have quite negatively commented that the clothes look dowdy and granny, but not everyone feels strong powerful and sexy all the time, and just as the film deals with someone trying to escape one life and hide under the guise of another, the clothes are sort of visual representations of these ideas, ie. kinda loose, draped, retro, melancholy, etc. I dunno, I find them interesting :-)
#11.1 The Budget Babe on 2010-09-20 13:01 (Reply)
Disappointing. Not impressed at all. I would rather just save my money and get the real thing.

But maybe the Mulberry collab will be better?! I've loved all of the accessories/shoes collabs thus far, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed!
#12 Emily (Homepage) on 2010-09-20 14:52 (Reply)
Great overview. To the people who think that the looks are dowdy, I think that styled the wrong way (eg wearing all tucker pieces at once) would make anyone look dowdy. And the cut of some things - particularly the skirts, which are very retro - is less form-fitting than people are used to. When it came to the signature shirts and dresses, I agree with Emily, #13, that I want the real thing. But the polka dot blouse and the orange dress you tried on - I have bought and worn - and LOVE! I get lots of compliments. So it's really just about styling the pieces correctly.

Great review. I think the red signature dress is a great look for you!
#13 Marta (Homepage) on 2010-09-20 15:35 (Reply)
Thanks for the review! At one of my local Targets (the smaller one) the collection was almost totally sold out. I especially loved the black with flowers tunic/mini dress, I think it would transition really well into fall/winter here in SoCal. I need to go to the other one and try to find it! :-)
#14 Trude (Homepage) on 2010-09-20 18:12 (Reply)
I love the top on the first picture, though and the cardigan. I dunno. I have this thing for cardigans... hehehe
#15 Mae (Homepage) on 2010-09-21 02:58 (Reply)
These are really bad. Scary.
#16 Jennifer on 2010-09-22 23:23 (Reply)
I love your photos, and since you're tall & thin, the items always look great on you. I loved the balloon-sleeved tops and the cinched waist dresses. Also, I have to point out that "sighted" should be "cited." For somer reason, that sentence confused me until I figured out what was wrong with it.
#17 Carla on 2011-01-29 16:17 (Reply)
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