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Off the Rack: Target's Go International Designer Collective

On March 13, Target released a collection of 34 dresses from past designer collaborations. Target's Go International Designer Collective celebrates the 5th anniversary of the cutting edge series, which I have covered religiously for the past four years along with scores of other fashion bloggers. As I explored the selection of dresses at my store and tried them on, I felt a wave of nostalgia. It was like seeing old friends. I couldn't help but feel giddy as I hauled armfuls of dresses bearing labels marked Proenza Schouler, Thakoon, Rodarte and Alice Temperley into the bright orange fitting rooms. Yes, a part of me was mindful of the quality, the polyester fibers, the erratic sizing (note that I was unable to zip up most of the dresses I tried on), but it didn't matter. This was masstige at its finest and I was happy to be a part of it (even if only as a consumer). I purchased the black lace-print Rodarte dress and photographed the rest for your "real life" reference. If you have specific questions about any of the dresses, let me know and I'll do my best to answer.

You can scroll through this nifty widget to see all the dresses in the collection. Click on any image to go to Target's website where you can shop the entire line:

Did you check out Target's Go International Designer Collective? Which pieces did you buy?

Top image caption: BB tries on a striped shirt dress by Libertine, also seen on actress Kate Bosworth.

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this is what i love so much about this collection - i bought 5 dresses and you only showed one of them. they have to much to choose from to suit everyone's taste. i haven't seen any two people pick out the same dresses. amazing and diverse collection. here are my pics (will be posting a pic a day of my 5 dresses :-)
#1 Jennifer ( (Homepage) on 2011-03-15 16:26 (Reply)
I got the Tara Jarmon blue dress, the Jovovich-Hawk floral dress and the Paul and Joe black dress. The floral one definitely needs a belt with it.
#2 Tracie on 2011-03-15 16:46 (Reply)
I think that the black/white Jovovich-Hawk dress looked fab on you! You should have bought it!!
#3 Target-Addict (Homepage) on 2011-03-15 17:00 (Reply)
OMG! I need that polka dot dress. It looks so cute on you with your boots!
#4 Roxanne on 2011-03-15 17:22 (Reply)
I need to get to Target! I wish there was one closer to me.
#5 Twenty.Something (Homepage) on 2011-03-15 17:47 (Reply)
I decided to pass on this. I have a ton of GO International dresses, but most of them i bought on clearance. I just can't justify spending $40 on a dress made of polyester. If the Rogan dress was a little longer and less see through than i remember it being i might be tempted to pay full price for that. Otherwise I'll see what's around on sale.
#6 Nicole on 2011-03-15 19:19 (Reply)
I need your help! I feel in love with the blue gown from aqua you posted here.

unfortunately, not only is this dress sold out, but a friend of mine is planning to wear the same dress to prom. Can you help me look for other options? I love the silhouette! And I don't like sparkly tacky embellishments.
#7 Catherine Gao on 2011-03-15 19:44 (Reply)
I bought the Tucker maroon floral dress. It looks okay on the rack but I added a different belt and a bright cardigan and tights and LOVE it. I think I'll be wearing it a lot :-) The other dresses weren't that great for a curvier body ;-)
#8 DWJ (Homepage) on 2011-03-15 20:12 (Reply)
I don't know about spending $40 on these. The fabric feels so cheap. I can get a nicer dress in forever 21 and spend half the amount. Lots of these dresses had a scratchy material and I can't justify spending that much on clothing that doesn't feel comfortable.
#9 Jessica on 2011-03-15 20:45 (Reply)
Thank you for posting the real-life pictures. There were a few dresses that looked fabulous on Target's site, but it is nice to see them a little more clearly!
#10 Mrs. Kinne (Homepage) on 2011-03-15 20:51 (Reply)
I passed on this go-round, as there wasn't any dress that I just HAD to have. It's too bad they didn't include Patrick Robinson in the designer collective, as he had some of the best sundresses of all the Target collabs (IMO).
#11 Target-Addict (Homepage) on 2011-03-16 09:05 (Reply)
It's great to see these on a real person. I haven't checked out my local Target yet, but something tells me they won't have much. They usually only have a rack or two of Go merchandise. Hopefully some of what they have will make it to the sale rack.

I totally agree with Target-Addict, why was Patrick Robinson not included?
#12 Sara (Homepage) on 2011-03-16 11:12 (Reply)
Love the polka dot dress on you! But yeah, the sizing looks very wonky, judging by the pictures you posted.
#13 danielle on 2011-03-16 17:24 (Reply)
I bought the purple Proenza Schouler dress (10th photo down). It's adorable on me, but here's the catch: I'm flat-chested, and I can't imagine this dress fitting on anyone who's not. I'm a 36A, and the 9 fit properly. Anyone with even a B cup I think would be prone to overexposure in this dress.
#14 Nikki F. on 2011-03-17 09:02 (Reply)
Hahahah yes you also saw the bunny dress! It cracked me up.

Most of these dresses just seem waaaaay too young. And I'm only mid-20s so... really. What's that about.
#15 Sandra on 2011-03-30 03:09 (Reply)
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