Here in my neck of the woods, designer fashions are pretty scarce. A few boutiques in Milwaukee do carry the real goods, but for the most part I have to travel to find what I want or shop online. I also subscribe to most of the major fashion magazines and check out runway shows. I’m so glad that websites like Style.com show pictures of every look, so even those of us far from NYC can scout upcoming trends.
New York fashion week is under way, with designers presenting their fall ready-to-wear collections. Editors and buyers will travel around the world in the coming weeks, with shows taking place in London, Milan and Paris. I know I likely won’t be buying any of these clothes soon, but I still like to look for ideas. And the first few days are always interesting, as that’s when many of the up-and-coming designers show their stuff. I’d recommend checking out Creatures of the Wind, a brand that started in the Windy City — sweet home Chicago. See, good fashion really can come from the Midwest!
This is my Jason Wu for Target review part one, because at this point I can only review the items I purchased in the stores. I will discuss my online experience when my shipments arrive in a few days. Overall, I was a little disappointed with the selection offered around Milwaukee. I visited four stores and none of them had the blue poplin dress, flared black dress or the trench coats (um, hello, it’s always cold here). But I did manage to score all the adorable Milu the cat items and a couple of the straw purses. My fashionista kitty Leinie gave these her stamp of approval. I wore the Milu t-shirt to work today under my Zac Posen for Target tuxedo jacket, and it looked great.
As I tried on the clothes, I noticed that they ran really large. I actually had to get the XS in the blush shift dress. I’m not sure if I’m keeping this one. I want to love it, but the material is see-through and the color is so-so against my skin. I only think it looks cute when I pair it with black tights. I also purchased the pleated black skirt, which is sophisticated and versatile, and the dot print shirt dress in cream. This dress looks much better belted, but it is also a tad bit sheer. At another store, I picked up the bow blouse in navy. This was not a piece that I had admired in the look book, but Dirk talked me into it. Honestly, it’s probably one of the best surprises in the collection and it looks great with jeans.
Once my online purchases arrive, I will decide what to return to stores. I don’t believe in reselling things on eBay for profit. I just like to buy the pieces I’m interested in and take my time trying them on at home. Thankfully Target has a very easy return policy!
I’m not really that excited about the Super Bowl this year, although I AM thrilled the Packers aren’t playing in it. Haha. But it’s still going to be a very busy Sunday. I have to wake up super early (thinking maybe 5:30) to check out Target.com and attempt to purchase my Jason Wu favorites. Then I’m going to head to the local Target stores when they open…No way I’m going to make the same mistake I made with the Missoni collection. When the Target website crashed and all the orders were lost, I was left scrambling to try to find the items I had purchased online in stores weeks later. I can always return duplicate items if necessary. Plus I always prefer to view the clothes in person and try them on. One thing I am very frustrated with — Target is not releasing the entire collection in their lookbook. I think there will be a few surprise items that might throw off my whole plan. Thankfully my husband Dirk will be helping me shop. No way I could handle this madness alone.
Aside from the Wu craziness, there is also the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet to look forward to (with the super adorable kitty halftime show). Plus we can start drinking Dirk’s first home-brewed beers this weekend. We tasted the first bottle last night, and it’s really good!
Less than eight days to wait now for the Jason Wu collection at Target. I’ll definitely be waiting at the door for my local store(s) to open at 8 am on February 5. Hopefully everyone will be distracted by the Super Bowl and stocking up on chips and taco dip, leaving the good stuff for me.
I actually met Jason Wu once at a kitchen design show in Chicago. He was well-mannered and impeccably dressed. I think this collection is a perfect reflection of his personality and style. And of course I love the whimsical kitty theme that is woven throughout the collection.
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