So, as promised the results are in and here is my full review of Target's new collaboration with Altuzarra (c/o Net-A-Porter for UK readers).
I ordered it last Sunday for next working day delivery i.e. Tuesday. Unfortunately I missed the delivery man so didn't actually take receipt until Friday. Well that was a waste of the £8 super quick service wasn't it (partly my fault, partly NAPs inflexibility to change the delivery address). You can see where this is going can't you.
Even though it's a cheap collaboration, NAP doesn't disappoint. You still receive a little black box!
Warning: bad photography and looking rough but I needed to get them done tonight as there may be returns involved!
First up is the Embellished Georgette Top. Now I thought this would be my favourite as I love the colour and it's in my colour palette.
UK Price: £45
US Price: $45
The top is see through so a cami would be needed. Not a bad thing really but thought you ought to know. The embellishment is actually finished off really well. Put it this way, I've had worse for a lot more money! The size is generous - I could easily have got away with a small. I think my biggest disappointment is that it's really voluminous. You can see the excess fabric underneath my arm. I don't think it would be any different if I sized down either. That said, it's a good shape for an apple as it flares out gradually from the bust downwards.
Verdict: It's a return I'm afraid.
Next is the Pinstriped Crepe De Chine Shirt
US Price: $29.99
I thought this looked ok in real life but now seeing it on camera, it's slightly see-through and again on the large side so I look bigger than I really am. It would fit into my wardrobe very well but I think there may be more flattering versions (for me) out there.
Verdict: Another return
The third item is the Python Print Georgette Pussy-Bow Blouse (try saying that when you've had a glass of wine or two!!)
UK Price: £35.00
US Price: S34.99
Ok, I'm looking particularly fed up now, I know. I couldn't even be bothered to tuck it in. I mean, the blouse is ok as it goes. I like the deep cuffs and the colouring. Because it's such a classic cut, I think it will need careful styling to stop it from looking mumsie. I'm not sure I can be bothered.
Verdict: Back it goes
And finally, the Orchid Print Georgette & Cotton Blend Sweatshirt
UK Price: £30.00
US Price: $29.99
This should be all wrong, it's dark, it has a bold pattern and a high neck. All no-nos in my book but it's actually ok. With my hair and make-up done, a pair of black cigarette pants (I may have made a purchase today along with some new shoes - more on that another time), I think this has the makings of a nice outfit. It's never going to be fabulous on me, but it's a change. It's described as a sweatshirt but the fabric is thinner - a plus point as it's less bulky for smarter wear. The front panel is a silky georgette, I need to check it's not see-through but it doesn't look as if it is going to be on this photo. All in all, very pleasing indeed.
Verdict: A keeper
*A note...given that most retailers mark up approximately 3 times, it means that the sweatshirt was bought in at around £6.10. It's actually cost me £38 as I was stupid enough to pay for swift delivery. Wow! That difference hurts.
Joanna over at Poppy's Style called into Target last week to do a proper recce of the new collaboration. From her photos, it looks horrendous. I have to say that there must be extra quality control measures over at NAP as I found no loose threads. In fact the make-up of the garments seems pretty good. Ok, there were a few creases in the blue shirt but the other 3 items were perfectly fine. Look at Joanna's picture of the black sweatshirt and then look at mine - no creases! Interesting that, isn't it!
I guess my final verdict is it's ok-ish. And I think that's what the general British public are saying too as most items are still available at NAP unlike the previous Peter Pilotto which sold out pretty quickly.
Anyway, here is what I wore today.
Autumn is ace isn't it. I loved getting my slightly warmer jackets out although it was VERY warm in the afternoon.
And to shop my style....
A beautiful coat next time on the blog.
Until then, have a good week and no kicking those fallen leaves, you don't know what's underneath them (says she who had to stand in the river and clean doggy do-do off my wellies today).