Rodarte for Target
As we near December 20, there is deeper look into the much hyped upcoming collaboration between the masterminds Kate and Lauren Mulleavy of Rodarte and Target.  The collection pulls inspiration from the latest trends (leopard, lace, sequins, innerwear as outerwear) and melding them with past time classics (bows, tulle, Jane Seber dresses, tights) all with a punk rock twist.  I’m not a big fan of the styling, but I can appreciate the throwback to a dainty 20s feel.  After seeing Dakota Fanning in Teen Vogue with her petite perfection in the long sleeved leopard dress, I knew there was much more to the collection at first glimpse.

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Frugal fashion lovers can purchase the 55-piece Rodarte line for Go International  for 45 days only, starting on Dec. 20, and will be available through Feb. 6.  So be prepare to stalk your local Target, as the line will launch at most Target stores nationwide and on Target.com.  Many question the quality and the hand-worked designs Rodarte is known for and how it may translate to a mass market view, but Target claims to have stayed true to the spirit of the luxury-priced label.

“What you’ll notice is an amazing eye for detail,” said Joshua Thomas, a Target spokesman. “It’s very feminine, yet very modern. The collection incorporates a rich mix of patterns and fabrications and everything from sequins and bows to faux fur. The key with Rodarte is layering.”

Prices for Target’s Go International Rodarte collection will range from $9.99 for knee-highs to $79.99 for a leopard print jacket. Only a mere $40 for the nude tulle ballerina bow dress, $45 for the dress Dakota donned in Teen Vogue (thanks RudeGirl!), but no word on the Jane Seber-like frock.

My Picks:

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Nude Tulle Ballerina Bow Dress, also available in Black, $40

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Jane Seber inspired lace dress, bow neck and cinched waist, Black

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Long Sleeve Leopard Print Dress

Credit: TFS, Teen Vogue