Being a middle-aged woman and definitely not very knowledgeable about high fashion, I didn’t trust my opinion on the new Jean Paul Gautlier line at Target. But my seventeen-year old daughter is a bit more fashion forward, so I brought her along on a quick trip to check out his latest venture.
I wasn’t sure if we would even find any items, as the threads on the latest blogs all showed there had been a run on these clothes. Apparently, the locals at the Target in Arlington, Texas just didn’t know what they were missing, because there didn’t seem to be a shortage of any of the styles I had seen on the Internet.
We wandered from aisle to aisle, looking at all the deconstructed dresses, graphic tees emblazoned with huge facial features, blouses seemingly inspired by his design for Madonna’s cone-shaped bra from her Blonde American tour, even a montage leather jacket selling for $199, without having to fight off any overzealous shoppers! The problem was that we couldn’t find much we liked! That’s not entirely true, my daughter did love the jacket-she just wasn’t going to be receiving it.
I found a little black and white number reminiscent of 1950’s era dresses which I thought would be darling on her, complete with a tulle petticoat! And it was cute, but this update wasn’t going to be worn by my Gidget! The halter attached to the skirt without a corresponding piece of material to cover the midriff leaving everything exposed, definitely not school appropriate, although pairing it over a tee might have helped.
On the Target website www.target.com another cute yellow dress had caught my eye, but in person I found the dress not a sunny shade but the most disgustingly drab, mustard yellow color I had ever seen. The material itself had a slightly thin, plastic feel to it. This was not going well.
Moving on, I encouraged her to try out anything that interested her. A long sleeve blouse, in a shocking electric blue grabbed her attention but honestly, I don’t know how it could possibly look nice on anyone of any age or size. It looked as if a four year old had obtained mom’s scissors and cut huge oval hunks out of the sleeves and the silky material reminded me of a 1980’s exercise unitard I once owned and thankfully, no longer possess!
Gautlier’s vision of the American woman seemed to be intended for painfully thin twenty-something’s ready to hit the local bars, but I’m not sure if the older soccer moms or high school crowd will be very impressed. Perhaps this Frenchman is just not speaking our language!
Source: www.target.com and Personal Experience