Target, the upscale “discount” retailer has re-branded what it means to be big box store that sells everything from bed frames to underwear. Some genius of a Target god decided one day to give Target a fashion profile and since then the company has had numerous collaborations with top designers. Target’s latest designer collaboration is Peter Pilotto, the London based fashion house run by designers Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos.
The British Fashion Council reported during London Fashion Week that Peter Pilotto’s trademark is “Thought-through print placements.” The Target collection certainly lives up to this trademark but at a much lower cost than Pilotto sells for in top luxury retail stores. Pilotto’s collection for Target is filled with over 80 items that bear floral prints, bold patterns, and bright colors for under $50.00. It is a collection that could be quite overwhelming to the eye, with the assumption that there is nothing to be done with the pieces but to wear them as they come with dark or neutral accessories. But you know at Style Stamped we can’t just go with that! We have to add an edge and make it unique. Check out how I styled three items from the Pilotto collection four different ways with items already in my closet. Let us know what you think!
My first item to style was a tank shirt in Red Iris Print. This racer-back features the Iris flower in a bold orange-red and pink color surrounded by hues of blue print and black shadows. The shirt does enough on its own but I wanted to give it an edge so I paired it with sheer black polka-dot stockings, cut off Levi’s vintage shorts, and some orange Jeffery Campbell leather wrap around block heel pumps. A black sweater was added to the look along with a chunky silver chain necklace.
The third look was a cute black, blue, and neon yellow floral print fit and flare dress. I had a neon yellow sweater that was the same color from Forever 21. I went totally left with the shoes, a hot pink snake embossed pump by Brian Atwood with a suede yellow platform. I had to think outside the box for this one! Side bar, I loved the way this dress fit. That is one thing about Target, even with their collaborations the fit can be Target-ish. This collection actually fits very well.
The last look was my favorite look; a Peter Pilotto button up blouse with red, white, and blue floral, and black and white lace sleeves. I dressed this up with a short flouncey baloon mini-skirt from All Saints and some red spiked stilettos from Penny Sue. I accessorized with a DVF wrap around snap belt and topped it off with a hat! Big hats are in; I was so excited to see so many hats on New York Fashion Week Fall 2014 runways! I’ve always loved wide-brim hats but have reserved the look primarily for summer. I’ve always had to wear wide brim summer hats especially when the sun is at its hottest because I have Lupus and can’t be in the sun like that. But I love to wear a good big statement hat any time of the year because it makes a fabulous statement. I found this one at H&M recently.
Remember when putting together bold prints and colors, you don’t have to just go with a black or invisible shoe. Balance is key; don’t go to crazy but don’t be generic either. Discover a style that is yours! Be daring, bold, and Style Stamped! Remember if you ever have questions on style, we are here to help.