Target paved the way for the now-ubiquitous celebrity/designer partnerships, but they have faded a bit in popularity since the days of the Missoni-induced website crash. I’m ashamed to admit it’s the only way to get me out of the house before 10 a.m. on a Sunday. I know…Sinner! Anyway, my picks and impressions follow…
The Quvenzhane Wallis/Jamie Foxx reboot of Annie premieres on December 19th, but you can bet the most giftable items from Target’s line by costume designer Renee Ehrlich Kalfaus will sell out by November’s close. This is due mostly to the generation of moms which grew up with the original stage and screen versions and are crazy about everything Annie. It’s truly a line that both trendy and traditional gift-givers can get behind.
This group is mostly focused on casual separates with feminine details like sequins and embroidery paired with feel-good fabrics like corduroy, velour, distressed denim and french terry. I think the Band Jacket ($24.99) and Military Glitter Jacket ($29.99) are particularly on trend and adorable, little girls will squeal at the sight and wear them to pieces.
Being a practical Mom, I’d pick up the fleece-lined Footless Tights ($6.99) and a few sets of the Bedazzled Beanie & Mitten sets ($12.99, pictured left) to stick in the closet for gifts. Some accessories are already back-ordered online, so get to your store quickly if you want the Floppy Hat ($9.99), Pearl Collar necklace ($9.99), or DIY Embellishment kit ($9.99) for the girls in your life.
The showstopper is an iconic red Bow Dress ($29.99) that will likely sell out first in climates where IT’S NOT SNOWING TODAY (jealous). The accompanying Capelet ($22.99) will be a good get because retailers seem to love selling sleeveless holiday dresses, and this will warm her up until Easter cardigans are available.
That takes care of the little girls on your list, what about everyone else? Based on the amount of items that are already out of stock online, the TOMS x Target launch is looking like a Pre-Black Friday winner. Target is remaining true to the One for One mission, donating to food banks and the Red Cross in the U.S. and Canada, as well as a pair of shoes to a needy person for every pair sold. Feels especially right for the holidays!
The hot items such as accessories, housewares and some women’s knits are already out of stock online, so you can try your nearest store for the coveted Ruana/Poncho ($28), 3 Bracelet Set ($15) or Jar Candle ($15). I’m going back for the Tall Coffee Mug ($12), hopefully it will still be there!
Plenty of apparel basics for Men are available, and I’m picking the Anorak Jacket in Navy ($40) for those guys who need an upgrade to their omnipresent hoodie. I would pick up a few sets of the Knit Beanie ($10, pictured at top) and Flip Top Gloves ($12) in a shade of royal blue that will accent almost any Boys’ outerwear.
The classic canvas shoes for toddler boys and girls ($32) are an online exclusive, so don’t waste your time looking in store like I did (DUH!). Also in store…lots of casual basics: sweaters, hoodies and button-downs for layering, and the logo merchandise is perfect gift material for TOMS diehards.
I overheard store personnel say that all the stores have limited quantities of both lines. If you’ve already made a check off your mental gift list, go and get it tomorrow!
Are you planning to shop these collabos for gifts or otherwise? What’s your favorite piece from these collections? Share in the comments…