Weeks before the new GO International arrival, I rounded up a group of devoted shopping buddies to hit the biggest Target in the Seattle area as early as we could possibly get up on opening day, Sunday, February 4 (I admit knocking down the doors at 8 am would be getting ahead of ourselves—even for discounted Proenza Schouler). I was making my countdown when I found out about a leak on the Internet where most of the Proenza Schouler line was available for early online purchase (I'm not clear on if this was Target's mistake or not). I got out my credit card, purchased what I thought were the best pieces in the line, and stopped worrying about trying to get to Target at the crack of dawn to get first crack at the goods. Relief.
Finally, February 4 rolled around. With all the commercials and the web announcements, we thought we'd all go crazy with anticipation and be fighting with tooth and nail to get to the racks. One of the girls showed up to Target early and found out that there had been a "miscommunication" about the release date (even with all the commercials and publicity) and that Proenza Schouler would not be at Target until the next day. As the dutiful shopper that I am, I proceeded to phone each and every Target in the Seattle area and found out that every single one was behind schedule except for ONE! Furthermore, most employees did not even know what the GO International line was—eek. I guess they're not all living in fashion obsession like some of us, eh?
We finally made it across town (an hour behind schedule) to find a small, picked-over selection. To sum up my feelings on seeing the line in person: I haven't been so much disappointed by the quality of Target's GO International line as by their inconsistency in sizing and release dates. Maybe I'm asking for too much, but I hate having to scramble to every store hoping to find the size I'm looking for only to attempt to order online and find that it's not available on the site yet either. Bugger! Part of me loves the "limited time only" aspect of GO International, but most of me despises the relentless, and sometimes unfulfilling, chase. Staggering release dates for the store and the web is probably a good idea to stave off cross-country "out of stock" signs, but it's also frustrating when you can't find what you want, when you want it (hence, the frenzy). The good news is that I've always found what I wanted in whatever size I was looking for, regardless of the competition.Secondly, I've always had to order items in several different sizes to be sure that they fit properly—if at all! The cabin Voile Bustier Dress is a perfect example.
I ordered it in sizes 3, 5 and 7 and found that none of the sizes fit me without being too small or too big. I'm so in love with the dress that I'm having it taken into my tailor to fix. For any GO International pants and shorts, I don't really even bother trying—the sizing and cuts always seem to be way too off.
In my opinion, the star (and most advertised) piece of the entire line is the Silk Bustier Top. Luckily, through the leak on the net, I ordered two sizes early and ended up giving one to a friend (The fit on these isn't as harsh as the cotton Bustier dress). This top definitely exemplifies Proenza Schouler's style and it just the right mix of Spaceball's Dot Matrix and pure couture. Now that it's been recalled from the website and is not in stores yet, good luck getting your hands on it!
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