The Anna Sui for Target Pop-Up shop on Crosby street is quite amazing. In a former house, with exposed brick walls, steep narrow staircases (wear flats, I learned my lesson the hard way!), and amazing decor this is definitely a shopping experience. Definitely check it out, today or tomorrow if you are in NYC.
More pics from the inside:
I really thought this was the best Target designer collaboration yet. The garments were all well made, I only had one fabric complaint on the Blair metallic printed shift (hello, itchy), and I was sure the silver sequins on the grey Serena dress will fall off after one wearing (it is cute, but I skipped it). I was also struck by how familiar this all seemed. Sure, the looks were all Anna Sui’s signature style, but I wasn’t expecting near replicas of her past season’s work!
It appears Anna Sui was less inspired by Gossip Girl than her own Fall 2006 collection. This isn’t exactly a bad thing, more of an excellent marketing approach. I quite like her Fall 2006 collection and don’t mind purchasing these lovelies at Target prices. I just think it is funny because Serena or Blair would most certainly consider Fall 2006 as “vintage” if at all wearable.
Anna Sui for Target looks vs. Anna Sui Fall 2006 Collection:
I bought two dresses inspired by Lil J, this black lace number & an adorable printed black wrap dress.
Final Verdict: Try it on before you buy, but definitely buy.