Sunday, January 23, 2011

Racked gives rundown of Calypso St. Barth


As I mentioned earlier this month, the next Target designer collaboration to hit stores will be Calypso St. Barth (on May 1st). This past week the editors at Racked.com were allowed a "sneak peek", and although cameras were forbidden from the event, they provide a pretty thorough rundown of what to expect from the line:

"Let's start with the womenswear. Calypso is known for its premium fabrics and soft, flowing silhouettes, so everyone is wondering how the looks and quality will translate into the Target line. We fondled and groped all the pieces (in summer whites, bold pinks and reds, and delicious shades of blue), plus carefully inspected all the intricate beading and sequins, colorful embroidery, grosgrain-piping and crocheted lace. And, folks, it all looked and felt really good. Most of the pieces (like the white harem pants, wrap dresses, peasant tops, and beachy shorts) are made out of soft cotton voile.

Also, we spoke with the Calpyso creative director herself and she confirmed that a few pieces are made of real silk and pure linen. We're betting that the navy blue tie-dyed tunic with creamy crochet paneling—priced at just $36—will sell out in a snap (we saw it on a model and it looks much more expensive than it is), plus all the editors were eying a melon-hued tie-dyed maxi dress ($49.99) with a rope belt. The womenswear ranges from $19.99 to $49.99, with the exception of plus-size dresses (available online), which can run up to $79.99.

The tie-dye and elephant print motif is carried over to the home collection and pricing runs from $3.50 for bright, resort-feel acrylic plates to $59.99 for gold and silver Moroccan-style poufs (not real leather, but they feel like it and they're probably much easier to clean). There were also candles, hammered metal-ish votives, and irresistible ceramic elephant tea pots in rose-pink or cerulean blue.

Accessories run the gamut, too. The jewelry and hair accessories run from $12.99 to $49.99 and we have to say that the hammered gold-ish necklace with rose beaded chain and tassle looked and felt pretty substantial for under $50. There is also a line of beach totes and make-up pouch accessories in tie-dye and woven canvas starting at $9.99. Did we mention the bright and resort hued flip flops ($12.99) and canvas wedge espadrilles ($29.99)? Plus the ├╝ber-soft sleepwear and intimates with lovely crocheted detail double nicely as outside apparel, too."


Shown here: an outfit from Calypso St. Barth's 2010 Cruise Collection.

2 comments:

mommydearest said...

CAN.NOT.WAIT. It's on my calendar :) But maybe the items will pop up early as LOL and John Derian did?

Target-Addict said...

Mommydearest, I can't wait either! I think I'd better start saving up my $$ so I can spurge on this line ;-)