The wide assortment of footwear and jewelry, in addition to the vivid kaleidoscope prints and saturated hues in the Prabal Gurung x Target lookbook has me nodding my head in approval. After studying the lookbook, I think this might be one of their best designer collaborations to date.
I've put together some comparison looks from Prabal's previous collections against his looks for Target in honor of the upcoming collection. It appears that many of the pieces in the Prabal Gurung for Target lookbook are inspired by recent runway looks. This is great news if you're a fan of Gurung's work and you're looking to score his runway style for less.
Let's take a closer look to compare the Prabal Gurung x Target lookbook with recent runway looks.
Above, both looks feature a piped peplum top with a waist defined in black. For a sleek look that emphasizes the top, it is styled with black bottoms and open-toed shoes in both outfits.
A belted kaleidoscope print dress from the Target collection might have been inspired by this futuristic black and blue version from his Fall 2012 collection, in which he showed off his expert tailoring with sleek dresses in modern fabrics. Both dresses above feature a belted waist, colorblock panels, and of-the-moment digital prints.
The lace top (above, left) looks quite similar to the peplum version from the Resort 2013 collection, in which neon silk figured prominently. Both outfits feature an acid yellow lace fabric over a structured white top. It's interesting to note how both looks are paired with printed bottoms and intricate peep-toe heels in black.
Who doesn't love a dress with pockets? I find the ease and comfort undeniable. These two chic sleeveless dresses look strikingly similar with their side-seam pockets, belted waists, A-line shapes, and graduated floral prints.
Prabal's floral shorts suit for Target may have been influenced by his Resort 2013 collection, which showcased Rorschach-esque prints and bright colors. Both looks are not for the shy since they are print-heavy with lots of exposed leg. If wearing three pieces in the same print is too much for you, substitute in a solid black or white top, blazer, or pants to tone it down.
A printed sweatshirt with a mini skirt and strappy heels? Above, left, the look from the Target lookbook exudes cool and casual glamour. It reminds me of this edgy runway ensemble from the Fall 2012 collection that mixes a casual sweatshirt with a dressy skirt and heels.
images via elle.com and style.com
There are just over three weeks until the collection launches (although Target will probably do a pop-up during NYFW), and my anticipation is growing. See the entire collection (including footwear and accessories) on Target's Facebook page or see the entire lookbook with prices at Elle, and don't forget to take Target's style quiz and see the adorable videos which show the clothes in motion on Olivia Thirlby.
**Update: See my fitting room photos and read my Prabal Gurung for Target review on The Key To Chic.