\r\n\r\nWhen I heard Joseph Altuzarra would be doing a collection for Target, I had mixed feelings. I absolutely *love* Altuzarra’s designs, and how he turns classic silhouettes, patterns, and designs into something posh and modern. I also know Target, where other designer collections were cut extremely small and made from very cheap materials. Imagine how surprised I was when on this past Sunday, the collection arrived in stores…..and it turned out to be far, far more than most Target shoppers could have imagined! In every possible way!\r\n\r\nFirst, the materials are fabulous without being costly. I don’t know how they did it, but they brought every piece in at a reasonable and manageable price point range of $29.99 to $89.99, and in materials that have beautiful drape and texture. Even the Python Print Peasant Blouse, which is what I purchased, has the drape and texture of a more expensive blouse from a high-end department store or boutique…..\r\n\r\nEven though there were only a few pieces from the collection at the Target store in the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside (the closest Target store to where I live) I was more than just impressed. The gorgeous ruby-colored wrap dress is the perfect day to night dress, and one that will be perfect for those who will have a heavy schedule of Holiday parties. It’s machine washable, too! Not to mention a price point of $39.99. There are few places where you can get a good quality, well made day to evening dress for that price point!\r\n\r\nIn fact, the majority of the apparel pieces in the collection (if not all of it) are machine washable and dryable. Considering how many fast fashion pieces are either “dry clean only” or “lay flat to dry,” the washable-dryable aspect makes them a good spend of one’s Fall wardrobe dollar.\r\n\r\nYet one of the most important aspects to note about this collection is that it is made for women. For the past 2 years, many a fashion blogger has complained that Target’s collections are marketed as for women but sized for juniors (including last summer’s Peter Pilotto, which, along with the Missoni collection, have been the only two designer collections from Target worth having up until now.) Usually I take a size 14 or 16, depending on the cut of the clothing and mostly because of my bust. The XL blouse, which I was expecting to not fit in the shoulders, arm length, bust or bicep, fit me perfectly in the shoulders and bust, with room in the bicep. Only the sleeve will need slight alteration, which I can accomplish by simply altering the cuffs about one inch.\r\n\r\nFor me, that’s an off-the-rack triumph!\r\n\r\nOverall the size range runs from a size 2 to 16 and is one of the most generous size ranges that Target has ever offered. Not to mention that the clothes fit according to the size on the tag. No trying on a size 8 or 10 women to find that it’s really a size 7 or 9 juniors.\r\n\r\nI didn’t try on the ruby colored wrap dress nor the python print wrap dress because I *knew* I would want either or both of them, and I”m on a fairly strict fashion budget since we purchased a home at the end of August (which delayed my return, for obvious but good reasons.) The python print blouse however is a great addition to my wardrobe. I can wear it now and into the spring, and use it as a layering piece in the good old New England winter*. There are a whole lot of pieces in this collection that can go from day to night and season to season that make them great investments for your fashion dollar. Not to mention that you get the added bonus of saying you own a piece from a collection by one of today’s hottest designers!\r\n\r\nYou can still score great pieces from the collection either online at Target.com or at your local Target. Happy Shopping!!\r\n\r\n*Note: when on a budget, make sure you can get multi-season wear out of most of your wardrobe.