By Meaghan Elizabeth on December 06, 2012
I may be a little late to the Holiday24 party, but I’ve arrived nonetheless. Since my eyes caught sight of the original promotional video for this epic collaboration several months ago, I knew the Target x Neiman Marcus x CFDA collection would be genius. 24 designers and 50+ unique creations at Target-worthy prices… Need I say more? So I was disappointed, to put it mildly, when I learned the items could not be shipped to Canada. At 3:30am on December 1, a huge decision was upon me, and I took it: Shipping my purchase to a cousin’s acquaintance in Michigan… Though my package must pass through many hands and travel across Canada to reach me, nothing was stopping me from obtaining the DVF yoga mat I’d dreamed of for weeks. Just short of a week later, I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of said mat, a Proenza Schouler sweatshirt, and Carolina Herrera stationary, after waking up in the middle of the night for a mild shopping binge. The limitations posed by shipping and not being able to browse in store held me back from adding the Oscar de la Renta tote, Altuzarra double old fashioned glasses, Band of Outsiders hats, Marc Jacobs pouch, Brian Atwood leather gloves, Thom Browne blazer, and Marchesa children’s dress… Because how can one know if your tiny frame is tiny enough to fit into the largest of these mini wonders without investigating in person?! OK, let’s face it, I want it all… Except perhaps the Alice + Olivia bike, which at $500, is ridiculous… Especially since I haven’t ridden a bicycle in over 10 years. I’m sorry, Stacey Bendet, but you’ve left much to be desired with your role in this Target/Neiman Marcus lovechild. I must admit I was shocked when the collection didn’t sell out online in minutes, when the lineups outside of stores didn’t begin more than an hour before the doors opened, and most of all when I can still find many of the items available for purchase several days later… With 24 fashion gods, Karlie Kloss, and high end brand names for just about anyone’s budget, I’m at a loss for describing the limited success of Holiday24. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that I may just be lucky enough to find a left over Oscar de la Renta tote on my next cross-border shopping trip!