Monday, September 30, 2013

Playing Dress Up: Catherine Malandrino x Kohl's

Fashion Designer Catherine Malandrino debuted her French inspired collection for Design Nation at Kohl's last Friday.

I went to check out what my local store had in stock for the launch and also to review a few of the pieces for you.

I arrived after 10:30am and it appeared that little to nothing had been touched from the collab. It was definitely overpriced for the Kohl's customer so I'm not surprised. I'm not sure why they priced it the way they did, I know they have sales on launch day but even with the sale markdowns it was still too pricey for what it was. 

Not that there wasn't cute things, but many of them for that quality I can find at F21. 
Just my two cents. 

I wish they would've carried the laser cut pieces at my area, since I was interested in shopping those, but they did not. I heard from a few other shoppers that their stores also did not carry those pieces.

 Two of Four dresses showcased at my local Kohl's.

Tops & Pants. Everything in black.

 I was drawn to the jumpers because of my sweater addiction and the faux leather jacket.

 I was interested in that striped sweater in blue, but they only had the cream/black.
Also people were suggesting it was a bit R2D2-ish. Not exactly the look I'm going for.


 Cute blouse but poor quality comparable to F21.
I love F21 but this would be like what? $14 at F21. 
BTW, 3.1 Phillip Lim x Target blouse/top quality was WAAAY better.

Playing Dress Up:

For Reference: everything is size XS, I am 5'3, and short-waisted.

 Faux Leather Moto Jacket 
$120 on sale for $90.
I was not impressed at this price. 
I tried on a faux leather jacket like this at Target last week for $34.99.
Good fit though, also short-waisted, long torso's beware.

$68 on sale for $51.
Comfy jumper, perfect for leggings but still all I can think is R2D2 now...

Scroll Jacquard Sweater 
$68 on sale for $51.
 Super soft sweater. Reminds me of a throw blanket...
The front white design is uber cooshy. The sleeves are a stretchy ribbed knit sweater material.

Paris Je T'aime Shirt in wine
$36 on sale for $27.

I tucked the shirt in the front, it's pretty boxy.
Not really sure about this shirt. It feels more like lounge wear.
Nice touch with the details on the back of the shirt.

$98  on sale for $73.50 (oh hail no!)
Boxy and gives me a tummy pouf. The swirl cutouts were nice and it was lined inside so that's a plus.
But that price? What? Why?

$58 on sale for $43.50.

The Leaning Tower of Eiffel???
It is cute though, dolman sleeved and an extra plus it's a wool blend.

 Textured Knit Skirt
$50 on sale for $37.50.

A cute well made skirt that goes with a lot of the Malandrino pieces. Features a stretchy waistband. The material reminds me of the sweater knit dresses from Missoni for Target.

 Here's the Eiffel Sweater with the skirt.

Paris Sweater
$58 on sale for $43.50
Here's the skirt again paired with the longer sleeved Paris jumper.

Embroidered Shift Dress Set
$120 on sale for $90.
SO pricey. The dress does look very sophisticated and polished. 
Comes with the nude slip underneath and very delicate embroidering.

 What did you feel about the Kohl's collab with Maladrino? 

The collection is online and in-stores right now and on sale as reflected on this post.
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  1. I am in total agreement with you on everything!! Love your review and pics :) I like the skirt you tried on w/ the sweater,maybe if that goes on clearance plus the discount, I'll consider it, lol. The quality was very sub-par and again boxy like some of the previous Kohls collabs, who is designing these items really?! I also didn't like the "off-white/cream" colors, they look like they used to be white and need to be bleached, and cheap writing. F21 does has better stuff for the money and similar blouses. I don't have to tell you the collection was sitting at my stores untouched too. Love the fit of the jacket on you, hey, this could be a future clearance find for you!


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  3. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Kohl's isn't the best store. I feel that it's so-so in many ways: so-so price, so-so quality, etc. I only go there if I'm desperate for ideas. I do like the jacket though, especially on you. However, you can find better for sure.
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  4. Love all the pieces you tried on! Did you buy the moto jacket?! It looks awesome on you. So jealous there isn't a Kohl's around here...

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