So I nearly had a heart attack when I found out that fashion powerhouse Catherine Malandrino designed a collection for Kohl’s. She brought her chic French aesthetic to the latest line from DesigNation. Find out what I thought of the collection!
I picked up one piece from the Catherine Malandrino collection, because the chance to snap up a bit of Malandrino’s Parisian luxury for under $50 is a lure too great to resist. That being said, the items in the line are pretty expensive, considering they’re at Kohl’s and not Bloomingdale’s. I waited for a sale, an additional mark down, and a coupon to pick up the black and white color-block stripe sweater (above). The pictures, however, are misleading, because it looks like it comes with a skirt attached, like the pieces in the Phillip Lim Target collection that I picked up last month. The skirt is actually a separate purchase, and it’s horribly itchy and wouldn’t be the kind of skirt you could wear alone with a different outfit — it only looks good over the long sweater.
Otherwise, the fabric of the sweater is really nice — I wouldn’t be able to detect quality difference from her high-end lines. It’s oversized enough that I was able to rock it with pleather leggings without it looking like a catastrophe, and it was actually one of my chicest work looks of the week.
I personally don’t love the pieces in the line that are overtly Parisian — I think the “Paris je t’aime shirts” are a little cheesy unless you have some sort of relationship to the city. I’ve never been, so I highly doubt I’d feel passionate enough to wear a beret and the Eiffel tower across my body, but that’s just me. The silky fabric of the shirts also isn’t my thing, but it beats basic jersey tees in terms of fashion.
Like I said, I only picked up one piece from this collection — though I am keeping an eye out for the line to go on sale a bit more. I tried on a couple more items and was pretty impressed with the fit and quality of the garments. The pants are nice, but they don’t scream Malandrino, so they’re a bit pricey for basic black slacks.
Let us know if you tried out the collection!