Catherine Malandrino has a new Parisian-themed special collection that started on Friday, September 27 at Kohl’s. Some of the tops feature the Eiffel Tower, Paris or Je T’aime Paris etc. Lace and innovative laser cut designs are prevalent and eye-catching. There are a few geometric patterns as well. The majority of the clothing is black and white, but there are a couple of items in burgundy and midnight blue. The collection is quite comprehensive with tops, sweaters, pants, skirts, dresses, and a couple of jackets. It ranges from work clothing to casual to date nights or special occasions.
I saw the collection online, and I just had to head right down to Kohl’s to see the clothing in person and try things on. Some items come in small/medium/large/extra-large and others are sized. Because I wear different sizes in different clothing silhouettes, I thought it would be safer to actually try them on and see how they look, and I was right. I was a small in some clothes and a medium in others, a size 6 in some and an 8 in others. Whatever.
The clothing is the good/decent quality that you would expect from a mid-tier department store like Kohl’s. What’s great about the collection is you get some of the designer style that you get at Saks but with more mainstream fabrics, a bit lower craftsmanship, and at a much more affordable price. These clothes are really cute. They’re stylish for now, and although I think I will be able to wear one of the pieces I bought forever, they are trendy and I don’t usually spend a lot on designs that could go out of style.
Not all of the Catherine Malandrino collection is in stock at the stores. Many pieces are available only online at the Kohl’s website. That said, there are quite a few pieces in the store, so I didn’t feel like I drove down there for nothing. But unfortunately, they didn’t have the faux wrap dress that I was particularly interested in trying on.
I tried on a couple of dresses, but I didn’t end up buying either one. I’m short, and I really need a petite size in a dress. The sheer long-sleeved lace dress I tried was very pretty, and would look great on a taller woman.
The long-sleeve dress with the fitted bodice and flared bottom was cute, but too young for me at this stage. Twenty years ago, I would have bought it (and actually, I owned two dresses that were very similar to it!).
I purchased a long-sleeve black lace peplum top that’s lined in beige with a deep scoop neck. Very pretty and form fitting. It will look good with a skirt or with black pants or black jeans. Love it.
I also bought a really cute, timeless black knit skirt with pleats on the bottom. In the photo taken on the bed, it looks like an A-line. But it is a straight skirt, and the pleats give it some flare. It has an elastic waist that I usually avoid like the plague, but the waistline stays flat and I can live with it.
The pricing on the collection is a little weird because on day one, it was reduced by 20%. And both online and in the store, if you use a Kohl’s charge, they take off an additional 30% (on anything you buy, not just this collection). I think the two pieces I bought cost me about $50 (I also bought a cute pair of Lee jeans with black velvet embellishment on the back pockets and they brought the total to $75). All in all, an affordable haul.
So go online or head to Kohl’s to check out the Catherine Malandrino limited-edition collection. I’m not sure how long it will be available, but act fast if you want to find your size in the store. Please post a picture in the comments or just let us know what you buy! C’est magnifique!
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