Affordable Luxury: Narciso Rodriguez for Kohl’s


Affordable Luxury: Narciso Rodriguez for Kohl’s

Let’s face it: though we spend hours flipping through the glossy pages of ELLE and Vogue, lusting after the beautifully crafted clothing and luxurious attire, we are never really looking to buy. A tight collegiate budget doesn’t really allow for a casual designer purchase (and let’s be honest, I know I’m not the only one whose budget doesn’t really allow for the actual magazine purchase in the first place…) Well, campus trendsetters, you can now see the dress and buy it, too. This November, Kohl’s is debuting a new series of capsule collections by prominent high-end designers. The line, called DesigNation, aims to “provide women with beautiful clothing at an accessible price.”

From left to right: Textured Jacket, $150; Ballet-neck Dress, $64; Two-layer Dress, $70, all at Kohl’s.

First up: Narciso Rodriguez. The designer, known for his refinement and clean feminine silhouettes,  first made headlines in 2008 when Michelle Obama wore a dress from his Spring 2009 Collection to celebrate her husband’s election to office. He is now the first designer to win consecutive Womenswear Designer of the Year awards from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. His clean-cut, figure flattering pieces have also received another (and arguably more difficult-to-achieve) prestigious honor: the blessing of Anna Wintour. “No one but Narciso has ever made a simple line look more stunning,” she said.

His line for Kohl’s draws inspiration from Istanbul, featuring rich fabrics and statement colors. It will include everything from structured separates, to color-blocked dresses, to trendy pajama-style pants.

From left to right: Slim Two-Tone Ponte knit dress, $64. Textured Blazer, $96; Sleeveless Woven Top, $54; and Pant, $44. Printed Draped Top, $48,and Pajama-Style Pant, $48. All at Kohl’s.

Panel dress, $60 at Kohl’s.

Get ready to shop! Narciso Rodriguez for Kohl’s is in stores and online today

– Madeline McCallum

Photos courtesy of LA Times (1), InStyle (2, 3, 4, 6), and The Budget Babe (5)

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