Narciso at Kohls

Narciso Rodriguez for Kohl’s

The Narciso Rodriguez collection for Kohl’s debuted this week, in stores and online. I was curious, so I headed over to Southridge Mall during my lunch break today. The store had a decent number of pieces. Several dresses, some tops and sweaters, plus the tuxedo pants and a couple of skirts. I was a bit underwhelmed — the materials weren’t that nice, and the styles weren’t that eye catching in person. Pretty much what I expected. After trying on several pieces, I decided to only purchase the turtleneck sweaterdress. I think it is sophisticated and stylish, it will keep me warm, and I can wear it to work. Sold! As an added bonus, the collection was 30% off today and I earned $10 Kohl’s cash to spend later. I’m going to keep an eye out to see if any of these items make it down to the clearance racks. Based on my impressions today (no one at the mall even seemed to notice the line), I’d say this is pretty likely.



I need these Margiela for H&M boots!
This Margiela for H&M sweater is another must-have for me.
I’ve been wanting a cape since Gwyneth’s Oscar moment.
I love this Tory Burch lunchbox, too.

Yesterday, I was almost overwhelmed with “cheap chic” fashion news. The lookbooks for the Narciso Rodriguez for Kohl’s line (in stores and online Nov. 7), Maison Martin Margiela for H&M line (Nov. 15, select stores) and Target/Neiman Marcus collaboration (in stores and online Dec. 1) all became available.

I am lucky, for once, to live in Wisconsin, because we have a Kohl’s practically on every corner. I plan to check out the Narciso Rodriguez collection, but I probably will not buy anything right away. At first glance, I like the sexy dresses and the patterned tuxedo pants but I’ll have to check out the fabrics. And I want to see if I can take advantage of a good sale or use coupons. Kohl’s frequently offers fantastic deals, even on special lines like Simply Vera Vera Wang. I’m really not worried about the collection selling out around here.

I was planning to bypass the Margiela line, because as usual the only location carrying it anywhere near me will be the Chicago/Michigan Avenue store. And it comes out on a Thursday. However, this was before I saw it. Now I’m obsessed. Even my husband is obsessed. From what I can tell so far, the clothes look freaking amazing, very similar to their current fall collection, AND they are practical! Um, hello, it gets really cold in Milwaukee. I might need that giant comforter coat! I haven’t mapped out my strategy yet, but I definitely want a few of these pieces for my trip to Paris.

By contrast, I felt a little bit disappointed in the Target/Neiman Marcus line. My heart broke a little when I realized the Marchesa and Jason Wu dresses are only for little girls. Well, I don’t have any children, so maybe I can get an Oscar de la Renta collar or water bowl for my fashionable kitty Leinie instead. And I think it would also be fun to snag the Tory Burch lunch box so I can brown bag it much more stylishly. Also worth considering are the Prabal Gurung cape, the Brian Atwood gloves, the Judith Leiber compact mirror and the Lela Rose cocktail dress. I’m sad that Altuzarra didn’t make any clothes for this, but the bar set looks really nice.

Forget Black Friday – I already have a lot of planning to do! What are you hoping to snag?


Presidents Day sale

On Saturday, my husband and I drove down to Gurnee Mills outlet mall in Illinois to shop at Neiman Marcus Last Call. I probably shouldn’t have been shopping after the Jason Wu for Target experience, but I had a $25 gift card and everything was an extra 25 percent off for the Presidents Day sale, so I couldn’t resist.

Narciso Rodriguez dress

It takes some time and effort to dig through all the merchandise, but usually I can find some amazing deals at Last Call.  As always, I hit up the shoe racks first. The selection was a bit sparse, however I did find a really sweet pair of Kate Spade wedges. I can’t wait until I can wear these with a pretty sundress during festival season.

Then I tried on about a dozen dresses, from Prada to Lanvin. I even tried to squeeze into a pair of Galliano men’s jeans that were so rock star, it was ridiculous. Unfortunately, everything was either too big, too small or too expensive.

But on the clearance rack, I found a lone Narciso Rodriguez dress that I almost bought on Black Friday. I only passed it up because I was already buying two pairs of YSL shoes that day. A girl’s gotta pay the mortgage…But lucky me, the dress was still there and it fits just right.

I brought it to the counter and asked for a price check. The tag was marked 65 percent off, plus an extra 25 percent off, for a final total of $150. The original price was 1,625! Talk about an epic discount. The sales clerk looked at the dress and said “I didn’t know we even carried Narciso Rodriguez. He’s a really important designer!” I just started laughing while he went on some kind of tangent about Madonna.

I really need to start going out more. Important designers’ clothes deserve to go to chic parties, right? Well, if nothing else, at least this sale gave me a reason to celebrate Presidents Day.