Kohl’s Ups The Designer Collab Stakes With A Little Help From Narciso Rodriguez

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Designer collaborations with fast-fashion department stores make me sad. I love them in theory — my favorite big ticket aspirational brands producing clothing similar to their runway designs at a tangible price point sounds like a dream come true, but the reality of the situation isn’t nearly so fanciful. Waiting in long lines and fighting with other, more aggressive shoppers and prospective eBay sellers only to emerge with, like, two things you didn’t even want in the wrong size is not my idea of a satisfying retail experience (though I will wade through hell and high water to elbow my way into a J. Crew sample sale). It strikes a vague, aching chord in my heart to see the pieces from the designer-cum-discount collections, knowing full well I am not under any circumstances going to march my lazy ass out to Target at eight in the morning the day it’s released.

I am especially dispirited to learn that Kohl’s is debuting a new program, Design Nation, a concept that will invite designers to seek inspiration in a city of their choosing with their capsule collection in mind. The designer they’ve chosen to launch the affair will be none other than Narciso Rodriguez, of whom I am utterly enraptured. His luxe fabrics and structured, feminine clothing have set my heart aflutter since the word Fashion (yes, with a capital F) rolled off my tongue. The New York-based Rodriguez opted for Istanbul as his Design Nation destination, and the city’s influence certainly shows in the two vividly-hued pieces from the collection that we’ve seen so far. The line, to be released in November, will feature outerwear, tops, dresses, and knits, and will be priced between $30 and $150. I mean, come on. I would go to great lengths for Narciso, but there isn’t even a Kohl’s in Manhattan! Clearly I need more friends with cars. [Fashionista]

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