The Kohl's DesigNation designer collab initiative is chugging right along. The Derek Lam collection--the affordable retailer's second designer collab after Narciso Rodriguez--hits stores April 5, and they've just revealed who's next in line: Catherine Malandrino.
For these Kohl's collections, designers are tasked with taking inspiration from a foreign locale, and not surprisingly, Malandrino chose her native France--and specifically Paris--as her inspiration. That French influence pops up in many of Malandrino's designs for her main line, so we expect this collection to be a (more affordable) continuation of that. Get ready, Francophiles.
Malandrino's 80-piece collection will hit stores in September and October of this year, with prices ranging from $36 to $130, according to WWD. The pieces incorporate elements found in the architecture of the city itself, like a design on an iron gate and a photograph of Parisian rooftops. “Every woman in America has a French dream in her head, especially a Parisian one,” Malandrino told the trade.
This isn't Malandrino's first foray into lower-priced territory. She already has a diffusion line called Catherine Catherine Malandrino, and she credits none other than the Kaiser himself as being a pioneer. "You have to have a much more open mind about adding different creativity to new categories and the man who has been showing us the way is Karl Lagerfeld," Malandrino said.
The icing on the macaron cake? Some of the proceeds from the sale of Malandrino's collection will benefit the CFDA. In fact, it was Steven Kolb who helped convince Malandrino to do the collection.