crazy for karl

The Karl Lagerfeld for Macy's limited edition capsule collection hit stores and the web yesterday, so I made a trip to my local mall to check it out. The campaign with Coco Rocha and accompanying video (you can check out the video here) looked great, but with these designer collabs, you never know if they're any good until you actually see them in person. I tried on several pieces, and here's what I thought (and bought):

This dress just screams Karl Lagerfeld/Chanel, with the black and white palette and high-neck collar. It buttons all the way up the front with sparkly cabochon-style jeweled buttons, the cinched waist is super flattering, and the collar is actually removable, which I thought was a nice touch. The fabric is a good quality poly chiffon with a subtle croc texture - the skirt is a little sheer, but nothing a half slip won't take care of. All in all, at $124 the price was right, so I snagged one for my wardrobe.

I couldn't resist trying on this drapey tank emblazoned with the Kaiser himself. It fit really well, and the cotton has a nice weight and lovely drape. I liked the longer length, but I have trouble spending $50 on a tank top, so I let it go for now.

This dress, which sells for $119, is really lovely - for someone with a bit more bust than I have. You can't really tell from these photos, but there is a whiskery eyelash lace trim at the v-neck and v-back. The sleeves are gorgeous, and the back has a hook-and-eye that makes the width of the v-back adjustable - nice if you have narrower shoulders. The fabric has the same cool croc texture as the black dress.

I really liked this dress, and it's something I may go back for. I tried it on in the vivid pink (which I can't find a picture of on the Macy's site), and it has a great 1940s vintage vibe to it. There is a keyhole slit from the neck to the cinched waist, a sexy offset to the prim collar. It sells for $109, a really great price.

To see more of the collection, check out www.macys.com/impulse.

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