Kardashian Kollection hits the UK high street
The Kardashian sisters are in London this week for the launch of the Kardashian Kollection line, which went on sale this morning at Dorothy Perkins stores and Dorothy Perkins online. The range has been sold in the USA at Sears for some time, but this is the first time it's been made available in Europe.
I popped down to my local Dotty P's this morning to check out the
c kollection, which is mainly a mix of bodycon dresses, blazers, pencil skirts and sheer blouses and tops. It's all pretty mainstream stuff; these girls know their market and have played it safe with curve-hugging party dresses, sexy separates and a dash of leopard print, leather and sparkle.
There's nothing particularly new or exciting here, but I was impressed with the size of the range and the relatively reasonable prices, which are more or less in line with similar styles from Dorothy Perkins mainline. The blazers hang well and are lined, the trousers look well-constructed and the sparkly handbags and purses look better in real life than they do in pictures.
When it comes to the dresses, the quality varies, so I took a few into the changing room with my cameraphone for a quick try on! I'm wearing the size 14 in all the dresses below - the sizing comes up slightly small compared to Dorothy Perkins own line, but the stretch is enough to mean you'll probably fit into your usual size anyway.
I was impressed with the fabric used in the keyhole dress (which comes in about 5 colours and was used a lot in the promotional photos). I read somewhere that Khloe described this piece as 'classy'. Having tried it on in the signature oversize leopard, I'm not so sure that's the word I'd use, but the fit was nice and it's definitely a good one if you want to flaunt your curves without revealing too much flesh. It's a very heavy stretch fabric, and the seaming works well around the waist.
The same cannot be said for the mesh panel dress (£40). The design of the top is quite clever and the shoulder pads are great and create a nice silhouette, but the fabric is so thin that every line shows through! As you can see it's VPL ahoy, and I'm sure nobody wants to see the seams on my tights running down my belly. If you're going to buy this one I suggest investing in a seamless slip to go underneath.
The final dress I tried on was a bit of a surprise. Draped, demure, with a bow on the back - definitely not the kind of thing I'm used to seeing the Kardashian ladies in. It worked perfectly in Dorothy Perkins though, and reminded me of a lot of their main line stock. This is the green pleat dress (£40).
Overall, the Kardashian Kollection was a pleasant surprise in terms of variety - it's not all mini dresses and I actually think the blazers and trousers are the secret wins of the whole thing, but it's not really designed for fans of high fashion and if you're expecting the unexpected, you'll be disappointed. This is the Kardashians. It's all about legs, boobs and bums. As a curvier woman there is more in this collection for me than some other celeb offerings, but is one LBD any different to another just because Kim, Khloe and Kourtney get a cut of the profits? The jury's out on that one...
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