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The Kardashian Kollection: when celebrity fashion lines get it wrong

By Rosemary | November 21 2012 | 38 Comments

The big celebrity news from the past few weeks – in case you’ve been living under a rock – is that the Kardashian Kollection has finally (er) landed on UK and Irish shores, across Dorothy Perkins stores across the country. Judging by Kim’s own style anyway, it wasn’t too tough to guess what the collection would be heavy on – but it was still a surprise to see so many bodycon dresses lined up together. The kollection is a serious ode to Herve Léger’s signature bandage dresses, albeit with a far lower price tag: items start at €32 for a Kardashian klutch (sorry, couldn’t help it) and rise to €99 for the lace trench koat (this could run and run . . .)

What’s been most surprising of all about the kollection – at least for me – is just how bad everything is. What can I say? Maybe I’ve been spoiled in past seasons by stellar collections from celebrities such as Nicole Richie, Victoria Beckham and the Olsen twins. This collection is choc-full of uninspired, bargain-basement prints; even cheaper stretchy fabrics; and boring, body-hugging cuts that would be a tough sell even for the most body beautiful among us. Even the leopard print is wrong, and I take leopard print very un-seriously altogether; before this kollection, I hadn’t met a leopard print I didn’t like! But you’d have to pay me to sport the print above.

While there’s no doubt in my mind that the girls themselves look perfectly serviceable in the clothes – check out Kim’s killer kurves, above – one also has to question the amount of retouching that was used in the snaps. Is it just me, or does Khloe Kardashian Odom (what? I watch X Factor USA) really not look like that in real life? And while Kim’s breasts look mahoosive in the above snap, on the top they look positively miniature.

The important disclaimer for the Kardashians is, unfortunately, one that hasn’t quite translated over here. In the US, the Kardashian Kollection is sold exclusively in Sears, a department store that might be a Dunnes / Heatons equivalent for us; here, it’s sold in Dorothy Perkins which, while it’s not super upmarket, is definitely not bargaintastic. (Then again, the Olsens do a cut-price line too, so maybe the Kardashians are building up to bigger and better things!)

What do you think? Is the Kardashian Kollection a hit – or is it a miss? (And what would you buy, if anything? I will grudgingly admit that the lace trench isn’t the worst thing I’ve ever seen, and mixed with a few cooler items the PU jacket could be quite cute!)

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