Kohl’s Does Designer: Milly for DesigNation

Milly for Kohl's DesigNation

Target isn’t the only game in town when it comes to the discount designer collection, though you’d hardly know it if you shop according to media buzz. Discount department store, Kohl’s stays relatively under the radar when it comes to promotion of their specific collabs, a fact that I view as a blessing– it just means MORE FOR ME! Don’t sleep on Kohl’s DesigNation; it has definitely helped make Kohl’s a worth destination.

Kohl’s debuted the Milly for DesigNation capsule collection this spring, making it the sixth designer collaboration under the DesigNation umbrella, that began in 2012 with Narciso Rodriguez. Collabs with Thakoon, Derek Lam and most recently, Elie Tahari, followed.

Take a Look at Kohl’s: Milly for DesigNation

Milly for DesigNation at Kohl's

I love Milly for the vibrant and playful use of color and pattern, and this collection is supposed to transport you to a whimsical day spent lounging in Capri. I stumbled on it quite by accident. I needed a dress for an event I was going to be attending with my family. My mother’s directives were clear: you had better look nice (duh!) and after-work business attire was recommended. As my job requires little more than nice jeans, that meant it was dress up time!

Kerri Estella in Milly for DesigNation at Kohl's

I wanted an outfit that was colorful and sophisticated, playful but not outlandish for an office setting. I kept my makeup vibrant but day-to-night appropriate, pairing a colorful (dusky purples–“Mulberry”, “Chocolate” and “Ballet” Color Impact Shadows— as nudes and Liquid Perfection Eyeliner in Black) but neutral eye with a vibrant lip ( “Magenta” HydraBrillance Lipstick paired with Beauticontrol’s Sheer lip color in the frosty “Electric Purple”).

The vibrant sheath scuba dress has a figure-skimming cut and features a black exposed zipper, giving the sheath a bit of edge.

Milly for DesigNation

Photo: Kohls.com

The event was a huge success. My forever friend, Ronald was in town to be the keynote speaker and inspired the entire audience. Even though I’ve known him since I was six and THOUGHT I knew his story, listening to him inspired a new direction for me too…I’ll be revealing more about that soon!

He and I had a blast exploring the location, a place that is near and dear to our hearts. What is now the Chesterfield Career and Technical Center at Hull used to be Clover Hill High School– our good old neighborhood high school got one hell of a makeover! We had a bit of an extended photoshoot and Ron’s skills with the iPhone caught me and this dress in perfect, playful action.

A photo posted by Ron Forbes (@ronforbes) on

Are you a fan of designer collaborations? What is your favorite collab and what are you looking forward to in the future? Are you planning on shopping Milly for DesigNation?


  1. Lillian
    May 31, 2015 / 7:46 pm

    I’m still a fan of Milly’s collaboration with Banana Republic from 2013. But you totally rock this new collaboration! And yes, I am a fan of collaborations, provided they are done well.

    • May 31, 2015 / 10:42 pm

      Ooh, I just checked it out. It’s a totally different look but still with those Milly patterns. I wish you had told me about this a few years ago…

  2. June 10, 2015 / 5:00 pm

    love your outfit you rock it go girl …The dress was colorful and give you a sophisticated flair.

  3. June 10, 2015 / 11:47 pm

    OMG I never heard of Milly but looks like some cute stuff!! I love when department stores come out with high end collections for regular consumers! I need to go b Kohls soon and check this out!

  4. June 11, 2015 / 10:57 am

    Haven’t seen these. Looks nice. You look really nice.

  5. June 11, 2015 / 3:02 pm

    Love that dress! And I do like shopping at Kohls. Especially for the kids’ clothes.

    • June 11, 2015 / 3:18 pm

      Yes, Kohl’s has a bit of everything! I pick up pieces now and then and everyone is always incredibly surprised when they hear where I got it.

  6. June 11, 2015 / 3:14 pm

    What a vibrant collection, I’m such a fan of color. Everyone else is wearing black and I have on bold stand out prints and colors. I love the dress you purchased, you can dress it up or down add a blazer and all of that. Great choice.

  7. June 11, 2015 / 5:03 pm

    The bold bright colors in this collection are very pretty. You look great!

  8. June 11, 2015 / 5:50 pm

    ooooo I must be sleeping on kohls I’ve never really shopped there. Cute dress! 🙂

  9. June 11, 2015 / 6:09 pm

    You look amazing and I love these prints! I’m a huge Kohls fan so I’ll definitely be checking the collection out.

  10. June 11, 2015 / 7:24 pm

    Kohl’s is bringing it with this line. They are definitely stepping up their fashion game.

  11. June 11, 2015 / 11:39 pm

    I absolutely love Khols so I need to stop sleeping! That dress is hot and that makeup looks fierce on you 🙂

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