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Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Shelley Rossetter, Kameel Stanley, Keeley Sheehan & Keyonna Summers

Designer roundup: Rock & Republic at Kohl's, Marni at H&M

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February

Count two new (relatively) low-priced designer labels hitting stores for the little people.

Rock & Republic, a line that was popular with the wealthy trucker hat set in the mid-2000s, brings its denim-heavy wares to Kohl's. The company, whose designers have included Victoria Beckham, filed for bankruptcy in 2010, so we're thinking this is a pretty big deal for them. The Kohl's line includes pants for women in flare, skinny, crop, boot cut and legging, and for men in straight, slim and boot cut, between $50 and $60. The jeans are pretty cute, but I can't help thinking they look a little short on all the leggy models in the promo shots. This could bode very well for your friendly neighborhood Deal Diva Hobbit, here.

The line also includes graphic tees, baby doll tops and tuxedo jackets, plus, SHOES -- platforms and pumps in the $40-$50 range. For instance, you can own these deadly spiky platform heels for $51.99. Gents, do not cross your lady love when these are on the feet and death is on the line.

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Down at H&M, Marni takes the torch from Versace as the Swedish giant's latest high-fashion presence. The line debuts March 8 in 250 H&M stores and online. No words on whether Tampa is one, but the Versace line was here on the first day, so we'd have to guess the odds are good.

This line is less expensive than the Versace line was. I'm also hoping the folks at Marni act a little friendlier than Donatella Versace reportedly acted when her line came out, demanding it only appear on finely-selected attractive people in major news stories.

As Jezebel already pointed out, the stuff looks a little, well... flimsy, with patterns that don't quite align at the seam. Still, I can deal with mid-level craftsmanship. Y'all know the places we shop here at Deal Divas. I'm just not so sure I need a $149 leather smock in my life.

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But, hey, maybe you want your boyfriend to wear this matching top and swim trunks set ($39.99 and $29.99) with his favorite black dress socks and sandals. You never know when 1963 will strike and suck you back into the kidney pool.

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Deal Diva Stephanie

Photos: Kohl's, H&M

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 5:10pm]

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