Posted on Feb 21, 2013 in Whiteboard
Catherine Malandrino Fall 2013 Collection titled ‘Le Normandie’ inspired by French Art Deco and the elegant lines of Ruhlmann.
[Photo Credit: Catherine Malandrino]
Huh. I’m feeling a little underwhelmed.
agreed. especially after seeing that naeem khan collection
Me too…I think any collection would disappoint after that one!
And right after Thom Browne’s too! This is Sleepiesville
Mark my words: JLo, 5th row center.
That’s a shame really because on someone like Pink or Gwen Stefani that look could work, but on JLo it’s gonna look hoochie.
It’ll look hoochie because she’ll wear it at least one size too small; two if she can manage it. Whereas Pink or Gwen would get it in the proper size.
I wish you weren’t right but… you’re probably right.
See…now I think 2nd row center…
I see 5th row center on Solange Knowles
I think 2nd row center is a bit too, um, modest for JLo. Solange could totally rock 5th row center, though.
Is this line for Target?
The plum top/olive pant combo is truly fug.
OH THE SHADE!
It’s hard to come down after looking at a collection like Thom Browne’s, but I like most of this. Sure, it’s more wearable, less fantasy, but I still think it’s nice. The only look I really dislike is the purple top/cargo pant combo. The rest could work for lots of celebs with varying body types.
You could have said it was Dmitri’s collection from PR and I’d still say…kind of a yawn.
There’s a difference, for me, between a collection and a “line”…this is so much a line I feel like it should have hangers in it.
C’est magnifique. I want that olive and wine dress, please. It screams “Mediterranean”.
That was the one that stood out to me too.
I would wear the shit out of that black-and-white dress (without leggings, with ballet flats).
After Thom Brown, this is just a big yawn. A few okay pieces, but most of it is forgettable.
exactly. very little here appeals or inspires.
Man, Art Deco was all over the place this year.
But this collection references the Art Deco so subtly, it’s virtually not present.
Odd. I think that’s true for about 60% of the collection, but the other 40% — read: most of the black-and-white and black-and-nude looks – looks almost hamfistedly Art Deco to me (which is fine by me, as I love Deco).
I hear what you’re saying. But for me what references there are get lost and muddled. The closest thing for me is the last dress. It’s vaguely remeniscnt of the work of Sonia Delunay, who was an artist/designer of the time who was associated with Futurism.
Is this collection just suffering from my aesthetic receptors having been blown to pieces by Naeem Khan and Thom Browne, or is it actually as underwhelming as I think it is? I usually have Catherine Malandrino in roughly the same head-space as Carolina Herrera and L’Wren Scott, but with the exception of a couple of pieces, this is only feeling 2-3 steps above catalog to me.
4th row right, I was going to say that it reminded me a lot of what Julie Bowen wore recently.
Looked it up, she was wearing Catherine Malandrino Pre-fall.
Pretty much the same dress
Very refined and wearable. I love the long olive dress and the off the shoulder burgundy and the fit and flare burgundy dresses.
The olive dress immediately reminded me of Rami Kashou in both color and the beauty of the drape.
High-waisted, pleated pants. The horror! The horror!
I agree that after the gorgeous theatricality of the last couple of posts this feels very pedestrian by comparison. But most of it is nice, wearable looks with decent visual interest. It’s just “Jessica Chastain at the stage door” instead of “JLo on the red carpet.”
Not thrilling, but I can actually see buying pieces like this and getting a whole lot of wear out of them. That first dress would be an awesome work dress, and the wine-colored sweater-dress thing would be so, so comfy on a cool fall day for storytime.
That last one reminds me of the Romulan Commander’s Evening Gown in the original Star Trek episode “The Enterprise Incident”. Must be the leafy pattern.
Also, I love the combination of the burgundy and olive and the burgundy and navy satins!
Pick out one each of the most difficult shades of green and purple and use them together? Some of these colors are just plain dead. This collection is a bit depressing.
I love the black and nude cutouts. In fact everything is really nice, except for the too-wide skirts. This is definitely more on the wearable scale (and id someone mention Dmitri?) but I like it a lot. Not really fair to compare it to the Naeem Khan collection, I think– this is definitely lower end, but still has the same kind of play with pattern to it.
Meh. Nothing new here. The colors are rather dour.
WTF is that purple blouse and those pants that come in at the ankle? I had a bad flashback.
Purple and acid green should never be worn together… much like orange and turquoise.
S’ok. Some are eek.
I like the pattern in the first photo, but it seems a little Etsy hand print, no?
Maybe it’s partly the way the models are standing, but most of this looks frumpy as hell.
I bet Angelina Jolie is going to be all over that last dress, though. She loves dressing like a depressed Disney witch.
Meh. Not crazy about any of this.
And that last dress is making me dizzy.
Beautiful and commercially accessible collection. Nothing history making here, but these are wearable clothes.
I WANT THAT WINE-COLORED COAT IN THE FIRST ROW. If I had children, I would be willing to sell my first-born for that coat.
I want that purple coat.
A couple of interesting pieces, but on the whole this is rather underwhelming.
Not loving the opaque black tights. HATING the high waisted pants (bad flashback!).
Some pieces are nice, but nothing earth shattering.
I like this. If I had money I’d buy some of this. (Of course, the ones I’d buy aren’t the ones we’re probably going to be seeing on the photographed set.)
Also: rows 1 & 7, on the left. NO. We do not need pants which are full through the hips and narrow at the ankle.
I hate the drab green color but love most of the dresses
maybe – JUST maybe
something absolutely inelegant about everything.
Hoping you will showcase the GORGEOUS Dolce & Gabanna collection next… It’s a bit déjà -vu but lovely.
I like most of these. Put them on and go to work, lunch, theatre, dinner whatever. They’re not fussy and they have the benefit of fitting different body types. I agree about the high waisted, full hip, tapered ankle pants – NO. I think you can get a bang for your buck with these clothes in that you can wear them again and again.
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