Style.com Review: Malandrino Fall 2010 Khan Collection

02.14.10

Review by Nicole Phelps for Style.com
February 14, 2010

Catherine Malandrino’s Fall collection picked up where her Spring Nomads show left off. Named Khan and inspired by an image of the Earth as seen from above, it was a densely layered, richly textured melting pot of influences. In the mix were a Belle Époque-ish black velvet cocoon coat with echoes of Paul Poiret; Ali Baba pants in linen or nubbly tweed; draped chiffon dresses in abstracted zebra motifs; leopard-print furs; and somewhere in the middle, a bon chic, bon genre oversize cashmere sweater and cuffed full-leg trousers. The show was also long on the kind of crafty details that the French-born New Yorker has made the calling card of her designer-priced Malandrino label. Among all the fringing and embroideries, there were scads of leather either laser-cut into racy strips and feminine eyelet or stamped with graffiti hieroglyphs.

At times, you could get the feeling that you were on a Sunday afternoon stroll through a tribal costume exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History. That’s a dangerously literal path for a designer to follow, but Malandrino was unabashed: She said she was thinking about our communal ancestors and our modern nomadic life. In any case, take the looks apart and there were plenty of timely, sellable pieces here.

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