MSNBC Malandrino Fall/Winter 2011 Review

02.16.11

Catherine Malandrino looking for luxe

BY: CARYN ROUSSEAU
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NEW YORK – Catherine Malandrino wants a luxe season.

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The French designer used sharp, rich jewel tones for dresses and merged fur with leather to create lush coats for fall.

“I felt that I wanted to speak to a certain luxury,” Malandrino said of her Sunday show during New York Fashion Week.

Notes for the show said the line was “a Parisian chic story of elongated silhouettes” for “a woman who explores the romance of Paris and rhythm of New York.”

Malandrino is known for that mix, and her collection reflected her history. Some models held bags embroidered with “New York” or “Paris,” and two tank tops had “Parisienne” emblazoned across the front.

Fur was theme, including a striking chinchilla wrap jacket with a leather and fox fur collar. There also was a cropped mink and leather jacket and a high-waisted chinchilla jacket.

Jewel-toned dresses swept the floor, or close to it. An emerald green jersey dress had a V-neck worn with a chunky stone necklace and elbow-length black leather gloves. A strapless royal blue dress was worn with fishnets.

Some models wore floppy hats in black, green and tan.