Wall Street Journal Malandrino Fall/Winter 2011 Review

02.16.11

Malandrino: A French Woman in New York

BY: CHRISTINA BINKLEY

View article on Wall Street Journal here.

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For her luxe Malandrino line, designer Catherine Malandrino’s inspiration is herself: a French woman living in New York, who needs clothes for day and night. Count on Ms. Malandrino to come up with materials we haven’t been seeing elsewhere. She’s doing macrame leather, chinchilla coats, and knit tights with cutouts running up the leg.

It’s a memorable collection for a woman with an artistic sensibility — as Ms. Malandrino does. I hope she makes a lot of that legwear. And one pair of wide-legged slacks was particularly memorable: its pleats ran all the way to the floor, widening as they fell, leaving the impression of a long skirt.

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While his wife showed her “Malandrino” collection to admirers, Bernard Aiden — sometimes known as Mr. Catherine Malandrino — listened patiently to complaints. The gripes weren’t about the clothes. They were about the traffic jam that occurred when hundreds of guests tried to simultaneously ride the elevators up to the 11th floor of the garment center building where the presentation took place. Security guards weren’t quite up to the task of holding back the sea of angry fashionistas and numerous shoving matches took place, some spilling out onto the sidewalk.

“We waited 45 minutes!” announced one luxuriously coiffed woman to the apologetic Mr. Aiden, who is also chief executive of the company and its lines “Catherine Malandrino” and “Malandrino.”

When it comes to fashion shows, there have been worse pile-ups, including falling props, and of course, stumbling models.