February 14th, 2012
Fashion News, Fashion Show, Fashion Week, New York, Show Review
Show Review: Catherine Malandrino Fall 2012
By Faith

Two words best describe Catherine Malandrino’s Fall 2012 collection: femme fatale. The woman who wears her looks has always been confident and powerful– now she’s also irresistible. Fantasy meets functionality meets fearlessness: the collection was the perfect blend of these three elements, creating a collection of awe-inspiring looks that were sometimes proper and sometimes very naughty which was exactly what Malandrino had in mind. She took inspiration from the 1982 remake of the film, Cat People, an erotic horror film in which the female protagonist transforms into a leopard after a sexual awakening.

Clearly the trend is to go bold for Fall and like other designers, Malandrino called on eye-catching hues and colorblocking for the season.

Fur added a touch of luxury in the form of neck warmers, jacket collars and sleeves and on a multicolor cropped vest.

The sensuality oozed from the clever ways Malandrino chose to show skin. Sheer gowns, mesh blouses, clever cutouts: the woman who wears these looks must not only love her figure, but must also love flaunting it.

Last but not least were two dresses that will be sure to grace the red carpet this season: a kelly green number with a plunging neckline and ruffle hem and a one shoulder cobalt gown that shows its share of leg.

I had previously given all of my New York Fashion Week love to Diane von Furstenberg, but now I feel the praise must be shared. This collection was one of the best I have ever seen from Catherine Malandrino. If this doesn’t make you want to get dressed up for every possible occasion, then I am afraid that nothing will. The looks were bold, confident and most of all fierce. I expect to see a few stylish celebrities and “It” girls in her sheer cutout dresses in the months to come.

What do you think of Catherine Malandrino’s new collection?

Photos: ELLE.com

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13 Responses to “Show Review: Catherine Malandrino Fall 2012”

  1. Dannielle says:

    It’s hard for me to concentrate on the clothes when that first model was so disgustingly thin. As a naturally skinny girl, I have to say that is an outrage! She needs to eat

  2. Indigo says:

    @Dannielle.. I agree with you.

  3. Diggs says:

    We are cooking with gas with some of these looks….hot. But there are a handful that miss the mark completely. All in all, it’s something I’d love to wear for fall. And I agree…thin is understandable, but gaunt and almost ghoulish looking isn’t the biz.

  4. Mo says:

    I was struck by the distracting unattractivness of the models!! Not a pretty – or striking – face in the bunch!

  5. mary says:

    yeah im with danielle and indi the first model looks hungrier than a hostage; but back to the fashions……………….. thumbs up to the blue and black cut out dresses and the color blocked skirt abd button down hot!

  6. Noirre says:

    I like the purple coat with the fur trim.

  7. sun.kissed says:

    More misses than hits for me. I love the fur coats and collars, especially the green and black one.

  8. Jen says:

    And why do designers want their models to have no expression on their faces. They look like they want to die

  9. Vanessa says:

    I liked some pieces.

  10. Shanita102 says:

    Love the clothes, HATE the anorexia. I CAN’T! It really caught me off guard that you guys could post these pictures and NOT recognize the emaciated models. Sad thing is, this collection is so colorful and well put together, but I can’t get over those thin ladies.

  11. candicurl says:

    These models look nasty. feed them ! i cant see the dresses -they are distracting

  12. Nadia says:

    I absolutely love your blog! I can’t stop scrolling down and reading past posts…can’t believe I am only now stumbling upon it. Can’t wait to read/see more!!


  13. Racquel says:

    where can i purchase KM dresses for fall 2012 in NYC?

    thank you.

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