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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?