Monday, February 13, 2012
NYFW Fall '12: Catherine Malandrino
"Virtue and vice" was how Catherine Malandrino described her latest collection. Her inspiration was a 1942 horror flick calledLa Féline, in which the temptress protagonista transforms herself into a man-killing cat-woman by night.
The clothes did indeed have a femme fatale feel to them. There was enough stretch vinyl, embossed-crocodile leather, and corsetry here to fill an erotic emporium (we're not exaggerating—the word "erotica" even came plated on a crystal-bedazzled belt). But these provocative pieces also mingled with more viable ones, notably a mohair variety jacket. Still, it was the racy, audacious evening gowns—complete with laser-cut leather strips and Swarovski accents on sheer mesh—that left a lasting impression, and took the lineup from suggestive to seductive.