Catherine Malandrino Black Label Fall 2012 Collection

Posted on February 18, 2012

Taking her inspiration from the 1942 film “Cat People,” Catherine Malandrino offered an array of luxurious, sensual and yes, even feral looks, rendered in fur, leather, and sheers, with beading, lace and crystals to bump up the richness and textural feel even further. Finishing off the looks with pointy-toed pumps and hard, geometric clutches gave them a dangerous feel. This is 21st Century femme fatale, with a very French emphasis on the femme part. It’s all colorful, luxe and sexy as hell. Look, but don’t touch.

 

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  • Anonymous

    Love the black and green asymmetrical striped sheer dress and the pink dress. The sixth model looks like she’s trying not to choke on that fur (faux fur?) thing around her neck, doesn’t she?

  • P M

     the lighting is too bloody harsh. Still, I love the last row left. Not the dress, but the colour combo. great way to go 80s and be elegant!

  • Anonymous

    Love the colors and all the detailing.  I couldn’t abide an itchy fur thing about my neck, though.

  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    I am really looking forward to the “giant things around your neck so you look like you’ve been in an accident” thing to go AWAY.
    Some of these looks are great, apart from the sometimes misfired styling.  And though I appreciate the sheer dresses from a  technical standpoint, they are virtually impossible to pull off without looking tasteless/slutty.  The blue crocheted top? hideous.

    • Anonymous

      fur whiplash collars need to go away now :)

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

         Amen, and halleluiah.

        • Anonymous

          Ditto.

    • Anonymous

       I hate to say this, but doesn’t some of this look kind of cheap or poorly put together? I know it isn’t, but still… That first jacket is askew the crop tops seem to stick out funny…just weird.

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        Right you are Ms. A. The workmanship is all over the place on this collection. The sheer dresses are superbly made, though far too revealing to be wearable. But a big chunk of the day wear is shoddy on fit, and sometimes Choppy looking.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3JSTXMWWVZN2QNP2UEKJMTWD7U Isabel

          Black Label – should be better made. I suppose these will be more expensive than her regular clothes.

  • Anonymous

    I’m on fashion overload (if that’s possible).  I don’t know how you run from show to show and be objective about one without comparing it to others.  I love some of the pieces but overall find this collection hard to view.  It is too much of too many different things.  I’m also really nauseated with the sheer dresses with undergarments showing.

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

       Yeah I don’t want to be able to know what brand of undies a woman prefers, without even having to ask, from across the room, in bad light, with forty other people around.

  • Anonymous

    I get the 1942 Cat People inspiration but I really don’t like what she’s done with it.  I like only the red coat; peekaboo dresses and furry neck braces not so much.

    Is it too much to expect attractive models?  With a couple of exceptions, these gals are hiddy.

    • Anonymous

      it’s that awful lighting. No clue what they were thinking with the light. NOONE looks good in harsh light from above

  • Sam Corbett

    A lot of these looks are chic as hell, and some of them display themselves here. That said, regardless of the health/”body-snarking” of the individual models, the top two rows of neck accoutrements look like medical appliances or large snakes trying to kill the women wearing them. I wish they could be toned down (or the models chosen were more toned up) to bring out the better aspects of the collection.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1248212910 Jessie Melcher Brown

    I don’t know why they bother to show the sheer dresses.  By the time they make it to the red carpet they will have had linings (of various colors) added to avoid looking like a hooker.

    I don’t mind the fur neck pieces, done right they might work well to hide a double chin (lol)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1177755257 Lisa Weaver

    Overwrought and the fur neck muffs are a bit too much.

  • Kyle Crawford

    Ms. Malandrino is forever a happy thing , if only for the iconic flag dress alone, but this to me, seems sort of backward looking. A bit two seasons ago, been there/done that. Just compare to the amazing DK collection of a few posts ago…..

  • Anonymous

    To me this range looks like it is trying waaaaay too hard.

  • Anonymous

    Insanely gorgeous!

  • Anonymous

    That red coat and the white blouse w/black pants are totally in my wheel house. I like the colors, silhouettes, and proportions, but I’m not loving some of the fabric choices here. Some of the shiny is too shiny and doesn’t really work well for me.

  • Anonymous

    Love the color palette, but not really loving the collection as a whole.  I don’t know if its the fabrics, or the mix of textures, or what.

    However, I would totally cut a bitch for that last dress.

  • butter nut

    oh it is rich power bitch 80s.  me likey!  i can totally see a few of these ending up on the set of Revenge.

  • Anonymous

    Not loving it, that first look is hideous, the model looks like she has gorilla arms. The fur neck muffs barely work in the chocolate but look like an after thought in the blue. I like that bustier with the white pant look the best.

  • Anonymous

    These all look awful to me.

  • Anonymous

    The dreadful lighting makes it very difficult to evaluate these objectively. It seems hit or miss to me, but I think that might be because some fabrics stand up to the harsh light better than others.

  • Anonymous

    I see Paris, I see France….sorry, I couldn’t help myself.

  • Anonymous

    I see maybe two or three looks I like. The rest, not so much.

  • Anonymous

    those collars look almost painful (like they were prepping the models for THE RACK.)  and were very distracting to me. 

  • Anonymous

    The red coat in the second row is mine.  The rest, you all can have.

  • Anonymous

    Fur(?) pieces look like something the cat people threw up!

  • http://www.facebook.com/samuel.j.donovan Samuel Joesph Donovan

    cheap cheap cheap cheap cheap.  You could find these in any Garment District wholesale store.

  • http://twitter.com/urban_gypsy Urban Gypsy aka Tess

    I am in love with the sheer dress in the middle of the 4th row. Makes no sense, impossible to wear and looks kind of dumb with the boy shorts and thigh highs and yet if I could own it, I would. Perhaps it has a slutty siren call that only some can hear.

  • Anonymous

    Not feeling this collection.  Can’t find any piece I would actually wear.  
    In other news, wasn’t Catherine Malandrino the guest judge for the Season 3 Paris challenge?

    • Anonymous

      Yep.  Jeffrey won that challenge.

  • Anonymous

    All those sheer looks are really unflattering and smack of tacky unless you’re a lady of the evening, in which case they are appropriate business attire. 

  • Anonymous

    Does Black Label mean Malandrino for Frederick’s of Hollywood? 

  • Anonymous

    I have no intention on touching the dead animals, kthnx

  • http://tigergray.blogspot.com/ Tiger Gray

    Love the pink dresses. 

  • MilaXX

    This is  bit hit or miss for me, but I like that red coat.

  • Anonymous

    Some refreshingly new ideas mixed in with a few missteps.  The patent black top and white pants are so unflattering and ill-fitting that they belong in a different collection.  Love the teal top with black rings as well as the red and blue coats.   Looks like colorful coats are on tap for the fall.  I’m game.

  • http://twitter.com/IamDaBee Antonija Mitt

    I always thougth her designs were sort of pedestrian in the past.  Not this time! These looks different and even futuristic.  My only quibble–is everyone doing sheer and/or lace dresses with horrible granny-panties?  I am hoping this trend goes away quickly. 
    One just cannot look elegant with one’s undies showing, even if one is French. 

  • Anonymous

    Would eat a cat if it meant I could have that blue coat.  Meow.

  • http://twitter.com/yessveee Sarah Veenstra

    one of everything, please. Every season, she proves to be my most favorite of favorites over and over again.

  • Anonymous

    Je dis, ‘Non!”

  • michelle shields

    love the green dress without the muppet around her neck

  • Anonymous

    I must be fashion challenged.  I don’t like any of it.

  • Anonymous

    Hate the fur neck braces.

  • Anonymous

    Not a big fan….

  • Stephanie Lucas

    Is model #22 levitating? Or is she on 13″ heels? :-)

  • Anonymous

    The lighting and photography here are so bad I can’t even start to look at the clothes. Which is too bad, because some of the dresses, with lining, might not be bad. 

  • http://korilian.livejournal.com/ korilian

    I am incredibly amused by the inspiration. 

  • Anonymous

    royal blue lace is, in a word, tacky & the teal is both annoying & over-available as a vintage maxi dress [cf fifth row centre, cross-reference w/, say, jody t or jody of california on ebay, right here right now & undoubtedly] but the black ‘n’ clears which dont involve anything on the turquoise scale are really phenom, particularly the ones in the fourth & seventh rows. were i their wearer or even designer i would find something more elegant w/ which to pair them than boy shorts, however.

    i also like the rose blouse above the central blue lace cheap nonsense, also the green coat, thumbnail & bottom center. i am pretending it was made in a world where we have learned to grow fur on the top of heads, for example, as i recently read on, i think, jezebel.

  • boweryboy

    The majority of the more extreme and fierce looks screams Grace Jones to me. Especially second row, first pic – the red trench and black stovepipe pant.

  • amywinns

    Historically, DVF and Malandrino are my favorite “someday” designers (aka suits my taste and body shape yet are not impossible to obtain). I like a lot of these pieces and a few of the overall looks (I’m mentally Photoshopping all the neck braces out) very much, but I have to say it doesn’t seem cohesive. And although I appreciate the variety, I can’t deduce who the target Malandrino customer here is. Every woman likes variety in her closet, but we don’t like a closet full of mismatched hand-me-downs from all over the place.

  • kimmeister

    Love the tops in looks 7 and 8.