Catherine Malandrino Fall 2013 Collection

Posted on February 21, 2013

Catherine Malandrino Fall 2013 Collection titled ‘Le Normandie’ inspired by French Art Deco and the elegant lines of Ruhlmann.



[Photo Credit: Catherine Malandrino]

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    • Nancer

      Huh. I’m feeling a little underwhelmed.

      • aeb1986

        agreed. especially after seeing that naeem khan collection

        • Alyssa

          Me too…I think any collection would disappoint after that one!

        • EveEve

          And right after Thom Browne’s too!  This is Sleepiesville

    • wisenhar

      Mark my words: JLo, 5th row center.

      • MilaXX

         That’s a shame really because on someone like Pink or Gwen Stefani that look could work, but on JLo it’s gonna look hoochie.

        • barbarienne

           It’ll look hoochie because she’ll wear it at least one size too small; two if she can manage it. Whereas Pink or Gwen would get it in the proper size.

      • gabbilevy

         I wish you weren’t right but… you’re probably right.

      • afabulous50

        See…now I think 2nd row center…
        I see 5th row center on Solange Knowles

        • wisenhar

          I think 2nd row center is a bit too, um, modest for JLo.  Solange could totally rock 5th row center, though.

        • VicD


    • Annabelle Archer

      Is this line for Target?  
      The plum top/olive pant combo is truly fug.

      • A. W.

        OH THE SHADE!

        • Annabelle Archer


    • MilaXX

      It’s hard to come down after looking at a collection like Thom Browne’s, but I like most of this. Sure, it’s more wearable, less fantasy, but I still think it’s nice. The only look I really dislike is the purple top/cargo pant combo. The rest could work for lots of celebs with varying body types.

    • StellaZafella

      You could have said it was Dmitri’s collection from PR and I’d still say…kind of a yawn.

      There’s a difference, for me, between a collection and a “line”…this is so much a line I feel like it should have hangers in it.

    •árez/100002964685796 Josefina Madariaga Suárez

      C’est magnifique. I want that olive and wine dress, please. It screams “Mediterranean”.

      • kimmeister

        That was the one that stood out to me too.

    • mellbell

      I would wear the shit out of that black-and-white dress (without leggings, with ballet flats).

    • Kiltdntiltd

      After Thom Brown, this is just a big yawn. A few okay pieces, but most of it is forgettable.

      • Carina

        exactly. very little here appeals or inspires.

    • joything

      Man, Art Deco was all over the place this year.

      • Kiltdntiltd

        But this collection references the Art Deco so subtly, it’s virtually not present.

        • ankali

          Odd. I think that’s true for about 60% of the collection, but the other 40% — read: most of the black-and-white and black-and-nude looks —  looks almost hamfistedly Art Deco to me (which is fine by me, as I love Deco).

          • Kiltdntiltd

            I hear what you’re saying. But for me what references there are get lost and muddled. The closest thing for me is the last dress. It’s vaguely remeniscnt of the work of Sonia Delunay, who was an artist/designer of the time who was associated with Futurism.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      Nice.  Next!

    • ankali

      Is this collection just suffering from my aesthetic receptors having been blown to pieces by Naeem Khan and Thom Browne, or is it actually as underwhelming as I think it is? I usually have Catherine Malandrino in roughly the same head-space as Carolina Herrera and L’Wren Scott, but with the exception of a couple of pieces, this is only feeling 2-3 steps above catalog to me.

    • lrober03

      4th row right, I was going to say that it reminded me a lot of what Julie Bowen wore recently.
      Looked it up, she was wearing Catherine Malandrino Pre-fall.  
      Pretty much the same dress

    • SewingSiren

      Very refined and wearable. I love the long olive dress and  the off the shoulder burgundy and the fit and flare burgundy dresses.

      • Stubenville

        The olive dress immediately reminded me of Rami Kashou in both color and the beauty of the drape.

    • filmcricket

      High-waisted, pleated pants. The horror! The horror!

      I agree that after the gorgeous theatricality of the last couple of posts this feels very pedestrian by comparison. But most of it is nice, wearable looks with decent visual interest. It’s just “Jessica Chastain at the stage door” instead of “JLo on the red carpet.”

    • BuffaloBarbara

      Not thrilling, but I can actually see buying pieces like this and getting a whole lot of wear out of them.  That first dress would be an awesome work dress, and the wine-colored sweater-dress thing would be so, so comfy on a cool fall day for storytime.

    • Therese Bohn

      That last one reminds me of the Romulan Commander’s Evening Gown in the original Star Trek episode “The Enterprise Incident”.  Must be the leafy pattern.
      Also, I love the combination of the burgundy and olive and the burgundy and navy satins!

    • Jackie4g

      Pick out one each of the most difficult shades of green and purple and use them together? Some of these colors are just plain dead. This collection is a bit depressing.

    • tallgirl1204

      I love the black and nude cutouts.  In fact everything is really nice, except for the too-wide skirts.  This is definitely more on the wearable scale (and id someone mention Dmitri?) but I like it a lot.  Not really fair to compare it to the Naeem Khan collection, I think– this is definitely lower end, but still has the same kind of play with pattern to it. 

    • Zippypie

      Meh.  Nothing new here.  The colors are rather dour.

    • CarolinLA

      WTF is that purple blouse and those pants that come in at the ankle?  I had a bad flashback.  

      • Stubenville

        Purple and acid green should never be worn together… much like orange and turquoise.

    • lalahartma

      S’ok.  Some are eek.

    • Stubenville

      I like the pattern in the first photo, but it seems a little Etsy hand print, no?

    • Chase

      Maybe it’s partly the way the models are standing, but most of this looks frumpy as hell.

      I bet Angelina Jolie is going to be all over that last dress, though.  She loves dressing like a depressed Disney witch.

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      Meh.  Not crazy about any of this.  

      And that last dress is making me dizzy.

    • Louise Bryan

      Beautiful and commercially accessible collection.  Nothing history making here, but these are wearable clothes.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      I WANT THAT WINE-COLORED COAT IN THE FIRST ROW. If I had children, I would be willing to sell my first-born for that coat.

    • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

      I want that purple coat.

    • marlie

      A couple of interesting pieces, but on the whole this is rather underwhelming. 

    • mmc2315

      Not loving the opaque black tights.  HATING the high waisted pants (bad flashback!).

      Some pieces are nice, but nothing earth shattering.

    • formerlyAnon

      I like this. If I had money I’d buy some of this.  (Of course, the ones I’d buy aren’t the ones we’re probably going to be seeing on the photographed set.)

      Also: rows 1 & 7, on the left. NO. We do not need pants which are full through the hips and narrow at the ankle.

    • Indigo54

      Whatever…. NEXT!

    • Jill

      I hate the drab green color but love most of the dresses

    • libraangel

      maybe – JUST maybe

    • ccm800

      something absolutely inelegant about everything. 

    • modelobrasil

      Kinda boring… 
      Hoping you will showcase the GORGEOUS Dolce & Gabanna collection next… It’s a bit déjà -vu but lovely.

    • DeTrop

      I like most of these.  Put them on and go to work, lunch, theatre, dinner whatever.  They’re not fussy and they have the benefit of fitting different body types.  I agree about the high waisted, full hip, tapered ankle pants – NO.  I think you can get a bang for your buck with these clothes in that you can wear them again and again.