It’s looking like a ’70s-inspired spring, with Rebecca Taylor showcasing a line of feminine silk print blouses straight out of Mom’s closet. Structured blazers and blouses are paired with draped and unfussy separates. Sheer, pleated librarian skirts made nice with loose-fitting polka dot blouses in lavender, gray and pastel hues. A rust trench bridges the fall to spring transition, and Laura Ashley-like prints adorn silk maxis cinched at the waste with sleek camel-colored belts. Tiered and embellished strappy silk dresses made for a crowd-pleasing finale.
Catherine Malandrino knows how to cause a stir. With smooth French pop blaring over the Grande Promenade at Lincoln Center, you’d think you were in Provence (or Dupont). The designer gave her answer to the question that has plagued philosophers, kings and Kristin Cavallari: Is fashion art? Rather than making her women strut and swagger down the catwalk for critics to dissect, models stood on plinths above the masses.
So it makes sense that this collection honored ceramist Roger Capron and Vallauris, an artist village in the South of France. The living sculptures wore weaved and knotted leather sandals that stretched up the thigh, whimsical whirls of hues on silk maxi goddess gowns, blue noir linen bloomers and dreamy chiffon tunics that fall from the shoulders to reveal heavy stone pendants.
The collection defies trend. Large uncut rocks adorn accessories, as though plucked straight from shores of Nice. Although adamant that she is a “New York designer,” Malandrino’s creations are decisively Cote d’ Azur: the epitome of effortless French holiday style.
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