It takes a damn good designer to pull me out of the comfort of Lincoln Center tents and drag me downtown in the cold. Catherine Malandrino's Fall 2013 collection was presented in a gallery in the far west side of Chelsea on a frigid Sunday.
The collection was inspired by the French Art Deco line of Ruhlmann. If I walked into a wardrobe with nothing more than her clothes, I would want for nothing. The dark palette for fall fits the city lifestyle perfectly. There are no basic garments, as geometric embellishments, draped details and flattering cuts made each look shop-worthy.
There weren't a lot of handbags, but the totes on hand were textured and decorated to fit in with the collection. No dainty clutches here. A modern woman needs a bag that carries everything her lifestyle demands... Phone, notepad, iPad, makeup, water, umbrella...
photos by Mariana Leung