Where do you turn for effortless chic? If you’re like us, you go to Catherine Malandrino. She brings a dramatic flair to otherwise classic silhouettes, with sex appeal to spare. Her Spring 2011 collection was no different: strong but feminine looks and fabulous abstract prints. We went behind the scenes with Catherine to learn more about the role art plays in her designs, what’s new in 2011 and how she gives soul to her clothes.
What inspired your Spring 2011 collection?
I drew much inspiration from my time in the South of France – most notably from Roger Capon, a ceramist from the artist’s town of Vallauris. For Spring, I emphasized a clean shape and unique craftsmanship such as crackled leather and washed tones reminiscent of a pottery glaze. The silhouette is loose and effortless like easy days spent along the French seaside.
What new concepts or materials did you introduce in this collection?
I wanted to give a soul to the clothes so I experimented with a lot of distress techniques like washing and tie dye that evokes the effect of clay. I experimented with basket weave and macramé and contrasts with distressed silk and linen.
Which part of the design process do you like the best?
The fitting process. From an idea, the garment becomes alive.
How is the Catherine Malandrino brand growing in 2011?
We will have a very unique collaboration with Lacoste. The Lacoste + Malandrino collection will celebrate an unexpected marriage of an everyday French brand with a feminine French designer.
If you could sit front row at a fashion show for any designer in history, who would it be and why?
A Coco Chanel fashion show on the steps of her Maison de Couture.
How do you celebrate finishing a collection?
With love, champagne and sleep.
If a girl was going to purchase her first Catherine Malandrino piece, what would you want it to be?
A dress, the iconic Catherine Malandrino silhouette – strong, feminine and effortless.