NYFW is showing us all that is right and all that is wrong with fashion. I'm seeing myriad bandage dresses, boleros, shrugs, pleated "Hammer" pants, floor-dragging palazzo pants and plenty of crochet. And don't forget the mesh bandage look. I can't say I love all of those things.
What I do like, however, are the pretty dresses and skirts that seem to draw influence from the wonderful world of tennis. Perfectly pleated (yes somehow slim and tailored) mini skirts paired with long, slim tops. More importantly: they are white. The look is amazing and I have to have it.
The other version of the "white" look is captured perfectly again in Catherine Malandrino's second look above. A slim white embellished sheath topped with a strong swing coat with a faux exotic texture. I could never, ever own too many off-white coats, and I must have this one above. It is perfection.
Her goal for the season was to "capture the majestic, royal quality of Paris for the woman who lives at a fast pace in New York." Athletic influences (tennis!) made their way into her vision and her collection as she somehow made lycra look elegant and worthy of Grace Kelly. No easy feat. Looks are sexy but not revealing (as was the complaint last season), with only the occasional mesh "window" to the skin.
The two looks featured above are - to me - the very best from her Spring collection. They are classic, elegant and I could see Ivanka Trump (or myself) in either one. See all of Catherine Malandrino's looks here, and decide for yourself is she's achieved her goal of Paris royalty caught up in the busy Manhattan lifestyle.