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There is always more than just a touch of Paris in the work of Catherine Malandrino (even when she references New York). And this time, she made no bones about what inspired her: La Coupole, ("the legendary area in Montparnasse where artists and poets hung out and shared their stories over a glass of absinthe".) More specifically, she singled out Colette, the French writer.

Catherine's program notes cited an "eclectic American/French style of dressing" which relied on a touch of the equestrian, as well as the gender bending mix of masculine and feminine. While it didn't all work, what really stood out - as usual- were Catherine's strong knits- the sumptuous cashmeres, mohair and baby Alpacas, done primarily in pale neutrals (plus lots of white on white) which were often marked by exaggerated shapes and voluminous proportions as if to emphasize the texture and drape.

Standouts included the cameo mohair cardigan worn with porcelain guipure tee shirt and porcelain ripcord jodhpurs; a mohair long cardigan and nickel jacquard shirtdress' and the porcelain oversized baby Alpaca tricot thrown over a porcelain cotton guipure dress. Also looking good were the wool boucle coat with astrakan collar worn with pearl knit sweater and velvet jacquard jodhpur; the pearl double breasted quilted satin coat over porcelain hand knit cashmere sweater and pearl ripcord jodphpur; and a shaved Persian lamb oversized coat worn with nickel jacquard blouse and grey flannel pant.

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