June 10, 2010
Like many designers this season, Catherine Malandrino centered her Resort collection around sellable wardrobe essentials. Her twist? Clothes that come with built-in rock 'n' roll swagger. "I was inspired by all aspects of music," the designer said. "And specifically where that world intersects with fashion." A cropped leather jacket dripping in spikes, nails, and crystals, for example, was an ode to early Madonna. While a hooded Lurex jersey minidress à la Grace Jones and a short Tina Turner-esque number with fringe and sequin detail should have felt like too-literal interpretations, they actually meshed well with Malandrino's luxe-sexy-boho aesthetic. And for the customer who wants things spelled out even more clearly: a white T-shirt with the word soul embroidered in black leather.