February 12, 2011 New York
Malandrino's accessible evening dresses in jewel tones—emerald, violet, cobalt—affirmed that French women inherently understand how to flatter their figures. Empire waists cinched with a leather sash enhanced the décolletage, and strategic ruching hugged all the right curves. Another French advantage? They never shy away from piling on the fur. Whether mink, fox, or broadtail, the fuzzy stuff showed up on almost all the covetable outerwear here. Of note was an insanely plush chinchilla bomber with a washed-leather corset waist and oversized collar.