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22 posts tagged "Catherine Malandrino"

Street Lady


Catherine Malandrino’s pretty cocktail dresses and polished separates seem an unlikely backdrop for an installation by street-inspired artist Curtis Kulig, but that’s the just kind of pairing you’ll find at the designer’s Soho store. After a renovation of the boutique, Malandrino gave Kulig free rein to create—in this case, artwork is on a variety of media including Plexiglas and freestanding sculptures, and will debut via a cocktail party tonight.

The French designer first came across Kulig’s work in the office of Paper magazine’s Kim Hastreiter. “She had these skateboards and I just loved this one by Curtis that said ‘Love Me,’ ” the designer tells “Then a few months later I happened to meet Curtis at an event through a friend.” The two became friends, and the installation sprung from a few conversations the two had a couple months ago. “I love this idea of the boutique, which started 12 years ago, having different chapters in its life,” she says. As Malandrino’s first retail store, the Soho location holds special meaning. And as for how her ladylike customer might react to Kulig’s bold work, the designer is quick to point out: “My customer is polished and likes refinement, but she’s also very audacious.”

The Love Oui series is on display April 20 to 27 at Catherine Malandrino, 468 Broome St., NYC.

Photo: Courtesy of Catherine Malandrino

Shining Stars


“At least it’s not snowing this year” was a phrase heard repeatedly at Fashion Group International’s 15th Annual Rising Star Awards luncheon, held today at Cipriani 42nd Street. There were several FGI veterans in attendance, including Catherine Malandrino and past winners Thom Browne, Christopher Coleman, and Monica Rich Kosann (all three were also presenters today), who could remember prior years when the event was held on an especially chilly day. For the Rising Star nominees, however, it was a day full of firsts.

“I have been nominated for a few awards and not ever been in this situation,” Simon Spurr said, sounding quite surprised, as he collected his menswear award from Browne. “Obviously, this one is very special because, well, it’s my first one.” Before Nonoo designer Misha Nonoo picked up her womenswear award (she and Wes Gordon both won in the category in a tie), Nonoo joked, “If I end up having to give a speech, I am not nervous—I just had three bellinis,” she said. “Plus, they e-mailed us last night saying we absolutely had to keep our speeches under one minute.”

She might not have been nervous, but keynote speakers Isabel and Ruben Toledo were feeling the heat before they spoke (maybe that’s because they had more than 60 seconds to talk). “You know, we don’t do this [give speeches] for a living,” Ruben told as he snagged a bite of cake before heading to the stage. Meanwhile, his wife had lost her appetite for the moment. “I can’t eat now, but when I get back, I hope this steak is still waiting for me.” They had no reason to fret—they had plenty of wise words to offer the group. “When you have no budget, you learn to create out of thin air. Pragmatism becomes your best friend and you learn to do very much with very little,” Isabel said. “Whatever you love about what you do, keep on doing it. Don’t lose sight of that, no matter how hard things get.”

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Space Invader


Marie Steiss—née Marie de Villepin—has bona fides any of her fellow Euro socials would kill for. The daughter of the former French prime minister Dominique de Villepin, Marie modeled for seasons using the name Steiss, gracing runways for DVF, Catherine Malandrino, and Givenchy and eventually becoming the face of Givenchy’s Ange ou Demon fragrance.

Her absence from recent runways can be attributed to other irons in the fire—lots of them. The 24-year-old actress recently donned a spacesuit for the new art-house film Baikonur. In it, de Villepin plays a tourist wealthy enough to spend $20 million for a week in outer space, who then falls from the sky and embarks on an amnesia-induced cross-cultural romance. The part involved weeks of training at Star City outside Moscow and the Cosmodrome centrifuge in Kazakhstan, zero gravity flights, and diving bells—an adventure the actress rapturously describes as “intense”—not to mention packing on an extra few kilos (director’s orders!) for her big love scene.

Back on planet Earth, when she’s not zipping around the globe to events like the Busan film festival in Korea, de Villepin works with her band PinkMist, whose name was lifted from a gruesome military term. Their sound, she says, is “tricky, sort of dense and layered, like some Velvet Underground or the Feelies.” There, too, she is nearing liftoff, with concerts in Paris and London early next year as well as a gig lined up for London fashion week.

But she’s not dropping “Steiss” or exiting modeling just yet. Shoots are in the works with Steve Hiett and David Hamilton, and she’s in negotiations for a major contract. And although for now her whole world boils down to a suitcase and her guitar, increasingly New York looks like home, not least thanks to her brand-new apartment. “I prefer New York to Paris,” she says. “Maybe it’s like Roland Barthes says, travelers who love foreign places more than their home towns prefer the ‘other’ in themselves. For me, New York is about Patti Smith, the Factory, and the Chelsea Hotel. I feel freer living among New York’s ghosts.”

Photo: Courtesy of IMG

Kirkwood’s U.S. Open, “The Patron Saint of Hipsters” Heads To Brooklyn, Cake Walking On The Runways in New Zealand, And More…


Nicholas Kirkwood is setting up shop in the States. The British footwear designer will open his first U.S. store in New York on Washington Street early next year. [WWD]

Taavo Somer (left), the man behind Freemans restaurant, Freemans Sporting Club, and the Rusty Knot, opens his highly anticipated Brooklyn restaurant, Isa, next week. What should we expect from “one of downtown’s most imitated tastemakers of the last decade?” For one thing, no deer heads, that’s for sure. [NYT]

We have a few days until New York fashion week begins, but New Zealanders got a head start with their very own fashion week. Here’s something you don’t normally see at a runway show: Auckland-based label Huffer closed with a patriotically dressed model popping out of a cake. Sweet! [
Huffington Post]

Designer Catherine Malandrino has cancelled her New York fashion week presentation. Hurricane Irene is not to blame for this one-the designer’s rep says “the company is in a time of transition” and “we’ll be back in February.” [Page Six]

Match Point


This week marks the official start of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. Tennis players continue to up their style game, and their outfitters—like Nike and Fila—are reciprocating. Nike players Maria Sharapova and Roger Federer are stepping out in bright red, pink, and blue—not your traditional whites. Fila’s players, like Svetlana Kuznetsova, are wearing the brand’s new capsule Pierliugi Collection. Named after Pierluigi Rolando, a former Fila lead designer, the collection is one of several they are rolling out in celebration of the company’s 100-year anniversary. Even if you aren’t actually playing in Flushing, no reason not to up your court style. Here,’s grand slam picks.

From top left to right: Lacoste + Catherine Malandrino pointelle polo dress, $450,; Fila 100-year jacket, $120,; Chanel racquet, price on request, available at select Chanel stores; Cortiglia Marina Bianco tennis tote, $465,

Photos: Courtesy Photos