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    Streetstyle New York: Dress of the week #2 – Stacy Dreyfus

    April 7th, 2016

    Throwback Thursday

    She got her sense of style probably from her grandmother. That’s what Stacy Dreyfus is telling us at least at the end of our video. The fact of the matter is that Stacy really knows what to wear this season. We encountered her with a colorful dress of French Fashion Designer Catherine Malandrino. It’s just awesome.

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    Fashion Style Tip: Get Set

    September 16th, 2014

    Offered in a luxe stretch silk blend, Catherine Malandrino’s strapless jumpsuit is a sartorial alternative to the LBD. A sporty smocked bodice lends a trend-right twist to this easy-chic one-piece. Team it with pumps and a statement neckline for a gorgeous look!

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    Fashion Backstage: Speakingfashion with Catherine Malandrino

    August 19th, 2013

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    Once upon a time in the 70s of the last century, a young Fashion Princess lived an untroubled childhood in the idyllic French Alps. Along with her three sisters, the young girl enjoyed pastoral life in her native city of Grenoble in France. Skiing was the princess’ favorite leisure time activity. When her 12th birthday rolled around, her desire to distinguish herself from all the other skiers on the slopes began to burn strongly within her. And so, one night, she crept stealthily down to her mother’s sewing kit and removed a needle and some thread. With it she tailored a ski suit that was a thousand times prettier and a thousand times more ornate than any that had ever been seen in the land. The ski suit made with silver and gold-colored fabric instantly transformed the young Fashion Princess into the star of the slopes. A heady moment during which the young girl became aware that her self-made fashion bestowed her with a secret power, a power that singled her out. And she began to fantasize about using this secret power on all the young women of this world. Today, some 30 years later, this very French Princess rules the Fashion Capital of the world: New York.

    speakfashion: Catherine, your first encounter with the world of fashion almost sounds like a fairy tale. Have your ambitions changed while you grew up?

    Catherine Malandrino: No not at all. I grew up with this dream of changing women, to empower them. I first realized that when I got all these compliments from strangers adoring my uniquely designed ski suit. All of a sudden I was somebody. The suit made me feel like a superstar on the local slope. This experience triggered something. I knew back then, that the right design would bring confidence and strength even to the most insecure individual.

    speakfashion: Is it safe to say that the feeling of being special through a unique piece of clothing basically triggered you to become a professional Fashion Designer?

    Catherine Malandrino: Yes. I wanted to share this feeling with all the women in the world. I wanted them to have the same, wonderful experience. So when the time was ripe to leave my beautiful hometown I applied for a scholarship at ESMOD in Paris. And sure enough, I got in.

    “Everything was falling into place. The man gave me wings to really fly.”

    speakfashion:
    How come that a Parisian trained Fashion Designer hops over the pond and tries to make it in New York?

    Catherine Malandrino: Well, that’s another story (hearty laughter). After I graduated from ESMOD I worked for Dorothée Bis, Louis Féraud and Emanuel Ungaro, before I started off at “Et Vous” in 1998. The latter send me over to New York on a business trip where I met Bernard Aiden, then a Manager for “Et Vous” America and – well, fell deeply in love with him. So much so, that I decided to leave my life in Paris behind and move to New York for good.

    speakfashion: Wow, that sounds like a true adventure. But obviously, it did pay off well for you. So it definitely was the right decision, wasn’t it?

    Catherine Malandrino: Yes, absolutely. I moved here and my career basically exploded. As a matter of fact, one of my first dinner parties was an invitation from Diane von Furstenberg who, at the very same evening, asked me to be the Head Designer for her new collection. Everything just was falling into place.

    speakfashion: When did you first start thinking of establishing your own brand?

    Catherine Malandrino: Well, I didn’t have so much time to think back then. I was busy designing for Diane but knew that I wanted to have my own label at some point. So I worked at DVF during the day and on my own collection after work and on the weekends. Back then I was working on the iconic ‘Flag Collection’ which turned out to be a perfect fit for Americans in the aftermath of September 11th. The collection combined American patriotism with European elegance. It certainly was the breakthrough for my career and an important milestone for my own label.

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    speakfashion: In your collections today you still play with the controversy of the two cities you love most: Paris and New York. Is that something we will see continuing in the collections to come?

    Catherine Malandrino: Yes, no doubt about it. I am still in love with the French elegance, its romanticism and sentimentality. On the other hand though, I get this tremendous shot of energy every time I land and one of New York City’s airports. There is a big contrast between the two cities and I try to put this tension together so it appears almost as one united state of mind.

    “I cannot imagine being anything else but a fashion designer. “

    speakfashion:
    Besides your dream of combining the identity of these two inspiring cities, what else pushes you to work as a designer every day?

    Catherine Malandrino: Honestly, I cannot imagine being anything but a Fashion Designer. I get so much pleasure out of designing new pieces every day and even more so because I know, I’ll bring pleasure to others. Fashion to me is about expressing a moment. It’s a part of your personality. And I feel very lucky to help so many different women to progress their personalities every day. Can you ask for more inspiration?

    speakfashion: Most certainly not, Catherine. Thanks a bunch for sharing your story and all the best for the future.

    A feature story version of this interview recently appeared in the international Lifestyle and Design Magazine ‘The Brander‘, written by our very own Thomas Escher.

    Catch up with Catherine Malandrino
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    Fashion Style Tip: Parisian insouciance

    August 8th, 2012

    Work a fashion-forward evening look with Catherine Malandrino‘s red silk jumpsuit. Cut with an edgy halterneck, huge accessories are all that this piece needs for a contemporary cool – roll your cuffs for an extra hit of Parisian insouciance.

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    Fashion Style Tip: Catherine Malandrino leather skirt

    März 2nd, 2012

    Each season you’ll find a little leather piece in Catherine Malandrino’s collection and this season is no exception. I like the skirt’s perfect mini length. My fashion style tip: combine it with a bright shirt and wear a cropped jacket on top of it for an edgy, cool day look. Get Malandrino’s leather skirt at YOOX.com.

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    Fashion Style Tip: Catherine Malandrino Coat

    Januar 18th, 2012

    In an agelessly elegant cut, Catherine Malandrino’s coat is a chic way to introduce a ladylike touch of texture into your city wardrobe. Pair it with a leggings or slim fitted pants underneath and add a colorful handbag like the Marc Jacobs’ tote for an unforgettable appearance.

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    Fashion Style Tip: Catherine Malandrino down jacket

    Januar 11th, 2012

    Give your winter wardrobe a hit of cool with Catherine Malandrino’s black down jacket. Offset its outdoorsy cool with a glamorous beated leggings to create a fashion-forward contrast.

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    Latest Fashion News: Fashion Review 2011

    Januar 2nd, 2012

    Hey fashion speaker!

    I hope you had an unforgettable New Year’s Eve and are ready for the upcoming fashion year 2012. As you know, it’s always interesting to have a sneak peek at the past year to be open for an increadible start into the next year. Here are the 10 best and worse fashion moments in 2011:

    1_The 10 most fashionable moments of 2011: John Galliano’s eviction

    In February 2011 John Galliano went on an anti-Semitic rant at a bar in Paris. He was immediately suspended and subsequently fired from his 14-year post as the creative mind at Christian Dior. He also got layed off from his eponymous label a few weeks later.

    This was the greatest fashion scandal of the year.

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    Photo: The Hollywood Gossip

    2_The 10 most fashionable moments of 2011: Fashion muse Lady Gaga

    One thing is def. save to say: Ms. Gaga was the most influential figure in fashion this year. In March, she walked the runway for her stylist Nicola Formichetti’s first womenswear show for Thierry Mugler after that she was seen on several magazine covers as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and got her own holiday workshop at Barneys New York. Lucky her!

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    3_The 10 most fashionable moments of 2011: Christophe Decarnin leaving Balmain

    Due to the absence at Christophe Decarnin’s Fashion Show for Balmain in Paris, the fashion world got a bit confused whether the rumors of having a nervous breakdown might be really true. The fact of the matter was that Decarnin had been absent from the label for months due to creative differences with the brand’s management. Since then Balmain womenswear designer Olivier Rousteing took over the reans of Decarnin’s position.

    Unfortunately this is no good news.

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    Photo: Squa.re – the-sophisticated-distress-of-balmain-homme-spring summer-2010


    4_The 10 most fashionable moments of 2011: Elizabeth Taylor’s death

    The most shocking news: Elizabeth Taylor’s death in March 2011.

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    5_The 10 most fashionable moments of 2011: Kate Middleton’s stunning McQueen wedding dress

    April, 29th 2011: Kate and William’s Royal wedding!
    It was no surprise when it was announced that Sarah Burton for McQueen was going to create Kate Middlton’s one-of-a-kind wedding gown and the streamlined dress of her sister Pippa. Now, Burton is one of the most famous fashion designers in the world. Kate’s choice to wear Alexander McQueen was not only a triumph for British fashion, but also an incredible tribute to the late designer who had passed away the previous year.

    One of the best fashion moments of 2011!

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    6_The 10 most fashionable moments of 2011: Alexander McQueen’s MET Exhibition

    Fashion legend Alexander McQueen who committed suicide in February 2010 is even now two years after his death, one of the important fashion figure of this world. The genius of the late grate McQueen was honored and celebrated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York on May 2nd, 2011. Savage Beauty, the title of McQueens exhibit at the MET went on through May until the end of July 2011.

    The exhibit was the most success the MET ever had.

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    Photo: 34th Street Magazine

    7_The 10 most fashionable moments of 2011: Christian Louboutin vs. Yves Saint Laurent

    In September 2011, Christian Louboutin sued Yves Saint Laurent over red-soled shoes due to consumer confusion and the use of the color “red” as a design element on an article of fashion. Eventually, the court ruled that the color “red” on the soles of shoes could not be granted as a trademark protection.

    This story takes the boring cake.

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    8_The 10 most fashionable moments of 2011: Elie Tahari & Levine invest in Catherine Malandrino

    As of October 2011, Fashion has a new trio: Elie Tahari, Levine and Catherine Malandrino. The plan was to help Malandrino to grow her brand in Asia and Europe both at retail and wholesale. She will benefit from Tahari and Levine’s international resources.

    Some good news!

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    Photo: Catherine Malandrino’s Facebook Fanpage, 10/12/11


    9_The 10 most fashionable moments of 2011: Emmanuell Alt takes over Vogue Paris

    After Carine Roitfeld quit her job at Vogue Paris late last year, it was long uncertain who’s going to take over her post. She’d been an increadable chief-editor and who ever wanted to replace her had large shoes to fill. After months of speculation, the magazine’s former fashion director Emmanuelle Alt was named her successor.

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    10_The 10 most fashionable moments of 2011: Best red carpet dress

    And the oscar goes to — Giovanna Battaglia! This woman in her vintage Stephen Sprouse gown was beyond every imagination. What a woman, what a dress. Could you have dressed better than her at the Cannes Film Festival? I doubt it!

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    Latest Fashion News: Tahari and Levine invest in Malandrino brand

    Oktober 13th, 2011

    It is no secret anymore! Fashion has a new trio: Elie Tahari and Arthur S. Levine have completed a deal to invest in Catherine Malandrino. The plan is to help Malandrino to grow her brand in Asia and Europe both at retail and wholesale. She will benefit from Tahari and Levine’s international resources since they already have own factories in Asia as well as in Italy.

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    Malandrino has been looking for the right partner / investor since late last year to cooperate with after being a successful fashion designer for 12 years in New York City.

    Tahari will work closely with Malandrino on building the designer line, while Levine will concentrate on licensing and other categories.

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    Streetstyle New York: Dress of the week#11 – Crystal Dawli

    November 11th, 2010

    It’s getting colder now. So who wouldn’t be glad to be reminded of a very hot and joyful summer in New York City. Crystal Dawli is our dress of the week and therefore our beautiful memory of this past summer. Her colorful and vivid Catherine Malandrino dress immediately puts you back a couple of month when you didn’t have to think of heavy coats, scarfs, gloves and all the other arctic equipment. Enjoy 31 seconds of fashion and sunshine.

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