Instead there was leather. Goat hair. Long printed dresses. Chunky tribal jewelry. At the back of the room were two chairs made out of horn and goat hair. I heard someone say, “God, those chairs are nasty looking.” Apparently those chairs were the inspiration for Catherine’s collection. With a few exceptions, the results were far from nasty.
The intricate leather jackets came in a variety of shapes, from tight and shredded, to loose and embossed. Leather also showed up as an accent on dresses, and I got a glimpse of traditional Malandrino ruffles, albeit in leather, on a short dress.
All of this leather was anchored by wool harem knickers, almost identical to the ones I saw at Alice+Olivia Saturday night. The drapey asymmetric batik dresses were crowd-pleasers, and looked so effortless.
The goat hair posed more of a problem for me. It provided some interesting texture, but that doesn’t mean I wanted to touch it.
Accessories were a stand-out. The double platform shoes, particularly a stingray pair, were versatile yet interesting. Catherine told me that she wanted them to be “hoof-like.” Necklaces were made of hammered silver orbs, repeating horns, and big natural stones.
A few sequined pieces at the end of the line-up were pretty but felt out of place with an otherwise tough collection.
Genghis Khan, you’ve met your match.