It was the many years that Catherine Malandrino spent vacationing in Saint Tropez that began as the starting point for her spring 2014 collection, in particular Les Voiles at the start of sailing and yachting season when the harbor fills with boats. “It’s a mood of poetry, but at the same time, because it’s about the sail of Saint Tropez, there’s performance, and this is why I wanted to mix in this collection--poetry and the performance together,” explained Malandrino during the presentation.
Malandrino opted for a palette of colors fit for a stylish regatta: rich royal blues, bold cherry reds, and an intense pink. There was a subtle hint of sportiness in the neoprene bralette, windbreaker, and funnel jacket, but otherwise it was all about chic and breezy Saint Tropez glamour. A whimsical sailboat print covered a silk romper and flowing maxi dress. Another print of Air France planes covered a silk shirtdress. Malandrino also re-imagined the sailor shirt in the form of thicker blue and white stripes on an off the shoulder top.
The most impressive pieces were the laser-cut leather dresses, and overall the collection was lovely, feminine, and elegant. Malandrino succeeded at what she does best: producing stylish, wearable clothes for sophisticated, worldly women.