Even after nearly 16 years of the New York life, Catherine Malandrino still thinks of Paris as a second home. And soon she will be sharing that French flair through Kohl’s DesigNation program.
During an interview Wednesday morning at Pastis in Manhattan, the French-born designer vividly described leading the project’s eight-person team on a tour of Paris in late December. Malandrino, who uses her apartment in the 8th arrondissement regularly, took them to the Musée Rodin, Parc Monceau, Pont des Arts bridge, Pigalle and numerous other stops where they did more than admire the scenery. The intricate design of an iron gate outside Parc Monceau was reinterpreted for a jacquard print and the drawings Malandrino sketched on a paper place mat during a cappuccino break at Les Deux Magots wound up in another print. Even a photo of Paris rooftops that was taken from atop the Roue de Paris was used for a digital print on a silk jersey dress. “Every woman in America has a French dream in her head, especially a Parisian one,” said Malandrino.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"