Bridging the Seasons

Catherine Malandrino Deep Vee Ponte Dress for Holiday 2013

Catherine Malandrino Deep Vee Ponte Dress for Holiday 2013

Ann,

It’s great to be back! Recovery from our 25th Reunion only took me 3 weeks. I’ve regained my lost voice and established regular hours of sleep that begin before 3 am.  And after stabilizing, I hit Holiday and Pre-Spring market that is happening now in New York showrooms.  I saw beautiful collections from Ports 1961, Raoul, Catherine Malandrino and Max Mara Studio and Weekend.  For both Holiday (out on the market in October and November) and Pre-Spring (which hits our floor in December and January), orangy-reds, whites and shiny blacks dominated the collections.  At Max Mara, navy and whites were the story for Pre-Spring.  I snapped a few photos of pieces and collections at Catherine Malandrino and Max Mara to share with you.  Except for the completely fabulous strapless raffia dress from Ports (that apparently is flame resistant!), the pieces were, for the most part, just lovely wardrobe additions to wear to your holiday party or bridge that season between the depth of winter and first signs of Spring.   Here we go:

Catherine Malandrino Embroidered Strapless Dress for Holiday 2013

Catherine Malandrino Embroidered Strapless Dress for Holiday 2013

A Black Peplum Top and Ponte Pants from Catherine Malandrino for Holiday 2013

A Black Peplum Top and Ponte Pants from Catherine Malandrino for Holiday 2013

A graphic knit dress for Pre-Spring 2013/14 from Catherine Malandrino

A graphic knit dress for Pre-Spring 2013/14 from Catherine Malandrino

On to Max Mara with its Black, White and Red Story for December 2013

On to Max Mara with its Black, White and Red Story for December 2013

Transitioning to the Navy and Whites in Solids and Stripes at Max Mara Weekend for early Spring 2014

Transitioning to the Navy and Whites in Solids and Stripes at Max Mara Weekend for early Spring 2014

A closer look at stripes

A closer look at stripes

And a chic, understated navy woven suit to bridge seasons from Max Mara

And a chic, understated navy woven suit to bridge seasons from Max Mara

Neutrals, of course! For Pre-Spring 2014 from Max Mara

Neutrals, of course! For Pre-Spring 2014 from Max Mara

Our new Catherine Malandrino sales rep, Charlotte, fresh out of F.I.T. and me perusing Holiday in Catherine's showroom

Here I am with our new Catherine Malandrino sales rep, Charlotte, fresh out of F.I.T. perusing Holiday in Catherine’s showroom

The smaller seasons at market continue to showcase the trends of the bigger landmark collections of Fall and Spring. So where I didn’t uncover an earth-shaking new take on fashion, I found some great pieces to freshen up our wardrobes in the winter months.

But for now, it’s back to summer in Washington, DC!

–Julie

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