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Rain, Rain Go Away: Weather Gods Smile Upon Catherine Malandrino

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What do you do when it's the rainiest day of Fashion Week and you've planned an outdoor presentation? If you're Catherine Malandrino, and you're set to show at the Paul Milstein Pool and Terrace at Lincoln Center, you cross your fingers and hope for the best. Fortunately for the designer, there was a break in the rain, which allowed time for her presentation.

When someone asked what Malandrino would have done if it had been raining, a staff member replied, "Use umbrellas." We hope he was kidding, because if they expected a Fashion Week crowd to stand in the rain for anything short of a Manolo sample sale, they would have ended up with the fashion's shortest presentation, ever. The weather did have one major affect on the show, however—the round elevated pedestals which were placed around the pool for the models to stand on were initially supposed to be in the water, but fear of lightning led the producers to be move them to the safer positions. Pity. That would have made for one memorable show.

Even in good weather, however, having those pedestals in the water would have been problematic. The models would have had to be carried out to their perches. Particularly the ones attired in the show's fabulous thigh-high laced boots, which we suspect required a lot of help to put on. These literally over-the-top shoes worked very well with Malandrino's spring pieces. The designer showed dresses and separates made with intricate macramé, cotton gauze and jersey—in neutrals and watercolor hues. The silhouettes, which tended toward loose and draped, still managed to show off the body in that sexy way that Malandrioo's clothing usually does.

Catherine Malandrino has a history of dressing her Fashion Week celeb guests well. We spotted a Malandrino-attired Perrey Reeves, aka Entourage's "Mrs. Ari," Gossip Girl's Kelly Rutherford and MTV's reality show regular, Kristin Cavallari. When asked what she thought about Malandrino, Cavallari said, "I'm mad about girl power and successful women." Also attending the presentation was NBA star Chris Bosh, who (fortunately) was not wearing Malandrino and who towered so high above the rest of us, he even made the models look short.

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