Catherine Malandrino and singer Mary J. Blige jointly hosted the French designer’s Resort 2011 show at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art.
The unlikely design duo initially teamed up early last year to create charitable t-shirts emblazoned with slogans including "I’m free" and "I’m love."
The proceeds from sales of those shirts went to benefit The Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now, a non-profit that helps under-served women reach their full potential.
The ticketed MoMa event was similarly held to benefit the worthy cause, and fittingly, Malandrino traded in much of her signature colorful, flowing fare for more austere and fitted black looks.
Complementing the fierce fashions were a slew of gorgeous chunky necklaces. This is the third season that Malandrino has dazzled with her accessories and for Resort, her jewelry seemed once again somewhat ethnic-inspired (as it was for Spring/Summer 2010).
Among the darker looks the designer showed, there seemed to be some Alexander Wang-like touches, specifically a long sleeve sweater with rows of peep holes, that was nearly identical to one of Wang’s Spring/Summer 2010 looks. Perhaps Manlandrino is looking to add a more "downtown," edgy client to her base.
Darker pieces aside, Malandrino also alluded to the charitable shirts she created with Blige, with three white tees with the words "Love," "Soul," and "Vibe" on them.
To cap off her collection, the designer showed a few painterly tribal prints fashioned into kaftans, dresses, cover-ups, and tops, some of which were detailed with intricate beadwork.