Every so often I like to both inspire and tease myself by browsing various sites for designer evening dresses. Don’t we all imagine what we would spend our money on, if money were no object, of course?! I refer you at this point, Blog Reader, to Freud’s Reality Principle, thankfully keeping my bank balance in check.
I am therefore forever grateful for Cadillac’s Castle in Manhattan’s East Village, a delightful spot I have written about many times before on the blog but which I think is a real treasure hidden on East 9th street. Earlier this summer I spied this gorgeous little black dress by Catherine Malandrino at the bargain price of $90.
Photos: Lydia Hudgens.
I’m not familiar with Catherine Malandrino, with the exception of some hype surrounding her designs when her SoHo boutique was featured in the TV series Sex In The City in 2002. Born in Grenoble in the French Alps, Catherine moved to Paris to work with some major fashion houses including Ungaro before moving to New York City in 1997. The Malandrino brand debuted in 2005 and Catherine is credited with blending the romance and elegance of Paris with the energy of Manhattan in her designs; an enchanting mix of timeless, sophisticated femininity and daring modernity.
This little black dress in silk with lace inspired butterfly hem is a beautiful addition to my wardrobe. I am very much a subscriber to the idea that one can never have too many
clothes dresses little black dresses but I feel there is a uniqueness to this Malandrino design with its plunge neckline, wide straps and tiered hem that will draw me back to it again and again.
A final note for all you bargain hunters out there – Cadillac’s Castle had some wonderful Yigal Azrouel and DVF on my last visit not long ago. I was with my friend who bought some silver Valentino sandals at a bargain price. It is in my opinion the best consignment store in New York City. Visit it at 333 East 9th street.