style.com: Mandy Coon Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear reviewMandy Coon
NEW YORK, February 16, 2012
By Alison Baenen
Mandy Coon loves bats, so much so that she was delighted to find them in her hotel—a renovated Spanish colonial—on a recent vacation to Nicaragua. The country’s flora and fauna provided the inspiration for Fall, and the collection’s sole print was derived from the pattern on a moth’s wings.
In her showroom, Coon explained that her cold-weather collections always have a dose of Man Ray and Helmut Newton, too. That came through in the nipped waists and slightly roomy pleated pants. Pleats were a recurring motif. A short navy circle skirt with a panel of black leather pleats was sexy and fun, the best kind of take on naughty schoolgirl. The moth wing print had a kaleidoscope effect on a paneled stretch and knit wool dress; worn with a detachable peplum (a no-brainer accessory) it narrowed the frame and added length—good things, most wearers would agree. When it came to positives, the collection was full of them.