Tuesday, November 13, 2007

November Sample Sales: Part III

Ladies - more sample sales!

What: The News
Why: Sea, Cheap Monday, Clu, Band of Outsiders, Bruce, and more at wholesale prices.
When: Nov. 14-16. Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 495 Broadway, b/t Spring & Broome Sts., 5th flr. (212-925-9700).

What: Dsquared², Maison Martin Margiela, and Sophia Kokosalaki
Why: Up to 50 percent off this season’s collections for men and women.
When: Nov. 15 & 16. Thurs., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: 495 Broadway, b/t Spring & Broome Sts., 8th flr. (646-613-8457).

What: Project Alabama
Why: Handcrafted, one-of-a-kind pieces are 50-80 percent off.
When: Nov. 14-16. Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Where: TKE Showroom, 231 W. 39th St., b/t Seventh & Eighth Aves., 6th flr. (212-921-0777).

What: Denise Williamson Showroom
Why: Nili Lotan, Thread Social, Ulla Johnson, Cindy Lee, and then some up to 75 percent off.
When: Nov. 15-17. Thurs. & Fri., 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 119 Mercer St., b/t Prince & Spring Sts., ste. 2s (212-226-5507).

What: Mint Jodi Arnold
Why: Chunky knit sweaters, coats, dresses, tops, and lovely frocks are up to 75 percent off.
When: Nov. 13-15. Tues. & Wed., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thurs., 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: 230 W. 39th St., b/t Seventh & Eighth Aves., 2nd flr. (212-997-0252).

What: Simon Showroom
Why: Citizens of Humanity jeans $40-$80; Paul & Joe and Paul & Joe Sister $70-$300; C&C California $10-$40. Cash only.
When: Nov. 14-16. Wed.-Fri., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 95 Fifth Ave., at 17th St., 4th flr.

What: Vivienne Tam
Why: Festive dresses, were $350-$795, now $90-$200; sweaters, were $375, now $95.
When: Nov. 14-18. Wed., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Where: 578 Broadway, at Prince St., 7th flr. (212-840-6470).

What: Lela Rose
Why: Dresses, were $1,195, now $450; bomber jackets, were $895, now $395; wool coats, were $1,100, now $400.
When: Nov. 15 & 16. Thurs. & Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 224 W. 30th St., b/t Seventh & Eighth Aves., 13th flr. (212-947-9204). (The 13th floor!)

What: Yigal Azrouel
Why: It's time for Yigal Azrouel's Bi-Annual sample sale featuring current merchandise designer label as well as the exclusive brand for Intermix, Yyigal. There will be a large variety of Fall merchandise, including knits, dresses and jackets, as well as past season samples up to 70% off.
When: Wednesday, November 14th 9am-7pm, Thursday, November 15th 9am-5pm and Friday, November 16th 9am-2pm
Where: Yigal Azrouel, 225 W 39th Street, 7th fl. (between 7th and 8th Aves.)
What: Navy Silk Dress was $640, now $195, Oxford Shirting was $385, now $115, Metallic Plaid Skirt was $480, now $145; Merino Wool Turtleneck was $350, now $105; Cashmere Cardigan was $635, now $195.

Source: DailyCandy.com, New York Magazine

Saturday, November 10, 2007

November Sample Sales: Part II

Ladies: More sample sales - time to brace yourselves...

11/12/2007 - 11/14/2007
1:00pm - Repetto Paris sample sale, 145 West 18th Street, between 6th & 7th Aves, NYC
Monday: 1 - 8pm ; Tuesday: 8 - 8pm ; Wednesday: 10 - 6pm.
Payment accepted: MasterCard, Visa, American Express

11/13–11/15
Nicole Farhi Men’s and women’s chinos (now $85), suede asymmetrical coats (now $985), and woven leather belts (now $60) are on sale for 60 to 80 percent off at Nicole Farhi. 14 E. 60th St., nr. Madison Ave., second fl. (212-421-7720); 11/13–11/15 (10–7).

11/13/2007 - 11/16/2007
10:30pm - Ted Baker London Showroom Sale, 215 Park Avenue between 17th & 18th Streets, 20th floor, NYC
Cash and Check (with 2 forms of ID) only.
Tuesday, November 13th, 10:30am - 12:30pm Friends and Family.
Tuesday, November 13th, 12:30pm - 7:30pm
Wednesday, November 14th, 11:00am - 7:00pm
Thursday, November 15th, 11:00am - 7:00pm
Friday, November 16th, 10:00am - 1:00pm


11/14/2007 - 11/16/2007
11:00am - Miguelina Sample Sale featuring the 2007 Fall Collection, Miguelina, 20 West 36th St, between 5th & 6th Ave, 6th floor, NYC
Prices range from $35-$295. 60%-80% off regular retail. AMEX, Visa, MC, cash accepted.

11/14/2007 - 11/15/2007
10:00am - Shoshanna Sample Sale, Shoshanna Showroom, 231 West 39th Street, suite 422, NYC

11/15/2007 - 11/16/2007
10:00am - Cynthia Steffe Fall 2007 Stock and Sample Sale, 550 7th Avenue between 39th & 40th, 10th floor, NYC
Thursday November 15th (10:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
Friday November 16th (10:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Select fall 2007 stock (plus a selection from spring and summer) is 40% off wholesale. Credit Cards ONLY will be accepted.

11/15/2007 - 11/16/2007
9:00am - Swiss Watch Sale, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th St between 6th & 7th, 4th floor, NYC
November 15th: 9:00am - 8:00pm
November 16th: 8:00am - 7:00pm
Name brands such as Swatch, Rado, Longines, Tissot, Flik Flak, Timberland, and More.

11/15/2007 - 11/18/2007
8:00am - True Religion Outwear 4 Stroke Denim Sample and Stock Sale, Savvy, 145 West 18th Street between 6th & 7th Aves, NYC

11/15/2007 - 11/18/2007
What Goes Around Comes Around 2nd Annual Fall Sale, 351 West Broadway, between Grand and Broome Streets, NYC
Shop vintage printed t-shirts, leather jackets, dresses and coats as well as Fall 07 Collection pieces at 50-90% off!

11/17/2007 - 11/18/2007
11:00am-6:00pm - Foley + Corinna sample sale, 105 Stanton St. at the corner of Ludlow St., NYC
featuring tops starting at $15, dresses from $95, and handbags from $125

11/29/2007 - 11/29/2007
11:00am - Ports 1961 Sample Sale, Ports 1961 Chelsea Showroom, 601 West 26th Street, 8th floor, Suite 875, NYC
Ports 1961 hosts their Fall 2007 Sample Sale. All major credit cards, cash, and checks accepted.

Source: Fashion Week Daily

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

REVIEW: Manolo Blahnik Press Sale


Ladies, this is not an urban myth or a Sex in the City line:

A Manolo Blahnik sample sale does exist in New York.

In a town known for its fabulous sample sale, the bi-annual Manolo press sale is considered the creme de la creme of sample sales. Sure, it isn't glamorous to claw your way to a few pairs of artfully decorated Italian shoes. But, the price factor and the exclusivity of it all will drive any sensible, sophisticated woman to caveman behavior.

The Fashionable Matilda's Diary is one of the few lucky participants to witness the latest Manolo press sale. We have been trying for two weeks to track down the date for you with no avail. A kind soul tipped us off yesterday about the sale, literally at the last minute. We apologize that we couldn't share the news with you all.

The scene was a lot more civilized compared to last year's sale. Maybe we got there too late (about an hour before they close up shop), but the hordes of eager shoppers/editors were nowhere to be found. Pairs and pairs of Manolos were piled up on tables like mountains, with a few strays hanging lonely in their plastic bags or on the floor.

The selection was huge this year. We found a few pairs dating back to the early 90s. (Remember those bright colored mules Linda Evagelista wore in the 90s and photographed by Bruce Weber in Vogue?) There were also a few rumored pairs that came from the Vogue closet. Certain fur-lined boots looked great on their own but looked like chinchillas on our staffers' legs. The prices ranged from $100 for plain leather sandals/pumps to $550 for over-the-knee boots in exotic skins.

Our ultimate pick? A pair of black and white suede Oxford pumps that will go well with all of Fall's menswear trends. Given the opportunity, we would do it all over again (but maybe go at a later time to avoid the crowds).

Where: The Warwick Hotel, 65 W 54th St., New York, NY
When: Ahh.. that's the question. The Manolo Blahnik Press Sale occurs bi-annually, so count on one happening after 6 months. The sale is open to the public starting at noon.

Photo from top: A scene during last season's Manolo Blahnik press sale.

Photo credit: Papermag

November Sample Sales

Time to open up your wallets ladies!

10/31/2007 - 11/2/2007
12pm - Rachel Roy Sample Sale, 25 West 39th Street, between 5th and 6th Aves, 14th Floor
Featuring Rachel Roy blouses, trousers, dresses, shorts and jackets up to 75% off of the retail price.

10/31/2007 - 11/2/2007
10:00am - Helmut Lang and Rag & Bone Sample Sale, ClothingLine, 261 West 36th Street, bet 7th & 8th, 2nd floor, NYC
Mon-Thurs 10:00-7:00pm , Fri 10:00-6:00pm.

11/12/2007 - 11/14/2007
1:00pm - Rebecca Taylor Sample & Stock Sale Event, New Venue, 145 West 18th Street, between 6th & 7th Aves, NYC
Monday: 1 - 8pm ; Tuesday: 8 - 8pm ; Wednesday: 10 - 6pm.
Payment accepted: MasterCard, Visa, American Express
Size Ranges: 0 - 12, XS - L
Prices: Wholesale and Below from $50 to $199

11/13/2007 - 11/16/2007
10:00am - Ben Sherman Sample Sale, 261 West 36th St, 2nd floor, NYC
Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 - 6:45pm. Wednesday and Friday 10:00-5:45pm.
Payment Accepted: Cash, VISA, MC, AMEX. No Checks.

11/14/2007 - 11/16/2007
11:00am - Miguelina Sample Sale featuring the 2007 Fall Collection, Miguelina, 20 West 36th St, between 5th & 6th Ave, 6th floor, NYC
Prices range from $35-$295. 60%-80% off regular retail. AMEX, Visa, MC, cash accepted.

11/14/2007 - 11/16/2007
11:00am - Lutz & Patmos Sample Sale, Lutz & Patmos, 425 West 13th St, suite 406, NYC
WEDNESDAY- 60% OFF
THURSDAY- 70% OFF
FRIDAY- 80% OFF
AMEX, Visa, MC, cash accepted.

11/14/2007 - 11/15/2007
10:00am - Shoshanna Sample Sale, Shoshanna Showroom, 231 West 39th Street, suite 422, NYC

11/15/2007 - 11/16/2007
9:00am - Philippe Adec Fall Stock & Sample Sale, 213 West 35th Street, between 7th & 8th Aves, 7th Floor, NYC
CASH ONLY. 65% OFF RETAIL. Sizes: 2-12 and 1-4. Final sale. No exchanges.
TRY-ONS PERMITTED.

Source: The Fashion Week Daily

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

PREVIEW: Roberto Cavalli for H&M




The highly anticipated Roberto Cavalli for H&M, slated to go on sale at selected H&M stores on Nov. 8, will not disappoint fans and fashionistas alike. The 50+ pieces collection for men and women exudes the label's typical rock'n roll glam that only Cavalli himself can do the very best.

"The collection is built around a selection of Roberto Cavalli's favourite pieces throughout the years, of which many are made to wear on the red carpet," said H&M's head of design Margareta van den Bosch.

"It's about enjoying the good things in life with large dose of fashion glamour."

H&M shot a beautiful campaign with images of Jessica Stam, Erin Wasson and others clad in Cavalli's famous animal prints chiffon dresses. Red carpet worthy dresses such as the one made of gold pleated lame, or the mini sheath with sequins, exude young and sexual energies that only pretty young things such as Leigh Lezark (also featured in the campaign) can bring.

When you queue in line on Nov. 8, expect to see a fabulous collection with plenty of rock, sex and glamour.

Collection preview is now available here. You can also read the latest about the campaign here.

Photos from top: Roberto Cavalli for H&M campaign pictures shot by Terry Richardson.

Photo credits: Fabsugar.com

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Fashion Week: H Fredriksson




Simplistic elegance dominates Helena Fredriksson's Spring 2008 collection as the Swedish designer sent down the runway a slew of looks that are as timeless as the little black dress.

The color palette is reminiscent of fall instead of spring, but Fredriksson's use of feminine and light fabrics more than compensate the wintry-tones. Her signature silkscreen prints are ever present in this collection, reflected in cropped brocade jackets, kimono silk tops, high-waisted shorts and shift dresses.

Fredriksson continues her use of elegant silhouettes such as short dresses cut on a bias or flowing tops offset by narrow, high waisted pants. Her collection doesn't disappoint, for this is one of her strongest works to date.

Photos from top: H Fredriksson Spring 2008 Collection.

Photo credits: Elle.com

Friday, September 14, 2007

Fashion Week: Twinkle by Wenlan





Whimsical accents like scalloped trimmed pockets, piped-edges in contrasting colors and quirky prints defined the Twinkle by Wenlan show. There is a slight girlish elegance to the wearable clothing of this collection. The silhouettes are still loose and airy (with the occasional contrasting belt which seems to be the season's biggest accessory) and perfectly placed pockets are visible on most garments.

Wenlan's signature print this season is a hand drawn decorative pattern that looks like old-glamour stage curtains taken from an illustrated book you remember from childhood. It was sweet but not too saccharine -- a hommage to the innocence of the handmade piece. The knit dresses were form fitting yet easy. There is nothing homely about the shapes but you do get the feeling of comfort and simplicity.

For spring, the color palettes are muted and low-key. Grays, yellows and creams are the seasons most wanted colors. Nothing garrish is acceptable and no rhinestones in sight. This marks a new shift in sophisticated glamor with a low-maintenance approach.

All of Twinkle by Wenlan pieces seem wearable and accessible. For once, runway does translate to real world. -- Anne Sakatori

Photos from top: Twinkle by Wenlan Spring 2008 collection.

Photo credits: Imaxtree

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Fashion Week: Reem Acra





Vivid colors and dramatic silhouettes epitomize Reem Acra's Spring 2008 collection, as the renowned eveningwear (and bridal) designer sent down the runway an array of luxurious dresses and gowns that are splashed in techni-colors.

Acra's approach in exploring her theme this season, "the theory of rejuvenation," involves rich satin, silk, and organza numbers that are splashed with bright colors that literally cover the spectrum of the rainbow.

Prints come in dramatic rose and polka dot prints, accented with contrasting silk or satin belts. A twisted chiffon gown in Pearl with beautiful, beaded necklace sleeves evokes a fairy-tale like aura to the collection.

Acra's pieces are not for the faint of heart, for her designs all touch upon the princesses in all of us.

Photos from top: Reem Acra Spring 2008 Collection.

Photo credits: Imaxtree

Fashion Week: ThreeAsFour









As expected, ThreeAsFour's Spring 2008 collection doesn't disappoint. Designers Gabi, Adi and Ange continued their aesthetics in flowing silhouettes and created pieces that are works of arts in themselves. The collection reflects a mystic femininity that makes ThreeAsFour one of the most watched designers -- and a CFDA/Vogue fashion fund finalists -- of this season.

Cocktail dresses came in layers of tulle that are finished with one-shoulder designs and flowing, circular seams. Pantsuits are long and tailored in the jacket and tapered in the leg, or matched with high-waisted shorts.

The palette this season is soft with hints of metallic and bright colors such as yellow and fuchsia. Something apart from their usual design is the introduction of the organza rosettes splashed on a yellow cocktail dress. It channels a Rodarte-like aesthetic that borders on couture grade craftsmanship.

It will be interesting to see how their success will translate for this downtown designer label - that with the introduction of the CFDA fame, will transcend them from obscurity to establishment.

Photos from top: ThreeAsFour Spring 2008 collection.

Photo credits: Style.com, Penny Yu.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Fashion Week: Sabyasachi






The traveling nomad dominates Sabyasachi's Spring 2008 collection, with the Calcutta-based designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee sent down the runway a series of loose layered looks in linen, cotton, and shawls embellished in rich trims.

Gold, marigold separates are layered, layered, layered in tunics, loose pants, and shawls. Models accessorize the clothes with bare face, loose hair, and round glasses that evoke an English colonial ethnic chic, while strutting down to upbeat tunes of the Romantics' What I like about you.

It is refreshing to see a collection that evolves a more relaxed, carefree approach to fashion while others are doing lady-like looks that are restricted and structured. The nomad looks suit Mukherjee's aesthetics well as he go on his sophomore show at Bryant Park. It will be interesting to see how his vision translates in Fall 2008.

Photos from top: Sabyasachi Spring 2008 collection.

Photo credits: Penny Yu, Imaxtree

Fashion Week: Tracy Reese






Romanticism and Edwardian influences dominated Tracy Reese's Spring 2008 show, with her signature girly pieces evoking a more feminine aura this season.

She opened her show with models waltzing down the runway in wide-brim hats and beige tailored menswear that channeled the Jazz Age. Lady-like shifts and evening separates appeared in dreamy raspberry sequins, followed by long stripe gowns that are cut on a bias and close to the body.

Reese's signature feminine touch is prevalent throughout collection. She does not disappoint, for her excellent use in patterned fabric, and her unique tailoring (look at those high-waisted pants!) evoke a Great Gatsby influence that surely F. Scott Fitzgerald would approve. It is another collection that will go well with retailers and consumers alike.

Photos from top: Tracy Reese Spring 2008 Collection.

Photo credits: Penny Yu, Style.com

Friday, September 7, 2007

Fashion Week: Gottex




Brazilian-bond girls is Gottex's theme for its Spring 2008 show, which featured a collection of 60 swim numbers, ranging from one-piece cutouts to fabulous bikinis with matching caftans. Designer Gideon Oberson sent down the runway a wide array of styles that literally resemble a carnival in Rio.

While the models aren't exactly Bond girls, the fusion of colors, the dramatic printed caftans and their amazing matching headpieces transcend the presentation into a Showgirl-style show.

Photos from top: Gottex Spring 2008 collection.

Photo credits: Getty Images

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Fashion Week: BCBG




The BCBG spring 2008 collection is as lovely as the spring blossoms. Through feminine silhouettes and the wide use of light fabrics, Max Azria and his wife Lubove showed a collection that epitomizes the delicate feminine.
Lots of white outfits started the show with models waltzing down the runway in barely made-up faces and messy, flowing hair. The silhouette this season is slimmer, more floaty with an emphasis on the waist. Tiny leather belts and ribbons with delicate bows adorned the models' waists.

The show then progressed to the use of delicate colors such as light purple, silver blue and a muted yellow. Light fabrics continued its dominance with volumes of organza and tulle framing stronger structure such as shift dresses and trench coats. The tailoring is present, yet softened by multiple layers of transparent fabrics that exude a sense of mysticism.

Max Azria did a good job in creating a collection that provides a much needed change from Fall's constructionism. It is refreshing to see such femininity returning in fashion.

Photos from top: BCBG Spring 2008 Collection

Photo credits: Imaxtree

Fashion Week: Nicole Miller





Less is more definitely dominates Nicole Miller's Spring 2008 show. Coming out of her 25th
anniversary show in the fashion industry, Miller presented a collection that is small but concise. 38 outfits were shown. Nothing is extraneous and everything is refined, as if it is her way of interpreting the streamlined glamour -- the theme of her show.

Breaking away from a season of volumes and trapeze shapes, Miller presented designs that literally follow the curve. Ladylike shifts hug the models' waif-like bodies with a clear emphasize on the waist. Jackets and blouses with stronger shoulders are balanced with light fabrics such as silk crepe, cotton and metallic jacquard.

Patterns still rule this season with a cathedral print that feature a stronger color palette of black, white, mustard and magenta. Breaking away from her past seasons' ancient cultural themes, Miller's prints are inspired by pre-Renaissance stained glass and rose windows patterns.

It is a collection that defined elegance and timeliness that highlighted the lady-like feminine. It is a good direction to go for Miller to move beyond her quarter-century rein in the fickleness of the fashion business.

Photos from top: Nicole Miller Spring 2008 Collection

Photo credits: Imaxtree

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Designers to watch for Fashion Week: Part 4




WHO: Jayson Brunsdon

WHY: Australian Jayson Brunsdon designs elegant womenswear "with a whiff of cinematic drama." Having been involved in the fashion industry for over twenty years (most recently as creative director for Australian brand Morrissey), Brunsdon's creations are inspired by the lives and looks of iconic women.

His Fall 2007 collection, presented here in New York, exuded high glamour while maintaining a contemporary touch. Brunsdon's grown-up aesthetics to day and eveningwear are reflected in his use of fine fabrics, rich colors and very streamlined yet feminine silhouettes. No wonder her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark is a fan.

See Jayson Brunsdon's past collections here.
Photos from Top: Jayson Brunsdon Fall 2007 Collection, Jayson Brunsdon.
Photo credits: New York Magazine, Vogue Australia.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Designers to watch for Fashion Week: Part 3

WHO: Nili Lotan

WHY: New york-based Nili Lotan combines clean, classic staples with eccentricity -- a true reflection of her eclectic background and experiences.

Growing up in Israel and has served for two years in the Israeli Air Force, Lotan has worked senior design positions for companies such as Ralph Lauren and Nautica before launching her own label. She combines her life experiences in her designs, often splashing patterns of rifles or silkscreens on her simple, but structured pieces.

Lotan's also known for her well-tailored trench coats and shirts that yield comfort and femininity. Vogue once dubbed her cotton button-down shirt (which requires no ironing) "The Winning Shirt."

WHAT TO SEE: For Spring 2008, look for Lotan's vision of the late '60s and early '70s.

"In this collection, I focused on my memories and visions from the '70s. It's the mixture of war and the bohemian lifestyle that has given definition to this collection," she says.

Watch for elements such as printed silk keffiyeh, Palestinian embroidery and the faces of war protesters on silkscreen on her daywear and eveningwear.

See Nili Lotan's past collections here.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Designers worth seeing: Part 2




WHO: H Fredriksson

WHY: Swedish designer Helena Fredriksson creates sculptural pieces that use fine art techniques such as silk-screens and original photography in her designs. A self-taught fashion designer with a formal background in the fine arts (not to mention a Gen-Art alum), Fredriksson's creations evoke a quiet elegance and sophistication.

She likes to mix the opposites, such as loose sihouettes with tapered shapes, or playing with the feminine/masculine aspects by doing sharp tailoring with plunging necklines. It is this balance that Fredriksson believes it epitomizes her brand's identity.

WHAT TO SEE: Watch out for a sculptural spring collection in subdued colors such as dusty blue and gold.

Taking inspiration from the old Havana and historic buildings, Fredriksson created her designs with an intention that beauty is acquired over time. Denim will also play a bigger part in this collection. All in all, not bad for a designer who dresses Scissor Sister's vocalist Ana Matronic for the tours.

Photos from top: H Fredriksson, H Fredriksson Fall 2007 collection, H Fredriksson Spring 2007 collection.

Photo credits: New York Magazine, H Fredriksson

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Designers worth seeing this Fashion Week: Part I



Counting down to the start of Fashion Week, the Fashionable Matilda's Diary is proud to present our round up of up-and-coming designers that are worth seeing this season. Aside from their immense talents, these designers possess distinct perspectives and worldly influences that are internationally recognized but not widely known stateside.

We will present our story in a multi-part series.

WHO: Sabyasachi

WHY: Calcutta-based Sabyasachi Mukherjee came to the New York fashion scene last year with his debut show at the Spring 2007 fashion week. A believer that clothes "should be an extension to one's intellect," Sabyasachi's interests in antique textiles and the rustic environment help create designs that have an other-worldly point of view.

His spring'07 collection reflected an amazing array of floating, trapeze pieces mixed with rich fabrics. WWD has once described his collection as "part Frida Kahlo, park bookish chic, and all about opulence."

WHAT TO SEE: This season look out for Mukherjee's interpretation of fashion's role in a society with clothes that have no "calculated maneuvers." Whatever this means it will be an interesting aspect to see on a runway.

Photos from top: Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Sabyasachi spring 2007 collection.

Photo Credit: Style.com

Monday, August 27, 2007

GAP launches the European Collection




Gap's European Collection is now available on its website -- stateside.

As first reported by WWD late last year, former Chloe designer Phoebe Philo has been working as a silent consultant for Gap Europe's design team for this Fall season. The collection, collaborated with French Vogue's fashion director Marie-Amelie Sauve (also creative consultant of Balenciaga's Nicholas Ghesquiere), evokes a cool-girl elegance that offers a hint of Philo's Chloe influence.

Gap's version remind me of Chloe's Fall 2006 collection.

Shop for the Gap's European Collection here.

Photos: Gap.com, Style.com