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:

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.


Monday, August 20, 2007

August Sample Sales

What: Prada
Why: Italian powerhouse unloads ready-to-wear, shoes, and accessories for men and women at 70 percent off.
When: Aug. 21-23. Tues.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: The Fuller Building, 45 E. 57th St., at Madison Ave., 2nd flr. By appointment only. Register online at

What: Jimmy Choo
Why: The notorious sample sale with shoes, bags, and accessories from 65 percent off.
When: Aug. 23. Thurs., noon-7:30 p.m.
Where: Warwick Hotel, 65 W. 54th St., at Sixth Ave.

What: Mulberry
Why: Up to 75 percent off the coveted English luxury leather goods.
When: Aug. 22 & 23. Wed. & Thurs., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 140 W. 57th St., b/t Sixth & Seventh Aves., ste. 9b.

What: Intermix Warehouse Sale
Why: Stella McCartney coats, were $1,760, now $549; Chloé dresses, were $1,560, now $499; Sergio Rossi flats, were $495, now $149; Alice Ritter cropped jackets, were $460, now $159; Geren Ford tops, were $255, now $79.
When: Aug. 23-26. Thurs.-Sat., 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St., b/t Sixth & Seventh Aves.

What: Charlotte Ronson
Why: Summer dresses for $75; wedge shoes for $45; sweaters for $70.
When: Aug. 22-24. Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 1071 Sixth Ave., b/t 40th & 41st Sts., ste. 301 (212-616-1005).

What: Hayden-Harnett
Why: Up to 80 percent off clothes, bags, and other accessories, with 20 percent of proceeds benefiting the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
When: Aug. 22-25. Wed.-Sat., 12:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Edge NY, 65 Bleecker St., b/t Broadway & Lafayette St. (212-358-0255).

Source: Dailycandy

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Fall Shopping Guide Part 1

Let's get down to business, fashionistas. Time to open your wallets.

Summer is almost over. Sad to say but true. All the designers are doing their last markdowns of Spring/Summer stock before launching their full Fall/Winter collections. Get your last summer items and start stocking up your winter wardrobe. You hear it here first.

Stumped on what to get this season? Recently I came across's Fall 2007 shopping guide and Net-a-Porter's Fall Top 10 list. Both recommend strong, editorially stylish ladylike looks that are growing to be the definitive of this season. They include statement-making coats, structured bags, stillettos of the season, and various easy separates that can transform from day to night, from casual to formal.

I've selected a few of my own that I'd gladly open my checkbook any day:

Statement coat: For me, winter is not winter without a cute, warm coat. suggested a houndstooth jacquard car coat by Mint. To me, the pattern and Jackie-O inspired shape can't make it any more cuter than it already is. It's the perfect item to spice up any boring, monotoned winter outfit. For a more casual look I'd go for the Uniqlo's white puffy jacket.

Day Dress: 3.1 Phillip Lim's checkered sleeve dress will go perfectly with those black Wolford tights that I've been living in all last winter. Or, to go real daring try Generra's striped wool dress for a Edie Sedwick-esque look. Gap has also made a fabulous rendition of the Little Black Dress in cotton/wool mix. The shift is perfect for that ladylike look this season.

Knits & Sweaters: I love love Love the small bell-sleeves when it come to sweater dressing. Winter is no better time to try the sweater dress look, so I'd buy Vince's bell-sleeve cashmere sweater dress. And winter isn't winter if I don't get a Stella Mccartney knit. Wear it alone with thick winter tights or layered it with jeans or a slip dress for cocktail. There's so much to play with it it's almost like a toy.

Pants: Menswear-look is back, so therefore it's time to invest in a nice, high-waisted wide legged pants. Organic's 100% organic wool high-waisted pants scream Right Now! and elegance. Everyone's going green, so why shouldn't your pants do the same?

Go to's Fall Shopping guide here.

Photos from Top: Mint houndstooth coat, 3.1 Phillip Lim checkered dress, Vince bell-sleeve cashmere dress, Gap Little Black Dress.

Photo credits:,,, Gap press room.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Welcome to 10022-SHOE

Designer shoe salons are a dime and a dozen especially in a place like New York. However, have you been to one that actually owns its own zip-code?

The New York Post first reported that on Aug. 17, Saks Fifth Avenue New York flagship will unveil a new shoe store on the 8th floor. In fact, the shoe floor will be so huge that it will come with its own zip code granted by the U.S. Postal Service -- 10022-SHOE.

It is a huge move from the current 4th floor shoe salon and the Roger Vivier boutique on the 3rd floor. The expansion calls for a space that would hold 10,000 pairs -- enough to cater for the current roster of 38 designers plus 9 more such as Derek Lam, Costume National and Sergio Rossi.

And it doesn't stop there. 10022-SHOE will feature a shoe repair service, an express elevator that takes shoe-mavens straight up to the floor, and a Charbonnel et Walker chocolate cafe for the much needed shoe-hype wind down.

How's that for "Let's go shoe shopping?" Imagine what would happen during sale time?

Sunday, August 12, 2007

The Fashionable Matilda's Diary Expands - Yet Again!

Good news readers!

The Fashionable Matilda's Diary is proud to announce the addition of Fashion Videos and weekly fashion polls on this blog!

Feel free to watch previous seasons' fashion show via Youtube. Vote for your favorite answers on the most relevant questions that we chicettes have on our minds today.

Enjoy these enhancements!

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Menswear Looks: Yay or Nay?

Menswear-inspired looks are everywhere this Fall. After two seasons of flirty, romantic looks and skinny jeans, it's refreshing to see structural suits and masculine separates making a come-back. From retailers such as Gap to designers such as Roberto Cavalli, menswear-inspired clothes are returning to the ladies' ready-to-wear wardrobe with a vengeance.

Are menswear looks yay or nay? Take a gander at the various ways designers attempt to make it more feminine. (And don't you dare say "wearable!" Anything is wearable if you are fearless.)

You'll be the judge...

Photos from top: Roberto Cavalli Fall 2007, Gap Fall 2007, Christian Lacroix Fall 2007, Max Mara Fall 2007, Luella Fall 2007.

Photo credits:, pressroom

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

The Fashionable Matilda's Diary Expands!

The Fashionable Matilda's Diary is going to Fashion Week!! Stay tuned for our coverage of the New York Fashion Week Spring 2008 -- directly from Bryant Park, NYC.

We vow to skip the bubblies, skip the swag hags and skip the parties to bring you the latest in trends, news and gossip!

Check out this season's schedule here.

See you at the tents!

Friday, August 3, 2007

Simply Vera by Vera Wang

Fashionistas, mark you calendars!!

Simply Vera by Vera Wang, a lifestyle collection designed exclusively for Kohl's, will be available nationwide Sept. 9. The ad campaign "Wizard of Oz" reminds me of Wang's most recent Lavender Label collection. The use of rich colors and signature embellishments are to die for!

Check out the print campaign, which should appear in magazines this week.

Photo credit: JS