Thursday, January 31, 2008

Fashion Week: Jackie Rogers

A look at Jackie Rogers' front row and you'll understand the type of aesthetic Rogers would go for for her Fall 2008 collection. Society sophistication and strong tailoring dominated Rogers' collection, which featured 38 pieces of strong suits, classic sheath dresses, and flowing silk crepe eveningwear.

Trained by Coco Chanel herself, Rogers learned the style and techniques from the famed House of Chanel in the early 60s. Working with similar techniques as Chanel herself, Rogers uses fabrication and never sketches. She molds, contours and sculpts the fabric until a defining shape appears. This technique resulted in perfectly sculpted silhouettes that are strong but flow with the body. -- Edith Moy

Photos from top: A selection from Jackie Rogers' Fall 2008 collection.

Photo source: Jackie

Tara Subkoff for Bebe

After a successful stint with Easy Spirit, Imitation of Christ designer Tara Subkoff (who's known for quirky designs and uncoventional fashion shows) will design a capsule collection for Bebe.

As reported by Fashion Week Daily earlier, the tweleve-piece collection will feature whimsical outfits with heavy 80s-meet-40s-glam influence. Subkoff presents a collection with an Americana color palette of black, white, red and a unique heart print.

The collection will debut in early February in all Bebe stores to coincide with New York Fashion Week and Valentine's Day, according to the Fashion Week Daily. Prices will go for $59 for tops and skirts to $150 for pants, dresses, and trench coat.

Photos from top: Tara Subkoff for Bebe

Photo source: Fashion Week Daily

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

New York Fashion Week Fall 2008 Preview

It's that time of the season again. The Fall 2008 Fashion Week officially kicks off this friday, Feb. 1 with London, Milan and Paris to follow. Unofficially, the fashion fete starts tomorrow with a few presentations jumping the gun.

You can find the full NY presentations schedule here.

What to watch for:

GENART will change its format of concentrating on one designer instead of showcasing three. It will be interesting to see its full force behind Denmark-native designer Staerk, whose collection this season will focus on dark romanticism.

Marc Bouwer will present his collection in a new medium -- online, where editors will see a video and images of each look on his website starting Feb. 4 at noon.

AND as Kelly Cutrone kindly puts it (for those of you who don't know who Cutrone is, she is the head of PR for fashion PR powerhouse People's Revolution):

Don't you DARE rsvp to a show you're not invited to plus four!!

Fashionistas -- you've been forewarned. Have a great season!

Monday, January 28, 2008

ThreeAsFour for Gap?

There's a hot new rumor circulating among blogosphere this week: That CFDA-finalist ThreeAsFour will design a capsule collection for Gap. The downtown, avant-guard designer that has a cult following among fashion insiders will follow the footsteps of past CFDA finalists Thakoon, Doo-Ri and Rodarte in developing a capsule collection for the chain.

Stay tuned!!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The Sartorialist Exhibit: Jan. 18-Feb. 23

For anyone who follows fashion, one would've come across photographer's Scott Shuman's work at one point. Shuman, better known as The Sartorialist in the blogosphere, records street fashion in a way a good photo journalist would do to document news of the time. Shuman's work of documenting everyday people reflect the changing times and styles that are NOT dictated by fashion editorials, but rather, by people who have innate good sense of style themselves.

For the first time, Shuman's digital photography will come to print in real life with an exhibition sponsored by The show will run from Jan. 18-Feb. 23 at the Danzigner Projects gallery at 521 West 26th Street. An opening of the show is slated for Jan. 22.

Please see info here.

Photos from top: Scott Shuman's The Sartorialist exhibition photos.

Photo source: Danzigner Projects

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Resort Fashion: Chanel Resort 2008

One of the best resort collection I've seen so far is the Chanel Resort 2008. I'd argue this collection is even more wearable than his Spring Nuits D'ete 2008 collection.

The show, held at Santa Monica's Barker hanger in Los Angeles late last year, featured pieces that would be travel-friendly, yet at the same time exude the classic Chanel elegance. My favorite piece is a navy knit gown with a matching cardigan that can go from poolside to black-tie. Karl Lagerfeld's take on the suede-wedge boots with sexy peep-toes are to-die-for. It's a great accessory item that would transition well from winter to spring.

See the collection here.

Photos from top: Chanel Cruise 2008 collection.

Photo source: New York Magazine

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Resort Fashion: Lanvin White Collection

FMD was strolling by Jefferies the other day and was delighted to find the Lanvin White collection hanging on its racks.

At a time when most retailers are breaking out their resort wear in 30 degree weather, it is refreshing to see a collection that evokes romance and modernity altogether. Alber Elbaz doesn't disappoint with his eternally classic yet wicked designs. The capsule collection features exquisite gowns in white silk crepe, cotton trenches and separates that are very bridal-friendly.

See the full collection here.

Photos from top: Lanvin White Collection.

Photos source:

Friday, January 4, 2008

New Year, New You: Happy 2008!

Hi Fashionable Matilda's Diary Readers,

After a month long hiatus for the holidays, The Fashionable Matilda is back. We all wish you a GREAT and FABULOUS 2008!

Our first post of the year is not about New Year fashion. Rather, it's about a FASHION MOVIE that you shouldn't miss for this lifetime! The Sex and the City Movie, slated for nationwide release May 30, has already had spoilers circulating the web for months. But, who really watch a Sex in the City movie for its plot? Check out its official movie blog, as well as Patricia Field's magic in putting together great cinematic assembles.

Did we mention that the official movie trailer is also now available on the website?

Read: Sex and the City Official Blog

Photos from top: Sex and the City movie publicity stills

Photo source: New Line Cinema