Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Shopping: Shoe Woo Lands in Manhattan

Shoe Woo, the concept shoe store owned by retailer Jones Apparel Group, will land in Manhattan Oct. 1 across from Bloomingdales' 59th street flagship. Shoe Woo sells shoes that encompass all the footwear brands of Jones Apparel, which includes Nine West, Enzo Angiolini and Anne Klein to name a few. It already operates two stores in the tri-state area, but this is the first store to open in Manhattan.

As if going into a Nine West store isn't enough, now you can shop from a dizzing array of shoes from the retailer's different shoe lines propped in boudior style cabinets. The Shoe Woo experience promised a "kid in a couture candy store" type of euphoria, where shoppers can try on shoes underneath a giant crystalized stiletto.

Check out the website and store preview video here.

Fashion Week Video: Michael Kors

Fashion Week Video: Narciso Rodriguez

Fashion Week Video: 3.1 Phillip Lim

Friday, September 18, 2009

Fashion Week Review: Christian Siriano

For risk of overexposure, it may serve well for reality TV show star Christian Siriano to temper down on putting his name on everything from shoes to makeup lines.  Yet, after seeing his Spring 2010 collection, it is easily understood why retailers flock to him for a bit of his creative touches.

The Siriano runway is dominated with lush couture that are elegant and sophisticated. For such a young designer, Siriano created looks that were mature beyond his years. Yet, his looks exuded a vibrance which only a young designer could make.

Take for example his pairings of punky platforms with spiky heels with couture-like ball gowns (and the silk falle and gazar!), or an elegant pantsuit cut beautifully with a wicked strong shoulder.

It is no wonder why luxury retailer Saks Fifth Avenue recently installed some of Siriano's Fall 2009 creations on its design floor labeled "29 designers that defined style." To be included among the ranks of other design masters such as Oscar De La Renta, or Marc Jacobs (or YSL!), it is the biggest complement any young designers could receive. -- Edith Moy. 

See a video of the show here.

Fashion Week Video: Christian Siriano

Fashion Week Video: Lela Rose

Fashion Week Video: Derek Lam

Fashion Week Review: Rebecca Taylor

The Rebecca Taylor woman is always a girly-girl with a romantic sensibility at heart. This season is no exception. Taylor sent down the runway a slew of chic, flirty looks that screams innocence and amour. It is a collection that will fair well with uptown girls who want to look at least ten years younger, or hip Brooklynites craving for a bit of a vintage look.  -- Edith Moy.

See a video for the show here.

Fashion Week Review: Herve Leger



How does one make a strappy bondage dress look new season after season? Such is the dilemma facing Herve Leger designer Lubov Azria. Yet, Azria surprises us with pretty renditions of swimsuits and flappy dresses that channel Azzedine Alaia. For Spring 2010, the Herve Leger girl is sexier than ever.

Azria, of the BCBG fame, sent down the runway some of the most amazing swimsuits we've ever seen. Everything is covered, but the strategic bondage gives the swimwear more va-va-voom than the skimpiest bikini. We took a liking to a bone-colored swingy dress that channeled early 80s Alaia, but we loved seeing a white skeletal dress that hugged the body at all the right places. And don't get us started about those wicked platform boots pairings!

Azria is at a crossroad with delivering three distinctive collections under the Max Azria family while maintaining the true spirit of the Herve Leger house (Max Azria bought the label from Leger in 1998). She did it well this season. We can see the beaded cocktail numbers being worn on red-carpet-stomping starlets, or the daring skeletal minis on socialites who want to show the paparazzi a bit of a sexy kick. -- Edith Moy.

Fashion Week Video: DVF

Fashion Week Video: Herve Leger

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Fashion Week Amenities: Hautelook Lounge

With the end of the recession and the return of some degree of wealth, one of the nicest comeback for fashion week is the emergence of full-amenity lounges. Show-goers can bunk their tired feet in between shows.

One such sweet places is the HauteLook lounge, atop the Bryant Park hotel penthouse. The lounge is sponsored by a Los Angeles-based members-only web site offering limited sale event. Think Gilt Groupe but with a LA spin. VP Carlota Espinosa did a good job making sure the space is welcoming (they actually feed us! What a glorious return to see fashionistas eating.) and functional to promoters as much as possible. Over the course of five days, attendees would get a chance to hopnop with childrenswear designer Lucy Sykes for a special playdate, along with meeting cosmetic distributor Comptoir Sud Pacific who promotes organic fragrances from France. There are several press previews as well - Felix Rey and Alvin Valley to name a few.

We LOVE being pampered. Thank you for that Socal hospitality, and for giving us a space to chill in an otherwise hectic week! -- Edith Moy.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Fashion's Night Out: What to do, Where to go Part II

Just as we staffers at the Fashionable Matilda's Diary are pondering what to do (and where to go!) for this thursday's Fashion's Night Out, here's additional suggestions from selective bloggers on where to go.

In almost all events, liquor is involved. We suggest pile up on the Chaser, plan accordingly and drink responsibly!

Coverage from the Shopper, click HERE.

Coverage from the Madison Avenue Spy, click HERE.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week: Schedule



Despite a downsized economy and direct competition from downtown's Milk Studio & Mac fashion week, IMG's 7th on Sixth isn't allowing its designer line-up to shrivel in size. A host of old and new designers will be cropping up the Bryant Park tents for once last hoopla, along with a slew of familiar sponsors. (Starting next season, Fashion Week will be relocated to Lincoln Center's Damorsch park.)

Of course The Fashionable Matilda's Diary will be there to give you the latest on all the shows, runway reviews and videos. Check here often for our New York Fashion Week coverage!

For show goers, here's a printable version of the lineup.

Photo credit: Julie Yee.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

More Activities for Fashion Night Out

Culled directly from the company's press releases:

Jimmy Choo is pleased to participate in ‘Fashion’s Night Out’ in its New York stores with the following activities on Thursday September 10th:

Both New York stores- Madison Avenue at 64th Street and 51st Street at Fifth Avenue will remain open for late night shopping until 11pm with champagne and refreshments. Both stores will be selling ‘Fashion’s Night Out’ T-Shirt in support of the ‘National September 11th Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center’, with 40 percent of the proceeds directly benefiting the charity.

At Madison Avenue, the Autumn/Winter 2009 collection will come to life on model Angela Lindvall in a live photo shoot, styled by Tamara Mellon, Founder and President of Jimmy Choo, and shot by photographer Sean Thomas.

At Madison Avenue, Tamara and Vogue editors Elissa Santisi, Contributing Editor, and Filipa Fino, Senior Accessories Editor, will be on hand for personal styling consultation, advising clients how to incorporate some of the top seasonal accessory trends into their Fall wardrobes.

Jimmy Choo will also participate in ‘Fashion’s Night Out’ with events in London, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Tokyo and Delhi, as well as additional shopping events in Miami and Honolulu.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Movie to Watch: The September Issue

Yes yes, RJ Cutler's real-life "Devil Wears Prada" documentary The September Issue finally hits the cinema starting tomorrow (selected engagements only). Vogue's Editrix Anna Wintour has been making her rounds of press by showing up in 60 Minutes and the David Letterman Show promoting the film (well, sort of). For those who has not heard of it yet, here's the official trailer for your perusal. Is this a must-see? Well, just by watching Andre Leon Tally screaming "It's a FAMINE OF BEAUTY!" might worth a trip to your local cinema.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Can You Walk in these Shoes?!

We have to share this video clip from the geniuses of New York Magazine's fashion department, who sampled some of Fall's craziest shoes in real life. Can runway actually translate to reality? Well, click on to find out!

PS - Thank you, New York Magazine, for one of the most entertaining two minutes!

Fall Fashion Report: The 80s Revival





Blame it on Marc Jacobs, or Balmain, or the bevy of designers who are bringing back shoulder pads, pleated trousers that tapers at the ankle, or big hair (Yes, I mean hairsprayed, teased BIG). For Fall, 80s is coming back with a vengence. Big and bigger is the new modern - a juxtaposition of the recession minimalism we've seen from past seasons. If you have the attitude, take yourself out of your comfort zone by going a little bit overboard - pile on that statement necklace, or try on the boyfriend blazer with big shoulders. That's the idea. -- Edith Moy.

PS: Aren't those Christian Louboutin boots WICKED? They reminded us of the ones Julia Roberts wore in Pretty Women. Pair these with a short mini-sweater dress or tight jeans for an updated look.

Photos: New York Magazine.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Fashion's Night Out: Where to go, What to do

To spike up businesses during a down economy, this year's New York Fashion Week will be even more festive than most. Fashion's Night Out, a night where hundreds of our city's fairest retailers and designers will open their doors late for the sake of consumerism, fetting loyal customers will special discounts and all-night festivities.

Racked.com actually came up with a list of Top Ten to-go places during this special night to help stylistas navigate the dizzying array of festivities. (So many places to shop! So few time!) We're here to share the list - we'll be there, and so should you.

Top Ten Events During Fashion's Night Out On September 10:

10. Rag & Bone
Guys, this is for you: Rag & Bone will turn their Christopher Street store into an Irish Pub, complete with free beer, a sawdust floor, and a live Irish band. We might just end up calling it a night here. 100 Christopher Street.

9. Adam Lippes
Not content to party until 11pm, Adam's Meatpacking store will stay open until 1am with free cocktails. He'll also have special edition personalized T-shirts for sale, and in case you've missed them thus far—the Havaianas customizing crew! All proceeds from the sale of the Havaianas will go to the 9/11 fund. 678 Hudson Street.

8. H&M
Even though all area H&Ms will stay open late, it's the Herald Square store that'll celebrate the most. Surrender yourself to their stylist and then pose for their "celebrity photographer." Your photo will then be projected onto their big billboard overlooking the Meatpacking District. 1328 Broadway.

7. Kirna Zabete
It's Kirna's 10th anniversary, so they'll be celebrating double-time by bringing in Narciso Rodriguez, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler, Thakoon Panichgul, Jason Wu, and Peter Som to debut their exclusive items for Kirna. Want to snap up a Wu sketch or a Proenza Schouler tote bag? This is the place to do it. 96 Greene Street.

6. Juicy Couture
With Anna at Macy's, it's only proper that Hamish Bowles be at Juicy, right? He'll be at their Fifth Avenue flagship to read from the works of Noel Coward as shoppers lounge in a "gentleman’s club, reminiscent of founder Gela Nash-Taylor’s eccentric English manor (featured in Vogue’s September issue)." 650 Fifth Avenue.

5. Chanel
Actually hosting two large events at different stores, Chanel will cater to both the rich and the poor. At 139 Spring Street, they'll debut the jade nail polish with free mini-manicures and a DJ set by Alexa Chung. Meanwhile at 15 East 57th Street, for the first time ever, Chanel will have a create-your-own-handbag studio. "Choose your favorite lambskin color, lining, hardware, and chain—and be among the first in the United States to own a customized, monogrammed Chanel classic bag." Oh yes, and there will be champagne of course.

4. Bergdorf Goodman
If this doesn't get you to BG, then nothing will: Andre Leon Talley hosting a fashion game show with "teams led by Donna Karan, Linda Fargo, and Robert Verdi." Also, Annie Leibovitz will be around, Padma Lakshmi will host a cook-off with Cynthia Rowley and Peter Som, Zac Posen will be selling his paintings, Alexander Wang will drop in and Isaac Mizrahi will hold a talk. This is some crazy shiz right here; make sure to jot down the exact times for the event you most want to see. 754 Fifth Avenue.

3. Alice + Olivia
Right alongside the Fashion Week tents in Bryant Park, the Alice + Olivia boutique will become a photo studio, with auditions to be a model in the Alice + Olivia presentation the following week. Hopefuls won't be left to their own devices either; they'll get pro hairstyling, makeup and wardrobe styling before stepping in front of the camera. Here's something for the resume. 80 West 40th Street

2. Opening Ceremony
In the spirit of Chinatown, OC will take their celebration to the streets, with special-edition items sold out of the backs of vintage automobiles (example: a Thai truck sporting Band of Outsiders gear). In addition, you'll able to meet and greet with the designers behind Rodarte, Band of Outsiders, Proenza Schoulder, Fendi, and of course Alexander Wang. Munch on food from neighborhood restaurants and enjoy DJ sets by "friends" of Opening Ceremony. 35 Howard Street.

1. Barneys
As expected, Barneys will be killing it during Fashion's Night Out, hosting such famous faces as the Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen bartending, Isabel Toledo, Alexander Wang for runway lessons, Juan Carlos Obando teaching salsa and more. Oh yea, and they'll be teaching knitting and hosting a fashion green market curated by Vogue editor Tonne Goodman. There's too much to list here; click above for all the details. 660 Madison Avenue.


Fashion's Night Out official website here.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Fall Fashion Report: It's All About Balmain





If you follow fashion (which you do, that's why you're reading this blog), you'd know that the hottest designer as of late is Balmain. Designer Christophe Decarnin vowed insiders with his couture tailoring with a cool rock-n-roll vibe. His spring 2009 opening look - a military jacket with exaggerated shoulders and tattered jeans -has literally been photographed to death by all the fashion mags. And now, there's a cult celebrity following wearing the now-iconic shoulders in the rendering of tailored jackets or sequined minis.

Come this fall, you can own a piece of this Balmain cool without breaking your wallet. High street retailers such as H&M and Zara have delivered Balmain's brilliant shoulders in smartly tailored jackets and black minis. Our favorite? A black double-brested jacket from Zara's Fall 2009 collection. Worn cuffed up, you can wear the iconic cool without needing all that drama.


Photos from Top: Gwyneth Paltrow wearing Balmain, Zara's Fall 2009 lookbook, Balmain Spring 2009 Opening look, a look from Balmain Fall 2009.

Photos source: Style.com, Instyle.com, Zara.com.

Fall Fashion: Fashion Week Recap Part III

Sioloonim
In these lean times, who doesn't appreciate the classic quality and versatility of a white shirt? Sioloonim's Fall 2009 collection of couture white blouses is a suite of versatile signature looks, appropriate for day or night. The line, designed by Minoo Hersini, was presented during a relaxed champagne reception that allowed us to appreciate — close-up — the collection's careful construction, details and fine fabrics. Unique details, like a gathered sleeve or the puckered texture created by hand stitching, give each blouse a unique character and special charm. We especially liked the silk chiffon blouse with the hand crocheted sleeve, which had a modern, minimal architectural quality. -- Julie Yee

Fall Fashion: Fashion Week Recap Part II

From our previous coverage: Part II

Ports 1961
As in previous seasons, the Ports 1961 Fall 2009 collection both honored and elevated its source of aesthetic inspiration -- in this case, the jeweled richness of India's Mughal dynasty. While the collection's vibrant tones of ruby, gold and copper recall a regal heritage, they also remind us of the fiery warm colors of autumn. We have come to appreciate the Ports 1961 shows as standout aesthetic presentations that blend rich creative visual concepts with sound. A traditional dhol drum and brass band scored the show and helped to transport viewers to another reality.

While the collection was a celebration of color, it was also rich in texture -- jewel-toned, metallic fabric shone against matte wool, cotton and velvet. The silhouette was loose, graceful and relaxed. Long coats and maxi dresses were fitted through the torso with full, long skirts. Relaxed wide trousers with loose draping folds and tassles were paired with dolman sleeved blouses and jackets. This same soft draping was echoed in scarves and collars in jeweled tones. The looks were not all loose and flowing — tailored long vests, day coats and sheath dresses hugged the body. The forms of traditional saris and were recalled in the draping of several dresses. Tapestry carpet bags and clutches and quilted ballet slippers complemented the looks, but our favorite accessories were the wood-heeled, suede booties.

Not all of the collection is vibrantly colored — several looks in pale "moonstone" and white had a more subdued shimmer. A suite of looks in fuschia and another in gold lame added a modern rockstar touch to the collection. We especially liked the long sleeved, short skirted fuschia and red dress — simultaneously bohemian, romantic and modern.

We are consistently impressed with Tia Cibani's range and creativity, and eagerly look forward to her next collection. Since September is a long ways away, we'll settle for visiting the recently opened Ports 1961 boutique in the Meatpacking District. -- Julie Yee.

Fall Fashion Report: Fall 2009 Fashion Week Recap

As Fall fashion rolls into your local retailers, now is a good time to do a recap of what we have seen six months before during Fall's New York Fashion Week. Here's a few reviews from some of our favorite shows:

Morgane Le Fay
The Morgane Le Fay Fall 2009 collection, shown in the round, under a gauzy tent-like canopy in the fashion house's Soho boutique, satisfies the dreamer and the pragmatist in every woman. Urban, wearable separates and delicate dresses — in a palette of muted teal, gray, purple, white and basic black — were edgier and more body conscious than previous seasons.

The collection conjured up visions of man-made angels — dresses and blouses in sheer fabrics glided and hovered away from the body. Dresses with sheer layers and ribbon-like detailing created movement within and around the garment. A layer of white feathers accented a simple fitted white tunic dress, adding texture and whimsy. Hoop skirts in sheer fabrics showed a sensitivity to structure and construction, floating away from the body in a jaunty, playful way.

There were hints of the punk rocker and the equestrian. Day and evening looks were all paired with tall black riding boots, striking a balance between tough and delicate. Slim dark trousers and fitted skirts were matched with short jackets in tweed and dark wool. Structured coats in wool and fur created volume and contrasted smartly with the slim silhouette. Asymmetrical coat collars exposed a sheer blouse and broad yoke collars added height to the silhouette. Long coats with tails and blouses with long trains also contributed to the fantasy.

Our favorite look: a sleeveless wrap dress with a hoop skirt, made from sheer gauzy layers in pale pink, lavender and black. We loved how the linear elements of the dress — the visible structure of the tiered hoops, seams and layering — was delicate, pretty and edgy, both concealing and revealing. -- Julie Yee.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Fashion Week: Morgan Le Fay

The Morgane Le Fay Fall 2009 collection, shown in the round, under a gauzy tent-like canopy in the fashion house's Soho boutique, satisfies the dreamer and the pragmatist in every woman. Urban, wearable separates and delicate dresses — in a palette of muted teal, gray, purple, white and basic black — were edgier and more body conscious than previous seasons.

The collection conjured up visions of man-made angels — dresses and blouses in sheer fabrics glided and hovered away from the body. Dresses with sheer layers and ribbon-like detailing created movement within and around the garment. A layer of white feathers accented a simple fitted white tunic dress, adding texture and whimsy. Hoop skirts in sheer fabrics showed a sensitivity to structure and construction, floating away from the body in a jaunty, playful way.

There were hints of the punk rocker and the equestrian. Day and evening looks were all paired with tall black riding boots, striking a balance between tough and delicate. Slim dark trousers and fitted skirts were matched with short jackets in tweed and dark wool. Structured coats in wool and fur created volume and contrasted smartly with the slim silhouette. Asymmetrical coat collars exposed a sheer blouse and broad yoke collars added height to the silhouette. Long coats with tails and blouses with long trains also contributed to the fantasy.

Our favorite look: a sleeveless wrap dress with a hoop skirt, made from sheer gauzy layers in pale pink, lavender and black. We loved how the linear elements of the dress — the visible structure of the tiered hoops, seams and layering — was delicate, pretty and edgy, both concealing and revealing. -- Julie Yee.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Fashion Week: Herve Leger (Video)

Here's an excerpt of Herve Leger by Max Azria's Fall 2009 presentation, courtesy of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

Fashion Week: Carolina Herrera (Video)

Here's an excerpt of Carolina Herrera's Fall 2009 presentation, courtesy of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

Fashion Week: Max Azria (Video)

Here's an excerpt of Max Azria's Fall 2009 presentation at Byrant Park, courtesy of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

Fashion Week: Tracy Reese (Video)

Here's an excerpt of Tracy Reese's Fall 2009 presentation at Byrant Park, courtesy of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

Fashion Week: Miss Sixty (Video)

Here's an excerpt of Miss Sixty's Fall 2009 presentation at Byrant Park, courtesy of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Fashion Week: Halston (Video)

For Fall 2009, Halston decided to forego a full-on fashion show and present its collection via video format. Here's the design house's Fall 2009 presentation.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Front Row Etiquette?


A little Fashion Week babble from Barney's New York's Simon Doonan (courtesy of NY Mag the Cut blog):

How do you feel about public displays of affection in the front row?
I don’t care if people have sexual intercourse in the front row! I wish people were more uninhibited at fashion shows. I would love to see people eating Subway sandwiches and drinking Big Gulps. —Simon Doonan

Photo: Simon Doonan

Photo source: New York Magazine.

Fashion Week: BCBG Max Azria (Video)

Here's an excerpt from the latest BCBG Max Azria Fall 2009 presentation, held at Byrant Park Feb. 13.

Video source: Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

Fashion Week: Thuy





Designer Thuy Diep is a person who embraces the subtle elegance. For fall 2009, Diep stuck to her basics of easy seperates such as tailored jackets and sheath dresses that clung to the body. Her strength though, seems to be the few coats she presented in her closely edited collection, which came in a delightful range of colors and shapes.

The Thuy collection exudes a sense of ease and feminine mystic while not compromising on certain playful details such as a balloon sleeve or beadings on a cream cocktail dress. It will be interesting to see how Diep's quiet elegance will translate in future seasons. -- Edith Moy.

Photos from top: Thuy Fall 2009 Collection.

Photo source: Coutorture.com

Fashion Week: DVF (Video)

A detailed commentary about Diane von Furstenberg's Fall 2009 Nomad collection will be here soon. In the meantime, please check out a video from her latest collection.

Video source: Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Fashion Week: Malan Breton




Being voted off season three's Project Runway hasn't dampened Malan Breton's dreams to become a fashion designer. In fact, season after season, Breton's unwavering determination to present American couture in his point-of-view only made his craft better. His Fall 2009 collection is one of the best we've seen so far, using exquisite fabrics such as tulle and organza but executed in day-to-day wear. This is a collection that is truly day-to-night, a refreshing detour from Breton's usual night-time only pret-a-porter.

Breton chose to present a smaller collection in a lofty gallery space in Soho - a befitting environment given today's economy. (Remember, he showed his Spring collection at the Tents.) Attendees and photographers alike were able to mingle with models - who served as live mannequins wearing his majestic outfits.

There were a few cocktail shifts cut close to the body but accented with intricate beadings or Chinese coins. Silk taffeta long-sleeve french cuff shirts were paired with wide-legged wool pants for the day and a dramatic tulle and lace-ball skirt for night.

The winning outfit of the night? A Mica feather-covered winged dolman jacket paired with a simple but sophisticated strapless dress. These are wearable couture for the very elegant, sexy and sophisticated woman. It will be interesting to see what Breton will come up next for his Spring season. -- Edith Moy.

Photos from top: Malan Breton Fall 2009 Collection.

Photo source: Getty Images.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Fashion Week: Graey





Janet Kim of Graey has romance in mind for her Fall 2009 collection. It's very fitting especially when she debuted her show one day before Valentine's Day. Her presentation, even though small and intimate with about 13 outfits, it's a well edited collection catered for a sexy, sophisticated woman who likes a bit of fun.

For Fall, Kim used a variety of silk and chiffon that juxtaposes in wearable silhouettes and colors. Her collection of cocktail dresses range from waist-defining one-shoulder numbers to plain shifts that have slight trapeze shapes that drape beautifully. Her wide use of colors - from pale green to a mix of bright magenta and orange - shows her range of feminine sensibility. This is a designer who loves the demure but she's not afraid to be vivacious at the same time.

In an economy where unemployment and recession are unfortunately the tour-de-force, it's very fitting and refreshing to see a young designer understanding the tough times. Kim chose to do a sensible show in an intimate setting. It also helps to have a little brother who's a World Poker Champion (according to the press kit, used some of his $2.5 million winnings to finance the collection) to help bank-roll the line. Aimed for the young, affluent, contemporary crowd, it will be interesting to see what Kim will come up next. -- Edith Moy.

Photos: Graey Fall 2009 Collection.

Photo source: WWD.com

Maybelline & Marie Claire Give Free Cab Rides

In order to tout its new show Running In Heels on Style Network, Marie Claire, alongside with cosmetic giant Maybelline, will offer Fashion Week attendees free taxi rides from the Bryant Park tents on February 19.

Cab riders will also receive Lash Stiletto Mascara shoe bag and a deluxe full size Lash Stiletto Mascara sample, according to the Fashion Week Daily.

MAC to Provide Make-up for 75 Shows

M.A.C. Cosmetics will be a dominant beauty source this season with services provided for 75 shows during New York Fashion Week, according to the Fashion Week Daily.

M.A.C. will be making up models at Proenza Schouler, Diane von Furstenberg, Costello Tagliapietra, Rodarte, Doo.Ri, and Zac Posen shows, among others, the Fashion Week Daily said. The cosmetic giant will also provide back-stage makeup at shows in London, Milan and Paris.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

New York Fashion Week Fall 2009 Schedule


For all your fashionista out there, here's a low-down of this season's fashion week.

Click here for the Fall 2009 schedule at Byrant Park.

Click here for off-site events, courtesy of Modem Online.

Picture credit: Sketch courtesy of Terexov for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

Picture source: MBFashionweek.com

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Fashion Week Moves to Lincoln Center


It's official! Fashion Week will move out of its current Byrant Park location to the Upper West Side - to Lincoln Center, to be exact.

After years of chatter about disrupting precious community park space, New York City, along with IMG Seventh on Sixth and the Council of Fashion Designers America announced that starting Fall 2010, the new home of New York Fashion Week will be at Lincoln Center's Damosch Park - also home of the Big Apple Circus in the winter.

We must say, the choice is a much better location than a previous favorite - the roof top of Port Authority. It is said that Damosch Park is 25 percent bigger in terms of square footage than Byrant Park.

So enjoy your last two seasons in Midtown and your Koi lunches. Starting next year, the city's fashionistas have to find new places for lunch in between fashion shows.

Photo source: New York Magazine.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Marc Jacobs to Cut Fashion Show Guest List

According to New York Magazine's The Cut blog, Marc Jacobs would cut its upcoming fashion show's guest list by 1,300. Citing the economy and the ballooning costs to maintain the show, Marc Jacobs is cutting the number of invitees to 700 from 2,000.

Here's what Jacobs' business partner, Robert Duffy has to say about the subject:

"This isn't the time to spend the money to entertain the entire world…. Everybody thinks it costs the same money to entertain 500 people as opposed to 2,000 [when you've got the space]," Duffy continued. "It doesn't. All those 2,000 people still need to be seated, they still need to check in, this one needs this, that one needs that, and you know what? It's very costly."

The show will be showing at its usual spot, the 69th Regiment Armory, despite earlier issues with a bribery indictment and fines with one of the site's managers. According to NY Mag, typically 1,100 sit while 900 stand, but this season only 500 to 700 will sit while 200 will stand, with virtually all of the standing spots this season going to employees.

See the original article here.

Photo source: New York Magazine.

Olivier Theyskens Leaving Nina Ricci?




Fashion Week Daily confirmed late last week that fashion-designer extrordinare Olivier Theysken would be leaving Nina Ricci. The blogsphere has been circulating this rumor since mid-December, following Theysken's much talked-about Spring 2009 presentation.

Here's what Fashion Week Daily has to say about the subject:

"Theyskens then replaced Lars Nilsson as artistic director at Nina Ricci in late 2006. Spring 2009 was his fourth and most controversial collection. Industry sources say that Ricci brass sat down with Theyskens in November to discuss adjusting future collections to the needs of the commercial market. Despite these efforts, it appears that Theyskens' tenure at Ricci is now in jeopardy.

Nina Ricci is owned by Spanish conglomerate Puig. The president of its fashion division, Mario Grauso, is widely believed to be one of the most astute businessmen in the fashion industry, known for his creativity and vision. He did not respond to repeated requests for comment."


Photos from top: Nina Ricci Spring 2009 Collection.

Photo source: Style.com

Thursday, January 22, 2009

In the meantime...

Here's two Style.com videos - one for Paris, and the other for New York - to recap the Spring 2009 season.

Can't believe we will be covering Fall 2009 in a couple of weeks!

Source: Style.com

Paris Fashion Week:



New York Fashion Week:

Resort Fashion 2009: Chanel Cruise 2008/9

Resort collections have come a long way from being small, capsule versions of Spring fashion to major defining forces of their own. This season, many designers are doing full-on runway presentations that can rival the major seasons or Haute Couture. The Fashionable Matilda's Diary has selected a few collections that's worth seeing.

First off is, mais bien sur, Channel's 2008 Cruise collection. This collection should be available in stores now.

Video source: michelepierro from Youtube.

Chanel Cruise 2008/9 Cruise:



Part 2:



Part 3:

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

New Year, New You: Notable Blogs


The start of 2009 marks one of the most turbulent times in terms of the economy. Savings are down, job supplies are little. It is a scary time. But if you are able to keep your job and your big paycheck, it is a fabulous time to enjoy those deep discounts retailers are now offering to get their fall inventories off the shelves. Gotta love the speediness of fashion cycles when Jan. is typically the time to introduce resort.

This year, one of the most informational, insightful blogs out there is the Madison Avenue Spy blog. The Fashionable Matilda is absolutely crazy about this little gem. Lila Delilah, the blog author, is a genius in terms of getting the intelligence for all the relevant designer sales in Manhattan. YSL 2nd mark-down? It's on there. Reporting live from the most recent DVF's sample sale? You'd find it in there. This blog is the equivalent of the Wall Street Journal -- for shopping.

So for those lucky ones who still have a job AND a decent-size disposable income, check out this blog and go crazy at the sales! We sure did here!

Photo credit: Madison Avenue Spy.