Thursday, December 30, 2010

It's that Coach? No that's Reed Krakoff

If you don't know who is Reed Krakoff, you've certainly seen his work. Coach anyone? Krakoff is the current creative director for Coach responsible for revitalizing a sleepy handbag brand into an American classic.

While he has been at the helms of Coach for years, starting at Fall 2010 he has launched his own label and opened up three flagship stores, with one currrently situated at Manhattan's Madison Avenue. That's where Krakoff's minimalistic and elegant designs caught our attention.

For Fall, we especially love Krakoff's structured boxed totes and to-die-for stillettos. These are not Coach-rehashes, but simply good, contemporary design appealing to the minimalistic aesthetic that's dominating this season.

Did we tell you Krakoff also does a fabulous RTW line? While the chunky knit-wear, shearling-jacket and long skirts pairing reminds us of Prada or Burberry Fall 2010, it is appealing to see such looks intepreted by an American designer known for designing handbags. While you're online, check out Krakoff's latest pre-fall 2011 collection.

And lastly, did we also mention that current Fall merchandise are marked down to 60 percent off? Why are you still reading this and not running to Madison Avenue? We are as we speak.

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Best New Organic Beauty Line: Patyka

During Fashion Week, the Fashionable Matilda was fortunate enough to be invited to a press beauty open-house sponsored by PR firm Fournier Communications. We learned two things that day: 1) That Paris is the Beauty Capital of the World, and 2) a new organic beauty line from Paris so natural and exquisite we have to share what we've learned.

Patyka Beauty isn't a brand new line. It has been relaunched this year using the same, natural organic formulas that created a fan base from its origins of its Parisian shop in the Marais District. Paytka uses only the finest natural materials such as Neroli and Rosewood, with over 99% of its ingredients are cultivated organically.

Our favorite items? Patyka Huile Absolue Serum is as fantastic a makeup primer as it is a frizz tamer for hair. Although this serum is primarily designed as a face care restorative treatment it is also ideal after shaving because of its healing and soothing properties, when traveling because it sweeps away the signs of jet-lag, on nails and cuticles, on hair to repair split ends. We put it on in the morning before our normal moisturizer. Our skin stays soft and hydrated with a touch of glow all day.

Patyka Dry Skin Face Cream contains essential Neroli oil that helps regenerate tired, dry skin. Cranberry seed oil provides necessary anti-oxidants while apricot oil soothes and calms, making the skin supple all day.

Note: Patyka Beauty is available online via and

Photo credit: Patyka Beauty, Fournier Communications.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Nicole Miller's Indego Africa bracelets

What: Designer Nicole Miller collaborates with Indego Africa to create fun chic bracelets.

Last night The Fashionable Matilda attended the launch of Nicole Miller’s exclusive line of multi-colored textile bangles and woven bracelets at the designer’s flagship Soho boutique. Co-designed and handmade by women artisans at Indego Africa’s co-ops in Rwanda, the amazing colorful bracelets add a bold statement to any outfit. The private event was hosted by the designer herself and included a live performance by the brilliant Cape Verdean singer, Fantcha Mendes.

Each bracelet is signed by an artisan and ours were handcrafted and signed by artisan Xavela from the Cooperative Cocoki. Get your Nicole Miller Indego Africa bracelets now at the Nicole Miller Soho boutique. $20 for a set of 3. All profits support Indego Africa’s training programs in business, computer and literacy-taught by Rwanda top university students.

Photo credits: The Fashionable Matilda's Diary, Nicole Miller

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Nicole Miller Sportswear

What: Nicole Miller, known for her delectable party dresses and eveningwear, has officially branched into contemporary sportswear. The Fashionable Matilda is lucky enough to sit down with the designer and her business partner, Bud Konheim, to discuss the future of the apparel business and her latest venture.

FM: So I see that Nicole Miller is branching out into the contemporary market.

BK: Nicole has a European piece of mind when it comes to design. She wants design in all her pieces whereas I've been saying we need the design cross- jacket, blouse, pants and tees - things that consumers can really count on to pull the whole look together without looking too over the top while still able to have enough design to be able reach into their closets. This is a collection that bridges that gap.

FM: Where is the collection sold?

NM company: they are sold currently at specialty boutiques such as Intermix and our retail stores and on We really try to limit distributions to reflect the aesthetics and the retailers
that truly understands Nicole.

What we like: a silk blouse in olive green with shirring details on the sleeve, and an amazing light print black and white tunic dress. "We make all our patterns and prints in-house," Nicole Miller says.

Watch: Catch a behind the scene video shoot of her latest Fall collection here.

Photo Credits: Nicole Miller.

Trick-or-Treat FEED Bag benefiting U.S Fund for UNICEF

The Must Have Accessory for Halloween this year is the new FEED Trick-or-Treat bag! Lauren Bush & FEED Projects have partnered up with UNICEF and HSN to create this charitable cute tote. Collect your treats in style with this special Jack-o-Lantern bag in honor of the 60th Anniversary of Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.

Each bag purchased helps UNICEF provide one child with a year of essential micro nutrient supplements. Bag retails at $13.20 and 100% of the profits will be donated to the U.S Fund for UNICEF. Eat some candy and do good.

Get the UNICEF FEED bag at To learn more about U.S Fund for UNICEF

Photo Credits: HSN

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Phoebe Philo's Celine Look for Less

What: Phoebe Philo has always been a darling of the fashion world and an editorial favorite. Since her comeback at the helms of Paris fashion house Celine, editors and anyone who loves fashion start to clamor for anything Philo designs. The boxed shoulder bag? That's hers. The minimalistic daywear trend? A lot of it is her doing as well. Nevertheless, whatever Philo does next the sartorialist fashion
world would follow.

Want to get the look without mortgaging your apartment? You're in luck. Gap is releasing some of the most amazing striped shirts for fall, with this one in red and blue which looks really similar to
Celine's fall lookbook. Zara also has some amazing silk blouses that resembles the winter runway look.

Whatever you do, keep your look minimalistic. And add that boxed shoulder bag in a color that pops!

Photo Credits: (From Top: Celine, Gap, Celine, Celine, Zara).

Monday, September 27, 2010

American Apparel Leather Clutch

What: we may have found the chicest Fall accessory that solves the equation of what ties together the variable, crazy trends this season. (What is the rock girl look? Or global nomad? Or the military trend? What bag should I carry?!)

Introducing this simplistic leather zippered clutch - comes from our basics chain American Apparel. Comes in 3 sizes and made in tan or black leather, this clutch is so simple is almost genius. The largest
size fits all the necessities a New York fashionista may need.

The price tag: $58 for large, $45 for medium and $34 for small. Now this is what we call a Recession special!

Photo Credits: American Apparel.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Fashion Week: Nanette Lepore

Theme: a collection inspired by Lepore's mother (who recently passed away) featuring 50's bathing suits, shirt-dresses, white denim, beaded dresses with an easy modern feel.

What's special: white eyelet dresses, apron jackets; a live performance by John Forte infusing a light soulful vibe.

Take-away: white bow blouse, cafe pleated pants.

Wear-ability: 8.

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Fashion Week: Mulberry

Theme: a whimsical world of playful surprises, oversized details, vintage feel and a contrast of maxi/mini proportions inspired by the children's novel "The Secret Garden" and the film "Grey Gardens".

What's special: dramatic new leathers; textured prints and bold colors (electric blues, apricot) with a softer palette of white, beige, pink orchid.

Take away: the chic trench with bold gold metal buttons and a cinched waist; the bow jacket, skirt; the Bayswater handbags in soft ostrich and the new satchel style Tillie bags in butter-soft leathers with belt strap locks and "trompe l'oile" metal closures.

Wear-ability: 10. Who wouldn't want this super-cute wearable collection of frocks and accessories that are soft and romantic as well as bold and sharp? A Mulberry Girl I Am.

Photo Credits: The Fashionable Matilda's Diary

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Fashion Week: Luca Luca

Theme: 50s chic with a sense of 90s modernism? Anyway the looks remind us so far of the extension of the chic housewives look from fall.

What's special: the separates - blouses paired with pencil skirts, flirty short shorts and strapless maxi dresses. We love a pink skirt suit combination and the work friendly sheath dresses. This collection definitely tailors to its Upper East Side clientle.

Take away: the silky flirty shorts. Who says shorts cannot be feminine and sexy at the same time?

Wear-ability: 9 (10 being most wearable).

Photo Credits: New York Magazine/Imaxtree.

Fashion Week: TWINKLE by Wenlan

Theme: bookish, dreamy girls in clean dresses, slim pants, micro shorts, and boxy blouses.

What's special: muted tones with unexpected colors; vintage prints; pink/cream and royal blue/black combinations inspired by the works of Haruki Murakami.

Take away: the silk blouses, black skinny pants.

Wear-ability: 8. if you want feminine shapes emerging as a tougher silhouette and whimsical details lightening a more serious structure this collection is for you. ying/yang for the mischievous.

Photo credits: The Fashionable Matilda's Diary

Monday, September 13, 2010

Fashion Week: Perry Ellis

Theme: preppy classics, coral and pastel paired with khaki bermuda shorts with keds for summer.

What's Special: kudos for bringing color and pastels to menswear. The colors are fun and cheery (no heterosexual men would wear coral though, but at least designer John Crocco has to try!)

Note: see a lot of executive, hedge fund types at the show's front row. This collection should be right up their ally in terms of Greenich preppiness!

Take away: a khaki suit that always look sharp and polish, and the striped shirts.

Wear-ability: would you pair a chambray blazer with white cotton bermudas? AND would you wear Coral? If so this is a 10 for you.

Photo Credits: Getty Images

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Fashion Week: Trias

Theme: Program notes "seized movement," basically that is clothes that flow and move with the body. Unlike what was described in the program, this is a structural presentation.

What's Special: Lightweight fabric such as linen, cotton, viscose paired with something grounded, such as a wooden platform pump. Vibrant colors - terracotta mixed with coral, a soft white mixed with brick red. The tone are earthy but when paired with the simplistic elegance of the design made these clothes luxe and beautiful.

Take away: the easy separates with the right shape and nip and tuck, and the beautiful white linen sheath dresses.

Note: Who is Joaquin Trias? He's a self-taught designer based in Spain, with a debut Spring collection shown at New York Fashion Week in 2009. His aesthetic mostly mixes structure and texture, with an inclination towards architectural elements. It also helps that his grandmother is muse and model for Cristobel Balenciaga!

Wear-ability: 10. Not kidding, we would wear every outfit in this collection!

Photo Credits: Getty Images