Monday, August 23, 2010

Top Ten Things You Need for Fall: Part 1

DVF Loren Coat (Photo Credit:
Top Shop Camel Coat (Photo Credit:
Michael Kor's Rabbit-Fur Vest (Photo Credit:

Gap Fall 2010 Bootcut Pants (Photo Credit:

To prep for Fashion's Night Out (slated for Sept. 10), the Fashionable Matilda is presenting a multi-part series which highlights the top 10 items needed for Fall 2010. For us, there's no better way to celebrate shopping as an event while buying this season's key items and doing a little partying around town. Now that's what we call retail therapy!

You need: Camel Coat

A universally flattering color, camel is all over the runway this season. Chloe exemplified it the best with its Fall 2010 collection, with designer Hannah McGibbon sent down the runway a collection of sumptuous coats and knits that exude ease and comfort with a touch of understated elegance. We like ours in the form of a coat - the bigger the better - so we can wrap ourselves in the warmth of this amazing color while trekking through New York City's cold cold winter nights.

Coat: Topshop Wool Oversized Boyfriend Coat, DVF Loren Coat

You need: Fur Vest

We especially love Michael Kor's version in sumptous rabbit fur, with a stand collar. Pair this with a simple long-sleeve knit and jeans for a dressed down look, or go all out with a little black dress for a luxe date night.

Fur Vest: Michael Kors Rabbit-Fur Vest

You need: Black Pants

A good pair of black pants is a wardrobe basic. This season it's even essential for balancing out the luxe of big coats and fur. Gap is strong in this category with a new collection of black pants designed to fit nearly every body types. We like a boot-cut version that flatters and makes legs longer (who wouldn't?). J.Crew makes a slimmer cut called the Minnie Pant that reminds us of Audrey Hepburn a la Funny Girl days.

Black Pants: Gap Modern Boot Cut Pants, J.Crew Bi-Stretch Wool Minnie Pants

Saturday, August 21, 2010

NY Fashion Week: Lincoln Center's New Check-in System

September is coming. For fashionistas in our fair city that mean one thing - New York Fashion Week! While it's not news that Fashion Week has moved to Lincoln Center, what comes along with the move is a new computerized check-in system for participants.

As first reported by New York Magazine, "the system is meant not only to help keep crashers out, but mostly to help designers track who went to their shows. While people may have gone into some shows in the past with paper invitations in hand, without checking in, this season, everyone has to check in to every show using the new computerized system."

Here's the skinny (from NYMag The Cut):

Check-in method No. 1: Press credentials.
This season, press credentials come with a unique bar code and pretty photo of their owner. If you have press credentials and are RSVP'd under your name for a show, you can scan your bar code at the airport-esque kiosk, get a printout of your seat assignment, and be on your way. The photos are to prevent the credentials from getting passed around to or stolen by people who shouldn't have them. If you try to get past security at the entrance with someone else's credentials that you found on the ground or something, guards may not let you in. 

Check-in method No. 2: E-mail proof of seating assignments.
Individuals RSVP'd for shows will receive seating confirmation via e-mail. These will get you past Lincoln Center security guards. The e-mail will have a bar code that attendees can scan at the kiosks to print seat assignments and get in. If, last-minute, you are not able to go to a show, you can alert the show's PR team and send a substitute with your e-mail. The bar code on the e-mail can be scanned from a smartphone or a printed piece of paper. Once your seat is scanned in, if a devious person who shouldn't have the ticket gets their hands on it and tries to scan it in, they won't be able to.

Check-in method No. 3: Talk to a PR person.
In case technology fails you, real people will be on hand to check you in. However, this season, they'll have computers instead of tedious gigantic binders full of lists. But again, once you're checked into the online system, no one else can get in under your name.

Source: New York Magazine