Saturday, October 1, 2011

Watch Chloe SS12 Presentation Here Oct. 3!


One of our favorite design house, Chloe, will present its latest SS12 presentation via livestream. This will be new designer Clare Waight Keller's debut collection.

For those who don't know much about Keller, she is the former designer of Pringle of Scotland responsible for revamping the Scottish design house and bring it back to proper sartorial standing. It will be interesting to see what she does for Chloe, given she has done stints with Tom Ford (Hello Sexy!) and Ralph Lauren. She takes over the design post from Hannah McGibbon, who left the house in June.

Catch the Chloe presentation here on Oct. 3, 10 a.m. NY Time. See you there!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Fashion Week: Nanette Lepore (Video)



What: pops of color in citrus yellow opened the show. This is a bright collection with a lot of youth and fresh energy.

Take away: color is here to stay this season, as in Ms. Lepore sent down the runway a yummy array of neons and shebert palettes. Each one of her creation is so bright one will be able to see a Nanette Lepore girl a mile away (doesn't hurt either to show off a little tanned skin). If one wonders if she is still worried about keeping her business mainstay in NYC's garment district, this collection seems to be perfect anecdote of that pessimism.

What we love: her bright colors, and her spirit to stay optimistic. We wish her well in getting what she wants!

Fashion Week: Michael Kors (Video)



What: African safari luxe to the sportswear Michael Kors does so well.

Take away: on the occasion of his 30th anniversary, it is as though Mr. Kors has touched on his wild side and sent down a collection that reminds us of African travel. It is a sophisticated take on the Safarian look - elegant in linen, luxe in crochet, and above all very wearable pieces. The collection exudes a certain optimism that probably reflects the designer's well being as of late - that he is at a very good stage of his life right now.

What we love: the maillots, a one-shoulder caftan in crochet, and the safari jackets. In fact, it's hard to pick something we loved since the whole collection is executed so well. Well done!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Fashion Week: Betsey Johnson




Photo Credit: Imaxtree

What: pin-up meets Burlesque.

Take away: you know you are in a Betsey Johnson show when girls show up in pom-pom dresses. Youthful and fun, the collection juxtaposes innocence and sexy, often in the same outfit. A far cry from the prom dresses she's known for, this is a sexy girl that is fearless.

What we love: the floral prints, and a skull and bone swimsuit malliot. Now Betsey please do that cartwheel!

Fashion Week: Norman Ambrose (Video)



What: gold gold gold, like disco going back to Studio 54.

Take away: society mavens may fair well in this collection, which features shiny tailored suits and sheath dresses. The use of brocade and gold, silver pave are great for summer cocktails and evenings. A lovely print chiffon caftan reminds us of summer parties in the Hamptons.

What we love: the print chiffon caftan, a turquoise embroidered top, and a floral print chiffon dress.

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Fashion Week: Ohne Titel (Video)

Watch the Ohne Titel SS12 presentation here!

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Fashion Week: bebeBLACK

What: Marie-Antoinette meets milk maid a la petite Trainon style.

Take away: lots of white with embroidered silk and laces. The collection can be easily confused with vintage due to the laces and ruffles. There is a factor of cuteness and youth expressed in the playful ruffles. However if you are looking for modern RTW look
elsewhere.

What we love: The Misshapes DJ-ed the music. Beats going to Don Hill on a crowded Friday night.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Fashion Week: DVF







Photo Credit: Imaxtree

What: A departure from her signature prints, DVF opened the show with white sheer separates and color blocking. But she came back to her true roots with lovely prints - some geometric, other times floral - in shiny sheaths and trapeze dresses. It is a lovely collection that's young and fresh.

Take away: While the beginning reminds us of Alexander Wang's SS12 (with the white sheer separates and see-through pockets), the show progressively warms up to color and eventually to bright prints which is signature of DVF. The color-blocking separates remind us of Derek Lam's creations - good mix of palettes and very wearable shapes that's reminiscent of 1980s working girls (and we LOVE those clutches in matching colors!). At the end though, the shiny sheath dresses remind us of the 1960s Jackie O with a bit of a flower-child mixed in. In terms of cohesiveness this collection does seem to span through five decades of fashion with different points of references. But DVF picked all the best point of views within those decades and expand on them, making her collection all the more fresh and modern.

What we love: Her finale - she took her "bow" by handing out American flags to a selected few at the front-row. Very patriotic considering today's the 10th year anniversary of 9/11. In terms of fashion, we pick the very wearable color-blocking separates and a red and white printed jumpsuit just for the fun of it!

Fashion Week: DVF (Pre-show live blogging!)

What: an inside look at one of the hottest show during fashion week. Live-blogging begins!

3:50 p.m.: Time to check in with the Gods/Goddesses of KCD PR. Time is of essence.

4:05 p.m.: Double air-kisses are the norm this season. Wow just spotted Valentino Giancarlo - in person!! Also, Oscar de la Renta is in the front-row. DVF being the CFDA President certainly has clout. There's no better peer support than to show up to another designer's own fashion show.

4:08 p.m.: Interactive Corp's chairman Barry Diller (aka DVF's husband) now greeting guests. Bill Cunningham from the New York Times is also here. This is growing to be quite a re-union of sorts.

4:10 p.m.: Hamish Bowles, Suzy Menkes now taking turns to talk to Mr. Valentino Giancarlo, Mr. de la Renta.

4:17 p.m.: Just had my first Anna Dello Russo sighting.

4:24 p.m.: Bill Cunningham snapping pictures at front-rowers. It's amazing to see him working at this age, still so passionate about the job he does.

4:27 p.m.: Susan Sarandon, good friend of DVF, now sits in between Mr. de la Renta and Mr. Diller.

4:28 p.m.: Anna Wintour, looking every bit lovely in her big sunglasses, is chatting up with Stefano Tonchi.

4:29 p.m.: Show Starts!

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Fashion Week: Katya Leonovich

What: Space age clothes with a comic, pop feel.

Take away: while the clothes have a distinct point of view that don't necessarily appeal to the masses, overall the collection is perfectly executed with clean lines and exquisite details. A denim dress shows cut off at the right places. A pom pom dress in ethereal chiffon flows instead buking up with too much fabric. One can see the details poured into each garment, which is something to be applauded.

What we love: a spider-web sleeve gown in blue silk print, a one-shoulder leather dress with long fringe hems.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Watch Alexander Wang SS12 Presentation LIVE Here Now!

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Fashion Week: Vivienne Tam






Photo Credit: Imaxtree.

What: restrained patterns, great lines, and the east meets west aesthetic which Ms. Tam does the best.

Take away: this is a restrained collection with careful use of color and patterns. While some dresses bear some of the designer's appliques and knotting techniques, overall one feel these embellishments are used sparingly. Tailoring is executed beautifully with great lines. The finale gowns shown at the end culminates to some drama of the show.

What we love: a bright red pantsuit, a white fringe dress in long sleeves, and a printed floral gown with wide, flowing sleeves. We all need a little drama in our lives!

Fashion Week: Peter Som (Video)

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Fashion Week: Costello Tagliapietra (Video)

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Fashion Week: Nichole Miller (Video)

Friday, September 9, 2011

Fashion Week: Nicole Miller





Photo Credit: Imaxtree

What: The theme of Nicole Miller's SS12 show is called "Fast Forward/Rewind." The collection literally takes us back in time - from 1978 to the early 90s. Remember, great fashion has spanned during this trip down memory lane.

Take away: You don't get more "club" than this when you have Richie Rich sitting in the front row. This is a collection about the nostalgia of the disco and club scenes, and it is certainly fun and youthful. Bright patterns bring a certain "street" aesthetic to the collection. The use of silk and flowing silhouettes makes the clothes modern.

What we love: the collection's distinct point of view, the energy and freshness coming from having fun.

Fashion Week: Costello Tagliapietra







Photo Credit: Imaxtree

What: Could this collection be inspired particularly by Georgia O'Keefe's work? With lots of floral prints and the designers signature draping, this is yet again another breathtaking collection.

Take away: Airdye floral prints - a new method of garment dyeing that bypass water and utilize more green technology - are the strong focus this season, in addition to the signature draping on everything from tops to dresses. We are thrilled to see the use of moss greens and mauve for spring - colors typically reserved for fall. When they are paired with the delicate floral prints they become fresh again - perfect for
spring.

What we love: Everything! Down to the floral printed matching leggings. Keep up the good work!

Fashion Week: Cushnie et Ochs (Video)

Watch a reply of the full Cushnie et Ochs here (courtesy of Milk Made Live at Livestream.com).

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Fashion Week: Nicholas K (Video)

Watch yesterday's presentation highlights here in this video!

Fashion Week: The Supima Design Competition (Video)

Watch yesterday's competition highlights in this video!

Fashion Week: The Supima Design Competition





Photo Credit: Getty Images

What: Nurturing young design talents are in vogue these days with the formation of CFDA. This year, cotton provider Supima has partnered with FIT, The Pratt Institute, The Rhode Island School of Design, and The Savannah College of Art and Design for mentoring eight designers chosen by each school. The race requires each designer to create capsule collections using Supima cotton. The designs will be judged on originality, execution, and reinvention.

Take away: with Saks' Steve Sadove in the audience and judged by a panel of insiders including Rachel Zoe, this is a one in a lifetime opportunity for the young designers graduating into a world where unemployment rate holds a steady 9.1 percent.

What we love: RISD's Connie Weng is our top pick for beautiful prints and silhouettes. (Photo: Top 2)

Who really won? FIT's Jusil Carroll with her constructions and leather accents. With this win Carroll won a mentor ship and $10,000. (Photo: Bottom 2) Congrats!!!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Faashion Week: Nicholas K





Photo Credit: Imaxtree

What: Sporty feminine day wear in subdue palettes.

Take away: Why can't one pair a romantic white sheer dresses with asymmetrical hems with a matching parka? Altuzura did it for AW11, so did Nicholas K here for spring. The clothes exudes an easy elegance that flow with the body. It is modern day wear for a modern woman on the go.

What we love: the parkas in trapeze silhouettes, jerseys and tees that drape to the body with a hood. And look at those colors that resemble the sky at dusk!

Fashion Week: Hyden Yoo




Photo Credit: Getty Images

What: 1920's romantic neocolonialism. Easy separates that channel a bit of the John Fitzgerald flair.

Take away: Yoo, inspired by the Oscar nominated film L'amant, created a collection that draws inspiration from "the romantic affiliation between an expat and a native," or so say the press release. What that means are clothes made of light fabrics that are great for travel and yet exudes a sense of relaxed elegance: a great trench coat transformed into a cape, white floor-length skirts paired with an easy knit, jackets thst are cropped and thrown-on.

What we love: The sense of easy elegance with a laissez-faire attitude.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Comptoir Des Contonniers Collection Automne-Hiver 2011/12 Video

I first discovered Comptoir Des Contonniers while living in Paris. The medium-priced French high-street line possess some of the best contemporary basics with a bohemian flair, a bit of the Je ne sais quoi that's typical of Parisien fashion. Now that it's Stateside, check out its latest collection in this eight minute film.



Monday, August 29, 2011

What I Want for Fall: Part 3

Item Wanted No. 4: Anything Celine!

Nobody does minimalism better than Phoebe Philo's Celine. We especially love this black and white color-block dress. How chic is this?


Photo Credit: Celine

Speaking about Celine, how about these renditions of the heavy knit in the form of great turtlenecks?



Photo Credit: Celine

Oh Phoebe, keep them coming!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

What I Want for Fall: Part 2

Item No. 3: Nicole by Nicole Miller Fine Jewelry

We're very excited about the launch of Nicole by Nicole Miller Fine Jewelry, sold exclusively at JCPenney! A collection featuring a Celtic Knot and meant to wear from day to night, our particular favorite comes in the form of a diamond key pendant hung in a matching chain with embellishments. Love!


Photo Credit: Nicole by Nicole Miller.

Karl Lagerfeld for Macy's

Come August 31, selected Macy's stores and Macy's.com will debut a capsule collection designed by Karl Lagerfeld. Here's a taste of what's coming from a behind-the-scene video:



Meanwhile, check out the full lookbook HERE. (Courtesy of Nitrolicious.com)

Monday, August 15, 2011

What we want for Fall

Every year, the Fashionable Matilda publish a list of must-need items for Fall. This year, we are doing things a bit differently: instead of telling you what you need, we are sharing with you what we WANT when the temperature drops. Let's face it, there's nothing you really NEED in fashion when the Dow is going down the tubes. However, we can all use a little fantasy once in a while. Besides, wanting something is so much more fun than needing something!

Without further adieu, here's our list of WANTS: (more will be added as we see more things we want)

Wanted item No. 1: Celine Luggage Phantom Tote Bag

Photo Credit: Celine

See this as an upgraded version of the Luggage tote. With a lighter constructions and side ties mean a lighter bag to carry all your daily needs. YUM!

Wanted item No. 2: Claudia Schiffer Knitwear

Photo Credit: Mirrors of Style and Net a Porter.com


Chunky knitwear are all the rage this season. Of all the sweaters in the market, the former Chanel and Guess model's new line of sumptuous cashmere and merino wool sweaters caught our attention. Simple yet elegant, these knitwear can carry you from day to night without a hitch.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Fashionable Matilda's Summer

Photo Credit: Harper's Bazaar UK July 2011
 
As the temperature rises, summer brings along a dilemma most women are confronted this season - what to bring for my summer vacation? In an attempt to answer this question (and also delves into one's personal closet - who doesn't love to see what others pack?), the Fashionable Matilda is sharing her summer vacation wardrobe with her lucky readers. Take notes and bring on the sunblock!

Where: being a New York blog, the Hamptons, mais bien-sur!

Easthampton, NY

What I packed:
1) Sexy one-piece swimsuits from Gap, BCBG and Pucci. 
2) Tom Ford sunglasses (Nicole and Nikita - the Cat's Eyes are back!) for ALWAYS. You just don't take off your sunglasses period.

*Note: Yes I am inspired by this look Claudia Schiffer so effortlessly pulled-off in last month's UK Harper's Bazaar.

Photo Credit: Harper's Bazaar UK July 2011

3) Stripe linen tops and shorts from J.Crew for day.
4) White beach jacket with hood from Club Monaco for the cool nights on the beach.
5) One easy white cotton dress. (Mine from J.Crew nabbed on sale).
6) Flat sandals from K Jacques for town. Havianna flip-flops for the beach.
7) Big straw tote from Club Monaco to hold everything together.

Don't leave home without: Hamptons Sun SPF 35 sunblock and Lancome SPF 50 BB Base face cream. With the strong Hamptons Sun make sure you wear sunblock to protect yourself from harmful UV rays.

Photo Credit: Styleapothecary.com

Ultimate Outfit: Less is more. Sometimes all you need to look good is a simple outfit and a carefree attitude. Mine comes in the form of a black Gap one-piece swimsuit, slick back hair tied up in a knot, a pair of big Tom Ford sunglasses and a bright pink lip (try Chanel's Rouge Allure Lip Laquer in #78, the brightest of pink).

One last accessory: Rent a SUV. When traveling on those beach roads watch out for the high tide. Sometimes the roads can get flooded!

Happy Traveling!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Fashion Week: Victoria Beckham

What: Classic sheaths cut in simplistic shapes but spare no attention away from the details. (The zipper detail at the back that runs through the whole length of the dress, opening up to the right height where one would feel comfortable/sexy depending on how high or low it goes!) These are clothes that exudes elegance with a touch of chic sophistication.

Take away: Being Beckham's sixth season designing (and being pregnant with her fourth child), Beckham has certainly elevated from being "another celebrity designer" to one that really takes the fashion elite's notice. Beckham's handbag line, which was recently launched in Fall 2010 (and was sold out on net-a-porter within minutes after it was released), further cemented her stay as a fashion power house who takes on her endeavors seriously. This season, her silhouettes have more volume instead of the tight-cuts that her designer friend Roland Mourat are famous for. New additions include coats, chic separates that are cut with the same precision as the dresses and of course, the exquisitely made handbags.  

Please enjoy the full-length video of the fashion presentation.

Fashion Week: Max Azria

What: American classicism reinterpreted in menswear-inspired womenswear.

Take away: Colors in camel, brown, and dark-green translated into menswear tailoring. Minimalism is still a theme although the colors brings a richer undertone to the clothes, giving it a feminine feel with the warmth. The army jacket returns paired with a leather choker and long, flowing maxi dress.

Video courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. 

Fashion Week: Yigal Azrouel

Please enjoy a video of the latest Yigal Azrouel Fall 2011 collection presented.

Video courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

Fashion Week: Michael Kors

What: American classic reinterpreted in minimalistic chic with a dash of va-va-vroom sexiness. (Look at the slit! See the video for yourself.)

Video courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

Fashion Week: Theyskens' Theory



What: Romantic goth meets street-chic.

Take away:  Belgium designer Olivier Theysken's second collection for Theory doesn't disappoint, with sharp, tailored jackets paired with wide-legged pants and romantic long skirts. Theyskens uses more colors and patterns this season - a street plaid in red still evokes a luxe touch with flowing silhouette in the bottom. This is a smart collection with a lot of cerebral aesthetics mix in with day to day contemporary wear.

What we love: What do we NOT love from this collection? Everything from the cape-like coat to the pants to the sheer black maxi dresses scream luxe without being too overt. Perfect for the new modern, contemporary woman. And with a contemporary price point, we predict this will be another sold-out collection similar to the one Theyskens did for Spring 2011.

Photo credits: Style.com