Sunday, September 8, 2013

Fashion Week: Jill Stuart (Video)

Fashion Week: Herve Leger by Max Azria (Video)

Fashion Week: Tory Burch (Video)

Fashion Week: Custo Barcelona

What: tribal patterns re imagined in soft, feminine silhouettes. 

Take away: déshabillé dresses in shimmery tribal prints are paired with beautiful coats. Despite the array of beautiful colors, the effect is subtle yet elegant, thanks to the heavy use of Lurex thread fabrics that give the clothes a nice sheen. It's wonderful to see the label moving away from its signature print dresses or tees to do something more sophisticated, such as a tailored jacket in intricate prints. This is a strong collection that appeals to a wide range of personalities - from the meek to the vivacious. 

What we love: the tailored jacket and overcoat in a beautiful tribal print. A kimono sleeve dress in a gorgeous hot pink print. 

(Photos to come) 

Friday, September 6, 2013

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Fashion Week: VPL


What: workout clothes for the modern millenia

Take away: VPL has always been the go-to for hybrid between lounge wear and sportswear. By presenting the collection at a Chelsea's private school gym (with models exercising with trainers), designer Victoria Barlett has moved beyond her "inner-wear turns outer-wear" philosophy by turning workout wear into literal sportswear that transcends beyond the gym. VPL (named after the abbreviation - Visible Panty Lines) , despite the cross-over, still functions her sportswear among the core principal of functions, comfort and versatility. A tee-over a sports bra can easily be transformed into an elegant top fit for dinner. A jacket with bat-wing sleeves can be the perfect accessory to a LBD. The fact that Barlett has transformed clothing into a multi-functional wardrobe says a lot about the versatility in her designs.

What we love: the strappy color-blocked flat sandals that look like sneakers. They go perfectly with any VPL creations.

(Photo credit: The Fashionable Matilda)

Fashion Week: A Detacher


What: cerebral fashion that's high on intellectual aesthetics but not so much in embracing the traditional feminine forms.

Take away: A Detacher is almost compared to as the States-side Marni, as  designer Monika Kowalska devotes her whole collection in exploring the introvert side of fashion - designs in complicated silhouette but drapes elegantly on the body that one makes you think about what's construed as the conventional sense of "beauty." In her program titled "lets do it together," Kowalska explored the inquisitive and intellectual side of her fans by seeking for emotional states of her wearers as an inspiration of her collections. Even in the descriptions of her rundown sheet - the items explained the emotional state of her models instead of describing what the actual item of clothing really is. A Detacher isn't a brand for the masses but it's easy to relate to pieces - silk dresses in a boxy cut, swimsuits cut high to hide the pelvis - will appeal to the girls who love to think. 

What we love: the white cotton sweater dress, the blue cotton one-in-all that exudes an easy elegance. 

(Photo credit: Style.com)

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Fashion Week: Costello Tagliapietra


What: separates!! The Brooklyn-based duo now does separates, a departure from their signature draping dresses.

Take away: easy elegance and color blocking dominates this collection, as Robert Taglipietra and his partner Jeffrey Costello moved away from draping. (In fact there were virtually none in the 28 pieces collection.) Easy separates such as a colored cardigan is paired casually with shorts or pleated pants. When a dress does show up it's in a sheath that's cut close to the body. The color palette again represents the designer's signature water-color like richness in oranges, sea blue and purple. 

What we love: the floor length cardigan paired over a one shouldered maxi dress.

(Photo credit: Style.com)

Pantone's Top Colors for Spring 2014


This just in: Women's Wear Daily published the top colors of Spring 2015 from Pantone. As reported in the article, designers are using a more balanced color palette to offset from the bright colors of past seasons.

“What’s interesting is we’re seeing exciting and fashionable colors as well as more neutral ones. It’s not as though everyone is willing to wear the bright colors from recent seasons head-to-toe. There needs to be equilibrium, and that is a more serious word than balance. The world still needs the stability of soft neutrals but we’re not just talking about gray, beige and taupe,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone Color Institute’s executive director. “When Placid Blue is redefined as a neutral, more people understand that it’s not just a traditional color but one you can depend on. There is a reason people look outside each morning, knowing the sky is out there and hoping that it’s blue.”
- Excerpt from WWD

View full article here

(Photo credit: Women's Wear Daily)

Your guide to Fashion Week's beauty & booze freebies

Racked.com just published a nifty guide to Fashion Week freebies (and most importantly - where to get them!) Just because IMG got rid of the press bag it doesn't mean the rest of us will go home empty-handed.

Enjoy! (Thank you - Racked.com)
A Night For Green Beauty
La Bella Figura and Celebrity Facialist Joanna Vargas will host "A Night For Green Beauty" tonight at the James Corbett Studio. Stop by between 5pm and 9pm for complimentary green beauty makeover and express treatments, as well as the chance to shop luxe natural beauty products. A portion of the night's proceeds will benefit Hair 2 Help. There will also be green juice from Press Juicery and organic wine.
Wednesday, September 4th, 5pm—9pm; 25 West 19th Street
The Allure Lounge
Allure and Maybelline New York are teaming up on a week-long NYFW lounge, starting Thursday at the Empire Hotel. Stop by for an express makeover and manicure by the Maybelline team, hair styling by the DreamDry experts, and product samples.
Thursday, September 5th through the 12th, 10am—5pm; 44 West 63rd Street
Beauty treatments at L'Occitane
The Flatiron L'Occitane outpost will offer complimentary beauty treatments on Thursday, as well as cocktails designed by PDT Mixologist Jim Meehan. If you spend $65 or more, you'll also receive a free L'occitane drawstring pouch filled with products, including the Almond Shower Oil and the Shea Butter Hand Cream. You can also cash in on a 10% discount here.
Thursday, September 5th; 5pm—9pm; 170 Fifth Avenue
I-DIY Denim Night at Levi's
Join Refinery29 at the Levi's store on Broadway for a night of "crafting jeans, craft doughnuts, and craft beer." There will be a DIY station for jean customization, as well as complimentary snacks: doughnuts from Donuttery, and a beer bar. Reserve your spot by emailing rsvp@refinery29.com.
Thursday, September 5th, 6pm—9pm; 495 Broadway

New York Fashion Week Kicks Off!!


Hello! After a brief hiatus from fashion blogging, the Fashionable Matilda is back to cover the New York Fashion Week. Watch this space for show commentaries, live videos this week. Follow our boards on Pinterest!

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