The late Talitha Getty is often sited by ’70s-loving creative types looking for a way to convey luxurious psychedelia and the free-spirited wander of elegantly unkempt jet-setters. But in the hands of the ultra-refined Philipines-born Monique Lhuillier, Talitha Getty takes on an entirely new shine.
Saturday’s Fall 2016 presentation included gorgeous tapestry slacks and richly embellished long-line jackets as well as full and slim skirt and boxy, fitted toppers. Oh, and gorgeous gowns. As the program notes read, “The Monique Lhuillier woman mixes unexpected combinations for over-the-top elegance.”
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It was just the other day that we were up in the Herve Leger offices talking to creative director Lubov Azria about how to wear the current season when she mentioned that movement is one of her big passions, and there it was on the runway on Saturday: unfinished tweed fringe—flying and dancing wildly on the runway to the electroclash soundtrack.
And while we didn’t talk about grunge plaids, patchworked suede, safety pins and platform boots the other day, it was clear that the entire realm of iconoclastic rock girls has been on her mind. The collection hit on all the best bad girl elements from past decades while remaining remarkably true to its strong and affecting roots.
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A bloggers’ who’s who at the Ferragamo x Bloglovin’ NYFW party at The Box
“There’s over 138 bloggers here,” we overheard someone say at the Ferragamo x Bloglovin’ party at The Box last night. It made sense, because everybody looked KIND OF familiar. It’s like, “Oh, are you a friend of a friend or did I see you on like, Raya, or something?”
Natalie and Dylana Suarez
Basically everyone there was really tall and good looking. In the main room we spotted the lovely Suarez sisters, Natalie and Dylana, and the recently brunette Lisa Dengler, while upstairs on the balcony Nicolette Mason and Christian Siriano’s other half, Brad Walsh, Snapchatted and selfied over cocktails in the corner. The Surf Lodge owner Jayma Cardoso did a drive-by with Tommy Saleh.
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British-born, New York-based footwear designer Paul Andrew picked a West Side penthouse as his New York Fashion Week base camp, but not because his collection has an overtly urban bent. Oh, these are shoes you’ll want to wear on the best city days and nights, but Paul always ties his seasons to a place on the map and fall’s geographical muse isn’t about concrete and steel.
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“Shoes are literally my whole life,” Alexandre Birman told me. “My friends have a joke that instead of a crib I had a shoebox.”
The son of a Brazilian footwear entrepreneur, Alexandre was born and raised in the industry. In his home country, his family brand is a household name, and here in America, his collections of exotic leathers, strappy sandals and artisan-driven boots and flats are gaining escalating traction each season. He says he’s on his way to realizing a childhood dream of designing and producing his own world-renowned namesake line one season at a time.
Alexandre points to three key elements for the season ahead: velvet, strong boots and python.
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As I looked around Tanya Taylor‘s bustling, buzzy presentation on Friday afternoon, it seemed that everyone in the downtown Manhattan space was wearing the young New York City-based designer’s clothing. Colors were electric, silhouettes and hemlines were artfully mixed (high with low, low with high) and prints, patterns and playfulness were favored.
After spending the first 10 minutes with one eye on the stylish crowd and one eye on the alluring gradients of fall color—from rust to black to bright to neutral—I decided that, yes, lots of these women were wearing Tanya Taylor, but more to the point: Tanya Taylor designs exactly the way we dress. She makes clothes that fold effortlessly into what we are already pulling on.
And yet she manages to push us forward too—with color, with cut and with an imaginative collaging of all of it.
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It’s a peculiar thing to go backstage before a runway show. The atmosphere is at once highly charged and quietly intimate—imagine arriving at a friend’s house an hour early for an incredibly important dinner party, if your friend was an artful chef and the guests were the world’s most important gastronomes. As I watched Israel-born Yigal Azrouël wind quickly and kindly between models just moments before his fall collection hit the floor, that was what I thought of. He tamed coifs, he straightened lapels, he was easy and calm and totally in control.
“I love to design with a strong, confident girl in mind,” he told me later via email, and on Friday morning I could feel him imparting that confidence to each of the women he touched. Later, after a beautiful show, he answered some questions about the darkly romantic looks he issued for fashion’s most important season.
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Every international fashion tribe needs a fabulous way to kick off the Fashion Week season, and for the editors, designers and stylists who gathered at the beloved downtown restaurant Indochine last night, the Olivia Palermo + Chelsea28 dinner provided all the elements of a perfect party.
Olivia Palermo with casting director and producer Julius Poole; all images by BFA for Nordstrom
Our collaboration with the international style icon is brand new now for spring, so Thursday’s party was both a celebration of modern wardrobe essentials and all that lies ahead in New York City this week. From stylist Rachel Zoe and Valentino brand ambassador Carlos Souza to Caroline Issa, who helped host a very similar Nordstrom collaboration kickoff this time last year, these were guests whose iCalendars are star-studded and show-packed. The beauty of the night and our guests is that they make it all look so chic and easy.
COME INSIDE AND SEE WHO WAS THERE (AND WHAT THEY WERE WEARING)
I came across this recipe in our Family Table Cookbook about a year ago, and it has been beckoning me ever since. Now that I’ve made it, I only wish I would have tried it back then. This is one of the most comforting, homey and familiar soups I’ve ever made at home—and one of the easiest; I need more of it in my life.
Our recipe starts by simmering aromatics with bone-in skin-on chicken breasts in chicken stock to impart maximum flavor into the base broth and the chicken breasts, which then get cooled and shredded. All the usual goodies you’d expect to find under the crust of a chicken pot pie—mushrooms, potatoes, onions, carrots and celery—are sautéed before simmering in the enriched broth. Rather than adding flour to the vegetable sautée directly, our recipe makes use of a beurre manié (a paste of butter and flour) which is an old-school French technique for easily thickening that avoids lumps and adds a final note of richness to this luscious soup. This recipe is a star on its own, but we advise gilding the lily by serving it alongside a quick batch of our flaky Rosemary Buttermilk Biscuits.
OUR CHICKEN POT PIE SOUP RECIPE: NO CRUST FUTZ REQUIRED
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The Canadian’s third album finds her mixing and bending musical genres to suit her soulful voice. At times poppy, at turns bluesy, Bulat energizes heartbreak with playful lyrics and jumping basslines produced by My Morning Jacket’s Jim James. Turns out it’s the perfect soundtrack to whatever kind of Valentine’s Day you’re having.
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Johnny Depp (no kidding) in a wig and a prosthetic nose portrays the legendary real-estate tycoon and presidential candidate for the comedic website Funny or Die. Narrated by Ron Howard, this satirical made-for-TV movie was purportedly written, directed, edited and produced by Donald J. Trump, but the true talent is delightfully surprising.
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Based on a Stephen King novel and directed by J.J. Abrams, this Hulu original series stars James Franco as a teacher traveling back in time to thwart the assassination of J.F.K. The thrilling eight-part opus premieres online on President’s Day. Stephen King fans, you’ll want to track the many author-themed Easter eggs hidden throughout the episodes.
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