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’s brand ambassador Carlos Souza to Caroline Issa, who helped host a very similar Nordstrom collaboration kick-off 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.
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LISTEN: Good Advice by Basia Bulat
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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The best thing about shooting the Empire State Building is the reflection of the UFO-like chandelier
It was unbelievably cold on day one of NYFW, so you can imagine what it was like once night fell. And on the West Side of NYC? Bitter. Our cab driver said the city was quiet; clearly most people weren’t crazy enough to venture out in that wind chill. But we were pretty excited about seeing Swedish singer Seinabo Sey performing, so no polar vortex could keep us in.
Seinabo Sey performing
Mia Moretti, Margot, Thaddeus O’Neill, Vogue’s Kristin Tice-Studeman and more were among the low-key crowd that turned up at the Top of The Standard for the event. The room is an event in itself, any night of the week. The Roman & Williams-designed 18th Floor space is probably the most beautiful space in all of New York City, and the view is even more stunning. Look one way for One World Trade Center and turn your head for the Empire State Building. It’s essentially impossible not to enjoy oneself.
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Among the exciting new-for-spring brands at SPACE is the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund winner Brother Vellies. Designed by Aurora James and fabricated in collaboration with African artisans in developing communities, it’s a line of supremely wearable shoes that you can feel supremely good about wearing.
In a photo studio converted to a sort of butterfly house out on the far west side yesterday, Aurora showed how a recent trip to Ethiopia transformed her ideas about the language of women and really killer boots and handbags.
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Sarah shares the story of her and Jeff’s rustic but elegant garden wedding, plus a beautiful video to remember their big day.
Location and Special Details: Jeff and I had never been to the Cleveland Botanical Gardens before and when we went to look at it, we fell in love. The flowers were blooming, we had the whole place to ourselves, the staff was wonderful. We had the ceremony and cocktail hour outside on the terrace and the reception inside one of the halls that looked out to the garden. The sun was setting. It was gorgeous. The food was amazing. I think that was one of the things that sold us on the location. Bon Appetit did the catering and everything was delicious. Our guests complimented us on the food the most!
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If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then sensuality is in all five of the senses. We wouldn’t begin to tell you how to woo your paramour—you have your methods—but allow us to make a few immodest suggestions in the intimates department that might put a welcome, and inviting, spin on date night.
You probably don’t have anything like this sexy-cool set in your top drawer. Red lace and black mesh make your intentions unmistakable. Hanky Panky cute boyshorts and comfortable bralette both lend a laid-back charm to your tryst.
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One of our favorite New York Fashion Week traditions is getting into town early and stopping off at Jeffrey Kalinsky’s office in Chelsea to talk about the week ahead.
Yesterday we went by and got Jeffrey’s take on the Show to Watch Out For. Spoiler alert: it’s very likely not a name you’ve already heard. If you’re a fan of Lady Gaga or just the type who loves knowing things before everyone else does, get in on this.
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They say you never forget your first, and we’ve found that applies to anything and everything. Your first kiss, your first trip to Paris, your first CHANEL purse. Those are all locked in. Likewise the first New York Fashion Week show of Nordstrom’s VP Fashion Director, Jeffrey Kalinsky.
We hung out in his adorable Chelsea-neighborhood office the other day and let him tell us all about it. Any guesses—before you watch!—as to what decade it was?
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By all accounts—say, Givenchy’s—Alyona Subbotina is an incredibly cool-looking girl. Beautiful, yes, but more importantly, cool. But one of the first things she says to me after my photog friend Mike and I sit down with her in a SoHo pizza joint is, “The real me is something more aggressive.” She tells me how she used to have bleached-out eyebrows and says she’d love to have messier, shorter hair, but I won’t find out what she really means about being aggressive until she’s more than halfway through her piled-high veggie slice.
All images by Michael Yuri Chard
See, Alyona was a member of her country’s Olympic volleyball team and had her eyes on the 2008 Beijing games when she was spotted in Kazakhstan by a modeling scout. Fast-forward to now—with pause points starring Helmut Lang, ACNE, Fendi and Armani. She loves fashion, and she loves the industry, and you only have to talk to her for, well, about as long as it takes to eat half a slice, to know that she’s got her head on straight about it.
“We have a perfect job. We get good pay to work just one or two days and I’m not in some factory somewhere. I respect my clients and I am happy to be who they want—to be what the market wants. But I see it as … how do you call it? A circus.”
And ladies and gentlemen, Alyona is an expert practitioner of the best circus-coping stress reliever out there.
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These are the people we can’t wait to see on the streets of the Big Apple. Their fashion know-how always astounds us.
Shine By Three blogger, Clinique brand ambassador, law student, stylist and Harper’s Bazaar contributor (to name a few pursuits), Margaret Zhang proves her worth as more than just a street-style starlet. Characterized by her gamine style, the Australian always delivers, whether it’s tailored pantsuits, innovative layers, oversized statement pieces or a standout coat.
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