Each Fashion Week season, editors and industry folks rush to identify trends. But for those paying attention in between shows, it’s become clear that these once very exclusive events are opening up to the average fashion enthusiast. Witness rag & bone’s invitations to lucky Uber riders, Givenchy’s spring 2016 show ticket giveaway, J.W. Anderson’s streaming via Grindr and Burberry’s use of Periscope. If there’s a trend in fashion, it may be the democratization of the runway.
For fall 2016, designer Rebecca Minkoff has decided to show her current season of womenswear, instead of looking ahead to the next as is customary. We spoke with Minkoff on the implications for that transition and how Fashion Week is changing.
Tell us why, this Fashion Week season, you’ve decided to present your in-store spring 2016 collection during the week that is usually reserved for the fall collection.
We no longer wanted our customers to suffer from what we are calling “image fatigue”. Traditionally, after we showed our collection, consumers would see it all over blogs, celebrities and magazines—by the time the product arrived in stores they had moved on. We wanted our show to be more than a coming attraction, we wanted it to be something our customer could wear the next day if she loved it.
HOW THE DESIGNER SURVIVES FW AND MORE
In preparation for the Fashion Weeks ahead, we’re talking to some of our favorite writers, editors, photographers and fashion authorities about how they prepare for and survive the bustle of streets, parties and runways.
First up, Laura Cassidy, Nordstrom’s own Creative Projects senior editor.
What item of clothing can you not wait to bust out in New York? Can you send us a picture?
I tend to think in terms of the whole instead of one particular piece. What I like about the sartorial mise en place exercise of packing is thinking about which Dries pieces to bring for the Dries show, for example, and which elements from ACNE, Aries, Jacquemus, Celine and all the rest are the most adaptable so that each outfit is like an homage to the designers of that week in that city.
SEE THE SHOES LAURA WILL BE WEARING: READ MORE
Getting ready for Kendall and Kylie’s pre-New York Fashion Week collection launch bash, I flipped on the TV in my hotel room and there they were. How funny, I thought, remembering that last time I prepared to interview the Jenners, the exact same thing happened in a different hotel room. But then I remembered that these women are on TV all the time. And now, perhaps the world’s most watched, most followed celebs will be in the mix with big fashion labels as the clothing and shoes from their brand-new line Kendall + Kylie go live at Nordstrom.
All images courtesy Kendall + Kylie
Which Kendall + Kylie looks were Kendall and Kylie wearing? And what tracks did DJ Flat White (you know, Virgil Abloh, Kanye’s creative director) play? Glad you asked.
GET INSIDE THE KENDALL + KYLIE PARTY
Our series about wanderlust-worthy, slightly off-the-grid vacation hotspots, with local picks (and gorgeous pics) from our intrepid Nordstrom crew.
GLOBETROTTER: Kara Fenoglietto, Associate Fashion Forecaster
WHY THERE? I was about to move from Ft. Myers, Florida, to Seattle, and wanted to go somewhere for one last weekend of island hopping. I had never been to St. John or Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands and made a spontaneous decision to check them out.
IT’S A DAY AT THE BEACH: READ MORE
“They’re perfect for what’s happening in fashion and art and architecture—this great kind of melting of all things,” Jeffrey Kalinsky told me this past November on a crazily warm New York day.
All photos by Laura Cassidy
He was talking about Snarkitecture, the of-the-moment, in-the-mix design practice headed by artist Daniel Arsham and architect Alex Mustonen. Harnessing the trend for mixing the chicest ready-to-wear with the best built environments, our VP Fashion Director set out to collaborate with the best and commissioned the Brooklyn-based crew to create a backdrop (only part of it is seen here) on which to shoot his favorite looks from Valentino, Gucci, Simone Rocha and more on China-born model Fei Fei Sun for our new season Designer Collections lookbook.
We were there at New York’s Pier 59 Studios, and we’d love to take you behind the scenes.
GET A CLOSE-UP ON THE SET AND THE STYLES
For her first clothing venture, model, muse and international style icon Olivia Palermo partnered with the design team behind Nordstrom’s Chelsea28 label to create an exclusive capsule collection of chic, versatile pieces her 2.3 million Instagram followers (to name a few) will surely heart.
We sat with the globetrotting entrepreneur and sartorial It girl to talk about fashion, guilty pleasures, her obsession with belts and more.
Behind the scenes at the Olivia Palermo + Chelsea28 photo shoot in NYC
SEE WHAT OLIVIA PALERMO HAS TO SAY
You can do this! Perfect to make for Valentine’s Day, a date night, a special dinner for a special friend, or halved and made for a party of one, this dish is bound to impress. While there may be a good number of steps, the good news is you can make the majority of this recipe in advance. Ideal for perpetuating the illusion of kitchen wizardry when you throw everything together the day of in a matter of minutes.
Years ago, when I made risotto for the first time, I was so intimidated. I have no idea why. Just brace yourself with a little patience to do a lot of stirring, and there will be no reason to get all in a dither about rice. Risotto is a basic that’s going to become a quick-to-make staple with limitless options once you’ve made it and understand the simple steps. But in the interest of not being chained to the stove for 30 minutes while you’re trying to entertain, our recipe for make-ahead risotto by par cooking it is ideal.
In this version, as served at selected Nordstrom restaurants, our risotto gets a flavorful dose of fresh herbs. Surrounding it, a luscious, velvety Rosemary Beurre Blanc enhanced with roasted garlic (try our easiest roasted garlic recipe, which I make all the time and keep in the freezer). On top, an earthy mix of mushrooms roasted with fresh herbs sits askew underneath an easy baked Atlantic salmon fillet. To gild the lily, everything is crowned by a vibrant garnish of celery curls, chive batons and parsley.
OUR SIMPLE SECRET TO MAKE-AHEAD RISOTTO: GET OUR RECIPE
CELEBRATE: Lunar New Year
Monday marks the beginning of the Year of the Monkey. We’ll be celebrating Saturday with a Chinese Lion Dance at our Downtown Seattle store beginning at 2pm PST. Other stores across the country will mark the occasion with events, red envelopes and surprises. You can also shop our Lunar New Year gifts online.
HEAR: Is the Is Are by DIIV
Although the band is its own hype machine for borough-residing hipster music (the lead singer draws exhausting comparisons between himself and Kurt Cobain), turns out Is the Is Are is a solid shoe-gazing collection of pleasurable listening. Leaning heavily on fuzzy guitars and muffled melodies, DIIV’s sophomore effort spins a cocoon of comforting sound.
READ: The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee
Following the fictional opera singer Lilliet Berne through a historic romp of the Belle Époque, Chee’s epic novel constructs a dazzling portrait of the period’s fashions and players. Presented with a libretto mirroring her life’s story, Berne chases its provenance while encountering musical and historical enigmas all set to Chee’s evocative prose.
ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL? OK, A MOVIE?
Even if you know someone intimately, buying him or her a romantic gift can surface a host of anxieties. Will she read too much into it? Is he even going to get you something? What size is she? Does he have any idea what a pocket square is?
It’s a miracle we all don’t just break up the second week in February.
Don’t fret, however. Our editors’ gift picks for him and her will steer you clear of any unconscious uncoupling.
BE MY VALENTINE’S GIFT: OUR PICKS
Hear that? It’s the sound of a legion of editors and bloggers stuffing shoes into designer luggage and tucking eye cream into carry-on bags. That’s right: It’s time for New York Fashion Week again. The shows begin February 10; let’s prepare by way of review. (Of course, since spring collections are arriving every day now, you can also review and prepare by shopping!)
Marc Jacobs photo: Jessa Carter for The Thread
HERE’S WHAT WE WERE ALL TALKING ABOUT LAST SEASON