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Take a look at the jacquard skirt by Vika Gazinskaya pictured here on the right. It’s like the Magic Marker stylings of an extra-gifted doodler were lifted from a notepad, taken to France and woven into a fine silk blend. Wait—it’s not like that. It is that. And the doodler is the on-the-rise Russian designer herself. I talked to Gazinskaya via Skype about the wonderfully colorful handmade patterns in her new-at-Nordstrom collection and the history that informs the look.

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How to wear spring’s loveliest pastels? In the case of this asymmetrical crepe sheath dress by Narciso Rodriguez, the key is to first understand that it was inspired by water.

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March 19, 2015

Pedro García’s Spain

Fashion gives us access to the world; through brands headquartered in iconic centers of design and beauty across the globe, our wardrobes travel—and we go along for the ride. Today our tour guides are Pedro García designers Pedro García and Dale Dubovich, who invite you to share in the beauty of Spain and their spring collection.

Designers Pedro García and Dale Dubovich in Tenerife, where their spring campaign was photographed

We talked to García and Dubovich about walking stylishly all over the world, and particularly in Spain. In doing so we not only uncovered great tips for your international travel (even if it’s only virtual), but we also got great insight on the cultural factors that influence their style, and the deep history and tradition of Spanish-made footwear.

Thinking about wandering? Let’s go.

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Highlights and commentary from yesterday’s runway shows: Saint Laurent channels and refines a little ’80s rock ‘n’ roll, and Valentino takes a gothic plunge into a sea of black textures before bestowing viewers with a really, really, ridiculously good-looking surprise.

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 Saint Laurent

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Highlights and commentary from yesterday’s runway shows: Stella McCartney makes modern sophistication look totally effortless.

Stella McCartney Fall 2015 Paris Fashion Week

Stella McCartney

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Highlights and commentary from yesterday’s runway shows: Chloé rocks a bewitching uptown-gypsy vibe; Kenzo wraps mod military layers around fluid designs that nod to the label’s Japanese DNA.

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Chloé

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Highlights and commentary from yesterday’s Lanvin runway show: in anticipation of the Jeanne Lanvin exhibition at the Palais Galliera, Alber Elbaz pays homage to the late designer with a luscious, retrospective collection that draws from—among many other inspirations—history, Morocco and the lost art of glamour.

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Highlights and commentary from yesterday’s Paris Fashion Week runway shows: Cédric Charlier goes graphic with both soft and bold hues, modern updates and sleek lines. The Belgian designer put smart and streamlined looks center stage while giving an inspirational nod to the traditional school uniform in pleated skirts and turtlenecks.

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Cédric Charlier

 

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Highlights and commentary from yesterday’s Milan Fashion Week runway shows: an astrological motif wound through Peter Dundas’s final collection at Pucci, while Roberto Cavalli did what he does best with a show that deftly mixed sexy and sophisticated.

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Emilio Pucci

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Highlights and commentary from yesterday’s Milan Fashion Week runway shows: Etro combines bourgeois formality with lavish, tapestry-inspired looks. The Italian fashion house, known for its artistic textiles, didn’t fail to deliver with geometric, ’70s prints in rich, earthy tones and sumptuous fabrications.

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Etro

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