Designer Collections

No one likes Rick Owens. If you’re into Rick Owens, you love Rick Owens. And some people who love the American-turned-Parisian designer basically live and breathe the brand.

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Fans outside the Rick Owens show in the designer’s current season looks; all crowd images by Jessa Carter

And come Fashion Week, those people make for the best kind of circuscostumes, paparazzi, paparazzi for the paparazzi, and curious onlookers who might have no idea what’s actually going on. And then, of course, Anna and Giovanna. We got thoroughly caught up in the devotees and their amazing style on Thursday afternoon before the runway presentation at Palais de Tokyo, and then we entered the show to find the most extraordinary thing: pastel feathers and gentle, sloping accents of color.

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There was a lot to love at Isabel Marant‘s Thursday night show at the Louvre, but in the end it came down to this: wear-every-day shirtdresses, supercool jumpsuits, showstopping one-shoulder looks, hot hot minidresses and really killer short-shorts.

Isabel Marant Spring 2017

All images: Indigital Images

We’ve compiled a best-in-show look from each of those categories, and Gigi Hadid leads the way—just like she did at the actual show. The quilted style that led the procession gets our vote in the shirtdress division. Layered over jeans or on its own with a killer ankle boot? Perfection.

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Fashion has come to expect a poetic gesture from Dries Van Noten, but Wednesday’s runway presentation was really something special. It was an unseasonably warm and sunny day in Paris, but as soon as we entered the loftlike space, we encountered at least a visual chill: gorgeously rich and natural floral arrangements frozen in ice blocks, melting in a staggered row down the center of the room.

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Though the frosted arrangements (the work of cult botanical artist Azuma Makoto) didn’t actually lower the temperature, the allusion was crystal clear. Spring is that magical thing that happens inside of and because of the bitter cold. From the dark of winter come the most beautiful flowers.

SEE DRIES VAN NOTEN’S SPRING ON ICE

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Before Anthony Vaccarello was Anthony Vaccarello of Saint Laurent—back when he had his own private label and was part of the mix of emerging designers inside SPACE—we asked him what one word would describe his always-party-ready, dance-til-dawn looks.

His answer? Sharp.

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All images: Indigital Images

On Tuesday, inside the shell of postindustrial grandeur, the Italian-Belgian designer debuted as Anthony Vaccarello of Saint Laurent Paris by sending out an army of sharply dressed babes who were ready for any party—and the world.

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American designer Joseph Altuzarra is one of the most Parisian New Yorkers we know. He’s existed between the Big Apple and the City of Light for most of his life, and is equally comfortable in both cities—as we documented when we asked him to narrow in on the best things in each spot.

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All images by Jessa Carter

So who better to turn to today as Paris Fashion Week begins. We asked Joseph to give us his three favorite neighborhoods—excusez-moi, arrondissements—and an Altuzarra look to go with each. 

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There was no shortage of glitz or glamour in the fashions presented in Milan last week—the embellishment at just Gucci or Dolce&Gabbana alone could outfit a parade float. While these decorative flourishes create a luster of new, the industry in Italy is an established bedrock of the national economy and craftsman culture, something Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi enthusiastically acknowledged at the opening of MFW during a lunch held at La Scala, Milan’s famous opera house, with the fashion elite (including Donatella Versace, Pierpaolo Piccioli, Giorgio Armani and Anna Wintour).

Here are some of the highlights from Milan Fashion Week. Each shows why Italy is still the home of alta moda.

1. Dolce&Gabbana tropical accessories
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Introduced by tarantella breakdancers, the exuberant clothes on Dolce&Gabbana’s spring 2017 runway suggested a cheerful albeit fictional vacation destination, one that offers band instruments aplenty, LED lights, and a menu of fish, pizza, pasta and fruit. The theme was “Tropico Italiano,” described as “an imaginary line that marks the territory which stretches from Naples to Sicily.” Although the clothes were as refreshing as a tropical trip, the accessories were pure delight. Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce created elaborate crowns and turbans as headpieces, drum kits and mandolins were really handbags, and the shoes both literally and figuratively shone.

Dolce&Gabbana MFW Spring 2017

Images by Indigital Images

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What Men Wore to Milan Fashion Week

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As the fashion weeks roll on (full coverage here) with just Paris to go, we continue to bring you street style slideshows of what men wore. First there was New York City, then there was London and now: Milan.

Click through the slideshow below and be inspired by brightly colored knits, dangly keychains, ripped jeans and mock turtlenecks. And of course: classic Italian tailoring.

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Our Designer Collections buyers are great resources when it comes to predicting what celebrities will wear to awards shows, recommending where to grab a coffee in any international city, suggesting what to pick up at our Anniversary Sale and, of course, telling us what we’ll see in stores after they’ve seen it on the runway.

Turns out our buyers are also excellent advisors when it comes to travel packing. We spoke with buyer Sahar Sokhandan about some of the things she’s bringing to Paris and why.

Paris Fashion Week packing list

WHAT SAHAR IS PACKING

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And ready for your shopping cart.

Moschino S/S '17 capsule collection items.

Moschino: pill-print minidress | leather clutch | iPhone 6 & 6s case | cotton tee

Jeremy Scott’s latest see it, buy it collection has a wellness message for you: just say Moschi-no. Whether or not you heed his advice, the candy-colored pieces—billboard tees, pill-capsule phone cases, “extended-release” track jackets—are tongue-in-cheek wardrobe additions you need now (no ℞ required, of course).

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Grand master of high fashion Karl Lagerfeld presented a collection of what Vogue called “techno rococo confections” for spring ’17. The skillfully executed mashup of eras and tastes included gilded aprons over pants and boudoir-inspired lingerie pieces amid exaggerated sleeves and high-contrast pinstripes. And, of course, decked-out Fendi handbags.

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Runway photos by InDigital Images

Beautifully offbeat, expertly crafted pieces are something of a signature for Fendi—a well-known fact for anyone who owns a handbag (or three) from the iconic Italian house.

Which is why just days before the Milan Fashion Week runway show, we celebrated the launch of the newest Peekaboo bag—her name is Selleria–at our downtown Seattle flagship store. Fendi lovers sipped on bubbly and perused the boutique as they witnessed the magic of Italian artisan Dimitri Ciandella.

MEET THE SELLERIA BAG

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