Designer Collections

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!)

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Marc Jacobs photo: Jessa Carter for The Thread

HERE’S WHAT WE WERE ALL TALKING ABOUT LAST SEASON

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It’s Carolyne’s birthday—she’s 30 this year, and doesn’t she make it look amazing? _11783708

Manolo Blahnik Carolyne

The Manolo Blahnik signature slingback in all its iterations—high to low heels, suede to patent leather finishes, neutral tones and knockout yellow—is named for the woman who came up with the original silhouette back in 1986.

WHO IS CAROLYNE ROEHM?

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If you were to compile a list of the hottest designers in fashion, Jonathan Anderson would have to be really close to the top. The young Brit collected both the menswear and the womenswear prizes at the recent British Fashion Awards (“I was embarrassed because it must have looked maxi-greedy,” he told Business of Fashion) and between the chic ruffles and upbeat colors in his London-based signature line, J.W.Anderson, and his retooling of Spain’s luxury it-bags-and-more brand Loewe, he’s not just a designer and a creative director, he’s an international force.

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Jacket design for J.W.Anderson and Luis Venegas’s The Rain in Spain Stays Mainly in the Plain via J.W.Anderson

Which is probably why Spain’s coolest publisher wanted to do a book with him. That volume, comprising 130 pages of collections, collaborations and more, was released yesterday at one of Anderson’s “workshops” (more on that in a moment) in the East End neighborhood of Shoreditch. 

TAKE A TOUR OF THE NEW J.W.ANDERSON BOOK

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If a single piece of clothing could signify this moment in time—could represent early 2016 and the current winter-into-spring era—it would be the bomber jacket. It works equally well for men and women, and as a cardigan-like layer or true protection against the elements.

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Chloé reversible embroidered tech satin bomber

Just about every designer showed some variation of this timeless staple during the last round of Fashion Weeks, so now that all those want-worthy spring styles are showing up in our stores, we’ve only seen the beginning of bombermania.

Starting with the richly ornate and totally cozy olive-green Chloé number above, we selected our top nine iterations of this must-have-right-now topper.

SEE THE REST OF OUR FAVORITE BOMBER JACKETS

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Nature always plays a role in fashion—designers draw inspiration from flowers, plants, trees and world travel, and those things and more show up in overt and abstract ways in prints and patterns. But every once in awhile things get even more specific. Remember how, for a time, there was a bird on everything? Yeah.

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Daniela Villegas and an image from her Instagram account, courtesy Daniela Villegas

Insects certainly aren’t everywhere but they are omnipresent in the elaborately beautiful work of SPACE designer Daniela Villegas. “I love to use real elements from nature as good omens for the pieces, and as lucky charms. These elements are gifts from Mother Earth; using these treasures in my work is a way to celebrate and acknowledge how majestic nature is,” the Mexican-born jeweler told us.

She also told us how 1989’s Honey, I Shrunk the Kids informs her thinking, why she likes ants, and what she’s looking forward to about her Tuesday, February 2 date to meet with shoppers at SPACE in Nordstrom Seattle.

READ MORE: “IT’S IMPORTANT TO KEEP YOUR EYES AND EARS ALWAYS ALERT…”

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It happened in Brooklyn, smack-dab in the middle of the last New York Fashion Week: some of the best spring looks from SPACE designers, selected and styled to throw it all back to the teenage years, when we thought we knew everything—and we probably did.

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All behind-the-scenes images by Jessa Carter; this look by Etienne Deroeux

You see, it’s like this: The more designers we talked to over the normal course of interviewing our favorite brands and visiting them at various Fashion Week events, the more we heard about how the post-adolescent, pre-adult era was a time of creative growth and innovation. They told us it was a time that seeded and cemented big and small ideas about what it meant to connect and create, and we wanted to explore that.

The resulting photo editorial—shot by Max Farago, styled by Delphine Danhier, starring on-the-rise Spanish model Steffy Argelich and posted in our SPACE shop today with quotes from the Marques’Almeida creative heads as well as other top designers—is not about looking like a teenager, and it isn’t really about thinking like one either. It’s about remembering the freedom to feel, and respecting the power to believe—in yourself, in your friends, and in the world around you.

HANG OUT IN BROOKLYN WITH US

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It’s official! Iconic American designer Carolina Herrera collaborated with Nordstrom VP Fashion Director Jeffrey Kalinsky on a collection as fun as it is fancy—fit for four seasons of soirees, Saturday night dates and Sunday brunches. In a WWD article for subscribers only, Herrera—who’s known for the kinds of dreamy dresses and gala gowns that put celebs on best-dressed lists (see below, from last year’s New York Fashion Week)said the collection was designed to be chic and striking, with silhouette options in silk faille for women to make the look their own.

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Image by Jessa Carter for The Thread

I have always loved a polka dot motif; it was in my very first collection,” Herrera recalled. For his part, Kalinsky said he’d been wanting to team up with the venerated designer for a while, and so one day he simply picked up the phone and made it happen. You can walk into Jeffrey New York when the collection is released on February 8 and make it happen, too.

UNTIL THEN, THERE’S THIS ADORABLE VIDEO

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What would happen if you took Debbie Harry’s ’80s style, the theater, a traveling circus and some romantic travel-season ideas about music, dancing and festival-ing in the Far East?

 

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Paskal image courtesy Paskal

If you were SPACE designer Julie Paskal, you’d arrive at laser-cut details and awning stripes. During our last run at Paris Fashion Week, the Ukrainian-born and based designer (and young mother) told us all about her love of dance parties, dressing up and random life adventures.

But our favorite part was that she did it all while rocking her Paskal collection with a pair of cool sneakers and some ankle socks.

CHECK OUT THE PASKAL LOOK

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You know how fashion is: always on a slightly different calendar than the rest of the world. We’ll be lucky if we hit the mid-40s next week in Seattle, but on January 14 at the downtown flagship store, spring will have sprung—thanks to a very special pre-season event at SPACE, our Olivia Kim–curated shop for emerging and advanced designers.

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Get on the warm-weather level with a head start on the coolest spring looks from brands such as Isa Arfen (pictured above, from last season’s New York Fashion Week presentation), Simone Rocha, Mira Mikati, Roksanda, Jacquemus and Brother Vellies.

Preview some of the collections and get the pertinent details.

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We all know that toting along a bouquet of flowers, an extra bottle of bubbles, and maybe a crusty baguette goes a long way with holiday hosts, but you know what goes a long way with fellow guests? A few good questions. Holiday Season Party Tip #9: Ask people about themselves. Be interesting and interested. Get folks to open up—about their lives, their work and the year we’re all about to put behind us.

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Pedro Garcia, easing down the road; all images courtesy Pedro Garcia

We chatted up Spain-based designers of Pedro Garcia and Dale Dubovich of Pedro Garcia (via email of course) about the year we’re about to put behind us, and the one that’s cueing up as we speak. Here’s what they had to say about nabbing a coveted fashion award and some very ambitious #lifegoals.

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