French model Pauline Hoarau rocks the latest styles from our Designer Collections spring photo shoot. Go behind the scenes and discover some of our must-have looks of the season.
Artspace, the New York-based online curated consortium of artists, galleries and cultural institutions, partnered with Nordstrom for the Spring 2014 Designer Showcase. Meredith Blechman of Artspace guest blogs for us to reveal the role art plays in fashion.
Get to know our Women’s via C buying team: Kimberly Harris, Devon Gruss, Kelle Jones and Cheri Dublinski (left to right).
This Seattle-based troupe of savvy fashion-finders travel from New York to Paris in hot pursuit of the most coveted contemporary and emerging designs from the likes of T by Alexander Wang, rag & bone, Helmut Lang, Carven, 3.1 Phillip Lim, KENZO, MSGM and The Kooples. Energized by the wares from the recently wrapped Fashion Week season, The Thread sits in on a via C buyer meeting to get the scoop on all things spring!
The ’60s have been an inspiration point for several designers across Europe, and we’ll admit, we always have a certain reluctance about retro eras when they’re taken too literally. However, we cannot ignore the optimistic approach in the ’60s cues that are popping up in Paris.
What’s captured our attention is the “graphic art,” which is young, fun, vibrant and is part of the bigger story of art dressing we mentioned in London. New patterns evocative of the psychedelic era are noteworthy, especially when coming from such a broad array of designers—from the master of textiles, Dries Van Noten to the energetic new approach from Valentino, not to mention the recently revived, now uber cool, Kenzo line.
We don’t believe anybody wants to look like they’ve stepped out of an Austin Powers movie. Our advice is to follow the best examples from the Paris runways, borrowing a cue from them—a silhouette (like A-line), a pattern or graphic, or a feature, like a fun color pop. Mix any of those in with contemporary pieces to keep it all truly new and exciting.
If the ’60s silhouettes or patterns don’t do it for you, try incorporating the trend via accessories or shoes, like these ‘kinky’ boots: they feel the way to go-go.
—The Fashion Office
The sublime stylist, Kate Foley, embodies the modern-lady aesthetic. She takes risks, but maintains a sense of elegance. Her bold, textural coat is the perfect springtime topper and her minimalist pieces allow those standout accessories to shine. And, don’t forget, the full skirt is one of the must-have trends of the season!
Two days in a row of the fabulous Joanna Hillman…how lucky are we?! Joanna’s modern suiting separates are the perfect mix of menswear styling and Parisian prep. I love the vibrant pop of color her floral scarf adds to her ensemble and her subtle nautical notes. Merci encore, Madame Hillman!
Anouk Yve is back with yet another awesome outfit! Anouk’s urban-casual style is so on point with the season’s trends. Zippered leather skinnies are major at FW, and I like how she’s balanced their sleek edge with a preppy sweater and oversized oxfords. Extra-long shirting is new to the style scene, and I can’t wait to incorporate this look (and a new Chanel bag!) into my repertoire.
If you’ve ever thought black is boring, then you should check out these images from the Junya Watanabe fall 2014 show at Paris Fashion Week. The venerable Japanese designer (and notable name in avant-garde fashion) presented a show befitting his incredible rep, with look after look of texturally contrasting, meticulously constructed, thought-provoking pieces. Color would have only been a distraction.
Who could forget Lee McQueen‘s majestic fall 2006 show, where model Raquel Zimmermann donned the famed antler-and-lace headdress? The collection depicted romantic embodiments of the late designer’s Scottish roots. Fast-forward to the age of Sarah Burton, the creative force that masterfully maintains and recharges the brand’s DNA, who takes us on a journey through what feels like the misty shires of Scotland for fall 2014.
The show introduces us to dreamy heroines wandering the wilderness, wrapped in moon-and star-shaped crystal embroidery, silver acorn hand jewelry, frayed organza flowers and ivy velvet jacquards. Burton’s fairy tale beautifully weaves two tales of McQueen, past and present.
Softly Powerful: Rouched broderie anglaise reveals the delicate nature of the designs.
The Details: Aubergine organza gown and hand-cut feathers.
“Drink me, make me feel real / Wet your beak in the stream /
Game we’re playing is life / Love’s a two-way dream”
Lyrics from “Bachelorette” by Björk, the show’s closing tune, which matched the wanderlust mood of the collection.