Fashion Week

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.

Designer Rebecca Minkoff

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

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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.

Laura Cassidy from WWD street style outside Jacquemus last season, SS 2016

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.

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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.

kendall_kylie_party_nordstromAll 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

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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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For their spring ’16 runway show, rag & bone’s David Neville and Marcus Wainwright had a clear vision of how their models should look: “Our girl is effortless in her style and inherently feminine, yet has an unapologetic confidence and toughness to her. The mood should convey easy luxe—a laid-back vibe that oozes cool-girl attitude.”

To complement the sexy, sporty collection, makeup artist Gucci Westman created pretty, sun-kissed, no-makeup faces with luminous skin, light dustings of bronzer, bold natural brows and coffee-colored eyeliner. “I wanted them to have a windswept-safari-desert-meets-Brooke-Shields-in-The-Blue-Lagoon look,” she said.

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What history will remember of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Class of 2015 is they were the ones who broke the rule—the rule that there can only be one winner.

Anna Wintour, Ricardo Tisci, Rio Uribe Amanda Seyfried, Diane von Furstenberg, Aurora James, Jonathan Simkhai, Steve Kolb

The stars of this year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award ceremony

On Monday, November 2 at Spring Studios in New York, Anna Wintour and Diane von Furstenberg announced, on behalf of a panel of judges that included Nordstrom fashion director Jeffrey Kalinsky, that due to the extreme nature of “authentic” talent in the mix, there would be not one but three winners in this 12th annual fashion competition.

We were there to catch exclusive commentary from past winner and footwear genius Paul Andrew and others, and to pass on the inspiring message from Givenchy‘s creative director Riccardo Tisci—the evening’s keynote guest.

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Shop the Shoes: Spring 2016 Fashion Week

Now that Fashion Week has come to an end, our final Fashion Week story this season highlights all the got-to-have-them shoes on the feet of the industry’s most stylish ladies. It’s a thing we like to do. Click a pair to shop these showstoppers right now.

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Photos by Crystal Nicodemus

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There probably isn’t a single designer working in fashion today who doesn’t want to lay claim to the idea that he or she knows exactly what women want, but Pedro García designers Pedro García and Dale Dubovich really have it on lock.

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Especially when it comes to shoes, women want uncompromising style and comfort. With a direct emphasis on both of those things, the made-in-Spain brand delivers in those categories—season after season.

We visited their Paris showroom to take a look at what that means for spring 2016.

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If you were Refinery29 Fashion Director Paula Goldstein, you would’ve packed light for what really ought to be called Fashion Month.

“I don’t really bring any dresses at all, because I tend get those loaned to me,” Goldstein told me over a girls’ burger lunch at Café Charlot in Paris. When you’ve got a killer look, a cool attitude and nearly 10 years of fashion industry cred, including stops at Purple and Dazed magazines, everyone wants to outfit you in their collections—and put you in their front row, and have you at their after-party.

annie_georgia_greenberg_paula_goldstein_caroline_issaRefinery29’s Paula Goldstein (left), with Nordstrom Signature collaborator Caroline Issa
and Refinery29 editor Annie Georgia Greenberg

 

But if you were this Brit-born, New York–based icon in the making, you wouldn’t seem at all affected by that.

You’d have that woke-up-like-this low-key style vibe on lock, and you’d only drop boldface names when boldface questions are asked of you. You’d be crazy easy to hang out with, and you’d make Fashion Week seem like summer camp. And these would be your favorite shows:

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And so we say au revoir to the spring ’16 season, as it wraps with all the beautiful savoir-faire, femininity, freedom and nonchalance that the Parisian houses deliver best.

1. The Perfect WardrobeParis Fashion Week Spring 2016, CelinePhotos: InDigital

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