Fashion Week

Every once in a while you come across a set of fashion images that you just want to live inside. You want to be the girl, to explore her landscape, you want—most of all—to wear her clothes.
That’s what happened to me the first time I saw Victor Alfaro‘s pre-fall lookbook. When I had the chance to meet him during Paris Fashion Week, I was hooked.
victor_alfaro_nordstrom_pre_fall2All lookbook images courtesy Victor Alfaro. And how about this 3-in-1 convertible trench?!
There’s something so classically New York about Victor’s style, which makes sense—the Mexican-born designer has lived there since the ’80s. And he just seems to understand what women are looking for from season to season. He’s all about layering, and building a wardrobe of looks that will work together for a nice, long time.
He’s also about an edgy jolt and an industrial urban setting. When we asked him to share his evocative pre-fall images with us, he happily complied, then told us all about the collection—and how Taylor Swift figures in. (Or, well … doesn’t.)

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Bag charm at Fashion Week

Strapped to the side of some of Fashion Week’s most fashionable ladies were assorted oddball accessories. Although their luxe handbags needed no frippery, many chose to outfit them with a little bauble. After all, these are women who don’t miss an opportunity to dress up. And these trinkets aren’t without their charms.

Bag charms have become a popular statement for the fashion set. Spotted on models like Lara Stone and Kendall Jenner, these playful accessories for accessories let wearers add some personality to their purses.

Bag charm at Fashion Week

Many of these bag charms take the shape of furry characters. Fendi has a Pompom Karl, a miniature Karl Lagerfeld doll ensconced in a fluffy tuft. British designer Sophie Hulme‘s quirky bag charms have become collectibles among those into the trend. You’ll find furry, feathered, tasseled and jeweled characters among her menagerie of creations. Burberry has a high-style teddy bear charm. Many designers, like Rebecca Minkoff and Stella McCartney, make tiny versions of their own handbags into charms, as though your purse seems naked without its own purse.

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Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of DKNY

One of the most exciting fashion announcements in recent years was the news that Public School’s streetwise designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne would share the creative director role at DKNY following Donna Karan’s retirement. While amused surprise was the initial public reaction, the industry registered how well-suited Chow and Osborne were to steering DKNY. The two New Yorkers were already critical darlings—winning the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund for their own label, Public School, where they mix streetwear with crisply tailored athletic gear. Even Public School’s palette corresponds with the power colors of DKNY. Anticipation for their spring 2016 debut collection at the helm of the established house quickly followed.

Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of DKNY

Begun in 1989, DKNY is the faster, younger arm of Donna Karan Collection. It favors sportswear, workwear and separates that can be mixed and matched to create a full wardrobe. Its essence is modern—casual but professional. In the ’90s, DKNY dressed models of the moment like Shalom Harlow and Esther Cañadas in what the label referred to as “the official uniform of New York.” With the onset of the current ’90s nostalgia, Opening Ceremony released a capsule DKNY collection in 2013 with Cara Delevingne as its spokesmodel. Insiders knew that Chow and Osborne—with their own celebrity following and New York roots–were the duo to usher in a new heyday for the label.

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How to Wear Turtlenecks

On account of the modest neckline, cloaking capabilities and hickey-hiding potential, turtlenecks have a reputation as a conservative clothing choice. But as these street-style stars show, that dull distinction is unwarranted. Turtlenecks can be sexy and daring, and are easily introduced as a foundational piece in the edgiest outfits.

Turtleneck looks spotted at Fashion WeekMany famous folks sport turtlenecks—check out this Tumblr for hilarious proof. But forget Steve Jobs’ basic black top. Ignore Kim Kardashian’s rubber numbers. Whether plain or as a layer in a carefully constructed look, turtlenecks are this season’s transitional piece.

Fashion Week offered plenty evidence that this classic shirt is keeping it cool.

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A while back we told you about a cool social media contest called Clergerie Girls, in which the man-repelling style icon Leandra Medine would team up with Robert Clergerie creative director Roland Mouret to select an Instagram-sourced collaborator for the beloved line of oxfords, wedges, slides and sandals. 

robert_clergerie_man_repeller_nordstrom_leandra_katy_use_this_oneMan Repeller’s Leandra Medine, Robert Clergerie creative director Roland Mouret and Katy Shayne—ultimate Clergerie Girl
(All party images courtesy Robert Clergerie)

Just before we all convened for Paris Fashion Week, the lucky gal was named—and toward the end of the trip, we got a chance to see the brand’s fall 2016 collection and celebrate at a star-studded, especially well-shod dinner party with these smart, thoughtful women of style.

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The industry’s biggest benefits when someone from the masthead of a fashion glossy crosses over to the design side? She brings the magazine vibe with her. That’s what’s up with Kym Ellery, who left gorgeously tactile digest-sized, book-like magazines on all the front row seats at her Palais de Tokyo Fall 2016 runway presentation.

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The former Russh stylist and editor had some pretty great other things for her audience, too: liquid gold lame, double silk georgette, turn-of-the-century blouses, lingerie, fur and those trademark flares. Tucked inside the mag was this explanation: “It’s a collection that explores the contrast between old and new… A sudden click, a lightbulb, a fleeting feeling, remembering something that doesn’t necessarily exist.”

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Fashion week makeup

Our beauty team hit up a slew of backstage runways at Fashion Week, catching up and grazing shoulders with industry bigwigs the likes of Bobbi Brown, François Nars, stila, butter LONDON and Jin Soon Choiand taking notes on fall’s biggest makeup trends.

What stood out to them as the biggest beauty trends on the spring ’16 runways? For one, individualized contouring and brows, like the ones created at the hands of experts like Shiseido’s Dick Page for Narciso Rodriguez. In seasons past, we’ve seen our share of strong contouring and bold brows, but this year was different. Show after show, artists let the model’s natural features dictate the beauty, focusing on accentuating natural assets, like amping up already god-given bushy brows.

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Coming soon to Nordstrom: the very French, ’70s-rooted label Sonia Rykiel, and we couldn’t be more excited. Known and loved for a legacy of killer knits and a for-women, by-women ethos, the house is about feminine spirit, intellect and strength and a very Parisienne point of view. The Fall 2016 collection, from recently appointed artistic director Julie de Libran, is in turn, the fourth chapter of what she sees as “imaginary conversations.”

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It’s a dialogue about retro stripes, dandy bows, military coats and jewel toned fur—and in some places, it was illustrated by collaborator Maggie Cardelus, whose yellow and black print is made up of portraits depicting the designer and artistic director along with Sonia, her daughter Nathalie (the company’s VP) and her granddaughter Lola (who decamped to New York and the American communications office).

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Paris shone with subtlety this season as established designers experimented with new silhouettes and a fresh crop of creatives—including Koché and Atlein—introduced their vision for the urban sophisticate. Although there weren’t exactly pyrotechnics on the runway, the City of Light shimmered with the obvious skill and vision of the world-class labels who show there.

Here are some of our highlights.

1. Demna Gvsalia’s first Balenciaga collection sent reverberations through the fashion world. Simultaneously showing that nothing and everything was sacred, Gvsalia played with the storied house’s reputation for angular suiting by creating sloped shouldered and hunchbacked silhouettes, disfiguring classic shapes to inject an irreverent sensibility.

Balenciaga Fall 2016
Images: InDigital

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If anyone in fashion can stage a show inclusive of Lou Reed, The Wizard of Oz and crazy cat women of a certain age, it’s Jun Takahashi of SPACE brand Undercover. On one hand, he was the subject of a recent immersive retrospective at a prestigious Tokyo art gallery and is a long-time friend and colleague of  Comme des Garçons Rei Kawakuboon and on the other, he’s a streetwear icon and an ex-punk. Not that those things are mutually exclusive, just that Jun is an artist who compromises a high/low mix of technical beauty, achingly enigmatic originality and clothes you want to make a hip-hop/skateboarding music video in.

Basically, he contains multitudes—all of which are so perfectly fine-tuned they end up relating even when it seems like they shouldn’t.

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A few days after a show that the New York Times described as “poetic,” we visited the showroom to get a look at the wonderfully disparate elements all together in one room.

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