Fashion Week

“I have a very zen approach,” said Olivia Kim on her way to the Met Gala last night. “What’s meant to fit, work and come together, will.” New goal: May all be as cool-headed and easygoing before big events.

All of fashion—and many bold names from art, design and media—were at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City to honor one of the industry’s most brilliant minds: Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons. But that’s our Olivia, taking it all in stride. The look tonight just feels very me. That’s the best way to explain it.”

“In celebration of our hero Rei Kawakubo, Spy and I are both donning very conceptual thing-a-ma-jigs,” Olivia wrote on Instagram, with a similar image. “Mine is black crinoline tulle and his is clear plexi.”

“I’ve been wearing Comme since I was in high school,” explained our VP of Creative Projects. “So it’s full circle in a sense. When I first started thinking about it, honestly I was thinking, ‘I wear Comme des Garçons almost every day—how can I wear it in a way that feels special enough for the Met Gala?'”

The solution? To go deep with it, and remain abstract about it at the very same time. How very Rei of her.

CHECK OUT HOW OLIVIA ROCKED IT

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Seoul Fashion Week

Photo by Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Known for its creativity and playfulness, Seoul Fashion Week always leaves us with serious style envy, and the F/W 17 shows were no different. On the runways and on the streets, we saw countless Korean models, street-style stars and editors from all over boldly showing off their unique senses of style, starting fun new trends we can’t wait to test out for ourselves. While some of the trends we saw are definitely not for the sartorially faint of heart, the five picks our editors selected for you here are more than approachable. From menswear-inspired separates to the one layering piece you need this season, our favorite new Korean street-style trends are guaranteed to earn a place in your heart (and your wardrobe).

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As a designer, Rebecca Minkoff is known for artfully mixing bohemian romance with downtown rock-and-roll. At her recent spring show at The Grove in Los Angeles, Minkoff’s perspective emanated in a profusion of gauzy blouses and watercolor-inspired botanical prints that breathed fresh life into studded black leather and safety-pin earrings.

The show gave the impression that women can combine whatever they like, mixing and matching as they choose. And just as women can determine their own personal style, they can also craft their own path in life.

Rebecca Minkoff

In the hope of gleaning insight into the professional acumen and personal grit that have sewn together her trailblazing career, we spoke with Rebecca Minkoff about her role as a designer, a businesswoman and an entrepreneur.  

ADVICE FROM REBECCA: READ ON

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This last month has been a whirl—one filled with designer platforms, reams of fringe, handbags the size of suitcases and crayon-colored eyeshadow. All of these glamorous things have left us in a swivet, and we’re suffering a bout of fashion fatigue from keeping up with the runway shows and street style. It’s a complicated self-diagnosis but, we’re assured, completely curable.

So once again we turned to Kate Bellman, associate fashion director in our Nordstrom Fashion Office, to distill the runway’s biggest trends for fall 2017. Because if someone were to ask us, our response would sound like nonsensical Elton John song lyrics: “blue jeans, baby; rocket ships; crocodile shoes and rhinestone sunglasses.” See what we mean?

Maison Margiela Fall 2017

Maison Margiela Fall 2017

Thank goodness for Kate! Here’s her professional breakdown of the last four weeks—plus our on-trend shopping picks. Sing along if you want to!

SEE AND SHOP THE TRENDS

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As Paris Fashion Week comes to a close, we’re reflecting on our favorite street-style looks and getting better acquainted with the ladies who wore them—by creeping around on their Insta accounts. (You’re like a friend from afar if you follow!) Because not everyone can accessorize with an umbrella, puddle jump in stilettos and layer three shirts, we love the women who try and succeed. Bien fait! 

Akimoto Kozue at Paris Fashion Week
Photo by Indigital Images

IT’S LIKE AN AWARDS SHOW FOR WARDROBES: VIEW THE SLIDESHOW

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While most of the much-discussed styles during Paris Fashion Week appear on the runways, there’s a whole show happening at street level. When the fashion world is gathered in one city, sometimes on one block, there’s no shortage of amazing shoes. Here we’ve assembled some of the styles that stopped us in our tracks—it’s a thing we do.

Click on a pair to shop these showstoppers or similar styles right now.

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Photos by Kristin Yamada

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Tricia Smith and Jennifer Wheeler enter the stylish back bar at Daroco looking like they just came off the beach in Saint-Tropez. Well, except that they’re in ankle boots and turtlenecks, trench coats and long sleeves.

The attitude, though—it’s pure relaxed satisfaction. Contented fulfillment. It’s a mood that isn’t necessarily native to this part of Paris Fashion Week. We’re on the tail end of the week and at this stage of the game, buyers and editors tend to be exhausted, a little cranky, and sort of overwhelmed by all the schedule-packed days they’ve just made it through.

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First two images by Jessa Carter

But this time has been different. “It’s just been such a consistently good season,” says Tricia, our executive vice president of women’s and designer apparel. And even more than that, she tells me that the entire industry seems to have banded together in a united front. There’s a feeling of camaraderie in the shows and in the streets.

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“It’s like everyone really wants to hold each other up,” agrees Jennifer, vice president of women’s designer apparel. From more white bandanas to all kinds of great color, this is how it went down and these are the moments that mattered most.

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Scene Snaps: Paris, Part 3

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Candid snaps of the street-style scene at Fashion Week fall ’17.

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Paris Fashion Week street style

Photos by Kristin Yamada

Paris Fashion Week brings très chic style through les rues of the French capital. Come rain or shine, this season the fashion set turned out in their finery. Here are some of our favorite looks so far, plus shoppable links so you can emulate them.

SEE (AND SHOP) THESE LOOKS

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Untitled1_0019_P3445.jpgPhotos by Kristin Yamada

Candid snaps of the street-style scene at Fashion Week fall ’17.

SEE THE SLIDESHOW

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