Photos by Kristin Yamada
Copenhagen Fashion Week wrapped up last week, but great style never really leaves the Scandinavian metropolis. So many independent fashion designers have their headquarters there, amid the design centers, schools and architecture offices that heavily populate Denmark’s capital. On an average day, the fashions on its residents are enviably cool in a kicked-back way. But when the fashion world descends on this small country, it makes for serious street-style spotting.
Here are just a few looks from CFW that we plan on emulating, and here’s how.
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Danes do street style with a dash of contemporary Nordic cool. Our global trend reporter Kristin Yamada aimed her trusty lens at some of the sleekest looking Scandinavians and visiting fashion folks during Copenhagen Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017. Here are our favorite shots from her time on the ground in Denmark.
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Fashion editors love to call trends. At the risk of jumping on that one, we can no longer ignore the accessory craze that’s experiencing a resurgence this season: chokers. The beloved ’90s jewelry is back on the throats of style setters around the globe. We saw chokers on the fall 2016 runways at Alexander Wang and Rihanna’s Fenty X Puma show, as well as on the pop star herself. But it’s always so refreshing to see those runway trends on the streets.
We spotted these ladies in New York. Each one shows that the necklace renaissance is upon us, and open to a variety of interpretations. Here are some looks we love as well as some historical tidbits about the choker.
All photos by Kristin Yamada
The classic black velvet or fabric choker has been around since the ’90s–the 1790s, that is. Aristocratic French women would tie ribbons on their necks to commemorate those lost to the guillotine. The fashion caught on across Europe. Sometimes women would decorate these simple bands with broaches or jewels. In the 1800s, black ribbons could be used to identify prostitutes.
Beaded chokers date back to ancient Egypt, where they were thought to have protective properties. Gold and lapis lazuli were common materials on these necklaces. During her trips to India, Princess Alexandra of Wales saw beaded and gold choker designs on women, and she brought the trend back to Europe. It’s thought that because of a neck scar, the princess frequently donned elaborate choker necklaces. Many other European women in the Alps regions of Germany and Austria also used chokers to hide goiter lumps caused by iodine deficiencies. Beaded chokers returned in the 1970s and then again in the ’90s, and of course are surfacing again now.
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One thing fashion is not necessarily known for is practicality. Especially during the haute couture displays of Fashion Week, when the sky is the limit for designers’ imaginations and the shoes models sport to walk the runway are equally as elevated, one doesn’t see much emphasis placed on comfortable wearability.
During recent Fashion Weeks, however, one trend that literally hit the streets of New York, London, Paris and Milan was the sneaker. Some of the most stylish women and men in the industry were sporting tennies as they rushed to runway shows. It’s the ways in which they wear them that make these sneaks chic.
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Here are some of our favorite styles and street style shots paired with shoes you can shop now.
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We detected several trends on the streets of New York this summer. For one, loafers are back in a big way, especially the backless variety. High-waisted jeans, crop pants and wide-leg trousers are trumping shorts or dresses on the city’s stylish ladies. And—perhaps it’s no surprise—a palette of black and navy looks cool, even when the temps rise.
Global style reporter Kristin Yamada snapped photos of four enviable outfits around NYC this season. We’ve dissected them and selected similar styles that you can shop now. Because imitation is not only the highest form of flattery, but also an art.
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Its beauty is in its simplicity, how it is barely there but so noticeably lovely. A simple sheath that is retro and modern at once. But for all its spareness, a slipdress is not easy to pull off. It shows a lot of skin. It clings. It offers very little structure or support. Nevertheless, not since the ’90s has this dress silhouette been so prevalent and relevant.
Here are five ways that we’ve seen the dress worn successfully in recent months. Take them as an invitation to experiment with your own interpretation of this sexy summer staple.
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Suki Waterhouse, Cara Delevingne and Clara Paget attend Glastonbury Festival on June 22, 2016, in Glastonbury, England. Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images.
It’s almost tradition now—ever since Kate Moss was the first to be smart enough to slip on a pair of the rain boots with her teeny cutoffs in the ’90s, Hunter boots are the official footwear of Glastonbury. After all, the storied music festival gets muddy—and this year was thought by many to be the muckiest. But braving the elements is part of the fun, right?
In 2016, Moss’s kid sister, Lottie, was among the throngs of festivalgoers—along with Pixie Geldof, Alexa Chung, the Delevingne sisters—who did likewise. See our slideshow after the jump to watch how the style set handles puddles while the music plays on.
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One of our favorite things about makeup is its ability to empower both expression and experimentation. And one of the best places to see people expressing their personality and experimenting with their makeup is at a music festival. The looks out there run the gamut from wacky to out-and-out glam. You can get away with almost anything, and we love seeing it all.
Our super-shooter global street-style reporter, Kristin Yamada, just got back from the Governors Ball. Get inspired with some of our favorite beauty looks that she snapped at the festival this summer.
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Caroline Issa dropped a new one on us the other day: “papped.”
“I got papped in my pre-fall top and skirt,” she mentioned in an email, and then included a link to street-style photographer Phil Oh’s recent Milan slideshow on Vogue—which made it all crystal clear.
Papped: to be caught looking chic by the fashion paparazzi.
Caroline Issa, papped by Phil Oh at the men’s shows in Milan; featured on Vogue.com
Caroline is used to it, of course, and the fact that this last Milanese moment happened in a look from her Nordstrom Signature collection isn’t surprising. The collection was made to catch eyes in the most low-key, effortless way. It was also made to mix and match, which was one of her big call-outs when it launched and probably why it goes where Caroline, our favorite Fashion Week world traveler, goes.
It couldn’t be any easier to get the look. Explore the whole Nordstrom Signature and Caroline Issa collection.
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Perhaps like us, you are a fan of Rihanna. In that case you have probably noticed she has been dropping new music lately including this banger with Mike Will, “Nothing Is Promised.” But did you notice that while promoting the jam on Instagram, she hit the dab in the club while wearing one of our hats?
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The specific hat is by Terrible Records, our musical partner for Pop-In@Nordstrom de Soleil—the sun/swim shop curated by Olivia Kim running now until June 26. When you’re done turning up in the club and want to chill out at the beach, listen to Terrible’s custom playlist for the Pop-In below.
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