With New York now in the rearview, our eyes are glued to the streets and the runways across the pond. We don’t know about you, but we always get goosebumps on the first day of London Fashion Week. Maybe it’s because the English roses we see traipsing to and from the shows always give off a cool-girl vibe that’s thoughtful and never overdone; there’s an element of risk-taking to British street style that’s made to look effortless from head to toe.
But before we get too ahead of ourselves (after all, it’s only day one), we’re starting with the statement hair accessories we’re expecting to see on our favorite It girls. From ’90s barrettes to unexpected ways to use a hair tie, we’re showing you how to style the accessory trends that are going to take over London.
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Our own Laura Cassidy—who publishes here on The Thread and also over at SPACE—is a Fashion Week warrior. She goes twice yearly to New York and then European Fashion Weeks, hitting one city after another (after another), scoping styles and writing furiously.
We admire her poise and how she consistently dresses as well as she writes. We don’t know how she does it. So we asked!
The Thread: Do you plan your Fashion Week outfits? If so, how do you go about it?
Laura Cassidy: To a degree, yes. Certainly I think about the weather. My favorite way to wear a spring dress while it’s still winter: pull some pants on under it, and a sweater over the top of it. Easy. And I really feel like sneakers are the way to go for the February through March run of shows. The weather is just too terrible, and the pace is so crazy—and Nike’s fabrics and colors make it so easy to treat your trainers like oxfords or ankle boots. Sunglasses are key, too, for New York’s cold-sunshine winter and just in general for “disappearing.” These oversized Gentle Monsters are going to allow me to feel alone from time to time, and that’s just really necessary inside the crowds and chaos of the month.
I always bring a furry clutch, because … lap blanket. And I’m never fully dressed without a statement earring. Simone Rocha’s accessories have been so wonderfully timeless and magically toned lately.
SHOP: ACNE sweater | ACNE dress | ACNE pants | Gucci beanie* | Shrimps bag | Nordstrom x Nike sneakers* | Simone Rocha earrings | Gentle Monster sunglasses | BABE bath salts* | Tumi carry-on
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As our time in Manhattan comes to a close, we’re looking back on our favorite street-style looks of the week and getting a bit 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 pull off a puffer with panache, not to mention a pink suit or stirrup pants, we love the women who try and succeed. You’re all so inspiring.
Photo by Indigital Images
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Candid snaps of the street-style scene at Fashion Week fall ’17, from our Global Trend Reporter Kristin Yamada.
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Fashion people know that Moncler is always going to put on a show. The outerwear brand’s collections are rarely presented without theatrically approximated weather and a big stage production. On Valentine’s Day in the Hammerstein Ballroom, the brand produced a full-on winter ball.
Something like a Doctor Zhivago cotillion, the presentation was a dramatic way of introducing clients to puffers, Nordic knits, traditional plaids and classic houndstooth for fall 2017.
“Well it’s only 18. The rule is: If it’s less than 24, I cook,” says New York-by-way-of-Texas designer Lela Rose. She’s talking about guests, not hours—because if we were talking hours … well, one suspects she’d have a generous rule for hours, too. One that would still allow her to be in the kitchen prepping Oysters Rockefeller in heels.
Lela presented her fall collection at a luncheon at the restaurant Loring Place on Monday afternoon; by Tuesday afternoon she was in her art-filled Tribeca home preparing dinner for tonight’s party, which includes members of her team as well as Nordstrom buyers and friends.
Lela Rose showed her tulip-embellished fall 2017 collection one day
before she hosted a dozen and a half of us at a dinner party.
Based loosely on her just-unveiled collection—which was based loosely on tulips and what she sees as their inherent properties of beauty, hope and resilience—the evening was an opportunity to see Lela as Lela. Beyond her flattering peplum tops and fit-and-flares, she’s a woman who loves being with friends. An urban southerner thoroughly at home in the world.
Paris is usually the setting for Cecilia Bönström’s Zadig & Voltaire girl. Frankly—pun unabashedly intended—if you were situated in as appealing a locale as the French capital, why would you relocate?
For Fall 2017, however, Bönström decided to plop the Parisian in NYC. This was achieved through athletic silhouettes and primary hues interspersed among lots of black—a color appropriate for any metro.
Dick Page, Shiseido artistic director, countered with his specialty—luminous skin—and pretty pops of color on the eyes and lips. The effect was energetic and youthful, like a newcomer looking wide-eyed at the shiny Big Apple.
“This season’s collection was full of energetic, bright hues. To complement that, I created a makeup look featuring interventions of color—similar to the way you would accessorize clothes—to bring a cohesive believability to the vibrancy of each style,” said Page about the beautiful faces he created for the Zadig & Voltaire show.
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Want a new way to cheat a fresh, youthful face? Yes, we do. Lucky for us, our Nordstrom National Beauty Director Marynell Maddox went backstage at the Fall 2017 Proenza Schouler show to see how M·A·C artists were making the models so radiant. Turns out the trick is a new technique using white eyeliner!
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Photos by Kristin Yamada
New York Fashion Week is in full swing and the bundled-up style couldn’t be cooler. As designers play with seasonlessness on the runway, the bloggers, Insta-stars and editors on the streets are finding fun ways to wear spring trends now. (We’re taking notes.) Here are some of our favorite looks so far, plus shoppable links so you can emulate them.
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Perhaps more than any other designer in fashion, Alice + Olivia’s Stacey Bendet loves a fairy tale. Each season she takes a page or two from a storybook saga and brings it to life—for her popular and well-attended presentations, and for the shift dresses and jumpsuits that arrive at our stores all season long.
Fall 2017’s storyline is borrowed from Salman Rushdie’s The Enchantress of Florence. The novel travels from the Mughal empire to Medici-era Italy and beyond, so the room was lavishly adorned with oversized tapestries and gilded mirrors, and the tunics and maxis were embroidered with rich colors and lots of embellishments. And the hair was like … tousled in Tuscany.
And it was Valentine’s Day. So there was that.
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