Scene Snaps : London, Part Three

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Candid snaps of the street-style scene at Fashion Week spring ’17, from our Global Trend Reporter Kristin Yamada.

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As our sleek black van pulled away from Roksanda‘s Monday morning London Fashion Week presentation, Olivia Kim did something I don’t always see her do; she took out a notebook and pen and started writing.

Roksanda SS17 | Portia Hunt for Nordstrom

Christopher Kane SS17 | Portia Hunt for Nordstrom

Metallics at Roksanda (first image) and Christopher Kane (this image); all images by Portia Hunt 

I asked her what she was up to, and she said she wanted to better track what she was seeing, in real time, this season. To help you better track what you’ve been seeing, we’re looking at the Roksanda show alongside Christopher Kane, which we saw later that same day. Because, as it turns out, those two otherwise-unrelated SPACE brands provide good context for how spring ’17 is shaping up.

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Photos by Kristin Yamada

London Fashion Week Spring 2017 is in full swing, and the street style never looked better. Here are a few of our favorite (shoppable!) looks so far from LFW—captured by our gimlet-eyed street-style reporter Kristin Yamada—that we plan on emulating posthaste.

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Because sometimes words just don’t cut it: emojis. In the days leading up to Fashion Week, Nordstrom and Topshop released a brand-new set that your phone doesn’t have, inspired by looks your wardrobe is about to have.

Topshop Unique SS17 | Portia Hunt for Nordstrom

All images by Portia Hunt

The trend-besting Brits are the latest (and considering the playful digital angle, potentially the greatest) to offer looks right off the runway, and we’ve got them—the real-deal, buy-now, hot-from-LFW styles, as well as the digital versions for iPhone and Android.

(INSERT THAT ADORABLE GLASSES-WEARING READ-ALL-ABOUT EMOJI FACE HERE)

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“I guess I was feeling quite nostalgic for my teenage years,” Molly Goddard tells me. We’re upstairs in one of the oldest pubs in SoHo, the neighborhood in which she spent those years—or at least the Friday and Saturday nights.

“Every Friday night I would make myself a new dress and we’d go out to the clubs. We all looked really different, but we were all quite dressed up,” she remembers. “We customized everything back then.”

Molly Goddard SS17 | Portia Hunt for Nordstrom

All images by Portia Hunt unless otherwise noted

But her packed and highly anticipated show on Saturday night was not a retro rave or a throwback thing. It definitely had a club vibe, and it nodded once or twice to that late ’90s/early ’00s era, but the real reference, the truth to how those weekend memories came through, is a much subtler one.

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Scene Snaps : London, Part Two

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Candid snaps of the street-style scene at Fashion Week spring ’17, from our Global Trend Reporter Kristin Yamada.

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London Fashion Week street style

Photos by Kristin Yamada

London Fashion Week Spring 2017 is in full swing, and the street style never looked better. Here are a few of our favorite (shoppable!) looks so far from LFW—captured by our gimlet-eyed street-style reporter Kristin Yamada—that we plan on emulating posthaste.

SEE THE LOOKS

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When Simone Rocha presented her current fall collection six months ago during the last London Fashion Week, she was very honest with everyone about where her head was at. She had just had her first baby, she was very emotional, and that came through in the collection—and in how she spoke about it. 

“I need rest.” Those very words were part of her official statement about a collection full of couture-torn dresses whose vulnerable quality belied a toughness and richly constructed center.

Simone Rocha SS17 | Portia Hunt for Nordstrom

All images by Portia Hunt

But this season, Simone is wholly her own woman again. “It’s almost like coming home,” she told us backstage after her Saturday afternoon show inside the gorgeous Southwark Cathedral. She is herself again, she said, and back to tailoring, wild asymmetry, heart-stopping florals, her Irish heritage, and… the farm life.

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For many designers, the lingering tension between art and commerce creates a turmoil that can be a powerful fuel. Settling and calming the contrast can be liberating though, and “free” might be the perfect way to describe how we found Faustine Steinmetz at the end of her hallway-like presentation inside Spitalfields Market in East London.

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These images by Laura Cassidy

“I have this feeling like, ‘Ah, now I can just make some regular jeans!'” she said, quite exuberantly. Not that anything this French-born Brit makes is regular, just relatively so when taken in the context of the fantastic crystal and crystal-like formations that stud the slippers, glasses, pants, tops and more in her spring collection.

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If you’ve ever felt even a little unsure about the yearly schedule of fashion’s seasons, and how they work with each other, keep reading. We’re about to shed some light on that via new-to-SPACE designer J.W.Anderson.

JW Anderson SS17 | Portia Hunt for Nordstrom

All images by Portia Hunt

The highly lauded Brit designer’s afternoon presentation gives us a great opportunity to catch up on the interplay of the big fall and spring reveals, and the in-between seasons of resort and pre-fall. And, of course, to share some fresh-off-the-runway images to illustrate it all.

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