Alexander McQueen

What’s that they say about cocktail hour—it’s 5 o’clock somewhere? It must be someone’s birthday too, right? Let our Gifted posts point you in the direction of stylish presents all year long.

 

Inspired by the idea of spring in the city in the era of automats and leaving it all to Beaver and June, we’re feeling like paring it all down—though not at the expense of looking chic and being current, of course. Let’s assume the friends and loved ones in your life are having a similar moment, one where lightweight tote bags are wonderfully catch-all and classic patterns are given purpose and punch.

 

kate spade new york newspaper print canvas tote | Alexander McQueen Card Case | BP. Paisley Tassel-Trim Scarf

 

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We all know I have a total girl crush on Refinery 29’s Annie Georgia Greenberg. She’s so good at making current trends feel completely authentic to her own personal style. Annie is channeling the Seventies today with her amazing high-waisted bell bottoms and fringed suede jacket. Fun fact: she borrowed this jacket from her mom’s closet!

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Fringe Jackets | High-Waisted Flare Jeans | Green Handbags

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Saint Laurent Goatskin Suede Jacket | 7 For All Mankind Jeans | Alexander McQueen Mini Duffel Bag

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Yesterday’s runways took us from Italian holiday to historical Japanese fiction with classic prints from Valentino and startlingly bold lines by Alexander McQueen.

Valentino SS15 Paris Fashion Week navy gown.

Valentino’s Grand Tour-inspired collection was as beautifully varied as Italy itself. Creative directors, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, aimed to transport us to an era of Italian esteem, when Europeans flocked to Italy for a lesson in culture and aesthetics.

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Kate stopped all of us photographers in our tracks at the Jardin des Tuileries today. Not only is she absolutely stunning, but her jumpsuit is an amazing statement piece. Animal print is popular here in Paris and this modern, silky one-piece is a winner. Kate’s conceptual belt adds a sleek cinch to the silhouette. J’adore!

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Long-Sleeve Jumpsuits | Metal Belts | Strappy Black Booties

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Haute Hippie Jumpsuit | Alexander McQueen Belt | Rebecca Minkoff Bootie

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Street Report: Jane Outside Erdem

As the fashion news director at Glamour, Jane Keltner de Valle is responsible for steering trend and news coverage for the magazine. I’d say they are in good hands! Jane has classic taste and stays true to her personal style.

I like how Jane adapts trends to suit her level of refinement. Today’s look is a beautiful blend of texture and trend. Lace and mohair are the ultimate in feminine texture, but Jane makes them look interesting and fresh.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Alexander McQueen Sweater | Ivanka Trump Stiletto | Saint Laurent Leather Satchel

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Who could forget Lee McQueen‘s majestic fall 2006 show, where model Raquel Zimmermann donned the famed antler-and-lace headdress? The collection depicted romantic embodiments of the late designer’s Scottish roots. Fast-forward to the age of Sarah Burton, the creative force that masterfully maintains and recharges the brand’s DNA, who takes us on a journey through what feels like the misty shires of Scotland for fall 2014.

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The show introduces us to dreamy heroines wandering the wilderness, wrapped in moon-and star-shaped crystal embroidery, silver acorn hand jewelry, frayed organza flowers and ivy velvet jacquards. Burton’s fairy tale beautifully weaves two tales of McQueen, past and present.

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Softly Powerful: Rouched broderie anglaise reveals the delicate nature of the designs.

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The Details: Aubergine organza gown and hand-cut feathers.

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“Drink me, make me feel real / Wet your beak in the stream /
Game we’re playing is life / Love’s a two-way dream”

Lyrics from “Bachelorette” by Björk, the show’s closing tune, which matched the wanderlust mood of the collection.

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While it may come as a surprise, this gorgeous model is also a dessert blogger and food photographer! Elizabeth Minett had one of my favorite looks of the day, thanks to her modern take on the sporty chic trend. I am desperate to get my hands on a textural, modified moto jacket, like Elizabeth’s. Some graphic printed pants and casual cool sneakers are on my list, too!

xo,
Crystal

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I have a total style crush on these two amazing ladies: Shiona Turini, Fashion Market Director at Cosmopolitan, and Zanna Roberts Rassi, Sr. Editor at Marie Claire. They always look chic, cutting edge and comfortable in their skin. I’d expect nothing less from two industry legends!

Today’s look is a lesson in coordination and summertime chic. Loving the blues, loving the shoes and loving the smiles!

xo,
Crystal

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Arguably the epitome of British sartorial ingenuity, Alexander McQueen has just launched on Nordstrom.com for pre-fall 2013, with a highly covetable assortment of precision-cut jackets, structured separates and fitted dresses. So what better way to celebrate this exciting new designer addition than with expert style advice on how to curate a wardrobe of investment pieces?

The Thread tapped Kyle Anderson, accessories director for Marie Claire, to shed some light on why women need timeless, well-crafted designs—and in the process, he showed us how to personalize a few of his must-have looks from the collection.

Wear To Stand Out: Alexander McQueen Lace Metal Bracelet & Alexander McQueen ‘God Save McQueen’ Ring

THE THREAD: Why do accessories matter, and how can accessories add individuality to a look?
KYLE ANDERSON: Accessories are the most important way to personalize your look and make it your own. It’s all about the high/low mix. I recommend that everyone invest in covetable classic pieces that you can wear forever, like watches, classic fine jewelry, a pointy-toe pump like a Manolo, the classic top handle day bag, a chain bag and an metallic evening clutch. Then mix in personal finds and trendier items to put your own unique stamp on it. You could throw on a cool bracelet you bought on vacation, along with cost-friendly costume jewelry and trendy shoes for a thrill.

If it’s colorful, funky and trendy, don’t spend a lot on it. I suggest that you invest that money in the key ticket items that you wear every day. To me, nothing says personal style like mixing a handmade bracelet with something like a Rolex, or wearing a classic designer bag with trendy flat sandals in the summer. You always want to mix something really classic and chic with something funky and unexpected that makes you feel confident—makes you feel like you are really you.

Fashion’s Finest: Nina Garcia, Marie Claire’s creative director, and Kyle at Paris Fashion Week in March. (Photo by Style by Deni.)

THE THREAD: When you’re at a runway show or at a market appointment, what quality does a look or an accessory need in order to get you excited?
KYLE: I’ve been an accessories editor for eight years, which is a long time, so I’ve seen a lot. What gets me excited is seeing something I haven’t seen before. I like it when designers take risks. I like glamour and things that make me scream, “I want this!”—then I know others will want it too. It’s just a feeling. I get goose bumps and then text photos to Nina [Garcia] and say, “OMG, look at this amazing bag!” I love it when people think outside of the box. We see so much that it takes a lot to stand out.

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THE THREAD: Tell us about the first McQueen show you ever attended. What makes a McQueen show so special?
KYLE: My first McQueen show was just last year, for the spring/summer 2013 collection. McQueen is such a cutting-edge brand that takes risks and does unexpectedly mind-blowing shows.

Flowers and bees inspired the collection; there was huge screen of buzzing bees for the backdrop. I loved it, and I loved the accessories. We shot their runway Lucite shoe for a full page in our April issue. I adored the floral with the tough shoes, because that’s what McQueen does really well—the mix of pretty and hard. McQueen is known for having the most standout statement shoes every season; the shoes become collector’s items, and people who wear them make a statement that they are confident and know who they are—or who they want to become. Women who own their look and who are never forgotten wear McQueen.

THE THREAD: Any standout looks from McQueen’s FW13 collection that made you say, “I absolutely need to style/shoot that”?
KYLE: For FW13, I liked the pearl accents; they were very punk. The looks were medieval and pearl-encrusted, but there was something bondage and punk about it—the perfect editorial combination.

THE THREAD: What do you appreciate most about Sarah Burton’s aesthetic/creativity?
KYLE: I think Sarah gave McQueen a much softer, more feminine look. Since Sarah took over design, it’s had a bit more wearability and overall femininity, and that’s been a buzz in the industry. I think Sarah identifies well with female consumers.

KYLE’S GUIDE ON COOL

For the Love of Leather: Alexander McQueen Oversized Collar Leather Jacket & Alexander Wang Jade Sandal

The Look (pictured above): “I like this oversized-collar leather jacket because I’m obsessed with black leather,” says Kyle. “Whether it’s the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s or current trends, people always are looking for the perfect black leather jacket. I think this one is feminine and cool.”

How to Wear It: “I’d wear this jacket in the spring with a tank underneath, skinny black jeans and sandals—think a fall-meets-winter look. Why not pair it with these red Alexander Wang sandals? The look doesn’t have to be biker head to toe. These platforms still have a hard-edge look, and I think all black with a red summer sandal would look cool.”

Instant Classic: Alexander McQueen Flounce Leaf Crepe Dress & Saint Laurent ‘Janis’ Bootie

The Look: “This little black dress is super-versatile. It’s great for everyday wear and especially for work. You’ll get the mileage out of this dress, and it’s a great buy because of the sleeves,” adds Kyle. “Most offices are freezing in the summer.”

How to Wear It: “I like the flirty shape of the skirt on this dress and the more structured fitted sleeves. You can dress it down, add some edge or keep it classic. Make this look your own with these Saint Laurent booties. The combination is a little sexy: rock-‘n’-roll-meets-daytime professional. It’s about mixing it up!”

Discover the masterfully crafted world of McQueen.

Check out Kyle’s blog for more drool-worthy accessories and daily snapshots of his often-photographed style.

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Runway images courtesy of McQueen

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Welcome to the first installment of “House Call,” a new series in which we take a peek inside the home of a Nordstrom employee. Our inaugural post takes us to the downtown Seattle condo of Denise Junell, a designer handbags buyer. Denise has worked at Nordstrom for nine years, beginning with an internship on the Bellevue sales floor. Now she’s traveling to Europe six times a year on buying trips for Lanvin, Chloé, MARC JACOBS, Gucci* and Balenciaga*. Join us as we take a look at her extensive collection of designer shoes, handbags, clothing and more.

“When it comes to my personal style, I like powerful pieces,” Denise says. “I’m not so trend-driven; I just buy what speaks to me.” Here, she’s wearing a Rick Owens leather jacket and a vintage Chanel* necklace found at Renaissance boutique in Paris.

“Most of my outfits begin with the shoes. I have 55 pairs,” she says. “Right now, I’m really into color and texture. I think that’s why I’m so attracted to Fendi shoes.”

Her latest Fendi find is this pair of peep-toe booties, which she affectionately calls her “armadillos.”

“These YSL heels have a very ‘Tron’ vibe to me,” she says. “I wear them with a feminine skirt and blouse.”

If you’re wondering who’s in the background, that’s Goblin, Denise’s 5-year-old pug/chihuahua mix.

As a designer handbags buyer, Denise’s collection is unparalleled. We spotted styles by Lanvin (pink clutch above), Gucci* (black patent leather bag) and more.

“Many people invest in black for their first Chanel* bag,” she says, “but I think red or another pop of color is a great way for the bag to have a point of view.”

“This is my Oscar de la Renta watercolor dress, worn with pink Manolo Blahnik pumps and a vintage pearl collar inherited from my grandmother. I think it’s is a great way to wear a print to work.”

Next up is a butterfly cape dress by Alexander McQueen*, paired with Chanel* heels. “This dress is from the second-to-last collection that McQueen designed before he passed in 2010. It’s definitely one of my favorite pieces.”

At left, Denise shows us a memento necklace from her first Chanel buying trip. (Note the carousel charm—the brand’s fall 2008 runway show featured models riding a giant fashion-themed carousel.) At right, she shows off a leather Balenciaga* dress: “It’s just a simple shift, but in the cobalt blue it really feels unique. And it’s fun to accessorize.”

Denise has a vast jewelry collection, stored in a tall chest of drawers. She inherited many pieces from family members and finds other accessories while traveling.

“I like the idea of a wearing a personalized element, like these Nadri initial earrings. It’s a great way to make it your own.” She’s also wearing a Tom Binns safety pin necklace and vintage Chanel jacket.

In keeping with the personalized theme, Denise has started wearing her old namesake necklace from 3rd grade again, paired with a Nadri arrow necklace.

“Even though it’s a small piece, these Chanel* earrings are one of my favorite things I own. They basically encapsulate my style in a piece of jewelry—rock-and-roll juxtaposed against a delicate, dainty drop of Chanel.”

When it comes to her makeup regimen, Denise is all about bright colors. “Eyebrows and lips are where it’s at for me. I love YSL lipstick because the pigments are really deep and saturated. Chanel has the best lip gloss and a great range of nail lacquers. I also like filling in my lips with a NARS lip pencil for a matte look.”

Many thanks to Denise for helping us kick off this feature!

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-Mary O’Regan

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