Chloé

We weren’t necessarily expecting Prince at 10am in the Grand Palais this morning, but that’s what we got (“Take Me With U” from 1985)—along with layers and layers of ruffles, super-chic fleece and leather moto suits.

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As it turns out, Chloé Creative Director Clare Waight Keller actually had ’70s-era journalist and Moto Guzzi rider Anne France Dautheville on her mind for fall 2016. Once you understand how all these references came together, the girly boho biker rocker chick becomes a pretty irresistible character.

HERE’S WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO WANT TO WEAR TO THE FESTIVALS

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If a single piece of clothing could signify this moment in time—could represent early 2016 and the current winter-into-spring era—it would be the bomber jacket. It works equally well for men and women, and as a cardigan-like layer or true protection against the elements.

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Chloé reversible embroidered tech satin bomber

Just about every designer showed some variation of this timeless staple during the last round of Fashion Weeks, so now that all those want-worthy spring styles are showing up in our stores, we’ve only seen the beginning of bombermania.

Starting with the richly ornate and totally cozy olive-green Chloé number above, we selected our top nine iterations of this must-have-right-now topper.

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Imagine it: you spend your whole life on a sheep farm in West Branch, Iowa, and then one day you meet Jeff and Mary Clarke of Mother Model Management, who scoop you up and take you to Paris. The next thing you know you’re helping Chloé creative director Clare Waight Keller telegraph the dream of an ultra-elegant and super-sporty bohemian.

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That’s Hazel Crew’s story, as I heard it from the Clarkes themselves while we sat waiting for one of Paris Fashion Week’s biggest shows to begin. The Clarkes, who’ve made a 20-year career out of finding gorgeous talent in the heartland, were there that morning to see model-on-the-rise Grace Hartzel as well; they discovered her at a Cheesecake Factory.

Find out more about the Clarkes’ Midwestern Chloé muses—and see the colored pleats, girly gym pants and obsession-worthy handbags they wore for the spring collection.

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One could argue that the highest art of seasonal dressing is found during the transformative periods; those breezy weeks between sun-laden summer and full-on fall (and later, as the days grow longer, those days when winter draws to an end and spring busts out all over). This year’s pre-fall collections have finally arrived, and we’re sharing some of the best transitional pieces complete with commentary from venerable designers and the wise sages over at our designer buying office. There’s nothing quite like updated classics, a little retro fever and impeccable craftsmanship to put a little high-gloss on the in-between zone.

Pre-fall means pre-order, so ready your fingers for those irresistible buttons and check out our complete guide to Pre-Fall ’15.

The Flare-Leg Pant

Akris Punto flare-leg pants; pre-fall 2015. “This silhouette illustrates the modern spirit and style of artistic muses.”

—Akris Punto Creative Director Albert Kriemler

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It’s not what you know, it’s who you know and what they know. Especially when it comes to traveling and visiting new places, which is why we asked fashion photographer and Puerto Rico native Clarke Tolton about the islands on the occasion of our new store there. And it’s why we got Pedro García and Dale Dubovich to give us the scoop on their favorite ways to stroll in Spain. Likewise Chloé creative director Clare Waight Keller, who told us where to eat, shop and gaze at the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Image via LA Times feature on Olivia Kim’s Seattle

The LA Times is on the same insider-access wavelength; they just interviewed Nordstrom’s director of creative projects and Pop-In curator Olivia Kim about her latest shoppable microcosm, Magic Hour, and then they asked her to point to Seattle’s best tofu bowl and vintage finds. Which she was, of course, happy to do.

Pack your overnighter, friends. A weekend in Nordstrom’s hometown is practically planned and plotted via the newspaper’s “On the hunt for food, fashion and sights in Olivia Kim’s Seattle.”

Shop: Pop-In

—Laura Cassidy

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Designers in Paris tend to march to their own very distinct beat, and the shows there always deliver a beautifully diverse array of trends. There were, however, certain key looks, items and ideas that emerged over the course of all four of this season’s fashion weeks and reached their apex in the French capital.

Among our Top 10: A mood of romantic, gothic Victorian; a nostalgic ’70s feeling; and a clean-edged retro-future idea that recalls the ’60s but is brought up to date with modern fabrications. Fur and layered texture continue in importance and a tailored coat, sleek bag and fitted boot will all be must-haves come fall. High-shine leather and precious dimensional embellishments in unexpected forms keep the look sleek, modern and feminine. Enjoy!

1. ’70S NOSTALGIA

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2. GOTHIC ROMANCE

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3. RETRO FUTURE

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Fashion Week Journal for Tuesday, March 10

Whether you’re watching the runway from home or from the front row, it’s impossible to not be completely captivated by certain models. There are the classically beautiful ones and the offbeat beauties, the girls who seem to come from another world and those who might be your awkward neighbor from kindergarten.

The best ones just have that something. Sometimes they’re even a little distracting—you look at them as closely as you do the clothes they’re modeling. But that plays into the brand too. Some models are cast because they have the perfect proportions and walk like they’re in a dream. Some are cast because they simply possess a spirit that draws you in—and keeps you there.

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Napavine, Washington’s Emilie Evander is among the last group. After she walked in the Gucci men’s show (they’re gender benders, you’ll recall) and made big waves there, Alexander Wang cast her as an exclusive for his New York Fashion Week show, then Gucci nabbed her as an exclusive for Milan. And they had her close the show. In Paris, she walked in the much buzzed-about shows for Rick Owens and Margiela.

It’s a big deal to be booked exclusively; it means it’s the only show you do in that market. It means you’re paid more. It means the brand really wants your certain something to represent their certain something. Evander’s certain something is in her 5’11” frame and her ethereal coloring, but it’s also in her goofball spirit and small-town roots. She’s a total sweetheart and a complete teenager. She loves her mom and family and her community, and she’s curious about the world. She also likes steak and french fries, as I learned when I had dinner with her at Le Relais de l’Entrecote.

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Fashion Week Journal for Sunday, March 8

By the fourth week of what is really Fashion Month, the sheer number of shows attended by someone like Konca Aykan, the super-chic stylist and Vogue Turkey Fashion Director, is sort of staggering. So asking her over a laid-back Saturday lunch which ones have stood out—well, it’s not really a trick question, but it’s also not an easy one.

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Highlights and commentary from yesterday’s runway shows: Chloé rocks a bewitching uptown-gypsy vibe; Kenzo wraps mod military layers around fluid designs that nod to the label’s Japanese DNA.

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Fashion Week Journal for Friday, March 6

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Margherita Maccapani Missoni isn’t having a typical Paris Fashion Week. When I met with her yesterday at her family apartment in the 7th arrondissement, she had just returned not from a runway show but from an acupuncture appointment; her second child is due in two months, and these last few weeks have been a little difficult. That evening she would attend the Lanvin opening at the Palais Galliera with her grandmother, and later in the week she’ll attend a dinner for her friend, the designer Charlotte Olympia, but these days she’s not really thinking about ready-to-wear. She’s thinking about kidswear, and her brand-new, exclusive-to-Nordstrom line Margherita.

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