Artspace, the New York-based online curated consortium of artists, galleries and cultural institutions, partnered with Nordstrom for the Spring 2014 Designer Showcase. Meredith Blechman of Artspace guest blogs for us to reveal the role art plays in fashion.
Get to know our Women’s via C buying team: Kimberly Harris, Devon Gruss, Kelle Jones and Cheri Dublinski (left to right).
This Seattle-based troupe of savvy fashion-finders travel from New York to Paris in hot pursuit of the most coveted contemporary and emerging designs from the likes of T by Alexander Wang, rag & bone, Helmut Lang, Carven, 3.1 Phillip Lim, KENZO, MSGM and The Kooples. Energized by the wares from the recently wrapped Fashion Week season, The Thread sits in on a via C buyer meeting to get the scoop on all things spring!
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.
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.
Softly Powerful: Rouched broderie anglaise reveals the delicate nature of the designs.
The Details: Aubergine organza gown and hand-cut feathers.
“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.
Welcome back, Sofie Valkiers from Fashionata.com! This Belgian blogger is a fashion superstar. I can always count on Sofie for an interesting take on ladylike themes. Today’s ensemble is totally on trend, thanks to her thigh-high boots, fuzzy beanie, mini handbag and mirrored sunnies. However, I think it’s her patterned coat that really steals the show!
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I love it when friends coordinate their outfits for the day! These two gorgeous gals have just the right balance of contrast and complementary coordination. Unique cuts, graphic prints and trendy accessories make for a thoroughly modern yet feminine look. What better way to salute KENZO at their show than to look amazing in their designs?
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First Lady Michelle Obama is known to opt for silhouettes that reveal her svelte physique and toned arms. For a recent appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, our national style star selected a look by St. John, the caviar sateen Milano knit jumpsuit with liquid satin cowl, that perfectly accentuated her best features.
“One of the biggest trends this season is the jumpsuit. It’s easy as it is effortless and is a great silhouette for any shape. Our jumpsuit in St. John signature sateen Milano knit is the epitome of sophisticated elegance,” says Albino Riganello, St. John’s VP of Design.
Play up your best parts with St. John.
Photo courtesy of St. John
Veronika Heilbrunner gets mobbed by photographers at every show. I will attest that I can’t resist jumping in the photog fray either! Amazonian Veronika is one of my personal style icons, and I try to emulate her looks whenever I can.
Today’s outfit is impeccable and hits all the right trend notes: the moto jacket, shearling, pencil skirt and tall boots. Merci pour l’inspiration, Veronika!
Photo prints create a one-of-a-kind statement at the Akris fall/winter 2014 runway show.
“A photograph is the launch pad and starting point of Thomas Ruff’s art,” says Albert Kriemler, creative director of Swiss fashion house Akris, on the German artist who influenced his design process for fall. “For my 10th year in Paris, I have chosen seven images [by Ruff], mostly related to the universe and galaxy we live in, and two ingenious photograms. Technology is always on my mind, more than ever, and the collaboration with a grand living artist and friend is a highly inspirational gift.”
Fall sketches by Albert Kriemler.
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Exaggerated zippers, fringed details, shibori prints, chunky knits and razor-sharp tailoring define the look for fall ’14 at Stella McCartney, who held her show at the opulent Palais Garnier opera house. The runway styles of the collection moved models Cara Delevingne and Joan Smalls to close the show with some energized dance moves. We can all join in on the excitement as we count down to the launch of the British designer’s ready-to-wear line on Nordstrom.com this May!