Designer Collections

Back in ’96—a time that, fashion-wise, didn’t look wildly different from where we are now in ’16—Lafayette 148 New York opened up shop in the heart of SoHo. Today, they’re delving into the archives and retooling iconic styles from years past into a special 20th-anniversary collection.

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All images courtesy of Emily Smith and Lafayette 148 New York

That’s two decades of chic, elevated staples, and two decades dedicated to ensuring women—of all ages and all shapes—look and feel like their ideal versions of themselves.

headshot2To mark the occasion, we traded missives with the brand’s world-traveling creative director Emily Smith—who spends four months out of the year working alongside the company’s skilled artisans in Shantou, China—to talk history, favorite new pieces and inspiration found along the eastern edges of the Himalayas.

LET’S GO BACK, THEN FORWARD

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Jenny Packham’s spring 2017 collection deliberately drew on a 1943 art exhibit by Peggy Guggenheim titled “Exhibition by 31 Women.” Naturally, Packham and her studio are the artists behind her creations, but 31 famous women were the muses for her festive frocks this season.

Bobbi Brown at Jenny Packham Spring 2017

Photos by Masha Maltsava

Some of the female luminaries who inspired a dress were Elizabeth Taylor, Iman, Florence Welch, Frida Kahlo, Jean Seberg, Julianne Moore, Catherine Deneuve, Jennifer Lawrence and, happily, Peggy Guggenheim. Although each dress had a singular personality, Packham’s overarching theme seemed to be classic femininity with an undeniable streak of individuality. Most silhouettes were luxurious, undeniably so. Some dripped beads, others shone with sequins, many were overwhelmed by gold, others presented colorfully embroidered blooms.
Jenny Packham Spring 2017
Bobbi Brown gave the models party-ready looks with defined eyes (sometimes under oversized sunglasses) and chiseled cheekbones. The makeup was chic and dramatic, perfect for a night out paired with a pretty, signature dress.

SEE THE DRESSES AND GET THE MAKEUP

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MCM‘s new school is brassier and studlier, hanging perfectly off the shoulders of The (charmed) Youths, street-style icons and everyone in between. But the highly ‘grammable logo—developed at the height of Munich’s ’70s creative renaissance—hasn’t veered too far off course since the Cognac Visetos pattern became the famed Cognac Visetos pattern.

Until now.

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Enter Tobias Rehberger: former punk kid, award-winning German multimedia artist and master of reimagining familiar spaces and forms into sculptural installations that often defy categorization.

CROSS THE LINE WITH TOBIAS

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For the second season in a row, we’re counting down the crucial pre-Christmas shopping days with a series called Gifted Givers, in which friends old and new share their thoughts on stylishly spirited giving and receiving. New this year: the Pop-In@Nordstrom x Opening Ceremony Holiday Shop edition.

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Perhaps you know fashion designer Adam Selman from his his much-ballyhooed position on Rihanna’s speed dial. Or maybe you’ve been shopping his all-purpose capsule collection on our site.

For the uninitiated, Selman occupies a Warhol-esque place in pop culture, has designed costumes for Britney Spears and Michael Jackson (RIP the K.o.P.) and imbues his work with a natural sense of play which is refreshing without being hokey.

He has an unusually straightforward approach to gifting. Here he is talking about Jenga, Brita filters and the fruitful agony of self-sacrifice.

Shop: Pop-In@Nordstrom x Opening Ceremony Holiday Shop

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“Yes, since I ‘shop’ for a living the assumption is that the perfect gift is always available and around me,” admits Sahar Sokhandan, Nordstrom’s buyer of designer fine apparel and evening collections.

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Call it a job hazard for Sahar (above), but it’s a win for you; today we’re sharing her pro gift-giving insight as well as tips and trade secrets from fellow buyer Jennifer Sabenorio.

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QuadMilan4Gimlet-eyed Crystal Nicodemus is busy snapping street-style starlets during Fashion Week. Here are her photos to inspire you for next season (or this one), and some wardrobe picks to help you get the look.

SEE AND SHOP THE LOOKS

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QuadMilan3Gimlet-eyed Crystal Nicodemus is busy snapping street-style starlets during Fashion Week. Here are her photos to inspire you for next season (or this one), and some wardrobe picks to help you get the look.Milan Fashion Week Spring 2016 Street StyleMichaela looks every bit the modern Italian urbanite. Her mix of a casual tee and chic trousers is fantastic. Side note: Those trousers are gorgeous and I am adding printed pajama-inspired pants to my shopping list immediately. The draped moto jacket is practically a requirement these days, and it works with almost any style. Heels and oversized cat-eye sunnies complete this city cool look.

Shop similar styles:
silk pants | black moto jackets | tortoiseshell cat-eye sunglasses

Shop our editors’ picks to re-create this look:

St. John Collection crêpe de chine jogger pants | Burberry Brit Edgewick lambskin jacket | Sunday Somewhere Laura sunglasses

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QuadMilan2Gimlet-eyed Crystal Nicodemus is busy snapping street-style starlets during Fashion Week. Here are her photos to inspire you for next season (or this one), and some wardrobe picks to help you get the look.Milan Fashion Week Spring 2016 Street Style

Clearly, the monochromatic style is here to stay, especially in all white. Anna Fasano added some interesting texture to her ensemble outside Emporio Armani with a modern mesh skirt and metallic oxfords. The button-up is one of the most in-demand pieces of the season, and this long, side-cut style is crisp and cool. Mirrored sunnies and a mini handbag keep the look minimalist.

Shop similar styles:
white button-up shirts | mini bags | metallic oxfords

Shop our editors’ picks to re-create this look:

Vetements oversize cotton shirt | Saint Laurent small sac de jour tote | Shoes of Prey cap toe oxford

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Gimlet-eyed Crystal Nicodemus is busy snapping street-style starlets during Fashion Week. Here are her photos to inspire you for next season (or this one), and some wardrobe picks to help you get the look.

Milan Fashion Week Spring 2016 Street Style

I am obsessed with wide leg trousers and, luckily, they are very on trend this year. This high waisted, pleated style has a military edge, which is another big theme of the season. The unexpected pairing of a tight white turtleneck and pointed stilettos creates some interesting interplay, as does the kitschy box bag. Kiki is clearly having fun experimenting, and I dig it!

Shop similar styles:
wide leg trousers | white turtlenecks | round sunglasses

Shop our editors’ picks to re-create this look:

Vika Gazinskaya wide leg pleated pants | Chelsea28 layering turtleneck | Jimmy Choo Andies round sunglasses

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London Fashion Week Spring 2016 Street StyleGimlet-eyed Crystal Nicodemus is busy snapping street-style starlets during Fashion Week. Here are her photos to inspire you for next season (or this one), and some wardrobe picks to help you get the look.

London Fashion Week Spring 2016 Street Style

Jenny Bernheim is back for another style round, this time in London! Jenny has a trendy, feminine aesthetic, and she looks perfectly put together. The modern overall cut is mega popular this year, and this one-piece is chic with a hint of Seventies flair. Love the lace turtleneck (trend alert!) and oversized wire sunnies. A ladylike studded bag and simple stilettos complete the outfit.

Shop similar styles:
lace blouses | jumpsuits | oversized sunglasses

Shop our editors’ picks to re-create this look:

Altuzarra Chantilly lace turtleneck blouse | Topshop Tabard flare jumpsuit | kate spade new york scottie retro sunglasses

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