Like you, we love a good mood board. The chance to look over a designer’s shoulder and see what images guided his or her collection is bona fide ripple-effect gold.
From Alexandre Birman‘s pre-fall mood board, courtesy Alexandre Birman
So when new-to-Nordstrom footwear designer Alexandre Birman agreed to share his upon the launch of his new collection, we couldn’t help but be charmed—and want more. We followed up on his Olivia Palermo-dotted inspiration palette (above) with a Q and A about the season ahead and life in the high-style fast lane.
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Cue the Beach Boys, and get ready to give their retro vibe an urban twist.
“For spring/summer 2016 I took inspiration from California sky-gazing,”said Sandra Choi, Jimmy Choo‘s creative head. She told us the sandals, pumps and bags in the new collection are all about “conveying an upbeat attitude whilst juxtaposing new with old—artisanal vintage references blended with bold, graphic architectural details—to create something modern and surprising.”
Chloë Sevigny in Jimmy Choo, courtesy Jimmy Choo
And who better to personify that than ultimate cool girl Chloë Sevigny? Choi’s team shared this exclusive on-location campaign image with us, in which the style icon looks like a West Coast dream in this season’s Halley sandal.
We also got Choi to tell us where and how to wear some of her other warm weather favorites, and we found out more about the “sculptural grandeur” that furthered the collection’s inspiration.
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A while back we told you about a cool social media contest called Clergerie Girls, in which the man-repelling style icon Leandra Medine would team up with Robert Clergerie creative director Roland Mouret to select an Instagram-sourced collaborator for the beloved line of oxfords, wedges, slides and sandals.
Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine, Robert Clergerie creative director Roland Mouret and Katy Shayne—ultimate Clergerie Girl
(All party images courtesy Robert Clergerie)
Just before we all convened for Paris Fashion Week, the lucky gal was named—and toward the end of the trip, we got a chance to see the brand’s fall 2016 collection and celebrate at a star-studded, especially well-shod dinner party with these smart, thoughtful women of style.
In a glassy, reflective showroom in Milan stand Jimmy Choo‘s achingly covetable fall ’16 creations. But these shoes are not just meant to be gazed upon; in this street-style-dominated fashion economy, these are next season’s essential sidewalk-ready pieces.
In the spirit of Fashion Week, we asked Creative Director Sandra Choi to give us her top three selects to see—and be seen in—this fall.
After 15 years of showing during Paris Fashion Week, the Alexander McQueen fall collection was revealed this Sunday at home—the label’s home, that is, and the home of the late designer as well as current Creative Director Sarah Burton.
We were told the brand’s fashion week return to London is due to Burton’s pregnancy—she’s 38 weeks along—and meanwhile, Burton told London’s The Guardian newspaper that the models’ unbuttoned menswear and jewelry-adorned up-dos were due to “women’s obsessions, and flowers that bloom at night.” In the end it might not matter what was behind the homecoming or the elegantly rendered pop culture references—lips, eyes, swans, unicorns—or the floor-sweeping net gowns, and quilted jackets.
What matters is how stunningly beautiful they were.
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British-born, New York-based footwear designer Paul Andrew picked a West Side penthouse as his New York Fashion Week base camp, but not because his collection has an overtly urban bent. Oh, these are shoes you’ll want to wear on the best city days and nights, but Paul always ties his seasons to a place on the map and fall’s geographical muse isn’t about concrete and steel.
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“Shoes are literally my whole life,” Alexandre Birman told me. “My friends have a joke that instead of a crib I had a shoebox.”
The son of a Brazilian footwear entrepreneur, Alexandre was born and raised in the industry. In his home country, his family brand is a household name, and here in America, his collections of exotic leathers, strappy sandals and artisan-driven boots and flats are gaining escalating traction each season. He says he’s on his way to realizing a childhood dream of designing and producing his own world-renowned namesake line one season at a time.
Alexandre points to three key elements for the season ahead: velvet, strong boots and python.
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“They’re perfect for what’s happening in fashion and art and architecture—this great kind of melting of all things,” Jeffrey Kalinsky told me this past November on a crazily warm New York day.
All photos by Laura Cassidy
He was talking about Snarkitecture, the of-the-moment, in-the-mix design practice headed by artist Daniel Arsham and architect Alex Mustonen. Harnessing the trend for mixing the chicest ready-to-wear with the best built environments, our VP Fashion Director set out to collaborate with the best and commissioned the Brooklyn-based crew to create a backdrop (only part of it is seen here) on which to shoot his favorite looks from Valentino, Gucci, Simone Rocha and more on China-born model Fei Fei Sun for our new season Designer Collections lookbook.
We were there at New York’s Pier 59 Studios, and we’d love to take you behind the scenes.
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It’s Carolyne’s birthday—she’s 30 this year, and doesn’t she make it look amazing?
Manolo Blahnik Carolyne
The Manolo Blahnik signature slingback in all its iterations—high to low heels, suede to patent leather finishes, neutral tones and knockout yellow—is named for the woman who came up with the original silhouette back in 1986.
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We all know that toting along a bouquet of flowers, an extra bottle of bubbles, and maybe a crusty baguette goes a long way with holiday hosts, but you know what goes a long way with fellow guests? A few good questions. Holiday Season Party Tip #9: Ask people about themselves. Be interesting and interested. Get folks to open up—about their lives, their work and the year we’re all about to put behind us.
Pedro Garcia, easing down the road; all images courtesy Pedro Garcia
We chatted up Spain-based designers of Pedro Garcia and Dale Dubovich of Pedro Garcia (via email of course) about the year we’re about to put behind us, and the one that’s cueing up as we speak. Here’s what they had to say about nabbing a coveted fashion award and some very ambitious #lifegoals.
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