Imagine the colossal honor of showing Christian Louboutin around town. That’s what we got to do—not once, but twice—when the esteemed footwear icon visited our downtown Seattle home base as well as our two-year-old flagship in Vancouver, BC.
While his main priority was spending time with the hundreds of red-soled fanatics that gathered in both cities to meet him and have him sign their heels, he managed to get in a few museum visits, some famed Northwest cuisine and a seaplane ride to boot.
As we promised back during Fashion Week when we got his must-visit list for Paris, we’re excited to share the places and faces that highlighted his time here.
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Let’s call it a cultural exchange.
On October 16, icon of all footwear icons Christian Louboutin is coming to Nordstrom’s downtown Seattle flagship headquarters; from there we’ll spend the next five days showing him around the Northwest, including a trip to Vancouver, BC. (And yes, we’ll definitely fill you in on all this in the days to come.)
All images by Jessa Carter
Needless to say, we’re more than a little excited for the visit—his first to our neck of the woods—but since we’re currently camped out in his city, we asked him to give us a short list of personal must-hit Paris spots.
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Fashion has come to expect a poetic gesture from Dries Van Noten, but Wednesday’s runway presentation was really something special. It was an unseasonably warm and sunny day in Paris, but as soon as we entered the loftlike space, we encountered at least a visual chill: gorgeously rich and natural floral arrangements frozen in ice blocks, melting in a staggered row down the center of the room.
Though the frosted arrangements (the work of cult botanical artist Azuma Makoto) didn’t actually lower the temperature, the allusion was crystal clear. Spring is that magical thing that happens inside of and because of the bitter cold. From the dark of winter come the most beautiful flowers.
SEE DRIES VAN NOTEN’S SPRING ON ICE
Before Anthony Vaccarello was Anthony Vaccarello of Saint Laurent—back when he had his own private label and was part of the mix of emerging designers inside SPACE—we asked him what one word would describe his always-party-ready, dance-til-dawn looks.
His answer? Sharp.
All images: Indigital Images
On Tuesday, inside the shell of postindustrial grandeur, the Italian-Belgian designer debuted as Anthony Vaccarello of Saint Laurent Paris by sending out an army of sharply dressed babes who were ready for any party—and the world.
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“The Jimmy Choo woman is not a singular or static being; she is a dynamic, confident, playful force to be reckoned with.”
Those same adjectives—which came from Creative Director Sandra Choi—can also be used to describe icon Mary J. Blige and models Amber Valletta, Xiao Wen Ju, Milla Jovovich and Sasha Pivovarova, all of whom and more were on hand Thursday night in the Meatpacking District to kick off Fashion Week and celebrate Jimmy Choo’s current collection and its 20th anniversary music video.
All images by Carmen Daneshmandi
We talked to Choi in advance of the party about the fall styles on offer now and about her vision for the next 20 years. Oh, and we caught those beauties in party mode (we got access to the video to share with you, too).
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Jeffrey Kalinsky has been thinking about the future. In fact, he’s almost always thinking about the future—whether that means next season’s outsized silhouettes and gauzy layers, or, you know, that not-so-distant place where we commute to work via space bubble and beam friends into our living room using hologram technology.
Indeed: our VP Fashion Director’s preferred vision of what’s to come is very similar to what the beloved animation studio Hanna-Barbera and the Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen pictured back in the mid-60s.
J.W.ANDERSON, from our Fall Designer Collections lookbook
“My future looks like The Jetsons, and it looks like the original TWA terminal at JFK Airport,” says Kalinsky, referring to that Jet Age monument of wing-shaped shells and curvilinear ceramic. “You get in your flying saucer and go to the grocery store. Everything is easy and happy.”
In imagining how he might line up the near future—fall ’16—with that smooth, glossy, ultra-efficient, zero-waste ideal and present them together in a fashion guidebook, he turned once again to Snarkitecture. We first teamed up with the in-demand, of-the-moment Brooklyn-based collaborative design practice last season; their 5,000-pound cave-like structure served as a bridge between art, architecture and the best spring looks from Gucci, Valentino, Simone Rocha and more.
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The earrings, the coats, the pink tweed, the grassy greens. The slinky dresses, the bold silver jewels. The slouchy trousers, the gowns. The shoes!
And not just the ones on the runway, either—the crowd at Designer Preview always brings their own parade (just check out that front row below)—and this past Thursday night on the Seattle waterfront was an ultra-inspiring mix of what’s hot now, what’s hot on the horizon and what’s just hot no matter the season.
The Missoni scene in Thursday night’s Designer Preview runway show.
Missed it? Loved it and just want to relive it? Our 50-image lookbook detailing everything from the start of the party to the trunk show the next day is just the eye candy you need.
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Over the last few years, Pedro Garcia creative heads Pedro García and Dale Dubovich have become our unofficial ambassadors to Spain. Always ready to list the hot spots and point us toward good beaches and great eats, they’re obviously passionate about their roots and eager to share.
A behind-the-scenes shot from the fall issue of Pedro Garcia’s Made in Spain,
their magazine-style lookbook (all images courtesy Pedro Garcia)
Of course, the real proof is in the shoes—and how those shoes are made. Pedro Garcia, the brand, takes a lot of pride in their made-in-Spain ethos—so much so that their seasonal magazine is called Made in Spain. The most recent edition took them to the industrial port of Bilbao to explore, discover and share the city and the fall collection.
We went one step further and traded a few emails with Pedro and Dale to get inside the inside scoop.
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After its debut last week at Paris Fashion Week, the Y-3 Noci sneaker is now available at Nordstrom. Usually, you can’t buy products fresh off the runway from Fashion Week. But sometimes you can, and now is one of those times.
Y-3, of course, is the partnership between legendary designer Yohji Yamamoto (hence the Y) and adidas (hence the 3, for three stripes). The brand has been envisioning the future of sports fashion for 13 years now.
We spoke with Y-3 senior design director Lawrence Midwood about sci-fi aesthetics, what it’s like working with Yamamoto, and the inspiration behind the Noci–a bruiser of a sneaker.
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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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