Fashion Week is just around the corner! As usual, we’ll be bringing all of the excitement—from runway shows to street style—straight to you. For all the latest, keep your eyes on The Thread and our Blogs + More hub. They’re your source for staying on top of all of our favorite moments in New York, London, Milan and Paris from September 4 – October 3.
Get ready for…
Street Style: Check out the most inspiring local and right-now style, captured by our global trend reporter Crystal Nicodemus—complete with Editor’s Picks, so you can shop the look right now.
Runway Shows: We’ll recap the best of the best that we’re seeing on the runway from the designers you love.
Trend Reports: Read runway trend reviews from our corporate HQ fashion office that’ll give you a look at what’s to come—and what’s happening now.
The Scene:Olivia Kim, our director of creative projects and mastermind behind our Pop-In Shops, will be sharing her “day in the life” perspective with a snapshot of shows, events, parties and everything else that’s fabulous while she’s on location.
Backstage Beauty: Our beauty team takes you behind the scenes to show you makeup looks from our favorite brands—with tips and tricks to recreate the trends for yourself.
One month ago today, we posted a shot of legendary New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham asking Crystal Nicodemus, our Fashion Week street style photographer, to jump for a photo. We were certain she’d end up in one of his stories, and sure enough, Crystal appeared in yesterday’s print edition and the online slideshow narrated by Bill.
Watch the video below for Bill’s explanation of the blue and pink trend, and you’ll see Crystal’s jump shot at the very end.
Our final look at the Fashion Week scene focuses on the models of Paris Fashion Week as they exit show venues. Check out the best off-duty shots by photographer Crystal Nicodemus and get ready for tons of black leather jackets.
If you’ve ever thought black is boring, then you should check out these images from the Junya Watanabe fall 2014 show at Paris Fashion Week. The venerable Japanese designer (and notable name in avant-garde fashion) presented a show befitting his incredible rep, with look after look of texturally contrasting, meticulously constructed, thought-provoking pieces. Color would have only been a distraction.
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.
Sparkly shifts, graphic fur coats and glittery go-go boots. The spirit of the 1960s muse rang through Hedi Slimane’s second fall show for Saint Laurent, and it proved just as contagious as the original Youthquake. There’s nothing groundbreaking at work here, and that’s just as well—these clothes have a clear and simple purpose: free-spirited fun in the most girlish way possible. Rock ‘n’ roll.
We have a soft spot for Twin Peaks, as it’s set in our home state of Washington, so you can imagine our delight upon hearing that director David Lynch was the inspiration behind Humberto Leon and Carol Lim’s fall show for KENZO.
Lynch consulted with the duo on the runway production, creating the music and bringing in a giant bust that was perched at the base of the stage. His influences were less obvious on the collection itself, save for an overall eccentric vibe reflected in jagged prints, oversized shapes and asymmetrical folds.
The masculine trend is still going strong thanks to Colombian designer Haider Ackermann,* who always manages to make an oversized outfit look polished and chic. This season he struck a balance between the toughness of menswear and the gracefulness of a woman, sending down the runway a sea of softly draped trousers, sweeping overcoats and dresses with plunging necklines and sexy cutouts. It’s nonchalance to the extreme, and we couldn’t be more intrigued.
*We offer Haider Ackermann in selected stores. Please contact a Designer Specialist at 1.877.543.7463 for more details.
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.
*We offer Akris in selected stores. For assistance, please contact a Designer Specialist at 1.877.543.7463.