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When I asked Kent Worthington to let me take a look inside his NYFW gear bag and tell me how he gets kitted out to support our Beauty team with their exclusive backstage reports, I wasn’t expecting him to say this: “I like to build a little shrine in my hotel room using some spiritual earth elements to ground, support and bring me energy during the week. The rocks are a great element for the week and often I carry them in my pocket around the bustling city to ground me so I don’t get carried away.”

Naturally, I needed to know more.

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Our Director of Creative Projects is maybe one of the most colorful people we know—like, an animated rainbow with pink puppies follows her everywhere she goes. It’s pretty magical. But New York in midwinter is a cruel place. Pastel puppies or not. And really, when travel is concerned, less is very often more.

Even when that travel takes you to Fashion Week.

So let this glimpse into O.K.’s luggage be a lesson to all of us: It’s chic to streamline. And to wear sensible shoes in subhuman temperatures. These shoes and coats are our Pop-In Shop curator’s all-black-everything staples for Fall Fashion Week, and they are also our way of saying to you, “Heads up! We’re going full-on with this thing.”

In the days and weeks to come, you’ll hear from more Nordstrom insiders about their packing strategies, and we’ll get geared up in other ways, too—like, with actual gear. Because, yeah, how does our social media team capture those killer backstage beauty moments? (And everything else?)

So bundle up, friends—Olivia Kim does—and stay tuned.

Shop: More items OK’d by O.K. at Nordstrom.com/oliviakim

—Laura Cassidy

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Now that Fashion Week has come to an end, our final Fashion Week story this season highlights all the got-to-have-them shoes on the feet of the industry’s most stylish ladies. It’s a thing we like to do. Click a pair to shop these showstoppers right now.

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And so we bid a fond adieu to the S/S ’15 runways, as Paris Fashion Week wraps up with some Female Trouble at Miu Miu.

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Vixen-vision: Miu Miu’s shady ladies.

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M·A·C shares the trade secrets and products behind the looks they designed for the runways at Fashion Week.

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At Rolando Santana, Director of Makeup Artistry Romero Jennings was inspired by the idea of a glowing, daytime smoky eye. Using eyeshadow creams, he created a satiny lavender shade that swept over the upper eyelid and wrapped around the outside corner of the eye to the lower eyelid. Vanilla Pigment was the star product for the skin. He accented cheekbones by buffing the product to reveal its pearl finish.

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More looks at the scene on the street from our Global Trend Reporter, Crystal Nicodemus!

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Yesterday’s runways took us from Italian holiday to historical Japanese fiction with classic prints from Valentino and startlingly bold lines by Alexander McQueen.

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Valentino’s Grand Tour-inspired collection was as beautifully varied as Italy itself. Creative directors, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, aimed to transport us to an era of Italian esteem, when Europeans flocked to Italy for a lesson in culture and aesthetics.

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Stella McCartney ruled the runway yesterday with understated elegance and minimalist femininity.

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Stella McCartney‘s spring collection showcased a muted palette with soft, flowing dresses and silk jumpsuits.

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Bonjour from Paris! Our Global Trend Reporter, Crystal Nicodemus, is ready to rock in the City of Light, bringing us the best in street fashion from Paris Fashion Week. C’est magnifique!

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Highlights from yesterday’s shows, including sleek elegance at Akris, sporty futurism at KENZO and bobo-inflected accessories at Chloé.

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At Akris, creative director Albert Kriemler showed a collection of precisely cut, monochromatic looks, many with textural, graphic motifs inspired by Russian artist Kazimir Malevich’s Suprematist works.

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