This last month has been a whirl—one filled with designer platforms, reams of fringe, handbags the size of suitcases and crayon-colored eyeshadow. All of these glamorous things have left us in a swivet, and we’re suffering a bout of fashion fatigue from keeping up with the runway shows and street style. It’s a complicated self-diagnosis but, we’re assured, completely curable.
So once again we turned to Kate Bellman, associate fashion director in our Nordstrom Fashion Office, to distill the runway’s biggest trends for fall 2017. Because if someone were to ask us, our response would sound like nonsensical Elton John song lyrics: “blue jeans, baby; rocket ships; crocodile shoes and rhinestone sunglasses.” See what we mean?
Maison Margiela Fall 2017
Thank goodness for Kate! Here’s her professional breakdown of the last four weeks—plus our on-trend shopping picks. Sing along if you want to!
The fashion and beauty authorities in New York, London, Milan and Paris have spoken.… Fashion month is almost officially over, and we’re thinking about the wide range of trends—from sequined lips to daisy eyes—we saw on the catwalks and on the streets. While the rhinestone teardrop may not be a look you’re going to sport every day, there are plenty of runway-beauty takeaways you can apply to your real-life makeup routine. Get ready to have fun with color again, switch up your lipstick game and reacquaint yourself with the world of iridescent makeup.
You know that thing when two of your friends hit it off? That’s what’s happening right now with Petra Collins, the young visionary who shot our spring campaign, and Gucci, which hopefully needs no introduction.
Collins walked as a model in the recent Gucci show in Milan and has also been creating imagery for the legendary Italian brand. Check out her new video for Gucci above—and read our interview with Collins here.
Something about the way French women dress will eternally have us green with envy. Perhaps it’s that they consistently manage to look timeless yet extremely forward. So as we eagerly jump into the long-awaited Paris Fashion Week, there is one thing we can expect to see for sure, and that is insanely gorgeous street style. It is common knowledge that French fashion depends on somewhat of a uniform, and street style in particular gravitates toward a few standout items—five, to be exact. With the handful of wardrobe staples we’ve identified ahead, ranging from statement outerwear to crisp cotton shirts, anyone anywhere will easily be able to re-create the French-girl aesthetic we all crave.
When our Designer Buy Planner Lauren Zimmermann goes to Fashion Weeks, she’s all business. She sees as many shows as she can, then visits brand showrooms and makes careful decisions about exactly which styles Nordstrom will buy. It’s a stressful job.
She makes sure she’s up to it by jogging every day (refreshes the mind) and hydrating her skin with Kiehl’s products day and night.
Makes sense to us! Here’s Lauren talking about packing for Fashion Week.
New York-based designer Victor Alfaro thinks a bit differently about fashion. He doesn’t like to produce collections just because the fashion calendar demands one, and he doesn’t believe traditional runway shows are as useful and productive as they once were.
So when he put together soft, organic patterns and relaxed, unbound shapes in his current, ready-to-shop selection, he wasn’t necessarily thinking about them as “spring/summer 2017,” but as pieces you would need and want at this time of year, in your kind of world.
All images courtesy of Victor Alfaro
And when it came time to show these clothes to the world—well, he definitely went outside the box. Instead of hosting any sort of show or presentation and inviting the press, he and his team produced an undercover film during key moments of last season’s Paris Fashion Week.