We’re used to hearing about how designers are caught between seasons; at any given time they’re sketching for one time of year, selecting models to walk a runway for another, and getting sales and marketing reports for a third. But some designers live in between geographic locations as well. For example Joseph Altuzarra. The designer was born in Paris, worked with Marc Jacobs and Proenza Schouler in America, and then Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy in France before striking out on his own and settling down—and getting married—in New York City.

Image by Simon Cave, courtesy Joseph Altuzarra

Of course, who could choose just one city or the other—and why would they want to? There’s a time and place for everything, and we had the designer tell us exactly what that means for him. Keep reading for city-specific thoughts on baked goods, the ballet (he studied and performed for many years), perfect looks from his spring collection (but of course!)and more.



Designers in Paris tend to march to their own very distinct beat, and the shows there always deliver a beautifully diverse array of trends. There were, however, certain key looks, items and ideas that emerged over the course of all four of this season’s fashion weeks and reached their apex in the French capital.

Among our Top 10: A mood of romantic, gothic Victorian; a nostalgic ’70s feeling; and a clean-edged retro-future idea that recalls the ’60s but is brought up to date with modern fabrications. Fur and layered texture continue in importance and a tailored coat, sleek bag and fitted boot will all be must-haves come fall. High-shine leather and precious dimensional embellishments in unexpected forms keep the look sleek, modern and feminine. Enjoy!









Lookbooks are one of the best parts of the resort season, which kicked off earlier this month. It’s fun to see the different models and settings the designers choose, like Joan Smalls on a rainy city street for Givenchy or Hanne Gaby Odiele against stark white walls for Theyskens’ Theory. We’ve culled a few of our favorite shots from the new collections below.


Pleats and leather at Alexander Wang.

Head-to-toe zig-zags at Proenza Schouler.

Lustrous black leather at Helmut Lang.

Graphic prints and leather details at Opening Ceremony.

Slouchy trousers and sweeping hemlines at Theyskens’ Theory.

Sailor stripes and bra tops at Marc Jacobs.

Rich draping and oversized ruffles at Lanvin.

Tropical shadows and exposed midriffs at Jason Wu.

Dainty floral prints at Erdem.

Autumnal hues and Asian-style silhouettes at Marni.

Slivers of skin and black and white at A.L.C.

Busy prints and hints of goth at Givenchy.

Pinstripes and lace at Thakoon.

Sporty meets sheer at 3.1 Phillip Lim.

Sculptural shapes in black and white at Balenciaga.

—Mary O’Regan


Halloween is creeping upon us (just 6 days and counting), which means it’s time to concoct a frighteningly fab costume. Instead of looking to horror flicks for inspiration, let the runway wow you with the most haunting of styles.

From Riccardo Tisci’s gypsy girl to Sarah Burton’s futuristic proportions, to Rick Owens’s elemental mode, fall was full of masked fantasy. Cast an alluring spell this All Hallows’ Eve by creating your own veiled mystique.

Pictured L-R: Rick Owens Fall/Winter 2012 – Brutal Beauty; Alexander Wang Fall/Winter 2012 – Smoke Screen

Pictured L-R: Givenchy* Couture Fall 2012 – Dark Drifter; Alexander McQueen* Fall/Winter 2012 – 3-D Futurist

*We offer Alexander McQueen and Givenchy ready-to-wear apparel in selected Nordstrom stores.

Photos courtesy of Marcio Maderia for Rick Owens, Alexander Wang, Givenchy and Alexander McQueen

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Givenchy Fall 2012 Campaign

Go on an electropop trip behind the scenes of Givenchy’s raver-inspired fall ad campaign—shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, and featuring dance moves by Stella Tennant, Stef van der Laan, Daniela Braga, Simone Nobili, Jarrod Scott and Rodrigo Braga.

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