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Fashion Week Journal for Tuesday, March 10

Whether you’re watching the runway from home or from the front row, it’s impossible to not be completely captivated by certain models. There are the classically beautiful ones and the offbeat beauties, the girls who seem to come from another world and those who might be your awkward neighbor from kindergarten.

The best ones just have that something. Sometimes they’re even a little distracting—you look at them as closely as you do the clothes they’re modeling. But that plays into the brand too. Some models are cast because they have the perfect proportions and walk like they’re in a dream. Some are cast because they simply possess a spirit that draws you in—and keeps you there.

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Napavine, Washington’s Emilie Evander is among the last group. After she walked in the Gucci men’s show (they’re gender benders, you’ll recall) and made big waves there, Alexander Wang cast her as an exclusive for his New York Fashion Week show, then Gucci nabbed her as an exclusive for Milan. And they had her close the show. In Paris, she walked in the much buzzed-about shows for Rick Owens and Margiela.

It’s a big deal to be booked exclusively; it means it’s the only show you do in that market. It means you’re paid more. It means the brand really wants your certain something to represent their certain something. Evander’s certain something is in her 5’11″ frame and her ethereal coloring, but it’s also in her goofball spirit and small-town roots. She’s a total sweetheart and a complete teenager. She loves her mom and family and her community, and she’s curious about the world. She also likes steak and French fries, as I learned when I had dinner with her at Le Relais de l’Entrecote.

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Fashion Week Journal for Sunday, March 8

By the fourth week of what is really Fashion Month, the sheer number of shows attended by someone like Konca Aykan, the super-chic stylist and Vogue Turkey Fashion Director, is sort of staggering. So asking her over a laid-back Saturday lunch which ones have stood out—well, it’s not really a trick question, but it’s also not an easy one.

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Another show, another great look from blogger buds Celine and Annabel. Celine’s leather overalls are trendy and ultra-contemporary, especially when paired with a skinny neck scarf and Breton-style cap. Annabel went for a more sporty-casual look, and I love the unique dye pattern on her denim. The layering is interesting and gave me some ideas to experiment with. Grazie mille, babes!

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Overalls | Patent Loafers | White Ribbed Sweaters

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Highlights and commentary from yesterday’s Milan Fashion Week runway shows: In a dramatic departure from years past, Gucci gets bookish with librarian chic and pared-down nostalgic looks from the brand’s new creative director, Alessandro Michele.

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Pandora is one of my favorite Londoners. She has a unique individual style that fits her perfectly. Today’s retro look works so well with the ’60s and ’70s themes we’ve been watching on the runway. Cropped flares with the It boot of the season keep the vintage vibe alive.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Cropped Flares | Loafer Style Boots | Peter Pan Collars

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It was a dangerous afternoon at Gucci by the Milan tramway, but it was also irresistibly picturesque. Clara lived on the edge and hopped onto the tracks for this photo, and I’m so glad she did.

I am a sucker for plaid, so I was completely taken with her mixed-pattern blouse. A bold bag and cross-strap heels are city chic, while her simple white midi skirt is classic and clean.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Ece Sukan is a staple on the Fashion Week circuit, and deservedly so! She has played so many roles in the fashion world, from magazine editor to TV host. Ece has incredible style and always manages to stay true to her personal aesthetic.

I love this laid-back look, with its hints of preppy chic. The monochromatic blue unites the subtly mixed prints of her separates, and menswear-inspired loafers and a classic buckle bag are wonderful complements.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Ciao, Italia. Milan Fashion Week kicked off with a retro ’70s snap at Gucci. Here are some of yesterday’s star accessories on the runway.

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Aimee Song (Song of Style) is practically a fixture of our Fashion Week coverage. She has impeccable taste and her California style is a breath of fresh air in the city. It was another hot and humid day, but Aimee still managed to look chic. I absolutely love this structured modern lady look. The mixed patterns are subtle, thanks to the clean palette and simple striping. And that bustier top is one of the coolest cuts I’ve seen in ages!

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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heroOur Director of Creative Projects and Pop-In Shop curator Olivia Kim offers up daily inspiration, favorite products and things she’s super in love with right now.

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