Jeffrey Kalinsky

As one of the select few judges on the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund panel, Nordstrom fashion director Jeffrey Kalinsky will do his best to get to each of the finalists’ NYFW presentations. When I arrive at Jeffrey New York, his Chelsea neighborhood flagship, to meet up before the Rodarte show, I find him consulting with his assistant about the day’s schedule and making a last-minute adjustment.

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Before we see the spring collection from 2006’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund runners-up (that was the year Rodarte sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy were in the thick of it with Phillip Lim and the guys from rag & bone, just to name a few), we’ll stop to see Stampd. L.A.’s Chris Stamp started the line seven years ago with a feel for streetwear basics that could be beautifully crafted with impeccable materials.

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There really isn’t much that happens within the wide and wonderful world of fashion that Jeffrey Kalinsky doesn’t know about. As Nordstrom’s VP of Fashion as well as the force (and the name) behind his own two highly notable shops in New York and Atlanta, he seems to know whenever one of the world’s top designers adds a belt or subtracts a floral pattern.

BRANDON MAXWELL -10Models backstage at the fall 2016 Brandon Maxwell show; last year at this time, Jeffrey
selected the NYC designer as the one to watch. 

And as a member of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund advisory board, he keeps close tabs on emerging designers as well. So when you want to know what’s up, you go to Jeffrey—that’s what we do, after all. With New York Fashion Week coming in hot—it kicks off September 8—what we wanted to know is who’s going to emerge this season as fashion’s next big thing.

READ ON TO FIND OUT WHO TO WATCH

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Jeffrey Kalinsky has been thinking about the future. In fact, he’s almost always thinking about the future—whether that means next season’s outsized silhouettes and gauzy layers, or, you know, that not-so-distant place where we commute to work via space bubble and beam friends into our living room using hologram technology.

Indeed: our VP Fashion Director’s preferred vision of what’s to come is very similar to what the beloved animation studio Hanna-Barbera and the Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen pictured back in the mid-60s.

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J.W.ANDERSON, from our Fall Designer Collections lookbook

My future looks like The Jetsons, and it looks like the original TWA terminal at JFK Airport,” says Kalinsky, referring to that Jet Age monument of wing-shaped shells and curvilinear ceramic. “You get in your flying saucer and go to the grocery store. Everything is easy and happy.”

In imagining how he might line up the near future—fall ’16—with that smooth, glossy, ultra-efficient, zero-waste ideal and present them together in a fashion guidebook, he turned once again to Snarkitecture. We first teamed up with the in-demand, of-the-moment Brooklyn-based collaborative design practice last season; their 5,000-pound cave-like structure served as a bridge between art, architecture and the best spring looks from Gucci, Valentino, Simone Rocha and more.

KEEP READING FOR BEHIND-THE-SCENES INSIGHT

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Never pose with a supermodel,” quipped Jeffrey Kalinsky on Instagram a few days before Monday night’s big event.

Of course, our VP/designer fashion director was mugging with hunky model Eian Scully when he posted it—they were in rehearsals for the 13th annual Jeffrey Fashion Cares fundraiser at Manhattan’s Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, during which all manner of hotties in the best current-season fashion would help drum up support for ACRIA, the Hetrick-Martin Institute and Lambda Legal—three leaders in the field of LGBT advocacy, tirelessly fighting for progress and benefits for the community.

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(All images courtesy Jeffrey Fashion Cares)

Jeffrey_kalinsky_david_dressing_gucciJeffrey New York’s David Rubenstein (right), seemingly A-OK sharing a frame with a
shirtless model in Gucci pajama pants

We’ve got the post-show photo download breaking down who wore what (and who didn’t wear much) on the runway, and how fashion favorites like model Lily Donaldson and designer Thom Browne made it an epic and meaningful night.

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If someone made a reality show about Nordstrom Fashion Director Jeffrey Kalinsky with David Rubenstein and Oskar Moguel, the crew from his own NYC/Atlanta namesake shop, you would totally watch it. First of all, the characters are on point; there’s the fashion industry’s favorite transplanted Southerner, the chic seasoned New Yorker and the young Cali-born new guard. They’re each an entire walk-in closet of industry wisdom and killer taste, and as a unit (here’s the surefire primetime draw), their lives are pretty fabulous.

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On a single day in Paris I joined them as they went from the Chanel show to the Balenciaga showroom to the Valentino show to a Carven appointment, and then to the Lanvin showroom and the Kenzo runway show. I think I probably missed something in there; it was all I could do to keep up.

These are just a few highlights—complete with audio clips and lots of images.

CHECK OUT THIS EPISODE

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One of our favorite New York Fashion Week traditions is getting into town early and stopping off at Jeffrey Kalinsky’s office in Chelsea to talk about the week ahead.

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Yesterday we went by and got Jeffrey’s take on the Show to Watch Out For. Spoiler alert: it’s very likely not a name you’ve already heard. If you’re a fan of Lady Gaga or just the type who loves knowing things before everyone else does, get in on this.

WATCH THE VIDEO

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They say you never forget your first, and we’ve found that applies to anything and everything. Your first kiss, your first trip to Paris, your first CHANEL purse. Those are all locked in. Likewise the first New York Fashion Week show of Nordstrom’s VP Fashion Director, Jeffrey Kalinsky.

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We hung out in his adorable Chelsea-neighborhood office the other day and let him tell us all about it. Any guesses—before you watch!—as to what decade it was?

HEAR JEFFREY REMINISCE ON FASHION WEEKS PAST

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“They’re perfect for what’s happening in fashion and art and architecture—this great kind of melting of all things,” Jeffrey Kalinsky told me this past November on a crazily warm New York day.

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All photos by Laura Cassidy

He was talking about Snarkitecture,  the of-the-moment, in-the-mix design practice headed by artist Daniel Arsham and architect Alex Mustonen. Harnessing the trend for mixing the chicest ready-to-wear with the best built environments, our VP Fashion Director set out to collaborate with the best and commissioned the Brooklyn-based crew to create a backdrop (only part of it is seen here) on which to shoot his favorite looks from Valentino, Gucci, Simone Rocha and more on China-born model Fei Fei Sun for our new season Designer Collections lookbook.

We were there at New York’s Pier 59 Studios, and we’d love to take you behind the scenes.

GET A CLOSE-UP ON THE SET AND THE STYLES

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It’s official! Iconic American designer Carolina Herrera collaborated with Nordstrom VP Fashion Director Jeffrey Kalinsky on a collection as fun as it is fancy—fit for four seasons of soirees, Saturday night dates and Sunday brunches. In a WWD article for subscribers only, Herrera—who’s known for the kinds of dreamy dresses and gala gowns that put celebs on best-dressed lists (see below, from last year’s New York Fashion Week)said the collection was designed to be chic and striking, with silhouette options in silk faille for women to make the look their own.

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Image by Jessa Carter for The Thread

I have always loved a polka dot motif; it was in my very first collection,” Herrera recalled. For his part, Kalinsky said he’d been wanting to team up with the venerated designer for a while, and so one day he simply picked up the phone and made it happen. You can walk into Jeffrey New York when the collection is released on February 8 and make it happen, too.

UNTIL THEN, THERE’S THIS ADORABLE VIDEO

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Just imagine the Rockstuds.

“It was so cool to see so many people all in one place looking so incredible in Valentino,” said Nordstrom executive vice president Tricia Smith this morning. As fashion director Jeffrey Kalinsky noted, the fashion industry, society circles and celebrities all gathered on Monday evening at Alice Tully Hall in Manhattan to honor Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, creative directors of the storied Italian brand.

Lincoln Center Corporate Fund Gala, An Evening Honoring ValentinoDebbie Harry and Liv Tyler by Sean Carroll, courtesy Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

From Liv Tyler, Keira Knightley and Diane Kruger (Nordstrom vice president of designer Jennifer Wheeler’s favorites of the evening) to Joan Collins (Kalinsky’s fave) the impeccably outfitted guests were like an elegant opening act for the evening’s showstopper: Debbie Harry, who rocked the Blondie hit “Heart of Glass” and more in a black Valentino gown.

Here are some of our favorite images of the honorees and the amazingly dressed, as well as a behind-the-scenes video and comments from our team—including Olivia Kimon what will surely go down as one of the chicest and most memorable fashion parties of the year.

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