Jeffrey Kalinsky

Every major undertaking is worth a major postmortem examination, right?

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WWD, the fashion industry’s must-read megajournal, conducted one the day after New York Fashion Week came to a close, and our very own fashion director called out his favorite runway trends and nodded at the designers who really nailed it. We’re sharing the Jeffrey Kalinsky scoop here because he’s always spot-on (and because you have to be a WWD subscriber to read the whole thing).



Talking with our fashion director Jeffrey Kalinsky on day one of New York Fashion Week got us all reinvigorated about the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Candidates, so we made sure to see the Jonathan Simkhai show on Sunday night.


Check out the New Yorker’s elaborately feminine details and his sport-riffing, midriff-and-more-baring separates here. Then get ready for the November 2 announcement of this year’s big winner. Oh, and stay tuned: We’ll be back later this week with a look at another contender.


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When you’re Jeffrey Kalinskythe founder of a wildly influential two-store, 25-year-old enterprise as well as Nordstrom’s fashion director—Fashion Week is, on the one hand, just another week, and on the other: seven full days in which anything can happen and probably will.

We stopped by on the first morning of New York Fashion Week Spring 2016 to catch up, and to get the download on what he thinks is going to be exciting this week.


Here’s what Jeffrey has to say about the biggest party this season (a snap of his digital invite is above), the shows he’s predicting will characterize the city’s next big season, and what’s up with the CFDA candidates presenting in the next few days.

Oh, and where to eat and drink while you’re in the neighborhood.



What happens behind the scenes when Fashion Director Jeffrey Kalinsky and crew are photographing the best of the season’s runway for our Designer Collections lookbook? Well, a little and a lot. There are times when half an hour goes by in a sort of hurry-up-and-wait fugue, and periods of such scurry and excitement that you look up to find two hours have passed in what felt like five minutes. It’s the nature of the game.


A blur of a man: Jeffrey Kalinsky in his studio and office.

As a companion piece to the rich, gorgeous images and exclusive interviews in our fresh-off-the-presses, in-mail-boxes now book, we decided to single out a few of the more placid moments as well as let you inside the cheerful assortment of fashion flotsam and jetsam in Kalinsky’s Chelsea office. (Call it our 9-to-5 complement to his home’s recent cameo on The Coveteur.)

We also brought some of our favorite favorites into close range, so you get a sort of stylist’s view of the season’s best.


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Jeffrey Kalinsky The Coveteur

Jeffrey Kalinsky: founder of Jeffrey, a trifecta of perfectly curated designer boutiques including two iconic brick-and-mortars (Atlanta and NYC) as well as a convenient online outpost; our own Fashion Director of all things designer; and retail visionary extraordinaire. Need we say more?

Thanks to the recent bio courtesy of The Coveteur, not really (for now, anyway).



Honey Dijon

Next time you want to throw the party to end all parties, consider making it disco-themed and getting the savior of New York nightlife Ladyfag to host.

That’s how Nordstrom Fashion Director Jeffrey Kalinksy celebrated 25 years of his Jeffrey boutiques, a milestone that occurred recently during New York Fashion Week: Men’s.

The party went down at Jeffrey’s Chelsea boutique; the scene centered around queen diva Ladyfag and Honey Dijon, who deejayed while models and fashion insiders danced to the sounds of disco and the clinking of Clicquot-filled flutes. There was much voguing and merrymaking.

Jeffrey was kind enough to do a quick Q&A the morning after. Read it here and check out our party pics below–and read The New York Times’ review as well.



If you’re in Atlanta wearing Prada, it’s basically Jeffrey Kalinsky’s doing.
The retail icon is Nordstrom’s designer fashion director and he runs two namesake boutiques carrying high fashion. Today he tells Fashionista all about the happy accident that first led him to “put [his] name on the door.”

Not that it was happy at the time. Or, well, unhappy either, it was just … complicated.

Which makes for a good story, of course. Go read How Jeffrey Kalinsky is Competing in a Changing Retail Landscape on now.

Kalinsky and Anna Wintour at Jeffrey Fashion Cares

Side note: Fashionista, one of our top industry and scene go-to sites, also reported that yesterday was a sort of beach-and-pool equivalent of Black Friday/Cyber Monday. That is: the “most popular day of the year to buy swimwear online.” If you’re behind on the suit game, you better get on top of it now by shopping our Poolside Pop-In and the rest of our bikini, maillot, and related offerings.

—Laura Cassidy



Nordstrom was thrilled to host the Tonys Red Carpet this year and–in case you missed it–we live-blogged the entire thing. Our own Jeff Powell reported live from the red carpet, where the Nordstrom Red Carpet Photo Booth invited nominees and other notables to snap shots with their costars and friends.

Read on for the recap, and come back tomorrow for an overview of all the amazing fashion trends from the awards c/o the Nordstrom Fashion Office.

8:20pm ET | …And that’s a wrap. Thanks so much to all who gave us their time on the red carpet, and to all of you who followed the action with us here on The Thread. 



Broadway’s biggest night is Sunday, June 7, and we couldn’t be more excited to be the official sponsor of the Tony Awards Red Carpet. We’ll be on the ground at Radio City Music Hall bringing you real-time coverage of performers, presenters, celebrities and industry notables as they show us their best right here on The Thread, on Twitter and at our exclusive Nordstrom Red Carpet Photo Booth!


And from 5:30PM to 8PM EST, tune in right here (below) to the first-ever red-carpet live stream cohosted by stage and TV star Darren Criss and two-time Tony nominee Laura Osnes. Besides watching the action on the carpet with correspondents like George Takei and costume designer Emilio Sosa, keep an eye out for special guest commentary from our very own Designer Fashion Director, Jeffrey Kalinsky.



Fashion loves a good cause—and a good runway show! Industry insiders flocked to Art Beam in Chelsea on April 6 to put up some coins for a good cause: this year’s Jeffrey Fashion Cares bash.

On behalf of Jeffrey Kalinsky, Nordstrom’s EVP of Designer, Zachary Quinto hosted a raucous live auction and men’s fashion show following a cocktail reception/silent auction. The auctions featured some pretty hot ticket items, including invitations to Elton John’s Oscar viewing party and a Paris Fashion Week package that includes front row tickets Dries Van Noten and Lanvin’s shows.

The runway show sampled from thirteen of the best in the business: Dries Van Noten, Lanvin, Raf, Baja East, Bobby Abley, Christopher Kane, Valentino, Loewe, Haider Ackermann, Ashish, Christopher Shannon, Saint Laurent, and Givenchy all lent menswear threads to the catwalk to help raise funds.

Who was there? Everyone was there—including Prabal Gurung, Narciso Rodriguez, Joseph Altuzarra, Carole Radziwill and Anna Wintour. Now in its twelfth year, the Jeffrey Fashion Cares team has raised over $5 million dollars for non-profits and charity organizations benefitting the LGBT community.