Jeffrey Kalinsky

“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.

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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.

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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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What history will remember of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Class of 2015 is they were the ones who broke the rule—the rule that there can only be one winner.

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The stars of this year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award ceremony

On Monday, November 2 at Spring Studios in New York, Anna Wintour and Diane von Furstenberg announced, on behalf of a panel of judges that included Nordstrom fashion director Jeffrey Kalinsky, that due to the extreme nature of “authentic” talent in the mix, there would be not one but three winners in this 12th annual fashion competition.

We were there to catch exclusive commentary from past winner and footwear genius Paul Andrew and others, and to pass on the inspiring message from Givenchy‘s creative director Riccardo Tisci—the evening’s keynote guest.

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

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Photos: InDigital

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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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