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Jeffrey Kalinsky on NYFW & The Next Big Thing in Fashion

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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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Top Male Models, “Girls” Star Andrew Rannells and More Go All Out for Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2016

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.

Jeffrey_kalinsky_male_modelsNordstrom’s Jeffrey Kalinsky (middle), breaking his self-imposed rules
(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.

CHECK OUT PARTY PICS AND MORE

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Paris Fashion Week: A Day in the Life of our Fashion Director Jeffrey Kalinsky and Company

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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Nordstrom Fashion Director Jeffrey Kalinsky Celebrates Big in New York City

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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.

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Nordstrom’s Jeffrey Kalinsky on Fashionista

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 Fashionista.com 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

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Five Facts About Jeffrey

Jeffrey Kalinsky, known for founding the acclaimed Jeffrey boutiques in New York and Atlanta, also happens to be our EVP of Designer. We’ve highlighted a few tidbits you might not know about the storied fashion insider.

1. Jeffrey grew up in the fashion business, working at his dad’s shoe shop in Charleston, so coming to Nordstrom was a natural fit—we started as a shoe store, after all.

2. Fashion cred aside, Jeffrey has a degree in communications from George Washington University. This probably comes in handy with the oodles of fashion designers he meets from all over the world. Imagine being on the phone with Rei Kawakubo one minute and Alber Elbaz the next—you’ve got to shift gears quickly!

3. When he opened his acclaimed Jeffrey boutiques—in Atlanta in 1994 and New York in 1999—the latter was a particularly daring move. It was the first high-end shop in the Meatpacking District, a neighborhood that used to be all about, well, meatpacking. Now he counts stores Alexander McQueen, Diane von Furstenberg, Stella McCartney, La Perla and Yigal Azrouël among his neighbors.

4. In 1990, Jeffrey founded Fashion Cares (formerly named Shoe Cares), an annual runway show and auction benefiting AIDS and breast cancer charities. Last year’s event raised $650,000!

5. Jeffrey’s tastes are second to none (working in the designer market for 15+ years tends to have that effect), so he gave us the scoop on his favorite designer looks for fall in our latest online feature, Jeffrey’s Fall Favorites. Check it out!

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