Kate Bellman

This last month has been a whirl—one filled with designer platforms, reams of fringe, handbags the size of suitcases and crayon-colored eyeshadow. All of these glamorous things have left us in a swivet, and we’re suffering a bout of fashion fatigue from keeping up with the runway shows and street style. It’s a complicated self-diagnosis but, we’re assured, completely curable.

So once again we turned to Kate Bellman, associate fashion director in our Nordstrom Fashion Office, to distill the runway’s biggest trends for fall 2017. Because if someone were to ask us, our response would sound like nonsensical Elton John song lyrics: “blue jeans, baby; rocket ships; crocodile shoes and rhinestone sunglasses.” See what we mean?

Maison Margiela Fall 2017

Maison Margiela Fall 2017

Thank goodness for Kate! Here’s her professional breakdown of the last four weeks—plus our on-trend shopping picks. Sing along if you want to!

SEE AND SHOP THE TRENDS

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After the whirlwind of runways this New York Fashion Week, we looked to our Fashion Office to tell us what exactly happened. When it comes to fall 2017, what will we be wearing? What are the big takeaways for the season? What do we need to know? Um, help.

Associate Fashion Director Kate Bellman sifted through the crazy, beautiful style this season, breaking it down to six need-to-know trends. With our sights newly focused, we then took the liberty of rounding up some styles that you can shop—and wear—now.

 Twisted Tradition

Public School New York Fall 2017

Public School, fall 2017; photo by Indigital Images 

This Fashion Week, one of the biggest looks on the runway involved reworked classic menswear. Prep codes were reinvented with generous proportions and masculine/feminine mash-ups. Tailoring introduced deconstructed layers to make suits look modern and streetwise. Androgynous hats, tweeds, checks and pinstripes all appeared on runways as distinct as Public School, Victoria Beckham, Michael Kors and Proenza Schouler.

Shop the trend now:

Public School stripe cotton shirtdressTibi removable strap stripe shirtdress | Victoria Beckham asymmetrical cotton shirt

READ MORE: AN ABRIDGED VERSION OF NYFW

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What to Pack for Fashion Week

What to wear when you’re surrounded by stylish ladies and confronted by cold weather? It’s a quandary that we put to our Associate Fashion Director, Kate Bellman. Yes, we want to look great at Fashion Week. We also want to keep all of our toes and fingers. And, true, we want to make the best-dressed lists and street-style blogs, but we don’t want to look like we’re trying too hard.

So, Kate, what should we pack for Fashion Week? Here are her suggestions for our suitcases.

Anything menswear

What to wear to Fashion Week

“We’re still falling for deconstructed classics thanks in particular to Demna Gvasalia’s influence at Balenciaga,” Kate says. “Whether a classic trench (like this Burberry coat) with updated sleeves, or plaid shirting worn slightly askew (as done on this top by Public School), this trend will be setting the tone for my wardrobe this season.” Ours too now, thanks to you, Kate.

YOUR PACKING CHECKLIST CONTINUED

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