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Annie is one of my favorite personalities at Fashion Week and beyond. As an editor at Refinery 29, Annie is not only incredibly stylish, but has a great sense of humor, too. I dig this biker-babe-in-the-city look, with her cropped moto and premium black and white accessories. I am always drawn to the color red and this belted dress is pure perfection. A few subtle pieces of jewelry and a bold red lip, and you’re ready for Fashion Week.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Cropped Moto Jackets | Drop-Waist Flare Dresses | Black and White High Heel Platform Sandals

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Burberry Brit Jacket | 1.State Drop Waist Dress | Topshop Sandal

Garance Doré is back with her signature style. Garance pulls off casual chic so effortlessly. As you all know, pink is the top color of the season, and this ribbed pullover has a gorgeous hue. The slit details make this jumper a perfect layering piece, and Garance handles the denim on denim trend with understated French flair. Minimal accessories and sleek stilettos keep this look simple and classically cool.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Pink Crewneck Sweaters | Chambray Shirts | Light Blue Skinny Jeans

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Halogen Sweater | Foxcroft Shirt | 7 For All Mankind Jeans

Highlights from yesterday’s shows, including sleek elegance at Akris, sporty futurism at KENZO and bobo-inflected accessories at Chloé.

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At Akris, creative director Albert Kriemler showed a collection of precisely cut, monochromatic looks, many with textural, graphic motifs inspired by Russian artist Kazimir Malevich’s Suprematist works.

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Shabazz Palaces is one of those musical endeavors that stretches the concept of musical genre from what it is toward what it can become. If you looked for them in a record store, you’ll find ‘em filed under hip-hop, but Palaceer Lazaro (Ishmael Butler) and Fly Guy ‘Dai (Tendai Maraire) are pioneers of a new, as-of-yet undefinable sound, which in this age of classification and dissection makes it easier to just listen for a change.

Naturally, music that’s this far ahead of the curve would coalesce perfectly with like-minded clothing designers, so it’s not surprising that a cut from from Shabazz Palaces’ latest release, Lese Majesty, soundtracked a short film from KENZO in support of their SS14 collection earlier this year. Butler also appears in the video, along with model Grace Mahary.

We took a quick minute to chat with Butler, who, true to form, turned the usual interview questions on their heads with answers that were honest and charismatic.

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Jessica Minkoff, Marie Claire’s senior market editor, has ridiculously awesome style. Every time I run into her, I am guaranteed future outfit inspiration. Today’s look has some serious city edge. Denim is still a major theme at Fashion Week, and I love Jessica’s distressed set. Her moto jacket and moto-inspired handbag are the perfect complements to rough-and-tumble denim. I can’t wait to see what she wears tomorrow!

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Black Leather Moto Jackets | Boyfriend Jeans | Mini Black & White Handbags

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BLK DNM Lambskin Biker Jacket | Citizens of Humanity Jeans | KENZO Small Crossbody Bag

March 5, 2014

Runway Rundown: KENZO

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We have a soft spot for Twin Peaks, as it’s set in our home state of Washington, so you can imagine our delight upon hearing that director David Lynch was the inspiration behind Humberto Leon and Carol Lim’s fall show for KENZO.

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Lynch consulted with the duo on the runway production, creating the music and bringing in a giant bust that was perched at the base of the stage. His influences were less obvious on the collection itself, save for an overall eccentric vibe reflected in jagged prints, oversized shapes and asymmetrical folds.

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Olivia Kim, Nordstrom‘s director of creative projects, tells us about her nonstop Fashion Week adventures in What’s Up, Olivia.

Nordstrom's Olivia Kim at Paris Fashion Week

Breakfast of fashion champions was caramel popcorn at the KENZO show this morning, a collaboration with David Lynch. There was certainly a Twin Peaks, I’m-channeling-Laura-Palmer aura in the air, and seeing my old friends Carol and Humberto stage another high-graphic, high-energy show is the best! (Read The Thread’s Runway Rundown on the KENZO show.)

Nordstrom's Olivia Kim at Paris Fashion Week

Gotta wear comfy shoes for all the walking, talking, moving and shaking. I’m not a wimp when it comes to pain, but my little feetsies are, so I gave them a break today and wore my favorite sneakers. Marciano, the driver, wore his, too.

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Nicholas Kirkwood presented his new collection this morning.

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Super-cool set design to match the super-cool heels.

Nordstrom's Olivia Kim at Paris Fashion Week

Jewelry shopping with mega mega showroom.

Nordstrom's Olivia Kim at Paris Fashion Week

Sometimes, you just gotta get down and dirty. Found some really cute things here. Coming to a store near you real soon!

Nordstrom's Olivia Kim at Paris Fashion Week

A Century of Fashion at Condé Nast was an awesome, compact exhibit at the Palais Galliera Musée de la Mode. My favorite was Guy Bourdin’s first photo for Vogue, February 1955—and, of course, all the other fashion photog masters, including Albert Watson, Horst P. Horst, William Klein amd more current photographers like Inez and Vinoodh and Terry Richardson.

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Then a quick coffee and amazing people-watching with Justinian and Camilla at L’Avenue in the 8th arrondissement.

Nordstrom's Olivia Kim at Paris Fashion Week

And the night ends with me, Joey and James at our favorite bar, Carr’s, which is just a divey hole in the wall really. And that leads to airplanes on the bed…

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…and the best discovery super late at night: hotel potato chips!! Woo hoo!

Check out our latest all-menswear Pop-In, Heartbreakers Club, and take a peek at what Olivia’s loving right now.

A pop-of-color skirt and print-mixing with stripes: this look is classic, modern and feminine.

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Striped Tops | A-Line Skirts | Striped Shoes

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The scene was total chaos at Celine, so the only spot to take a pic of the lovely Izortze was in the street! Luckily, we were able to make it out unscathed. You might recognize this lovely lady, as she’s a returning blog star (Clochet). I love the casual simplicity of Izortze’s style. A Kenzo sweatshirt is an absolute “must-have” this season!

xo,
Crystal

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Kenzo Apparel | White Fit & Flare Dresses | Patent Booties

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Kenzo Tiger Intarsia Sweater | Erin by Erin Fetherston Dress | Gucci ‘Helene’ Boot

Ever the mixer of natural themes and chic, down-to-earth cool, KENZO prepared a spring 2014 collection that included everything from oceanic prints to dripping panels of vibrant color.

Basins rigged with speakers shot water into the air, giving voice to the world’s oceans with a bass vibration like the beating of a heart. While this sound set the pace for the runway, electronica mixed with the crescendo of the waterfall backdrop.

 To highlight the continuation of their previous spotted leopard-focused work on wildlife endangerment awareness in spring/summer ’13, KENZO’s upcoming season dives into an underwater world of marine biology.

Blending the essence of breezy Californian surfers with coastal tones of L.A.’s underground music scene, this collection calls attention to the threats of overfishing in our planet’s already-limited pool of natural resources.

Using a diversity of cuts, ranging from cropped and businessy to oversized and relaxed, many pieces offer a perfect balance of wearability and creative edge.

The brand’s creative directors, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, chatted with The Thread after the show about the socially conscious statement within the collection and dished about the key prints for spring.

“One of the things we really wanted to talk about in this collection is the fact that there’s overfishing happening around the world. We really want to spread the message of protecting the ocean and its marine life,” says Humberto.

As declared by their statement piece, a belted neoprene T-shirt blouse, “80% of all life is in the ocean. No fish, no nothing.”

When it comes to the key prints, Carol called out “the wave, fish and message tees.” Part of the proceeds from the tees will go to The Blue Marine Foundation, a registered marine conservation charity.

—Ford Leland with additional reporting by Qianna Smith