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Refinery29 Editor Rachel Besser’s Super Cool, Super Confident Style

The first few questions with fashion people during Fashion Week are highly predictable, almost rote. When Refinery29 market editor Rachel Besser and I first meet at The Hole, a supercool East Village art gallery, we go through the appropriate motions.

“How’s the week going for you?”

“Seen anything you’ve really loved?”

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All images by Kirby Calvin

And, because we’re almost to the last day of NYFW (Rachel and I met on Wednesday; the final shows are Thursday), I toss this one in: “What are you going to do to unwind and get the craziness out of your system?”

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Brother Vellies’ Aurora James Is Patient, Purposeful and Not Afraid to Get Her Hands Dirty

“For these women in Africa, this is their story; they are their own way out of the cycle of poverty. With everything that’s going in America and with the election, we as women need to stand up for what we believe in.”

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All images by Kirby Calvin

Brother Vellies creative director Aurora James is in her CFDA Fashion Incubator studio showing us the new spring collection. On the walls are gorgeous photographs of tribeswomen and African American women; on the windowsill sits a leather bag with a “The Future Is Female” patch on it.

And all around us are shoes and handbags created in companionship with traditional, indigenous craftspeople in South Africa, Kenya, Morocco and other parts of the world using sustainable, recycled and otherwise mindful leathers and other fabrications. Not an ounce of color, style or perspective is sacrificed.

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How It Rolls at rag & bone’s Headquarters—and Backstage—on the Day of the Big Show

At rag & bone‘s Meatpacking District headquarters, even the elevator guy wears rag & bone. The industrial lift is sort of fashion famous—Vogue once included a shot of it—probably because it so perfectly describes the raw, nuanced Euro-Americana vibe of the brand.

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All images by Kirby Calvin

“We’re all always in rag & bone,” says /JEAN director of sales Ariel Buckley, who’s currently wearing the Mallori sweater as a late-summer dress with some Shelby ankle boots. It’s 10am on the day of the brand’s spring runway reveal, and we’re here to check out how the crew preps on such an important day; later we’ll meet back up at the show.

But for now …

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Eat, Drink, Dress: the Lela Rose Way, and the Brand’s Post-Runway Show Celebration

“My motto is ‘Match your drink to your dress,'” Lela Rose tells me as she gets ready to uncork a bottle of bubbles. Earlier today, she held her small, personal spring runway presentation inside chef Ignacio Mattos’s Cafe Altro Paradiso. They served a light, quick lunch and a cocktail called Pretty in Peach: Blanco tequila, grapefruit juice, peach shrub, Peychaud’s bitters and a splash of soda.

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As you’ve no doubt already guessed, the spring line is full of fruity peach tones as well as sunny yellows and rich, oceany blues. Once you know the Texas-born founder’s credo, and then the fact that she recently issued a Rizzoli volume on entertaining, a book full of gorgeous and meaningful tablescapes, you can only imagine the dining tables and beautiful drinks that each season might inspire.

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Today’s affair, however, is relatively low key. Relatively. Sunrise-colored, organically sculptural floral arrangements from the intimate runway show line the table and artful little snacks sit at the ready. A member of the party comes in with a stack of bright plates and a cake knife, and once the champagne is flowing, a delicate grapefruit tart is divided and passed, and the precise tone of a well-deserved celebration comes into full bloom.

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A Rebecca Minkoff Bag for Every New York City Neighborhood

If there’s one thing Rebecca Minkoff knows, it’s handbags. If there’s another, it’s New York City.

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Rebecca Minkoff Sofia crossbody bag

The Brooklyn-based designer shows her ready-to-wear and accessories collection today outside, in front of her SoHo boutique; the audience will be half industry, half whoever is lucky enough to get there and snag a seat. To make the most of her love of fashion and Gotham City, we asked her to pick a current-season Rebecca Minkoff bag to go with each of her favorite neighborhoods.

CLICK TO SEE WHAT NEIGHBORHOOD IS RIGHT FOR THIS TASSLED BEAUTY

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Stylist Kate Young for Tura | Pop-In Goes Poolside

We visited Kate Young on the bright, sunny morning immediately following the Met Gala and not long before all the craziness of Cannes, and that right there is all the metaphor you really need. Every day in the life of this ultra-cool celebrity stylist is the day after something really major. And probably the day before and during something really major, too. Kate Young … she’s just major.

Celebrity stylist Kate Young showing us some of the tools of her trade
on the morning after the Met Gala this past May; image by Kirby Calvin

But that doesn’t necessarily mean you know her by name or that adorable, blonde-fringed face. As a stylist and brand collaborator/consultant, her genius and finesse live largely beyond the camera’s gaze. Not our camera, mind you. No, Kirby Calvin and I brought our lens right up to Young’s downtown NYC office and talked to her about Kate Young for Tura, the collection of super-chic sunglasses she made in collaboration with the New York City–based eyewear brand and available now at Pop-In Goes Poolside.

Kate Young’s office; image by Kirby Calvin

Here’s what she who dresses Naomi Watts, Natalie Portman and Sienna Miller has to say about summer style, swimming holes of the eastern United States and how frames frame your style.

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Malia Mills Studio Visit | Pop-In@Nordstrom

If you haven’t heard of Sunset Park, Brooklyn, just wait. You will. There’s always a new neighborhood in New York—in America, in the world—and on the day we visited Pop-In Goes Poolside swimwear designer Malia Mills way out in this west-facing burg, this one seemed to have as good a chance as any—Berlin’s Kreuzberg? Fox Hills in L.A.?—at being The Next Big Place.

The area’s 100-and-some-odd-years-old former shipping and manufacturing lofts are getting infused with face-lifting food and retail capital, and the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets are, as we speak, transforming a 70,000-square-foot warehouse into a factory for dunks and rebounds. The stacks of gridded windows and rows of high ceilings are prime real estate, but for the record: this cool lady was here before all that. Mills has West Brooklyn pioneer status.

Malia Mills outside her Brooklyn workspace; image by Kirby Calvin

Actually, one suspects upon meeting her that Mills, with her elegant punk hair and Mad Max style, was born a pioneer. And then you learn that she was born in Hawaii, where the uniform of entrepreneurs and daredevils is a bathing suit. Does that make Mills a born beach pioneer? We think so, yes.

In advance of the just-launched Poolside Pop-In, stylist and photographer Kirby Calvin and I visited the Malia Mills studio and talked with her about blazing trails in bikinis in Brooklyn, women and their bodies, and beyond.

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Fashion Week Spring 2014: We’ve Got You Covered

Fashion Week starts this Thursday, September 5, and you’re invited! We’ll be there covering all the latest from the runways, the parties, the scene on the street and more. Meet the team bringing it all to you on The Thread.

[Pictured: Jeff Powell, Mary O’Regan, Crystal Nicodemus and Qianna Smith. Photo by Kirby Calvin.]

Expect access to VIP parties, designer runway shows and backstage action from Mary and Qianna, while Crystal and Jeff will be sharing inspiring style from the fashion crowd on the streets with Editors’ Picks to get the look.

Stay on top of all our coverage from New York City to London, Milan and Paris from your blogs, social media and buyer teams on our Nordstrom at Fashion Week Hub—with frequent updates daily. Can’t get enough of Fashion Week? Browse last season’s coverage on The Thread, Men’s Shop Daily and our Beauty Blog.

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