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Designers in Paris tend to march to their own very distinct beat, and the shows there always deliver a beautifully diverse array of trends. There were, however, certain key looks, items and ideas that emerged over the course of all four of this season’s fashion weeks and reached their apex in the French capital.

Among our Top 10: A mood of romantic, gothic Victorian; a nostalgic ’70s feeling; and a clean-edged retro-future idea that recalls the ’60s but is brought up to date with modern fabrications. Fur and layered texture continue in importance and a tailored coat, sleek bag and fitted boot will all be must-haves come fall. High-shine leather and precious dimensional embellishments in unexpected forms keep the look sleek, modern and feminine. Enjoy!








Fashion Week Journal for Sunday, March 8

By the fourth week of what is really Fashion Month, the sheer number of shows attended by someone like Konca Aykan, the super-chic stylist and Vogue Turkey Fashion Director, is sort of staggering. So asking her over a laid-back Saturday lunch which ones have stood out—well, it’s not really a trick question, but it’s also not an easy one.



Fashion Week Journal for Friday, March 6


Margherita Maccapani Missoni isn’t having a typical Paris Fashion Week. When I met with her yesterday at her family apartment in the 7th arrondissement, she had just returned not from a runway show but from an acupuncture appointment; her second child is due in two months, and these last few weeks have been a little difficult. That evening she would attend the Lanvin opening at the Palais Galliera with her grandmother, and later in the week she’ll attend a dinner for her friend, the designer Charlotte Olympia, but these days she’s not really thinking about ready-to-wear. She’s thinking about kidswear, and her brand-new, exclusive-to-Nordstrom line Margherita.


Highlights and commentary from yesterday’s Lanvin runway show: in anticipation of the Jeanne Lanvin exhibition at the Palais Galliera, Alber Elbaz pays homage to the late designer with a luscious, retrospective collection that draws from—among many other inspirations—history, Morocco and the lost art of glamour.

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Our Director of Creative Projects and Pop-In Shop Curator Olivia Kim offers up her OK’d by O.K. product picks, inspiration and things she’s super in love with right now.

Lanvin Faux Feather Miniskirt

“I love that this Lanvin skirt is faux feathers—they swoosh with every step. The movement is super fun and cute. You can dress it down with a black tee (see above) or go ’20s-glam, add a beaded top and Gatsby away.”

Highlights from yesterday’s shows: four distinctly different takes on retro styling from Carven, Nina Ricci, Lanvin and Rick Owens.

The swingin’ ’60s designs at Carven were inspired by speed, from racing graphics to road stripes, and the results are deliciously wearable. Figure-flattering A-line shifts and boxy car coats race into the new century fueled by python details and Japanese-inspired prints that play to our decade’s obsession with fun mashups.

Carven delivers a perfectly mod meditation on Speed Racer with a luxe, 21st-century twist.

A mod meditation on Speed Racer—with a luxe, 21st-century twist.

Nina Ricci
The romance of the 1940s is alive and well at Nina Ricci. A parade of pretty shift dresses, elegant jackets and beautifully draped separates evoke the freshness of springtime and the optimism of new beginnings. Shell pinks, egg yolk yellows, baby blues and earthy browns highlight tactile, touchable fabrics that will feel like an absolute dream against the skin.

The theme at Nina Ricci this season? Perfectly pretty, romantically retro.

With this collection, Alber Elbaz celebrates the women he loves. Simple silhouettes and forgiving fabrics are elegantly draped, then brought to the next level with dramatic accessories like python belts and sculptural statement necklaces. The jacket is an important piece this season, with boxy, bold shoulders and rich details.

Lanvin celebrates women by offering simple silhouettes with rich, intricate detailing.

Rick Owens
Inspired by Bauhaus architecture and the Ballets Russes, Rick Owens presents one of his loveliest collections to date. Flights of tulle escape from the sides of strict shift silhouettes, like ballerinas sneaking out of a Walter Gropius girls’ school. Textures are ethereal with charmingly uneven or unfinished hemlines, and counterbalanced by an earthy, restrained palette.

rick-owens-spring-2015-paris-fashion-weekRick Owens riffs on the question, “What if the brutalist movement went to the ballet?”

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-Amy Leigh Morgan

I was weaving my way through the mayhem after the Rodarte show and stumbled upon our very own Olivia Kim! Olivia is an inspiration, both in life and in fashion. I love her keen and creative eye and her willingness to experiment with fashion. Today’s look is a unique mix of casual menswear and formal femininity. I would never have imagined a pairing such as this, but I can’t stop thinking about it now. Thanks for the challenge, Olivia!

Crystal Nicodemus


Shop similar styles:
White Crew-Neck Tees | Black Midi Skirts | Black Oxfords

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:

Current/Elliott White Tee | Lanvin Long Slit Skirt | Valentino Patent Leather Oxford

Negin Mirsalehi totally nails New York’s upscale edgy vibe. Her high-concept blazer dress is the epitome of modern, menswear-inspired minimalism, and her heavy boots and relaxed zipper bag add some serious heft and attitude to the look. Mirrored sunnies and chokers are two of the year’s biggest accessory trends, and Negin’s picks are cool and contemporary.

This is a look I’m going to have to copy ASAP. Thanks for the inspo, Negin!

Crystal Nicodemus


Shop similar styles:
Asymmetrical Black Dresses | Black Moto Boots | Black Mirrored Sunglasses

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:

Cameo ‘Run Alone’ Vest Dress | Via Spiga Black Moto Boot | Leith Mirrored Sunglasses

heroOur Director of Creative Projects and Pop-In Shop curator Olivia Kim offers up daily inspiration, favorite products and things she’s super in love with right now.

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Lanvin Slim Fit Poplin Dress Shirt

“Theres nothing better than a crisp white dress shirt. I love the classic simplicity of it and how well it pairs with jeans or an outrageous skirt!

“If you find one you love, buy three! One is never enough!”

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Topshop Sheer Panel Hem Shirt

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A.P.C. Cotton Shirt

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Valentino Ruffled Back Poplin Blouse

Our creative director Strath Shepard took these snapshots with a Holga camera on set at the Salmagundi Art Club in Greenwich Village, NYC. Check out the full video and lookbook online now.

1Nadja Bender in Saint Laurent

2Angelo Pennetta shooting 16mm film

3Nadja in Lanvin

4Nadja in Junya Watanabe

5Stylists extraordinaire

6Legendary fashion journalist Lynn Yaeger, neighbor of the Salmagundi

7Nadja lounging in Valentino (those boots!)

8The shoot took place during a semi-heatwave, but this shot somehow makes us look forward to fall.

Get a jump on the season with our Fall 2014 Designer Collections lookbook here.