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Sarah has clearly mastered the modern sportswear trend. Sequined culottes with sneakers (a phrase I never expected to say!) and a modern varsity jacket feel more appropriate for a Fashion Week event than the football field. I think Sarah may have converted me to Team Sequin with this fun look. Kitschy clutches add some pop flair, while a red lip keeps things dressy.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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adidas Sneakers | Varsity Jackets | Culottes

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adidas ‘Superstar Up’ Sneaker | Veronica Beard Varsity Jacket | Wayf Pleated Culottes

 

Highlights and commentary from yesterday’s runway shows: bold looks rooted in girl power at MARC BY MARC JACOBS, a ’70s Moroccan fantasy from Tory Burch, modern minimalism at Narciso Rodriguez and the bittersweet passing of the torch at the always lovely, classically feminine Oscar de la Renta show.

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Fashion Week Journal for Tuesday, February 17

You’ve been watching the shows and you’ve no doubt picked up on a certain something happening with the models and their hair. Can’t quite put a finger on it? We talked to colorist Victoria Hunter, co-owner of the Whittemore House Salon and major collaborator with major brands and their major hair moments, to get her break-down on it.

You know what’s crazy, though? Later in the day I got an email from Hunter who said that, on the behest of the designers a certain model was walking for, _____________ (the unnamed big name model) actually didn’t go for color, she too went for the absence of color. Black. Which just underscores what the hair trend pro detailed for us in that video embedded above. So. There you go.

And here you go: off-duty models, fresh from the Marc by Marc Jacobs runway, where they embodied a sort of politico-chic that very much depended on an unprecious bedhead state of mind. And some black eyeliner.

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Images by Jessica Carter

On the other side of the runway, you might be noticing that girls like Leandra Medine are being photographed carrying the coolest little clutches. Those are by Mark Cross, and they’re basically the best bags you haven’t quite heard of yet. Hang on, though, because we’re about to relate the whole wonderfully historic and lovely story—in a nutshell. Or rather in a small gold-plated croc-embossed box.

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Actually, let’s start about 35 years in, at around 1920, with Gerald Murphy, whose father owned the Mark Cross fine leather goods company. Unfortunately, Gerald really wasn’t very interested in all of that, so he and his new wife Sara, whose family owned just about everything or at least all of the Hamptons, set sail for Europe where they more or less invented the verb “summering,” and the geo-tag “South of France,” at their villa in Cap d’Antibes on the Riviera.

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Sara and Gerald Murphy at a costume ball in Montparnasse in 1922; image by Man Ray via MoMA

Picasso made Sara’s portrait; the couple helped fund Diaghilev’s “Ballet Russes”; they bailed Hemingway out of a jam or two. They partied with the Fitzgeralds, and F. Scott eventually fashioned the lead characters in Tender is the Night after them to both good and slightly uncomfortable ends. Eventually, Murphy came back around to the family business and eventually, a director with the last name Hitchcock called him and asked him to make something special for Grace Kelly to use in the movie Rear Window.

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I wish, actually, that you could have been with us there in the Mark Cross showroom in midtown Manhattan to hear Mark Cross vice president Martha Kramer tell it. She has a really good bit about Sara’s sun-washed pearls, and Gerald’s disdain for pockets. Even president and CEO Neal Fox was rapt.

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But how rapt are you with these bags? Er–boxes. Bag-oxes? Right?

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What we were looking at in the showroom, and what you’re looking at here, is fall 2015—this being Fall Fashion Week and all—but the Nordstrom site is solid with the hottest spring styles right now.

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Images by Jessica Carter

 

Side note: I’ve found that every day so far there’s been one “coulda/shoulda” moment that I kick myself about.

On Tuesday, I coulda/shoulda asked a pink faux-fur clad woman in front row at Naeem Khan at Lincoln Center if I could take her picture. She reminded me of a young Erykah Badu, and her soft halo of girly fuzz was the perfect accompaniment to the pre-show graffiti glam setting that came courtesy, in least in part, the artist Trek6, who finished off the backdrop while we watched.

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This being one of America’s preeminent red carpet and formalwear designers, however, the live tagging was centered between screens of crystal bead curtains and accompanied by classic music. Debussy, notably.

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Take all those elements together, and you have all you need for Khan’s tenth anniversary show, a celebration of techniques and knowledge utilized thus far—or more to the point, luscious embellishment in shapes from clingy to caftan, all accented by sky-high Louboutins.

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Finally, the last show of the day was Narciso Rodriguez, and it started off with a bang. Fireworks over the Hudson that is, in honor of Lunar New Year.

Key to this collection: clog-like heels, long-line vests and suiting, subtle embellishments and—sherbet. And saffron. And the sort of purple fit for royalty.

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When the first iteration of peachy-pink issued forth from the black curtains to enter the stream of black and white, it carried a soft little jolt, and the color that followed gave the evening a hint of surreality. These were new shades, and even taken within the context of the current vogue for mixing pastels and jewels and all of that, they felt sort of gutsy.

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Images by Jessica Carter

Underscoring the mood was the churning, persistent “Requiem for a Hit,” a Miss Kittin and 2 Many DJs remix. Soundtrack x color x the sophisticated pantsuits and asymmetrical tailoring over strong, ’70s/modern shoes … it all felt a bit like a challenge—in a good way. Like a good challenge for a great new year.

—Laura Cassidy & Jess Carter

Lainy Hedaya (Haute Inhabit) is no stranger to our blog, and with good reason: this lady has style for miles! It may have been 5 degrees outside, but that didn’t stop Lainy from breaking out her lace and stilettos. I love the winter lace theme that has started to pop up on the streets. Lainy’s structured blazer and patent heels feel very modern and sharp, while her fringe bag and full skirt add some softer texture.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Lace Skirts | Patent Shoes | Fringed Handbags

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Fashion Week Journal for Sunday, February 15

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Images by Jessica Carter

At the bar at the Wes Anderson-ready Bowery HotelChristine Whitney, senior fashion news and features editor at Harper’s Bazaar, took out her iPhone, opened up the calendar and started counting.

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Studies show shopping is at least twelve times more fun en masse. Our Try This On series is all about the camaraderie of sartorial group projects.

rag & bone Cardigan | Topshop Sweater | MARC BY MARC JACOBS Jeans | Berry Jewel Necklace Infinity Scarf | Topshop Rhinestone Earrings | Christian Louboutin Heels (for this pair call 206.628.2111)

Party season, storm season: The two sure aren’t mutually exclusive. Depending on where you live, going out for a good time can be a heck of a battle, but neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night can keep Seattle-based dancer and choreographer Kisha Vaughan down. Not with these looks in the mix.

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Circle up the bookworms; here’s this month’s trio of newly released and/or otherwise timely tomes.

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Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

The New York Times describes this brand-spanking-new release as “a kind of memoir disguised as an advice book, or a how-to book in the guise of a series of personal essays,” and while some might find it hard to stomach the aforementioned from a gal who has yet to hit her thirtieth birthday, well, maybe they of the raised eyebrows are the reason the word “learned” is in quotes on the cover. (Would the more accurate tagline “A young woman tells you what she’s learning” move as many units? Rhetorical.) Bottom line: we as a culture-watching unit seem rather unable to look away as Dunham bares all on her television show and then transforms herself into a sort of chic Everywoman for the red carpet, but all of that is largely due her wit and humor. Consider Girl the written equivalent of full frontal nudity.

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Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton

Yes, this editorial dream team hits several key modern and classic intellectual reference points from the New York Times (Shapton was an art director) to McSweeney’s (Julavits is a co-editor of The Believer), but it’s that “& 639 others” that really makes this a power squad of voice and perspective. Just about every page in this hefty 528-page crowd-sourced, globally inclusive essay collection/voyeurism vehicle reads like the best dinner party conversation you’ve never had—unless of course you’ve already chatted with Kim GordonRivka Galchen, ex-pats, octogenarians, and digital natives about clothing swaps, corsets, self identity, and the sex lives of ducks.

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1000 Football Shirts by Bernard Lions

Look, as far as we’re concerned, you can’t take the sport trend too seriously. In prep of the next big game day (football, soccer, ping pong?), fire up the buffalo wing sauce, grab a key spot on the sectional, and then open up this bad boy and get the visual score on 100 years of vividly iconic team looks from 100 countries—all while wearing our aesthetically “athletic” Marc by Marc Jacobs Motocross Uprising Dress perhaps?

I can’t get enough of the kitschy T-shirt trend, and this quirky top is amazing! Graphic tops are quite popular currently, especially when worked into a modern luxe look. Aksinia’s leather joggers and stilettos dress up her tee, while a unique clutch with an awesome fringed wrist strap adds even more flavor to her cool-girl style.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Graphic Tees | Leather Track Pants | Black Stilettos

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MARC BY MARC JACOBS Tee | St. John Collection Track Pants | Kenneth Cole New York Stiletto

We’ve got highlights from yesterday’s shows, including sultry sirens from Rodarte, lush floral elegance from Oscar de la Renta and the latest from Tory Burch, Naeem Khan, MARC BY MARC JACOBS and Narciso Rodriguez.

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Aquatic themes ruled the runway at Rodarte* with sequined mermaid dresses, earthy underwater palettes and skinny jeans paired with boho blouses and swashbuckling boots.

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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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MARC BY MARC JACOBS ‘Domo Biker’ Leather Backpack

“MBMJ had a lot of BMX biking references in the collection, and I love the tough-meets-sweetness of this mini backpack in quilted black leather.”