New York Fashion Week

If you were Refinery29 Fashion Director Paula Goldstein, you would’ve packed light for what really ought to be called Fashion Month.

“I don’t really bring any dresses at all, because I get loads of those loaned to me,” Goldstein told me over a girls’ burger lunch at Café Charlot in Paris. When you’ve got a killer look, a cool attitude and nearly 10 years of fashion industry cred, including stops at Purple and Dazed magazines, everyone wants to outfit you in their collections—and put you in their front row and have you at their after party.

annie_georgia_greenberg_paula_goldstein_caroline_issaRefinery29’s Paula Goldstein (left), with Nordstrom Signature collaborator Caroline Issa
and Refinery29 editor Annie Georgia Greenberg


But if you were this Brit-born, New York–based icon in the making, you wouldn’t seem at all affected by that.

You’d have that woke-up-like-this low-key style vibe on lock, and you’d drop only boldface names when boldface questions are asked. You’d be crazy easy to hang out with, and you’d make Fashion Week seem like summer camp. And these would be your favorite shows:



Nordstrom National Beauty Director Loredana Grama and the Nordstrom Beauty Office identify the biggest beauty trends on the spring ’16 runways.

In a matter of eight days, our beauty team hit up 34 New York Fashion Week shows, grazing shoulders backstage with industry bigwigs the likes of Bobbi Brown, François NarsDeborah LippmannCharlotte Tilbury and Jin Soon Choiand taking notes on spring’s most popular makeup crazes.

BeautyTrendBareWhat stood out to them? For one, natural, effortless makeup that left the focus on inner beauty. Skin was fresh and radiant and eyes were often left bare, except for a swoosh of nude shadows here and there. If there was a pop of color, you can bet it was on the lips, like the pouts M·A·C Cosmetics sent down the runway for Zac Posen. Expect glowing complexions, mushroom-tinged shadows and undone brows come spring for an easy au naturale look.



Mind if we just go back once or twice more to New York Fashion Week? Cool.

IMG Models isn’t just an international juggernaut responsible for booking some of the most talented faces of fashion in the world, they are also—as part of an entertainment partnership called WME-IMG—the folks behind the official Fashion Week headquarters in midtown where we saw Naeem, Prabal and more. The partnership also owns and runs MADE, the Chelsea-neighborhood spot for talent on the rise, such as the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund candidates we checked out. Guess that makes them a double juggernaut? Triple?


We stopped by the IMG New York office on our last day in the city and chatted with the team as well as a major up-and-coming model who came into the agency through IMG’s #WLYG (we love your genes) program. Meet Lameka Fox and get a download of the model stats of the season. 


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New York Fashion Week Spring 2016 Street Style

Gimlet-eyed Crystal Nicodemus is busy snapping street-style starlets during NYFW. Here are her photos to inspire you for next season, or this, and some wardrobe picks to help you get the look.



As the shows wind down and the fashion pack moves on to London and the Continent, the Nordstrom Fashion Office recaps spring ’16 with the Top 10 Trends from NYFW.

There is certainly a movement towards breezy, easy silhouettes and long languid layering. The erogenous zone moves to the shoulder. Relaxed ruffles and flounces enhance femininity with a casual flirtatiousness. A warm raw beauty continues the textural trend in materials. The season’s go-to pieces include a gypset freedom in the mix of print and pattern, a sensual slip dress, something indigo, a convertible bag and a soft shoe.

1. Mood Indigo

New York Fashion Week Spring 2016, Derek Lam

All photos: InDigital



NYFW has come to a close, and any minute now we’ll be bringing you fresh insight from London. We just have a few loose ends to tie up first…

We met the Veronicas, as they are affectionately known, at the last New York Fashion Week, and quickly confirmed what you instinctively know as a fan of the line: Veronica Beard is all about iconic women and essential pieces.


All images via Veronica Beard/Fashion GPS Radar 

While fall’s muses included Bianca Jagger and Jane Birkin, there’s a new It girl for spring ’16. Find out who inspired this look in the Q&A that follows.



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The Marc Jacobs show has long been known as the finale of New York Fashion Week, so it’s no wonder his is one of the most highly anticipated—and buzzed about—shows. We were doubly lucky to not only get the backstage details on the look created by NARS, but to get those details from Mr. François Nars himself —the makeup legend and mastermind of the Marc Jacobs beauty look.

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NYFW has come to a close and we’ve officially crossed the pond. But before we get started with London Fashion Week, we just have a few loose ends to tie up…

For as long as most fashion people can remember, MARC JACOBS has closed New York Fashion Week with a presentation at the Armory on Park Avenue. This season’s venue move to the Ziegfeld Theatre was a clue that the show would indeed be a show, in the manner of campy hijinks and cabaret.

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Models walked down a red-roped red carpet outside the legendary movie house, popped and locked in front of a step and repeat, and then entered the main arena where buyers, editors and clients sat with their own MARC JACOBS popcorn and playbills.

Check out our scrapbook of this highly theatrical event and the Old Hollywood Americana looks featured there.



twinshadowIt’s not a Public School runway show without a soundtrack by Twin Shadow, aka George Lewis Jr. He’s done them all going back to 2012, becoming an essential piece of the New York City brand along the way.

For the show that just occurred at New York Fashion Week—and which our Senior Writer Laura Cassidy attended and covered excellently—that music takes the form of an original 9-minute dance mix.

Most Twin Shadow music is pop rock. This is a bunch of drums and squeezes of chipmunk soul. It’s a change of pace and it’s great. ’Nuff said.

Shop: Public School

–Andrew Matson

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An ode to grunge seems to be resonating through the halls, or tents, of New York Fashion Week. Yet, in not-quite-equal measure, an intoxicating backlash of femininity is vying for attention—glamour, it seems, refuses to take a backseat. Thus, Wednesday’s lineup skipped around from gender defying to overtly sexual to all-out decorative feats.


Photos: InDigital

Under the direction of newly minted creative leads Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, the hotly anticipated DKNY show had something to prove. Sticking to what they know best (menswear), the Public School duo teased out the tension between hard and soft. Although they may have veered from the label’s unfussy DNA, they struck gold with deconstructed power suits reinvented as dresses and skirts. Sheer-to-silk fabrications with more fluid drape worked in softer elements. Palette anchored the elemental aesthetic. Save for two cobalt looks, every piece stuck to a black-white dichotomy.

Shop: current season DKNY