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Fashion Week Journal for Monday, March 9

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As this season’s quartet of Fashion Weeks zipped itself closed and exited stage right yesterday and I boarded a plane bound for familiar faces, the voice in my head was never more like the diaristic Doogie Howser crossed with SJP doing her Carrie Bradshaw narrations. So please indulge me as I attempt to make some sense of the sit-com/sci-fi/drama that was these last 30 days of runways, real ways, icons, offbeats and more.

But …. I’m not ready to bring my Fashion Week coverage to an end per se—stay tuned in the weeks to come as I take you behind even more brands and share some special showroom stories and scenes—but for now I’ve distilled a month’s worth of impressions and ideas down to five notions of what the phenomenon of Fashion Month means right now. 

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Fashion Week Journal for Tuesday, March 10

Whether you’re watching the runway from home or from the front row, it’s impossible to not be completely captivated by certain models. There are the classically beautiful ones and the offbeat beauties, the girls who seem to come from another world and those who might be your awkward neighbor from kindergarten.

The best ones just have that something. Sometimes they’re even a little distracting—you look at them as closely as you do the clothes they’re modeling. But that plays into the brand too. Some models are cast because they have the perfect proportions and walk like they’re in a dream. Some are cast because they simply possess a spirit that draws you in—and keeps you there.

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Napavine, Washington’s Emilie Evander is among the last group. After she walked in the Gucci men’s show (they’re gender benders, you’ll recall) and made big waves there, Alexander Wang cast her as an exclusive for his New York Fashion Week show, then Gucci nabbed her as an exclusive for Milan. And they had her close the show. In Paris, she walked in the much buzzed-about shows for Rick Owens and Margiela.

It’s a big deal to be booked exclusively; it means it’s the only show you do in that market. It means you’re paid more. It means the brand really wants your certain something to represent their certain something. Evander’s certain something is in her 5’11″ frame and her ethereal coloring, but it’s also in her goofball spirit and small-town roots. She’s a total sweetheart and a complete teenager. She loves her mom and family and her community, and she’s curious about the world. She also likes steak and French fries, as I learned when I had dinner with her at Le Relais de l’Entrecote.

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Fashion Week Journal for Saturday, February 28

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Wearing Marni, Acne and Jimmy Choo boots with a Chloé bag; all images courtesy Sandra Hagelstam

The sneakers-with-everything trend has no place in Sandra Hagelstam’s world. Her 5 Inch and Up style blog is all about the heel—and the more runway the better. The higher the better. The more editorial the better.

All hail the statement stiletto, really.

We met up with Hagelstam while we were both in London to get her thoughts on style from fashion city to fashion city.

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Tamara (Glam and Glitter) is a regular on The Thread, thanks to her trendy, feminine style. She’s just one of those girls who looks amazing in anything. This biker-chic ensemble fits right in at London Fashion Week. The moto jacket is still everywhere, and graphic jumpers are kitschy cute. Her blue palette works well against the grey skies we’ve been having. Tamara is stylish and a total sweetheart: the best of both worlds!

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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White Moto Jackets | Midi Skirts | Graphic Sweaters

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

Armani Collezioni Moto Jacket | Jason Wu Skirt | Equipment Star Pattern Sweater

Pandora is one of my favorite Londoners. She has a unique individual style that fits her perfectly. Today’s retro look works so well with the ’60s and ’70s themes we’ve been watching on the runway. Cropped flares with the It boot of the season keep the vintage vibe alive.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Shop similar styles:
Cropped Flares | Loafer Style Boots | Peter Pan Collars

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3.1 Phillip Lim Crop Pants | Gucci ‘Lillian’ Horsebit Boot | Sister Jane ‘Dark Dances’ Blouse

Parvin’s look is a mix of ’60s mod and ’70s chic. Tall boots continue to dominate the street style scene and these Givenchy boots are insanely gorgeous. Parvin’s colorblock vest, however, is the real scene-stealer. A simple white turtleneck dress and minimal accessories let her hero piece shine.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Long Vests | Black Knee-High Boots | Turtleneck Dresses

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Trouvé Colorblock Vest | Topshop ’70s Boot | KAMALIKULTURE Turtleneck Dress

I don’t know how Margaret Zhang does it. She can layer so many pieces and yet look perfectly balanced. Today’s belted ensemble is just another example of Margaret’s style skills. A quilted military-inspired jacket is an interesting counterbalance to her chic mixed pattern ensemble. Belts are a must for the season and Margaret keeps her layers from overwhelming her with a sleek leather cinch.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Striped Button-Downs | Utility Coats | Windowpane Print

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Topshop Oversize Stripe Shirt | Ellen Tracy Anorak | Vince Windowpane Pants

February 22, 2015

Street Style: Naomi at Sibling

Naomi is every ounce the gothic lady in this leather look. A turtleneck and tuxedo blazer is a chic, classic pairing, but Naomi’s leather dress is altogether unexpected. I love the feminine cut of the dress, and it adds great texture and shape to her look. Pointed-toe oxfords are a comfy but cool option to navigate the cobblestones of Somerset House.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Black Blazers | Oxfords | Leather Skirts

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

James Jeans Ponte Blazer | Saint Laurent ‘Lulu’ Oxford | French Connection Faux Leather Skirt

Kerry Pieri is back on The Thread and looking as cool as ever, despite the jet lag-inducing time difference. Kerry’s preppy blazer and fringed suede skirt are a unique but harmonious pairing. Snakeskin shoes are an emerging theme and have been massively popular this season. Looks like I need to find myself yet another pair of boots!

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Shop similar styles:
Blazers | Snake-Pattern Shoes | Fringe Skirts

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

Band of Outsiders Jacket | BP. Snake-Pattern Bootie | The Kooples Fringe Suede Skirt