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New York Fashion Week

February 13, 2014

Runway Rundown: Michael Kors

Consistent in his point of view on modern American sportswear, Michael Kors hones in on luxe layering with fur, tweed and cable knits that capture the texture and beauty of winter fashions. Long, flowy chiffon dresses and shorter printed minis add to the romance of the season.

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Olivia Kim, Nordstrom‘s director of creative projects, tells us about her nonstop New York Fashion Week adventures in What’s Up, Olivia.


This morning started out at rag & bone’s beautiful studio in the Meatpacking District, brainstorming about some exciting future projects. (More on that another time.)

After that we stopped by Comme des Garçons Black, got coffee at Intelligentsia in Chelsea and then went to the artist bookstore Printed Matter. I ran into my friend Alex Olson.

The Rodarte show was around the corner on 22nd Street. I absolutely LOVE Rodarte* and I loved this show. I really, really want this sparkly blue coat!

Outside the show, a New York magazine reporter interviewed me and called me a dork (guilty). On the right I’m with Pete Nordstrom, who is nine miles tall.

From Rodarte, I went back to Nomad for lunch with Miroslava Duma, Nasiba Adilova and Jen Brill.

Social media attack! @miraduma @naseebs @brillapalooza @oliviakim

After that I said goodbye to Alex and my beloved little Frenchy, Secret Spy, and headed back to Seattle to put the final touches on my next Pop-In@Nordstrom: Heartbreakers Club! See you there!

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February 12, 2014

Runway Rundown: Naeem Khan

Polished. Fearless. Glamourous.


Exotic prints, intricate beading, feathers and flapper-esque flair were cleverly fused together by Naeem Khan. The Indian-born, New York-based designer did what he does best for fall—and that’s creating timeless fashion that makes a woman feel sexy and strong.

“In order to create a new vocabulary, you have mix things up,” said Naeem to The Thread just days before his fall 2014 show.

The designer adds that he’s “been taken by the work of Charles James, who was a famous American designer from the ’30s until the late ’70s. When you combine the elegance of Charles’s designs and the sexiness of burlesque—think Cabaret with Liza Minnelli—you mix all that and you get my idea of razzmatazz, but in a very sophisticated way. You get a whole new thing. That’s where fall is going to be.”

Counting First Lady Michelle Obama, Taylor Swift and Beyoncé as his fans, Naeem provided his red carpet darlings with plenty of head-turning options—like these two floor-length ivory gowns.

Qianna Smith

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Celebrating the powerful 21st-century woman, forward-thinking designs from Oscar de la Renta were complemented by mod wigs and smoky eye makeup at his fall/winter 2014 runway show. From office chic to red carpet glam, there was an overall statement of coolness from the designer usually known for the classic and streamlined—but as always, he can be counted on for the gorgeous gowns.

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Olivia Kim, Nordstrom‘s director of creative projects, tells us about her nonstop New York Fashion Week adventures in What’s Up, Olivia.

“What are you doing?! Just get in the car.”

And we’re off! First up, a visit to my friends Iana dos Reis Nunes and Carolyn Tate Angel at Coach–they’re doing great things for next fall’s collection.

This was near the place where our new Nordstrom New York will open, in 2018. Hi, neighbors!

After that, I checked out a line by a really amazing young designer from Qatar named Wadha.

I love talking to up-and-coming designers and hearing about what goes into their work.

The showroom was in Justine Koons’s studio and this amazing collage was in the bathroom! After that it was time for Shanghai Cuisine on Bayard Street–my favorite Chinese restaurant in New York. Not to start a debate or anything, but they have the best dumplings in THE ENTIRE COUNTRY.

Next, we stopped by to see good old Morgan at Saturdays Surf NYC.

Their headquarters in Tribeca are beautiful!

After that we met with Margherita Missoni. She’s so beautiful, and so sweet. That painting is by the great ’80s NYC artist Rammellzee, and that’s Jeffrey Deitch’s desk behind us!

The spiral staircase in their office is really crazy. And then it was time for another tall blonde-roast soy misto from Starbucks. Starbucks is my favorite. I want to be sponsored by Starbucks.

At the end of the day I got to see Patrik Ervell’s show. So good.

Oh! Earlier in the day, we stopped by the ISETAN Japan pop-up shop in Soho. (ISETAN is a department store in Japan.) There was a bunch of work on display by cool Japanese designers, like Kansai Yamamoto (above) and the Nubot by Mukashiya (below). Like the description said: “Nubot makes you feel he/she is there.”

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The darkest stages of nightfall and the beauty of classical dance provide the inspiration for Milly‘s ‘Dusk’ entitled fall collection.

Charcoal colors gave way to neutrals for daytime subtlety. From camel paper-bag wool trousers to oversized camel Lurex tweed jackets, designer Michelle Smith constructed a fall statement that emphasized texture and fluidity with precision layering.

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February 11, 2014

Runway Rundown: Alice + Olivia

Stacey Bendet says Alice + Olivia fall 2014 “is about sexiness and fantasy—luxury and decadence in a wearable way.” Designs were inspired by a poem:

Follow me through the forest deep;
Wrapped in a veil of enchanting mist, beneath the purple glow of a glimmering moon;
In our castle keep, keep safe your heart as you find all you desire.

Sharp tailoring and dreamy prints were combined with a vintage Victorian charm to capture Stacey’s point of view on free-spirited decadence.

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“Feel like a woman, wear a dress.” —Diane von Furstenberg

Wrap dress creator Diane von Furstenberg celebrated the 40th anniversary of her iconic fashion staple and cleverly entitled her fall 2014 collection ‘Bohemian Wrapsody.’ Hallmarks of the DVF brand were plentiful—prints, color and a free spirit—in the designer’s line-up, which was inspired by the movement of the Ballet Russes.

Indie pop vocalist Annie Clark of St. Vincent, who has a new album coming out this month, got the crowd rockin’ with a live performance.

Take inspiration from fall ’14 and step into spring with a clear outlook donning optic stripes and graphic geometric prints.

Get the look: Diane von Furstenberg ‘Carlie’ Knit Dress & ‘Amelia’ Wool & Silk Skirt

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Olivia Kim, Director of Creative Projects at Nordstrom, tells us what she’s been up to during New York Fashion Week in What’s Up, Olivia.

This is what it looks like when Strath takes my picture before coffee. Today we went to a million meetings on every block in Manhattan New York City. Here we go!

Tea and oatmeal with Cecilia Dean (founder and editor of Visionaire) at Lafayette.

A fun visit to Story.

A trip to Goods & Services to catch up with my friend Adam Selman and see his amazing new collection.

More tea and a talking-to from genius menswear designer Paul Marlow in the library at Nomad.

Chocolates and a giant long wall that actually DRIPPED CHOCOLATE at the Opening Ceremony show. (Check out The Thread’s Runway Rundown of Opening Ceremony.)

My BFF Jen Brill could not resist a taste. As we left they handed out hot chocolate in Opening Ceremony travel mugs.

Dinner at Omen in Soho with Rafael de Cárdenas (who designs all our Pop-In Shop installations), yours truly, Brillapalooza and Mel Ottenberg (Rihanna’s stylist).

All the while it had been snowing pretty hard outside…

…and before bedtime Alex and Spy got to play in a winter wonderland (Washington Square Park). See you tomorrow!

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February 9, 2014

Runway Rundown: Herve Leger

Strong. Confident. Fierce.

The iconic Herve Leger bandage dress somehow finds a way to evolve season after season, thanks to the creative efforts of Lubov and Max Azria. For fall 2014, the metamorphosis continued with a vixen, tribal vibe that can only be described as uninhibited and untamed.

The collection was inspired by the beauty of nature and animal patterns. Designs came shades of warm grey, rich navy, dark greens, with bright pops of color.

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