Nordstrom at New York Fashion Week

We’re used to hearing about how designers are caught between seasons; at any given time they’re sketching for one time of year, selecting models to walk a runway for another, and getting sales and marketing reports for a third. But some designers live in between geographic locations as well. For example Joseph Altuzarra. The designer was born in Paris, worked with Marc Jacobs and Proenza Schouler in America, and then Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy in France before striking out on his own and settling down—and getting married—in New York City.

Image by Simon Cave, courtesy Joseph Altuzarra

Of course, who could choose just one city or the other—and why would they want to? There’s a time and place for everything, and we had the designer tell us exactly what that means for him. Keep reading for city-specific thoughts on baked goods, the ballet (he studied and performed for many years), perfect looks from his spring collection (but of course!)and more.

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From “Rock & Roll Spanish Women” and “Smoky Chelsea Girls,” to “Utilitarian Punk” and “Twiggy’s Daughter”—these were just a few of the inspirations heard backstage as we endured the freezing temps in NYC for Fall 2015 Fashion Week. Equipped with weatherproof boots (thank you, Aquatalia and Valentino!) and Mom’s super-warm hand-knit legwarmers (thank you, MOM!), we braved wind, snow and sauna-like backstage tents to see fall beauty in all its splendor.

The Eyes Have It

Fall has always been the season for the Smoky Eye. And 2015 is no exception, although new, modern approaches make it exciting, sophisticated and definitely dramatic. Regardless of the techniques and colors used, we saw many cool variations including:

nyfw-aw15-backstage-beauty-n-millerClassic: From gorgeous greys and deep browns, to modern cinnamon and plum tones, smoky never looked so good (Christian Siriano, Alexander Wang, Derek Lam).

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As the shows in New York wind down and the action moves across the pond to London, we’re calling our top 10 must-haves for next fall from all the runway action we’ve seen so far. Shaggy textured furs; polished, tailored coats; slouchy menswear tailoring; slinky, seductive dresses; cozy turtleneck sweaters—we think these items will be the go-to pieces come September. Choose your reference points from the ’70s or the ’90s and keep things grounded with a tough, flat boot and a luxe-looking saddlebag. Enjoy!

1. THE ’90s
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2. MENSWEAR TAILORING
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3. SKIN SHOW
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4. THE ’70s
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5. FUR
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6. PARKAS
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7. THE GREAT COAT
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8. TURTLENECKS
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9. SADDLEBAGS
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10. TOUGH BOOTS
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Lainy Hedaya is practically the poster girl for New York style this week. I can’t get enough of her sleek, city ensembles. Today’s black-and-white look is edgy and crazy cool: Her distressed blazer adds interesting texture, while leather bell-bottoms are modern rock ‘n’ roll. Lainy inspires me to expand my style repertoire, and that is truly the best part of Fashion Week!

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Shop similar styles:
White Turtlenecks | Leather Pants | Black and White Blazers

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

Nordstrom Collection Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater | RtA Destroyed Leather Pants | rag & bone Jacket

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New York Fashion Week: February 18

Highlights and commentary from yesterday’s runway shows: Michael Kors stirs menswear swagger and preppy polish into uptown, sporty mode; Proenza Schouler pays homage to mid-century art at the Whitney; and Band of Outsiders explores new dimensions in tomboy tailoring.

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Michael Kors

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HEAVY METAL

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We are loving one of the new season’s key details as a sharper alternative to lady-like looks. Many designers are looking to toughen things up with metal hardware–multiple studs, zippers and buckle details have never looked so chic.

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Save: Topshop Bag | Spend: Paige Denim Jeans | Splurge: Stuart Weitzman Sandal
Shop more: Zippers | Studs | Buckles

’90s GRUNGE

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As a juxtaposition to the grown up ’70s references we have seen in many collections, the younger designers in New York are referencing a harder edged ’90s vibe—heavily influenced by the grunge movement—for the ultimate in cool girl style. Multi-layered volumes, mismatched plaid and the season’s must-have parka are all key to the look.

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Save: Topshop ‘Sherbert’ Jacket | Spend: rag & bone/JEAN Jeans | Splurge: Opening Ceremony Oxford
Shop more: Plaid | Parkas

–The Fashion Office

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Backstage Beauty: NARS for Rodarte

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“Delicate, refined beauty” were the words renowned makeup artist James Kaliardos used to describe his stunning makeup creation for NARS cosmetics at Rodarte today. We immediately noticed light literally bouncing off the model’s skin, which made us wonder—it’s the middle of winter, how is skin this pearlescent even possible? That was our first moment of wonder. The second happened when we saw the gorgeous glint coming from the models’ eyes. Being the beauty girls that we are, we flocked for a closer inspection. We were delighted to see sparkle underneath the eyes and just knew: this look was our spirit animal.

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New York Fashion Week: February 16

Highlights from yesterday’s shows, including Alice + Olivia’s luxurious take on ‘70s chic, an ode to grunge and proportion play from 3.1 Phillip Lim, a soft focus on rag & bone‘s urban tomboy, a menswear mash-up at Veronica Beard and Donna Karan New York exploring the heights of the nighttime Manhattan skyline.

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Emerging colors and pattern on the New York runways.

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BERRIES

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Deep shades of berry ranging from burgundy to oxblood have emerged as a dominant color for fall 2015. Not bold enough to wear this shade head to toe? A handbag is the perfect excuse to introduce this bold color into your upcoming wardrobe!

PLAID

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Menswear influences have come on strong with plaid being a pattern of choice. We love the way plaid instantly adds a new dimension to outerwear – whether graphic, black or white, or popped with an unexpected color.

Shop this trend:
SAVE | SPEND | SPLURGE

Topshop Blanket Check Top | Vince Leather Trim Shirt | Marni Crossbody Bag

Shop more: Plaid

—The Fashion Office

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