You can’t do Fashion Week right without a nod to the incredible footwear on the street. Our coverage in New York, London, Milan and Paris may be at an end, but we just couldn’t say goodbye to FW without gazing one last time at 44 of the prettiest pairs of the season.
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We made it through another month of Fashion Week craziness! It was a wild ride across the globe, and I had so much fun hunting down the best looks for you. I hope you enjoyed the sartorial inspiration as much as I did.
There were so many new trends on the streets that I’m dying to try, among them: leather everything, plastic detailing, full skirts and flared minis, modern suiting, designer sweatshirts and sooooooo much more! I can’t believe how many new, awesome trends are developing right now.
Although it’s nice to finally be home, I know I’ll miss the energy and excitement of Fashion Week. See you next season!
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I can’t believe it’s already over! This week in New York has been an utter whirlwind, full of shows, gorgeous ladies and maybe a little too much champagne. The energy here seems to get crazier every season, but I love it!
I saw so many inspiring outfits and great new trends. Some of my favorites include: the full skirt, casual detailing and crop tops, lace-up stilettos, and the black-and-white palette. There are a million and one more things to add, but I don’t want to hijack the blog with my ramblings. It has been so fun bringing you all the looks and scenes from Fashion Week, and I hope you enjoyed it too.
I’m off to London, so stay tuned for more amazing style from across the pond!
People watching is a blast during Fashion Week…especially catching models as they’re dashing to the next show or just taking a break to make funny faces at us paparazzi during all the madness. Here are some stunners I snapped this week.
Chiara Ferragni, of Blonde Salad blog fame, is absolutely stunning. One of the many things I love about this talented blogger is her chameleon-like sense of style. She matches her outfit to her mood and isn’t afraid to get creative. Today’s look has a feminine base, thanks to her fit-and-flare dress, but there’s a modern city edge in there too. Her towering boots, rakish hat, silver ear cuff and smoky eyes flip the script—and the end result is gorgeous!
Eleonora is a major Italian blogger (JouJouVilleroy) and has gained international fame in recent years, thanks to her impeccable sense of style.
It was an absolute scorcher in the city today, but Eleonora wasn’t fazed one bit. Her modern take on the flirty fit-and-flare dress is striking in its simplicity. Black and white is huge this season, and it’s exciting to see it in a more feminine look.
One of our favorites is back! Rachel (Pink Peonies) is looking as chic and feminine as ever. While her vintage-inspired lacy number is a girly dream, her tough accessories add a little edginess to the look.
Like I said before, I’m digging this new direction Rachel is heading in, and I can’t wait to see what she does next season!
New York Fashion Week may be over, but you can relive the sartorial circus again and again in our latest video collab with Nylon TV (check out our last one with Kat Graham). This time around, we dropped Revenge actress and high-profile style blogger (seriously, check out Ring My Bell!) Ashley Madekwe into the fashionable fray and watched her work it in of-the-moment pieces from Leith, MINKPINK, Tildon, Mural and more.
Check out how the beautiful Brit reps cool Savvy style while serenely navigating the crazy that is NYFW.
For 28 years, Mark Badgley and James Mischka have been elevating the notion of effortless glamour through their jointly designed Badgley Mischka line. The newly married pair are making 2013 a year to remember with the opening of their first New York flagship store on Madison Avenue.
To toast the glorious occasion, the talented twosome invited a host of scenesters and VIPs—House of Cards actress Kate Mara, Canadian Idol singer Carly Rae Jepsen and supermodel Petra Nemcova—to tour their new space during New York Fashion Week.
“We searched for a store in the city for about five years. All we could find were these little white boxes on Madison Avenue. We really wanted something that had character, little nooks and a real residential feeling,” says Mark (pictured left). “When we found this place on East 64th Street & Madison it hadn’t been used in years, so we gutted it and created an elegant, homey atmosphere.”
Patrick Gerard Carmody is the architect behind the renovated space, while Mark and James decorated the interiors of the storefront.
Badgley Mischka’s timeless designs have graced countless red carpets on the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Winslet and Jennifer Lopez.
For the 2013 film awards season, the team dressed Helen Mirren for the Golden Globes and Queen Latifah for the Oscars.
We offer Badgley Mischka ready-to-wear apparel in selected stores. For assistance, please contact a Designer Specialist at 1.877.543.7463.
Photos by Fernando Colon
Enter into the world of Milly and watch Michelle Smith, the creative force behind the brand, translate the idea of transparency into a three-dimensional sculpted look for spring/summer 2014.
Michelle invited The Thread to sit in on the model castings and final fittings for her show.
To make the Milly casting cut, you need to exude femininity with a modern edge.
French model Loulou Robert stops by the showroom to finalize the fit on the two looks she’ll wear for the show.
The Parisian glam-girl is also the face of Milly’s fall ’13 ad campaign.
“I’ve got a base palette of black and white. You’ll see a lot of clean, stark silhouettes, but color really comes into play via my prints,” says Michelle, who designs all her own patterns.
Vintage accessories give the ultra-modern collection an added layer of depth. We can’t wait to see how she puts it all together.
It’s almost showtime! We catch up with the designer at The Stage at Lincoln Center, where we find models Anya Kazakova, Emeline Ghesquiere, Vasilisa Pavlova and Steffi Soede donning heels by Manolo Blahnik for Milly spring ’14.
“For me, the collection always begins with the fabric. I love designing fabric and customizing it. Most, if not all, of my fabrics are European,” says Michelle. “I love taking a fabric swatch that may appear sporty or athletic and then transform it into something very feminine and beautiful.”
“I keep eight factories in New York pretty busy year-round, and they are all within a five-mile radius from my studio,” she says of her New York-made brand. “I make 12 ready-to-wear collections a year, so one each month, as well as 5 cabana swimwear collections, Milly Minis childrenswear and handbags.”
Milly’s black and white palette is punctuated with splashes of tropical and floral prints. “I was in Hawaii back in April on the Big Island and the prints were really conceived from that trip. Prior to Hawaii I was in Japan. so you’ll see touches of Japanese floral layered in,” she adds.
There’s nothing like bringing your kids to work when you’re a fashion designer. Michelle’s two children, William and Sophia, join her on the runway to watch the preshow run-through. And it appears William, who is all smiles, sees something he likes.
Models practice moving to the music before it’s time to change into the first looks.
“This collection really emphasizes the classic silhouette: bust, waist and hips. I wanted to draw attention to the hourglass proportions of a woman’s body,” says Michelle. “There’s also a lot of play on structure and shape.”
The key luxurious fabric used in the collection feels almost like a carbon fiber. What makes this material so advanced is that the transparencies give an X-ray effect.
This sportswear-inspired look with its architectural illusions feels so fresh and chic for spring.
Michelle’s attention to detail and continuous fabric innovation truly make her a master among contemporary designers. Bravo!
Photos by Fernando Colon