“They’re perfect for what’s happening in fashion and art and architecture—this great kind of melting of all things,” Jeffrey Kalinsky told me this past November on a crazily warm New York day.
All photos by Laura Cassidy
He was talking about Snarkitecture, the of-the-moment, in-the-mix design practice headed by artist Daniel Arsham and architect Alex Mustonen. Harnessing the trend for mixing the chicest ready-to-wear with the best built environments, our VP Fashion Director set out to collaborate with the best and commissioned the Brooklyn-based crew to create a backdrop (only part of it is seen here) on which to shoot his favorite looks from Valentino,Gucci,Simone Rocha and more on China-born model Fei Fei Sun for our new season Designer Collections lookbook.
We were there at New York’s Pier 59 Studios, and we’d love to take you behind the scenes.
What happens behind the scenes when Fashion Director Jeffrey Kalinskyand crew are photographing the best of the season’s runway for our Designer Collections lookbook? Well, a little and a lot. There are times when half an hour goes by in a sort of hurry-up-and-wait fugue, and periods of such scurry and excitement that you look up to find two hours have passed in what felt like five minutes. It’s the nature of the game.
A blur of a man: Jeffrey Kalinsky in his studio and office.
As a companion piece to the rich, gorgeous images and exclusive interviews in our fresh-off-the-presses, in-mail-boxes now book, we decided to single out a few of the more placid moments as well as let you inside the cheerful assortment of fashion flotsam and jetsam in Kalinsky’s Chelsea office. (Call it our 9-to-5 complement to his home’s recent cameo on The Coveteur.)
We also brought some of our favorite favorites into close range, so you get a sort of stylist’s view of the season’s best.
Some of you eagle-eyed readers may have noticed that our November Holiday catalog featured papercraft and garlands running throughout as a unifying theme. Since it’s the perfect time for a little festive DIY-ing, we got back in touch with the master crafter we commissioned to create these garlands for our photoshoot: Laurie Cinotto.
Laurie’s work is featured in Martha Stewart Weddings and a ton of other publications and blogs, not to mention her very own book. She was kind enough to take some time out of her full-time crafting career and herding cats (really!) to give us a simple tutorial, with step-by-step images that are here to help anyone create some DIY décor. Read on for her easy guide.
Our September catalog featured three distinct styles in three different cities: Seattle, Chicago and Nashville–where it was all about hot trends and rock ‘n’ roll. We had an awesome time hanging out in Music City, so we’re sharing some pics we snapped around town and at the catalog shoot.
We took spring trends to the streets in our February catalog—a collaboration between our Personal Stylists and renowned street-style photographer Tommy Ton.
Known for both his hyper-cool fashion blog Jak & Jill, and his Fashion Week photography for Style.com and GQ.com (though he really needs no introduction), Tommy Ton got behind the lens for us to show how any woman can easily make high fashion street-legal.
It’s a creative take on spring’s key looks mixed in a totally fresh way, courtesy of Tommy Ton and your Nordstrom Personal Stylists—consider them your very own fashion editors.