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Our intrepid street-style photographer, Crystal Nicodemus, is back in action for another round of scene snaps at Fashion Week. This time, she hits up Lincoln Center and captures the industry’s best dressed as they head from show to show.

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Join us inside Rodarte’s Meatpacking District showroom as our buyer, Sahar Sokhandan, walks through the spring collection with co-designer Laura Mulleavy. “I loved the L.A. rocker-chic vibe this season,” Sahar says. “Take a walk on the wild side!”

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Check out our runway and front row photos from Rodarte’s spring 2014 show.

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Last week we took you inside Prabal Gurung’s New York showroom—this week we’re heading less than a mile away to Helmut Lang‘s light-filled headquarters, where our via C buyer, Cheri Dublinski, examines the spring collection.

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“I really liked the clean, straight lines of the new collection,” Cheri says. “These pieces are simple and easy to wear, and they’re made with interesting details or fabrics.”

Cheri snaps fit models wearing various pieces from the new collection. This helps her keep track of the garments she’s thinking about buying.

As we saw on the runway, creative directors Nicole and Michael Colovos used lots of perforation and leather for spring.

Silhouettes were loose and relaxed.

“There’s something for everyone in this collection,” Cheri says.

Stay tuned for more updates from the showrooms as our buyers make their spring selections.

In the meantime, check out our runway photos and front-row photos from Helmut Lang’s spring 2014 show.

Mary O’Regan

Fashion Week isn’t just about runway shows and late-night parties. For our buyers, directors and VPs, the majority of the week consists of showroom appointments with various brands. This is where we make item selections, talk about upcoming projects and catch up on business.

Read on for a glimpse inside the Prabal Gurung showroom with our designer apparel buyer, Sahar Sokhandan, as she examines the spring 2014 collection.

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Located in New York’s Garment District, Prabal’s showroom is bright and airy, with racks of clothing lining clear glass walls.

A mood board leans against the wall showing factors that influenced the spring 2014 line, from Marilyn Monroe to blooming roses.

Prabal walks our team through the mood board, citing “the preservation of elegance” as a driving force behind the collection.

Sahar makes selections for the fit model to try on and takes photos with her iPad Mini.

“I love Prabal’s take on modern femininity,” Sahar says.

Retro touches appear everywhere, from mid-calf hemlines to cat-eye sunglasses.

Pastels and floral prints both made a big splash on the spring runways.

It’s helpful to see the collection as a whole, for a clearer idea of its overall aesthetic.

We hope you liked this peek inside our process! Stay tuned for more snapshots from our showroom appointments.

(See also: Our runway photos and front-row photos from Prabal’s spring 2014 show)

Mary O’Regan

New York-based stylist and editor Claudia knows how to handle the unpredictable climes of the city. Between the heat on the street and the AC in the venues, it can be tough to plan a look, but her military-inspired outfit does the job! I love the utilitarian casual vibe of her outfit, and the DIY shorts are going in my “must copy” file. Add some neutral heels, a designer bag and a bright lip, and you’re ready to hit the shows!

xo,
Crystal

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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!

xo,
Crystal

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September 12, 2013

MARC JACOBS’ Dark Past

Thursday night’s torrential downpour added a fitting layer of gloom to the already dark, dystopic scene at the MARC JACOBS spring 2014 show. Clad in ornate, Victorian-esque dresses and upholstery coats, models stormed across glittering black sand, past deserted beach chairs, a broken-down bus and a crumbling boardwalk. Each look was loaded with intricate details: appliqué, embroidery, tassels, brocade—you name it, Jacobs worked it in. This resulted in the polar opposite of his spring 2013 collection, which focused on simple, mod factory-girl pieces. But Jacobs has never been the predictable type—and that’s exactly why we love him.

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I can’t believe my time in New York City is drawing to a close—the whole trip here has been a fashion-filled blur! Each day was packed with meetings, shows, street-style shoots and hours and hours of being stuck in traffic. I stayed in SoHo, which usually would be great, but there was a lovely Italian festival happening during my entire stay and my street and those surrounding it were all closed off. Guess I can consider walking those extra few blocks in stilettos to be my daily workout!



Highlights for these past days include scoring time for some proper meals—my favorite being mozzarella bufala and tomato, which I feel is an appropriate dish for any hour of the day.

I also loved sitting front row at Tommy Hilfiger with the crème-de-la-crème of fashion bloggers. In order left to right: Jules (Sincerely, Jules), Aimee (Song of Style), Chriselle (The Chriselle Factor), Chiara (The Blonde Salad), Jessica (Tuula) and Nicole (Gary Pepper Girl). Talk about power in digital influence!


As well, I had the chance to see the MARC BY MARC JACOBS show in a steamy warehouse (did someone say 95 °F outside today?).





I was able to attend the Burberry party too, which featured an incredible performance by Tom Odell, and I got to hang out with my friends Camille (Camille Over the Rainbow), Carolina (Fashion Squad), Chiara and Natalie Joos (Tales of Endearment).

I’m grateful to have been part of this crazy scene here in New York, and I’m looking forward to getting thrown into the fashion fun in London tomorrow! Heading off for my red-eye flight now—you gotta do what you gotta do. Fashion knows no pain. Loving it all!

She may originally hail from Baltimore, but Ashley says she’s a New Yorker through and through, and she uses the city as inspiration for her blog. I love Ashley’s cool, laid-back look and am planning to copy it from head to toe. I just have to find those perfect loose-fit leathers first!

xo,
Crystal

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