Paris Fashion Week

We’ve had the pleasure of standing in a Paris Fashion Week showroom twice now with the lauded and awarded-young SPACE designer Vejas Kruszewski (no really, though; he’s just barely two decades old), and we are here to tell you that he’s one of the most easygoing yet intellectual designers we know.

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Vejas; image by Jessa Carter

If you live in Toronto and you like talking fashion, please note this date and time: March 15 from 5 to 7pm.  

Vejas and his right-hand, Saam Emme, will be at Nordstrom Toronto Eaton Centre to chat through inspiration and innovation—and your personal style and the spring ’17 collection. 

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 416.552.2900, ext. 1350. 

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—Laura Cassidy

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As Paris Fashion Week comes to a close, we’re reflecting on our favorite street-style looks and getting better acquainted with the ladies who wore them—by creeping around on their Insta accounts. (You’re like a friend from afar if you follow!) Because not everyone can accessorize with an umbrella, puddle jump in stilettos and layer three shirts, we love the women who try and succeed. Bien fait! 

Akimoto Kozue at Paris Fashion Week
Photo by Indigital Images

IT’S LIKE AN AWARDS SHOW FOR WARDROBES: VIEW THE SLIDESHOW

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While most of the much-discussed styles during Paris Fashion Week appear on the runways, there’s a whole show happening at street level. When the fashion world is gathered in one city, sometimes on one block, there’s no shortage of amazing shoes. Here we’ve assembled some of the styles that stopped us in our tracks—it’s a thing we do.

Click on a pair to shop these showstoppers or similar styles right now.

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Photos by Kristin Yamada

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Tricia Smith and Jennifer Wheeler enter the stylish back bar at Daroco looking like they just came off the beach in Saint-Tropez. Well, except that they’re in ankle boots and turtlenecks, trench coats and long sleeves.

The attitude, though—it’s pure relaxed satisfaction. Contented fulfillment. It’s a mood that isn’t necessarily native to this part of Paris Fashion Week. We’re on the tail end of the week and at this stage of the game, buyers and editors tend to be exhausted, a little cranky, and sort of overwhelmed by all the schedule-packed days they’ve just made it through.

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First two images by Jessa Carter

But this time has been different. “It’s just been such a consistently good season,” says Tricia, our executive vice president of women’s and designer apparel. And even more than that, she tells me that the entire industry seems to have banded together in a united front. There’s a feeling of camaraderie in the shows and in the streets.

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“It’s like everyone really wants to hold each other up,” agrees Jennifer, vice president of women’s designer apparel. From more white bandanas to all kinds of great color, this is how it went down and these are the moments that mattered most.

READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE

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Scene Snaps: Paris, Part 3

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Candid snaps of the street-style scene at Fashion Week fall ’17.

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Rolling around Paris for a week or so with Olivia Kim and SPACE buyer Raul Becerra is kind of like an advanced fashion version of National Lampoon’s European Vacation. Especially the part where the Griswold family circles the Eiffel Tower and Clark (played in our version by Olivia) tries passionately to squeeze all the relevant points of interest into that one lap.

You can’t go to Paris without making your own Griswold joke at some point, but Fashion Week really is about making the most of every moment you get with each and every icon you get near—whether it’s a national monument, Grace Coddington or Simon Jacquemus.

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Olivia in the Jacquemus showroom; all images by Jessa Carter unless otherwise noted

On the last day of the fall shows, we look back at ten things that mattered most to us, from Comme des Garçons to Y/Project—complete with theme song and more.

CHECK OUT OUR WEEK IN PARIS

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Candid snaps of the street-style scene at Fashion Week fall ’17.

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As I chatted with Sea NY cofounder Sean Monahan, an almost-forgotten term from high school social studies came back to me: melting pot.

We were talking about handmade silk beads that come from India, a print from Liberty London and a blouse’s weighty, gorgeous lace—which he gets in Italy. And he was talking about how he and his partner, Monica Paolini, exist almost entirely outside of the Fashion Week schedule; they don’t have presentations or runway shows. Instead, they concentrate on really knowing what their customers in Korea, Australia and Vancouver BC wear. They make featherweight tops for the girls Down Under and ruffled hoodies for girls in the Pacific Northwest.

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All images by Jessa Carter

Sean told me all this with a soft but unmistakable New York accent—perfect in this analogy, because NYC has always been America’s symbol of multiculturalism. There in the heart of Paris, watching buyers Joyce Lin and Laura Janney select cool, chunky knits and sweet tie-waist dresses, Sea NY felt like a very real and very cool mix of traditions, crafts, communities and commonalities.

It felt like one of contemporary fashion’s prettiest melting pots.

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A few weeks ago, back at New York Fashion Week, Self-Portrait founder and designer Han Chong added menswear plaids and velvet rompers to his established vernacular of lacy dresses and off-the-shoulder silhouettes.

And on Wednesday in Paris, the iconic and historically French footwear brand Robert Clergerie gave fans and the industry a late-’80s/early-’90s collection inspired by the stories and film Slaves of New York. Creative director Roland Mouret and the team showed soft, stretchy leather and shiny, textural exotics in a late-summer palette of muted green and wine tones for fall ’17.

For the buyers, editors, bloggers and stylists who’ve been spending the past month on the city-to-city global Fashion Week circuit, there was only one shoe collection fit for both of those events.

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From Robert Clergerie x Self-Portrait, the spring ’17 collaboration; all images courtesy Robert Clergerie and Self-Portrait.
For stores and additional styles, call 1.888.282.6060.

The just-released collaboration between Self-Portrait and Robert Clergerie contains pointy flats and kicky slides that somehow multiply the best elements of both brands. It’s a perfect cross-pollination of sleek, pretty architecture and smart, classic-riffing romantic edge, and it’s available right now. And, we got both creative heads to open up about working together in style.

SEE WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY

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How would you say farewell to an iconic brand after six years? Would you go backward through all the seasons and revisit your favorite looks; or would you go forward as you always have, trusting what your heart tells you is most beautiful, most meaningful, most immediate and right now?

News broke in January that Chloé creative director Clare Waight Keller would be leaving the company. During her tenure, the Chloé girl has been a biker and a boho; she’s been sporty and tender. And she’s always had amazing bags. At the show this past Thursday, the crowd—all those real-life Chloé girls, including Solange—represented that interplay of boyish cool and sweeping, woke-up-like-this finery.

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Solange is a Chloé girl

But there on the runway was an entirely new iteration of the brand’s muse/loyal customer. As the fashion press has positively noted, Clare did not review her past. She stepped ahead. Her final collection was largely inspired by Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, but it was also about freedom and liberation. We went into the showroom with Sahar Sokhandan and Lauren Zimmermann from the designer buying team to see how they’ll bring this grande-but-grunge finale back to you.

COME INSIDE AND SEE HOW IT ALL WENT DOWN

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