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For the first day of Milan Fashion Week, we couldn’t ask for a better show location than the Piazza del Duomo. Italian fashion blogger Chiara Biasi stood out in the crowd, thanks to her fabulous mixed patterns.

Volume is a key element to this season’s best trends, and Chiara is rocking this oversize coat and gathered skirt. Her global prints are on the money, and I love that she uses a white tee to balance it all out.

Crystal Nicodemus


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Patterned Coats | White Crew Neck T-Shirts | Print Midi Skirts

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Carven Coat | James Perse Tee | Rebecca Taylor Midi Skirt

Check out highlights from Saturday’s shows, including sporty-meets-sexy styles at Alexander Wang, odes to Japan from Herve Leger and Tibi, and feminine simplicity from Jill Stuart and Rebecca Taylor.


Sexy silhouettes mixed with sporty details at Alexander Wang—a fresh departure from last season’s masculine-tinged collection.


New York Fashion Week is literally storming through the snowy streets of Manhattan tomorrow—and The Thread is your daily destination for all things fall/winter 2014! To celebrate the week of chic, we asked Rebecca Taylor, the queen of downtown cool, for a little preview of what we can expect from her runway show on Saturday.

Divine Details: With matelassé organza applied over mesh and metallic-glazed jacquards accented with chains, we can look forward to a controlled edginess in the line’s newest pieces.


November 27, 2013

I’m Thankful for…

Thanksgiving may be one of our favorite indulgent, no-calorie-counting days, but it is also the best time to give thanks to all the special people in our lives. In celebration of Turkey Day, The Thread asked seven designers—Lela Rose, Monique Lhuillier, Lubov Azria of BCBGMAXAZRIA and Herve Leger, Rebecca Taylor, Michelle Smith of Milly, Melinda Maria and Patricia Nash—to dish about what they’re thankful for and what they can’t wait to eat.

Whether she’s picking apples with daughter Rosey or dressing First Lady Michelle Obama for this month’s Ladies’ Home Journal, Lela takes on life with a nonchalant elegance.

Lela Rose says:
I’m thankful for… “The life I have lived thus far. I feel like the luckiest person in the world. I have a family I love and adore, and I get to do something creative and fulfilling for work.”

This Thanksgiving, I’m craving… “We are in Mexico for Thanksgiving and will not be having our traditional meal. What I will miss most is the boule de neige cake that my aunt makes. It is DIVINE!”

This Filipino designer has been wowing brides with her couture creations since launching her label in 1996. We especially ♥ her Bliss collection.

Monique Lhuillier says:
I am thankful for… “My family, friends and loving what I do every day!! The gift of creating special and beautiful pieces that make women feel special is so rewarding.”

This Thanksgiving, I’m craving… “I am heading down to Mexico for a few days with my family, and I am looking forward to having the freshest fish tacos and guacamole. Olé!”


“Spring/summer 2014 is about modern romanticism. Construction details and trims reference early American workwear, with a hint of feminism. Key silhouettes experiment with proportion—cropped tops, full trousers and teacup skirts are paired with soft, modern volume in rounded sleeve shapes. Airy, crisp white poplin shirting and geo eyelet are layered with tactile matelassé, laminated knit and crystal-encrusted lace.”—Rebecca Taylor

Qianna Smith
Photos Courtesy of Rebecca Taylor

One thing I love about the chilly winter season is the plethora of hats on the scene. Lindsey’s fur topper has a chic Russian vibe and adds just the right touch of luxe to her chromatic, feminine look.

After a season of beanies and sporty knits, it’s refreshing to see a classy lady.

xo, Crystal

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Designer Coats | Leather Totes | Animal-Print Dresses

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Armani Collezioni Satin Coat | MARC BY MARC JACOBS Tote | Rebecca Taylor Sheath Dress

The last time we caught-up with designer Rebecca Taylor, she was in her showroom sorting through tons of portfolios at her show casting. Now, we find her in the Meatpacking District at the Highline Stages, ready to reveal her fall/winter 2013 collection.

We asked Rebecca what she looks for when choosing her runway models, and she said her girls must be “strong, confident, have a little bit of a tomboy feel and, of course, beautiful.” Models Sung Hee Kim (left) and Soo Joo, who are both signed with Wilhelmina, certainly fit the bill.

Stylist Kate Sebbah worked with Rebecca to balance the Brit punk-inspired designs with feminine accents, like these bootie-esque heels.

Rebecca’s production team give final instructions on the walk and pace of the show, to ensure that each model is in sync with the music.

Ford model Kremi Otashliyska seems to be enjoying all the pampering backstage as she gets a disheveled toss to her tresses. Look out for this brown-eyed girl in the spring ’13 Balenciaga campaign.

A M·A·C makeup artist gives model Soo Joo a quick once-over before sending her out on the runway.

“I did a lot of jackets and coats for this collection,” says Rebecca, who worked with leather, shearling and twill. “It’s a strong season for tailoring and also mixing that whole boy-meets-girl vibe.”

David Bowie, one of Rebecca’s favorite musicians, provided some inspiration for the collection. An androgynous tension was created in each design through defined tailoring that was then balanced with soft silks in opaque and sheer fabrics. “For fall ’13, I had this idea of a girl who just left the nightclub, and she’s wearing a very beautiful dress. She has her boyfriend’s coat over the top, so it’s very structured, double-breasted, sort of biker. I was going for little bit of a punky feel.”

–Qianna Smith
Photos by Fernando Colón

Prints are still popping! We’ve been tracking the mixed-print movement for a while, and, according to the NY streets, it’s holding strong. The slim, slightly cropped spotty trousers are a must-have for any girl looking to add a little whimsy to her wardrobe. And who wouldn’t love to have a classic PS1 on her arm?

xo, Crystal

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Savvy Trends Sweaters | Print & Pattern Pants | Print Jackets

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Topshop Sweater | Vince Print Silk Pants | Rebecca Taylor Convertible Blazer

Rebecca Taylor is taking a clean and organic approach to fall/winter ’13. Get ready for modern silhouettes, architectural embellishments, color blocking and fabric mixing. With the tone of the collection set, the New Zealand-born designer is determined to show her latest offering with just the right bevy of beauties.

Rebecca and noted casting director Piergiorgio Del Moro (left) were meticulous in their review of each model’s portfolio. British-born model Stephanie Rad (right) patiently waited her turn to present her portfolio for inspection.

Models Ranya Mordanova (left) and Dajana Antic (left) were all smiles, both relatively new faces. Ranya has been dubbed one to watch since appearing in the Givenchy fall 2009 campaign. This is Dajana’s second season at NYFW, and, despite having just flown in from Canada, she looked relaxed and refreshed.

Hailing from London, Leomie Anderson (left) made her runway debut in September 2010 at MARC BY MARC JACOBS and has since graced the pages of Vogue Italia and ID magazines. What she enjoys most about modeling is photo shoots—and she surely looks at home in front of the camera while being snapped by casting assistant Chrissie Guggemos.

Can’t wait to see which models make the cut? Stay tuned for the full runway report from Rebecca Taylor’s February 10th show at 1PM EST.

–Qianna Smith

Our NEW feature, Behind the Seams, kicks off with the effortlessly cool New York Fashion Week darling Rebecca Taylor talking to The Thread on upgrading your sartorial repertoire with the jacket.

Modernity, color and a refined approach to ladylike dressing are the hallmarks of Rebecca Taylor’s eponymous label. For 16 years, “it” girls and the fashion savvy have looked to Taylor for designs that enhance their individual sense of style.

As temperatures drop, The Thread turns to Taylor to get her fresh and decisively contemporary point of view on stylizing the jacket, fall’s ultimate fashion fix. “I particularly love fall weather because there is more opportunity for versatility in your wardrobe,” says the New York-based New Zealand transplant. “Layering is key for fall. I love layering jackets atop sweaters. Outerwear in general brings another element and texture to your look.”

Rebecca Taylor Neon Tweed Jacket

When it comes to jacket trends, Taylor says she “really loves sharp and leather-trimmed jackets at the moment. Modern, urban details like zips and studs keep it feeling cool.” Once you find the jacket you cannot live without, the focus comes down to fit. “You want to make sure your jacket fits properly on your shoulders so that it’s not disproportionate. Also, you want to make sure the length is right; you don’t want it to be too cropped since you want it to feel modern,” she explains. Accessories are also quite necessary for personalizing your jacket style. If you were to spot Taylor dashing about the Big Apple, she probably would be accenting her jacket with a “Chanel bag, Pierre Hardy boots and Rebecca Taylor scarf.”

Rebecca Taylor Sequin Jacket

Honing in on the right look for Taylor comes down to building a wardrobe that reflects your personality. “I think the girl I design for is a bit more feminine than myself, but my individual style is still in the DNA of the collection,” she reveals. A close look at Taylor’s DNA shows a sequence of playful silhouettes and touchable textures that celebrities and hipsters alike adore. “I feel lucky to be able to do what I love each day, and seeing Kate Middleton in my designs was a big moment for me, as I’ve been of fan of hers since she came on the scene.”

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Interview by Qianna Smith | Photo credit: Rebecca Taylor shot by Arno Frugier