Rick Owens

Both Rick Owens’s and Ann Demeulemeester’s runway feats gave ample reason for pause yesterday. Owens’s show marched women wearing other women in the basement of the Palais de Tokyo. For Demeulemeester, art director Sébastien Meunier utilized choker-topped leather harnesses to push his languid looks in a sadomasochistic direction. Alber Elbaz of Lanvin played with the ever-rich topic of sexuality and androgyny. Yet, in spite of body politics, each collection offered a surprisingly accessible selection of wardrobe staples.


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In every collection, Owens distorts silhouettes and by extension physical form. In this spring 2016 lineup, a lens of female resilience governed that distortion. Gymnasts, interspersed with models, carried the physical weight of another body—much like the weight women bear as nurturers, in Owens’s mind. The clothing itself maintained his signature sculptural quality, like beautifully shaped folds transforming short dresses or a supple mix of organza, canvas and leather tinged with metallics. Short architectural dresses aside, other key winners included tonal bombers, sleeveless dusters and crinkled anoraks.

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Moments before the lights dimmed inside the catacombs of the Palais de Tokyo, Nordstrom designer apparel executive Jennifer Wheeler turned to me and said, “I wonder what he’s going to do this time?” with a looking-forward-to-it grin.

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Rick Owens has always been known for dark, minimally extravagant and architectural pieces that have the power to transform a wardrobe. What he’s becoming more and more known for, are runway shows that include all manner of body politics, performance art and conceptual ideas about modern life. (I would hyperlink something here, but I’m afraid some of it is #NSFW.)

There’s nothing in this post that will get you in trouble, but if someone’s looking over your shoulder right now, prepare for the fact that things are going to get weird—and then you’re going to see a really earthy, beautifully sculptural spring collection.


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Ooh la la! Aimee Song seriously heated up the street-style scene today. This slim, sexy knit dress is a dream on her, especially with that California glow. I would wear this outfit in a second, if I thought I could look half as amazing as Aimee! Lace-up stilettos amp up the sex appeal even further. A subtle touch of makeup and minimal jewelry keep this look modern and chic.

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Paris Fashion Week: September 25

Highlights from yesterday’s shows: four distinctly different takes on retro styling from Carven, Nina Ricci, Lanvin and Rick Owens.

The swingin’ ’60s designs at Carven were inspired by speed, from racing graphics to road stripes, and the results are deliciously wearable. Figure-flattering A-line shifts and boxy car coats race into the new century fueled by python details and Japanese-inspired prints that play to our decade’s obsession with fun mashups.

Carven delivers a perfectly mod meditation on Speed Racer with a luxe, 21st-century twist.

A mod meditation on Speed Racer—with a luxe, 21st-century twist.

Nina Ricci
The romance of the 1940s is alive and well at Nina Ricci. A parade of pretty shift dresses, elegant jackets and beautifully draped separates evoke the freshness of springtime and the optimism of new beginnings. Shell pinks, egg yolk yellows, baby blues and earthy browns highlight tactile, touchable fabrics that will feel like an absolute dream against the skin.

The theme at Nina Ricci this season? Perfectly pretty, romantically retro.

With this collection, Alber Elbaz celebrates the women he loves. Simple silhouettes and forgiving fabrics are elegantly draped, then brought to the next level with dramatic accessories like python belts and sculptural statement necklaces. The jacket is an important piece this season, with boxy, bold shoulders and rich details.

Lanvin celebrates women by offering simple silhouettes with rich, intricate detailing.

Rick Owens
Inspired by Bauhaus architecture and the Ballets Russes, Rick Owens presents one of his loveliest collections to date. Flights of tulle escape from the sides of strict shift silhouettes, like ballerinas sneaking out of a Walter Gropius girls’ school. Textures are ethereal with charmingly uneven or unfinished hemlines, and counterbalanced by an earthy, restrained palette.

rick-owens-spring-2015-paris-fashion-weekRick Owens riffs on the question, “What if the brutalist movement went to the ballet?”

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Runway Rundown: Rick Owens

The mastermind of tribal futurism, Rick Owens flexed his technical prowess and served up sculpted silhouettes, impeccable tailoring with an urban edge for fall 2014.

Stomp in spring and check out our Rick Owens review.

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Street Report: Mathé at Thakoon

Menswear themes are wildly popular this season, and Mathé says she loves the trend. Her trousers and pointed loafers are a perfect pairing, while her leather jacket adds a little toughness to her preppy look. Of course, a beautiful smile is the best accessory—and Mathé’s got a great one!


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The Rick Owens show was such a highlight for me, one I’ll never forget. Rick’s shows are renowned for the element of the unexpected, and this season was no exception—with teams of step dancers marching out in his designs, to pounding music.

The dancers were both ethnically diverse and full-figured, which was both timely and refreshing. On the whole, the performance was totally captivating, full of emotion and power.

As the music began to build and the dancing become more charged with intensity, attendees began to stand up and shout out, and I felt my hair stand on end. I can’t really add more to explain how thrilling the show was, other than to say, “You had to be there.”

Hopefully, my images can do a small amount of justice to the Rick Owens show, because it was really special. You know they’ve seen something extraordinary when attendees leave the show grinning!


Rick Owens Stomps Into Spring 2014

American expat Rick Owens steps into a new future for fashion, where raw energy and motion give new meaning to outerwear.

Instead of holding the traditional model casting, Owens recruited four step dance troupes—Step with Momentum, W Diva, Zeta and Soul Steps—to form a single unifying force he titled “Vicious.”

Futurism and organic expression were combined through electro-synthetic beats and rhythmic communal stomp to create an experience that was perfectly congruent with the progressive mindset of Owens’ universe.

Olive-soaked hues draped the body to form a structured silhouette fused with a tribal, Grecian statement.

A new industrial uniform emerges with a religious undertone.

Angular shapes construct a dramatic—yet minimalistic—aesthetic.

After the electrifying performance, The Thread dashed backstage to learn more about Owens’ vision for spring ’14.

“I have the opportunity to do shows, and so I like to have fun with it,” says the Californian designer (pictured left), who has called Paris home for over a decade. “When I do things that genuinely please me, they come out for the best. This show was really my own celebration, and if people wanted to join in, that’s fine by me!”

So what’s the message behind the movement? “It was about American unity and American teamwork,” Owens says. “I love that spirit and wanted to project that—both in the performance and clothes.”

“The show was amazing. Different. And very appropriate,” says rock star Lenny Kravitz, whom we caught backstage congratulating dancers from the show with his longtime friend, actress Gina Gershon. “I loved seeing the variety of sizes and the diverse looks of the girls. It’s so important to project that.”

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Welcome to the first installment of “House Call,” a new series in which we take a peek inside the home of a Nordstrom employee. Our inaugural post takes us to the downtown Seattle condo of Denise Junell, a designer handbags buyer. Denise has worked at Nordstrom for nine years, beginning with an internship on the Bellevue sales floor. Now she’s traveling to Europe six times a year on buying trips for Lanvin, Chloé, MARC JACOBS, Gucci* and Balenciaga*. Join us as we take a look at her extensive collection of designer shoes, handbags, clothing and more.

“When it comes to my personal style, I like powerful pieces,” Denise says. “I’m not so trend-driven; I just buy what speaks to me.” Here, she’s wearing a Rick Owens leather jacket and a vintage Chanel* necklace found at Renaissance boutique in Paris.

“Most of my outfits begin with the shoes. I have 55 pairs,” she says. “Right now, I’m really into color and texture. I think that’s why I’m so attracted to Fendi shoes.”

Her latest Fendi find is this pair of peep-toe booties, which she affectionately calls her “armadillos.”

“These YSL heels have a very ‘Tron’ vibe to me,” she says. “I wear them with a feminine skirt and blouse.”

If you’re wondering who’s in the background, that’s Goblin, Denise’s 5-year-old pug/chihuahua mix.

As a designer handbags buyer, Denise’s collection is unparalleled. We spotted styles by Lanvin (pink clutch above), Gucci* (black patent leather bag) and more.

“Many people invest in black for their first Chanel* bag,” she says, “but I think red or another pop of color is a great way for the bag to have a point of view.”

“This is my Oscar de la Renta watercolor dress, worn with pink Manolo Blahnik pumps and a vintage pearl collar inherited from my grandmother. I think it’s is a great way to wear a print to work.”

Next up is a butterfly cape dress by Alexander McQueen*, paired with Chanel* heels. “This dress is from the second-to-last collection that McQueen designed before he passed in 2010. It’s definitely one of my favorite pieces.”

At left, Denise shows us a memento necklace from her first Chanel buying trip. (Note the carousel charm—the brand’s fall 2008 runway show featured models riding a giant fashion-themed carousel.) At right, she shows off a leather Balenciaga* dress: “It’s just a simple shift, but in the cobalt blue it really feels unique. And it’s fun to accessorize.”

Denise has a vast jewelry collection, stored in a tall chest of drawers. She inherited many pieces from family members and finds other accessories while traveling.

“I like the idea of a wearing a personalized element, like these Nadri initial earrings. It’s a great way to make it your own.” She’s also wearing a Tom Binns safety pin necklace and vintage Chanel jacket.

In keeping with the personalized theme, Denise has started wearing her old namesake necklace from 3rd grade again, paired with a Nadri arrow necklace.

“Even though it’s a small piece, these Chanel* earrings are one of my favorite things I own. They basically encapsulate my style in a piece of jewelry—rock-and-roll juxtaposed against a delicate, dainty drop of Chanel.”

When it comes to her makeup regimen, Denise is all about bright colors. “Eyebrows and lips are where it’s at for me. I love YSL lipstick because the pigments are really deep and saturated. Chanel has the best lip gloss and a great range of nail lacquers. I also like filling in my lips with a NARS lip pencil for a matte look.”

Many thanks to Denise for helping us kick off this feature!

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-Mary O’Regan


Halloween is creeping upon us (just 6 days and counting), which means it’s time to concoct a frighteningly fab costume. Instead of looking to horror flicks for inspiration, let the runway wow you with the most haunting of styles.

From Riccardo Tisci’s gypsy girl to Sarah Burton’s futuristic proportions, to Rick Owens’s elemental mode, fall was full of masked fantasy. Cast an alluring spell this All Hallows’ Eve by creating your own veiled mystique.

Pictured L-R: Rick Owens Fall/Winter 2012 – Brutal Beauty; Alexander Wang Fall/Winter 2012 – Smoke Screen

Pictured L-R: Givenchy* Couture Fall 2012 – Dark Drifter; Alexander McQueen* Fall/Winter 2012 – 3-D Futurist

*We offer Alexander McQueen and Givenchy ready-to-wear apparel in selected Nordstrom stores.

Photos courtesy of Marcio Maderia for Rick Owens, Alexander Wang, Givenchy and Alexander McQueen

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