Animals are everywhere in fashion for women, men and kids. Perhaps you’ve noticed. Is it the Gucci effect? An aspect of a wider maximalist trend? Increasingly web-based humans yearning for a return to nature?
Regardless, we are seeing more animals depicted on clothes and accessories than ever before. And while we must shout out PUSS PUSS, the leading cat/fashion magazine, clearly designers are now letting the dogs out. And tigers, pandas and deer.
Check out seven brands below featuring animals in creative and exciting ways.
SHOP: Givenchy Bambi tee
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We do love it when friends come to town—what better excuse to trick-out the sales floor and invite more friends in? We welcomed a passionate crew of oversized knit lovers and tailored suit enthusiastists for designer Stella McCartney‘s visit to our downtown Seattle flagship earlier this month, and to entertain them all: some good old-fashioned Coney Island-style fun and games.
Stella McCartney talks with fans and clients at our Downtown Seattle flagship
To go with this exclusive event, we also offered four Nordstrom exclusive items from the London-born designer—a studded star tote, a pair of platform derby oxfords, a chic one-button jacket and a killer tee.
COME CHECK OUT THE PARTY
Hedi Slimane fanned rumors around his exit from Saint Laurent at his Paris show, rousing critics and fans with an aesthetic departure from his usual slinky indie ’90s grunge looks.
Leave it to Slimane to show couture at Paris’s designated ready-to-wear week. In one of the brand’s recently renovated atelier studios, models teetered down a grand staircase in no less than 42 couture looks strongly channeling ’80s glam through single-shouldered minidresses and belted waists. The collection took the era’s strong shoulders to a new architectural extreme, paired with super-short hemlines—whether skintight or poufed—deep necklines and voluminous side bows. Still, Slimane managed to string along his signature ultra-skinny suits and shimmering minis before closing with a rouge heart-shaped fur coat.
SHOP: Saint Laurent
If a single piece of clothing could signify this moment in time—could represent early 2016 and the current winter-into-spring era—it would be the bomber jacket. It works equally well for men and women, and as a cardigan-like layer or true protection against the elements.
Chloé reversible embroidered tech satin bomber
Just about every designer showed some variation of this timeless staple during the last round of Fashion Weeks, so now that all those want-worthy spring styles are showing up in our stores, we’ve only seen the beginning of bombermania.
Starting with the richly ornate and totally cozy olive-green Chloé number above, we selected our top nine iterations of this must-have-right-now topper.
SEE THE REST OF OUR FAVORITE BOMBER JACKETS
Stella McCartney showed two distinct points of view for spring ’16: on one hand, there was transparent eyelet embroidery, meant to convey what the brand calls “feminine transparency,” and on the other, masculine motifs that play with the world of men.
Exclusive to Nordstrom: backstage image provided by Stella McCartney
The Stella team shared with us the idea that this juxtaposition, or “unexpected layering,” is about the “feeling of fearlessness.” Check out the opposing side of the season, and see some more examples of the push/pull interplay.
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Stella McCartney breathed fresh air into the end of Fashion Week with her signature sense of gamine design, breaking away from the flouncy bohemian looks and sporty streetwear that dominated the spring runways.
Opening with form-fitting tube dresses that tucked in at the ankle, the designer began her parade of primary-tinted prints in oversized ginghams and weaving lines. This season brought back a refined version of her popular color-blocked pleated shift, this time with a sense of layered fluidity. Figure-hugging front sashes wrapped from the collars of boyish polo shirts, crossing over models’ torsos donned in matching knit or denim tube skirts. Double-breasted jackets and vests with elongated hems reaching beyond the hips paired with palazzo pants. As the finale approached, decidedly sultry mesh knit maxis—sure to become spring’s most coveted frocks—captured all eyes with their revealing geometric lace.
Shop: current season Stella McCartney
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We can’t get enough of Crystal Nicodemus’s eye, so we’re bringing her Fashion Week street style posts to the mix all year long. Get inspired by the industry’s best dressed, and then … make their look your own!
Shop similar styles:
Cable Knit Sweaters | Colorful Handbags | Denim Skirts
Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:
Belstaff Textured Sweater | Mark Cross Trunk Crossbody | Stella McCartney Denim Skirt
Designers in Paris tend to march to their own very distinct beat, and the shows there always deliver a beautifully diverse array of trends. There were, however, certain key looks, items and ideas that emerged over the course of all four of this season’s fashion weeks and reached their apex in the French capital.
Among our Top 10: A mood of romantic, gothic Victorian; a nostalgic ’70s feeling; and a clean-edged retro-future idea that recalls the ’60s but is brought up to date with modern fabrications. Fur and layered texture continue in importance and a tailored coat, sleek bag and fitted boot will all be must-haves come fall. High-shine leather and precious dimensional embellishments in unexpected forms keep the look sleek, modern and feminine. Enjoy!
1. ’70S NOSTALGIA
2. GOTHIC ROMANCE
3. RETRO FUTURE
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Highlights and commentary from yesterday’s runway shows: Stella McCartney makes modern sophistication look totally effortless.
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