After stops from Madrid to San Francisco, the highly talked-about Jean Paul Gaultier retrospective, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, has finally made its East Coast debut at the Brooklyn Museum. In honor of the occasion, WSJ magazine hosted a special evening for the Parisian designer, who was on hand to discuss his iconic career and avant-garde point of view.
Exhibit curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot (left) and Jean Paul Gaultier joined WSJ magazine editor-in-chief Kristina O’Neill for an intimate panel discussion about their inspiration for the exhibition.
To keep the celebration going for French Fling—our inaugural Pop-In @Nordstrom Shop—we’ve been peppering our posts with French-themed tidbits. For the next few Fridays, we’re sharing some of our favorite French songs, bands and singers.
Get this: French band Phoenix is from Versailles. Lead singer Thomas Mars is married to auteur Sofia Coppola. Coppola wrote and directed 2006′s Marie Antoinette (along with many other critically acclaimed films). After marrying the future King of France, Marie Antoinette lived in the grand palace at… Versailles!
Weird coincidence, right? Maybe it’s just us. Anyway, enjoy “1901″ by Phoenix (the song is an ode to early 20th-century Paris).
Shop French Fling, featuring tons of amazing items, including handcrafted accessories from Venessa Arizaga that’re totally fit for a queen.
If Paris is always a good idea, then celebrating the curated French designers and brands featured in our Pop-In @Nordstrom is a good idea too! Watch as we fête the opening of French Fling, a one-of-a-kind online and in-store* shopping experience.
*Stores featuring Pop-In @Nordstrom—French Fling: San Francisco Centre, Santa Monica, Aventura, Ala Moana, Michigan Avenue, Garden State Plaza, Tysons Corner and Downtown Seattle. Connect with our Customer Service Specialists via live chat for additional store details (or call 1.888.282.606).
Marcus Wainwright and David Neville, the creative duo behind rag & bone, jetted across the country to visit our Nordstrom Bellevue Square store, where they greeted customers and dished about New York and what it means to design for a real girl.
MARCUS WAINWRIGHT on New York City: It’s a very inspiring place. New York’s got a lot of different pockets of quite specific styles: Uptown, West Village, Lower East Side and Williamsburg, Brooklyn. There are lots of different people dressed quite differently in each of those areas. The quintessential New York girl borrows from a lot of those places, so New York’s quite easy to be inspired from just that.
DAVID NEVILLE on their long friendship: We’ve known each other since we were about 14, so something like 23 or 24 years, which is a long time. It’s been such a massive challenge to build our business from nothing, which has taken an awful lot of mutual trust and ambition. We’re pretty lucky. We complement each other well, and we have different responsibilities in the business. We approach things from different angles and give different perspectives. Whatever it is, it seems to work.
MARCUSon his design process: We’re designing clothes for real people, for a real girl. A lot of other European brands are designing from a more artistic perspective sometimes. And people don’t always end up wearing the clothes. It’s just a different way of looking at it. It’s just as valid, but from our point of view we’re just trying to take our girl and push her forward, open her eyes and advance the way she thinks she can look.
DAVID on his wife, Gucci Westman: She’s done the makeup since we did our first show in 2005.
Check out all the styles donned by model Meghan Collison in our exclusive rag & bone lookbook, shot on location in New York City.
“I took activewear essentials as a starting point,” says Frida Giannini, Gucci‘s creative director. “And set out to create a feminine take on technical outfitting crafted with Gucci’s codes. Intricate elegance, enlivened by a refined ornamentalism that takes its cue from Erté illustrations.”
Sportswear is reengineered with opulent materials that include jacquard patterns, laminations and leather inlays. Each look goes through a deluxe treatment, revealing seductive details that come in the form of deep slits, unforeseen cuts, plunging necklines and transparencies.
Tunics crafted from Art Nouveau prints are the new eveningwear for spring ’14.
Below-the-knee lengths, as modeled by Joan Smalls, bring to light a new sensuality.
Watch the movement and ethereal physicality of the 44 looks Frida sent down the runway come to life.
Printmaker Mary Katrantzou examines the fascination and fetish that women have for shoes in her spring/summer 2014 collection.
The Greek designer hones in on her hyperrealist aesthetic by breaking down the shoe and then blowing it apart.
Mary’s mission for spring ’14? To discover “the nature of the shoes themselves [to] determine the identity of the garments.” According to show notes, “Brogues suggest a section of highly polished daywear in structured shapes; sneakers are spliced to create sleek sportswear; evening mules are fantasias of embellishment, cocoons of luxurious texture and vibrant print.”
Sporty shoes quicken the pace of the collection and reveal a form-fitting cut that’s engineered to define and accentuate the female form.
French embroidery house Maison Lesage collaborates with the London-based print mastermind for a second time, allowing her to draw inspiration from their archives, which, of course, are then distorted and amplified.
Dive into the details of Mary’s technical exploration of print.
“I love detail, especially some sort of embellishment that can transform a garment instantly. It’s always good to move out of your comfort zone each season, to learn new things and to challenge your senses.”–Christopher Kane
See how flowers inspire the Scotland-born designer for spring/summer 2014.
Born in the Canary Islands, Blahnik began making shoes in London in 1971, and this year, for the first time in his illustrious career, he’s elected to hold a spot on the official London Fashion Week calendar. Blahnik hosted an intimate presentation at the Covent Garden Hotel right in the heart of the theater district, which was fitting, as the designer made his LFW debut via his first fashion film, directed by Michael Roberts and starring actor Rupert Everett and socialite Lucy Birley.
Vivid colors and floral and African motifs defined the look for spring ’14.
Watch Manolo Blahnik unveil his latest handcrafted designs.