Fashion Week

Three Images & Three Sentences from Carolina Herrera, Paul Andrew, Alice + Olivia, Maria Cornejo, Veronica Beard … and! Our Favorite FW DJs

Fashion Week Journal for Monday, February 16

Monday looks a little different at New York Fashion Week—especially so in freezing temperatures and amid the combo Valentine’s Day/Presidents’ Day long/short weekend.

As we filed into the grandest tent in all of Lincoln Center to see one of the most beloved American eveningwear designers, we sensed everyone had a bit of an adrenaline hangover. Bill, Anna, Grace, Edward, Stefano, et al—and us, too, so we decided to put some framework around today’s post. After all, three is the magic number. Here we go: a trio of sentences and images from all five shows we saw yesterday.


Images by Jessica Carter

Carolina Herrera

THREE SENTENCES: The official word is that the Venezuelan-American designer is exploring “interpretations of the water element both nuanced and literal in color, pattern, shape and detail. Making waves, short skirts, trousers and long dresses flutter and bounce with undulating seams and hemlines cutting flirtatious silhouettes.”

Herrera’s classic x club soundtrack made good on that—“The Water Wheel” by Alexandre Desplat into “Shower Scene” by Alex Burkat—and so did the boxy but feminine shapes and look after look of soft, lovely baby blue (welcome back, baby blue!), which felt downright surprising, sunny and antidotal.

Hyperlapse via Laura Cassidy on Instagram

Shop: current season Carolina Herrera


Paul Andrew

The award-winning young footwear designer while showing us examples from his New York City-inspired collection, which was displayed on gold-faced pillars and coffee tables on top of the Standard High Line Hotel:

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Images by Jessica Carter

THREE SENTENCES FROM ANDREW HIMSELF: “This one is based on the Brooklyn Bridge suspension cables, this one the Chrysler Building, and here’s Jackson Pollock, but really it’s the city lights. The gold reflective architecture and furnishings in the room are like the hard side of the city, and the soft elastic cuffs and padded footbeds are the soft side—you know my shoes really are so comfortable. This room is one of the most spectacular places to see the city, but no one ever comes up here during the day because it’s a nightclub.”

Shop: current season Paul Andrew



Alice + Olivia

Designer Stacey Bendet on location, location, location:

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Images by Jessica Carter

THREE SENTENCES FROM BENDET: “This season it’s all about the fashion and decor of the late ’60s and early ’70s; the clothing is both mod and sexy, and I thought the Prince George Ballroom would provide the perfect backdrop to stage this vision. I think presentations are a more creative and interesting way to tell a story. I am involved in every step, from choosing the locations to coming up with ideas for the visual—sometimes furniture from my apartment or office even makes its way into the sets.”

Shop: current season Alice + Olivia

Maria Cornejo

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Images by Jessica Carter

THREE SENTENCES: The Chilean-born, New York-based designer is so new to Nordstrom we don’t even carry her yet, and we won’t until September 2015 when our gorgeous new Vancouver, BC flagship opens. But there’s something almost ancient about the way Cornejo works; the way her women are styled (here, with multimedia warrior faux-hawks and geometric eyeshadow) and the way her clothes feel like they’re yours before you even touch them. Her show had the energy of that first time you meet the person you’ll fall deeply in love with, and the collection was like tripping down the Silk Road in knit fur, crisscrossed leather, wrap skirts and gas station jumpsuits in a horse-drawn spaceship.

Veronica Beard

THREE SENTENCES: Something about the well-postured orderly rows of modern Americana made us want to ask “the Veronicas” (yes, you can call the designing friends with the same names that) about their muses. So we did.


“Every season we have these crazy inspiration boards and half the board is women, our mothers, our friends, the women who care every day how they look. And yeah, Jane Birkin, obviously, Bianca Jagger with the white tux, it could be Dakota Johnson or Love Story and those high-waisted jeans—we study that stuff and think about what makes it so iconic.”



Images by Jessica Carter

Shop: current season Veronica Beard

Finally, an explicit mention of the music vibe at Fashion Week (it’s about time): None other than Leigh Lezark presided over the decks at that afternoon nightclub that Paul Andrew hosted (playing cuts by Rhye and Chromatics) and we are here to tell you she’s more gorgeous in person than she is in all those front row runway images. More to the point: her mix was on-point—not necessarily easy to pull off in a daytime nightclub.


 It was also really cool bumping into mega-cool Mia Moretti backstage at the Prince George Ballroom.


Oh and Margot, too, who only has one name, thank you, and who accompanies Moretti on the violin. The ladies told us they were “booked to play rock and roll with a feminine edge, which is what Stacey [Bendet] as a designer embodies. I’m thinking about Vivienne Westwood in the ’70s and that time between rock and roll and disco.”


Moretti  said just the other day she provided tracks for Prabal Gurung and Public School’s after-party; “Prabal likes Beyoncé and Madonna and Britney but the Public School guys like funk and soul. We mixed in some new hip-hop and had fun with it.”


Images by Jessica Carter

—Laura Cassidy & Jess Carter