Behind the Scenes at Fashion Week


The Art of Illumination at Issey Miyake Spring ’14

Issey Miyake, the Japanese fashion house, lights up the runway for spring/summer 2014 with the illuminated silhouettes of its new collection.

Where’s the Issey Miyake woman going this season? According to show notes, she’s walking “toward the stars and shine in the inky black sky, toward the moon.”

Gros bisous!

Getting cheeky backstage with Issey Miyake’s womenswear designer, Yoshiyuki Miyamae.

Rays of light in rainbow patterns splash across dresses and separates, creating a freshly innovative outlook on high-tech wearability. And of course, no outfit is complete without a spritz of Issey Miyake’s Pleats Please, a Nordstrom exclusive fragrance that embodies one of the most fundamental concepts of Issey Miyake.

Jump over to our Beauty Blog and discover the look that Alex Box and the M·A·C PRO team has created for spring/summer 2014.

Qianna Smith
Photos by Ford Leland

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Burberry Prorsum Spring/Summer 2014

Take a peek at some behind-the-scenes photos from Burberry‘s Instagram page posted yesterday, then watch the full runway show below!

A sketch from the new Burberry Prorsum collection.

The pop-up invitation.

Models get ready backstage.

The sultry Jourdan Dunn.

Cara Delevingne and Jourdan hop in the Burberry beauty booth.

Attendees start to arrive, including British singer Harry Styles.

Model Arizona Muse.

Model Suki Waterhouse.

The show begins.

Looks featured textured pencil skirts and printed blouses.

Cara Delevingne

The petal-strewn finale.

Burberry creative director Christopher Bailey with models after the show.

Stripes and polka-dots.

Sienna Miller and Christopher Bailey.

Harry Styles in the Burberry beauty booth.

Watch the full runway show below:

Mary O’Regan

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The Scene Backstage at Thakoon Spring 2014

Join The Thread backstage at the Dia Art Foundation in Chelsea as Thakoon Panichgul prepares to show his spring/summer 2014 collection. Watch the Thai-American designer, who will celebrate a decade in fashion next September, begin an artful and enlightened conversation on luxury and the kind of refinement defined by the bare essentials.

Model Marikka Juhler exudes a fresh face for spring.

Estonian stunner Elisabeth Erm.

South Korean-born model Sung Hee Kim appeared in the Miu Miu resort ’13 campaign shot by Steven Meisel.

Another Miu Miu face: Anne Verhallen from the fall/winter ’13 campaign.

Martiniquan catwalker Cora Emmanuel gets the head-to-toe works.

For the NARS-created looks, British makeup maven Diane Kendal leads the team.

Thakoon and team concentrate on the show run-through.

Models zig-zag in unison.

Also an Oscar de la Renta fall ’13 campaign star, Kate Bogucharskaia has a look that shines so bright.

Luxe statements come in subtle forms for Japanese model Chiharu Okunugi.

Noted Japanese jeweler Tasaki collaborates yet again with Thakoon on crossbody bags that feature striking pearl chains.

Until we meet again on the runway! #Thakoon.

Qianna Smith
Photos by Fernando Colon

Get the look, and see Backstage Beauty coverage at the Fashion Week shows on our Beauty Blog.

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Casting Hervé Léger Spring ’14 with Lubov Azria

You’ve got the look, you’ve got the walk—but what else does it take to secure a spot in the Hervé Léger by Max Azria runway show? One simple word: Confidence!

The Thread shadows Lubov Azria, Chief Creative Officer of BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP, as she personally selects the final models who will be cast for the spring ’14 show.

What’s Your Call Time?: Casting director Jess Hallett is charged with finding the crème de la crème of models.

Walk the Line: Nordstrom editorial regulars Grace Mahary (seen in our March ’13 Designer campaign) and Jasmine Tookes (seen in our May ’13 Vacation Nation catalog) stand ready to strut their stuff.

Waiting Game: Josephine Skriver gives us a sly look as she waits to be seen by Lubov and her team. The Danish darling is ranked #46 by out of the top 50 models in the world.

Pretty & Patient: Downtime in the modeling world during Fashion Week means sitting in showrooms between call times. Polish model Ewa Wladymiruk and Topshop face Marikka Juhler find ways to amuse themselves.

Tough Decisions: So many incredible girls, but Lubov has to narrow the pool down to just 25 for the 32 looks for the show.

I Choose You: Who will Lubov and senior designer Sean Lim send down the runway? Find out in our Hervé Léger spring ’14 report.

Qianna Smith
Photos by Craig Arend

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As BCBGMAXAZRIA approaches its 25th anniversary next year, husband-and-wife design duo Max and Lubov Azria celebrate the carefully crafted DNA of the brand for spring ’14, presenting a collection of functional fabrications, classic tailoring and style with an urban edge.

BCBG backstage at the Lincoln Center Theater.

Are you looking at me?

Max Azria caught on camera.

Supermodel Heidi Klum is always camera-ready!

Reserved for Bryanboy.

Walking on the runway is a lot like driving a car: there’s a ton of rules, and if you’re not careful, you just might crash and burn.

Don’t you just want to slip these on?

Watercolor prints will add an artistic flair to your spring ’14 style.

Ultra femme according to BCBG.

The juxtaposition of boy-meets-girl brings a fresh POV to tailored everyday wear.

And that’s a wrap!

Qianna Smith
Photos by Fernando Colon 

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Inside the Paris Showroom of Junya Watanabe

Junya Watanabe is never one to issue show notes or comment in depth about his collections. It’s an elusiveness that allows for his original designs to tell a story of their own. For Fashion Week ’13, the Tokyo-based designer (and former Comme des Garçons protégé) presented a look that revealed the evolution of the motorcycle jacket, proving that when it comes to street chic, he’s in a master class of his own.

We wandered Watanabe’s Paris showroom in the Place Vendôme, with the latest collection’s one-of-a-kind structures, supple leathers (real and faux) and hardware accents right at our fingertips.

For fall ’13, the designer collaborated with Spanish luxury fashion house Loewe, with the following fruits of labor: a biker dress (above), a jacket and a shoulder bag made in three shapes. Designed by Watanabe, the pieces shown on the runway were arranged by Loewe in celebration of “The Year of Spain in Japan.”

The black bags (above) were designed by Watanabe and made in Loewe’s factory from soft, supple leather and come in a chic rounder shape—something we’re sure you’ll get carried away with come fall.

Qianna Smith
Photos by Ford Leland

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Jason Wu’s Paris Fashion Week Soirée ’13

On Day 8 of Paris Fashion Week, we found Jason Wu hosting a cocktail soirée in one of the chicest boutiques in the City of Light, the Montaigne Market. A selection from his spring/summer ’13 collection was artfully displayed in the window, providing the perfect attraction to lure the fashion pack inside. Upon entry, we immediately spotted the gorgeous Karlie Kloss chatting with the designer, who she says is a very close friend.

Wu certainly picked the perfect location for his fashion fête, considering that his spring collection was inspired by a Helmet Newton retrospective that ran last year at the famed Grand Palais in Paris.

We didn’t leave the party empty-handed, either: Each guest walked away with a scented candle from Wu’s line.

We spotted these two clean Wu looks at the event—we can’t wait to try them out!

Jason Wu Leather & Lace Racerback Shell & Tiered Leather Skirt

Qianna Smith
Photos by Ford Leland

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The View from Behind the Lens at Jean Paul Gaultier

Fashion Week photographers are usually seen crunched together at the end of a runway, all vying for the perfect shot. They may not appear to have the most glamorous job, but the photographers are the ones who truly have the inside access to not only the top shows but also to the models, elite editors and celebrities, all of whom want their pictures taken.

We asked Ford Leland—a Paris-based, American-born editor and photographer who’s shooting for us at Paris Fashion Week ’13—to provide some commentary on his bird’s-eye-view of the scene at Jean Paul Gaultier’s fall show.

One of my favorite things about Gaultier is that every single collection of his is a joy to photograph. Though his shows usually include a classic runway walk, his inspiration is always displayed through an elaborate combination of location, set design, styling and runway choreography.

This season, he chose to show at one of his classic locations from decades past, the Salle Wagram in Paris’ 17th arrondissement—a perfect complement to his retro-themed exploration of motorcycle jackets, armor, and graphic prints. Leather, fur and metals fused together in looks that referenced his days of dressing Madonna. My favorite compositions from the Gaultier runway are a true treat for the eyes—check them out below and then read on to see who I met backstage!

Joan Smalls, the #1 ranked model in the world, throws me a flirty glance from the catwalk.

After the show, I bumped into Coco Rocha backstage, who had just arrived in Paris four hours prior. Even under the stress of transatlantic jet lag, she was amiable and happy to share her thoughts on the first Parisian catwalk she’d attended as an audience member.

“I loved it, and I thought [the pieces were] very wearable. There were a lot of pieces I would wear as either an off-duty or on-duty model; it was very exciting to watch. Seeing it from this side of the runway just made me fall in love with Gaultier even more.”

Lloyd Simmonds, makeup creative director at Yves Saint Laurent, was also at the after-show cocktail party and filled me in on how he designed a look to match Gaultier’s powerful collection. “The focus of the makeup was beautiful, fresh skin, which was accompanied by a strong brow to create a slightly boyish look.”

After talking with Lloyd, I found Coco again, hanging out with her friends Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevingne (center), the latter of whom had just walked in the show.

On my way out the door, I ran into Shena Moulton, who I saw yesterday out causing trouble at a street market (read more). She was beaming because she’d just received one of the gift bags from the show, containing a bottle of Gaultier’s Classique Eau de Toilette Natural Spray Perfume. Seeing her smile was the perfect end to my fifth day of Paris Fashion Week ’13.

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Shopping with Models Nana Keita & Shena Moulton at Paris Fashion Week

Yesterday, we spotted runway regulars Nana Keita (left) and Shena Moulton walking in Rick Owens’ fall ’13 show; today, the two fashion partners in crime were found off duty, causing a commotion at a street market in the Mairie de Paris in the 4th arrondissement.

It’s not hard to see why these two beauties are adored for their style both on and off the runway.

Mixing Business with Pleasure: Nana and Shena are both signed with Muse Model Management. From New York to Paris, the BFF’s have walked for some of the biggest names in fashion. “We really support each other,” says Nana, who originally hails from Mali. “Shena just got confirmed for Jean Paul Gaultier this evening, and I couldn’t be more proud of her.”

Shena shared a similar sentiment for Nana as they browsed for gifts to take back stateside. “Fashion Week can be exhausting. I can always count on Nana to make me laugh. Her smile just perks me up.”

I’ll Never Tell: This Jamaican model graced her first runway when she was only 13 years old. “I basically kicked off my teenage years being dressed in Dior, Jil Sander and Marc Jacobs,” Shena says with a laugh. “I learned pretty quickly what works best for me, especially working with so many great designers and stylists at such a young age.” So, what’s her secret style weapon? “I wear a lot of dark colors and try to mix things up with colorful, bold rings and necklaces.”

Class Act: A model must give off some sort of star quality to be personally invited to walk in a Lanvin show. Well, when Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz first met Nana, that’s exactly what happened! “I have three seasons of Lanvin under my belt. Alber is so wonderful to me. From the clothes to the accessories, he knows how to make a girl look and feel special.”

Make the world your runway and hone in on your own Parisian chic statement with these cool pieces we spotted Nana and Shena wearing.

Kendra Scott ‘Marcella’ Reversible Statement Necklace & ‘Ruthie’ Stone Ring

Qianna Smith
Photos by Ford Leland

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Nina Ricci Hits a High Note for Fall ’13

The Jardin des Tuileries, one of the most visited gardens in Paris, provided the backdrop for the Nina Ricci fall/winter 2013 show. Upon entering the tented show space, we knew we were in for a treat as soon as we saw two Steinway concert grand pianos positioned in the center of the runway. This season, artistic director Peter Copping was inspired by the “purity and modesty that characterizes the world of dance,” which was manifested through a live musical performance by sisters Katia and Marielle Labèque.

If Copping were creating a symphony, this collection would certainly be considered his greatest masterpiece. Models glided down a fiery red runway like carefully chosen musical notes, epitomizing Parisian chic.

Vogue’s Grace Coddington, Tonne Goodman (center) and Anna Wintour examine each look with purpose.

The mavens of Marie Claire: Alison Edmond (left), fashion editor-at-large, and Nina Garcia, fashion director, throw us quick smiles from the front row. “Nina Ricci is just one of those classic brands that really maintains its consistency,” said Garica after the show. “This collection was simple, elegant and wearable.”

After the show, we chatted with the British-born designer about the very functional yet delicate wardrobe he’s crafted for fall.

“I think it’s important for a woman to have a wardrobe that’s versatile,” says Copping. “In today’s show, I am sure you saw that the range went from strong eveningwear to daywear pieces. Also, I presented outerwear that included parkas, and that was kind of a new category for us. It is important for a brand to have a broad offering, and each category we do must be strong in its own right.”

Qianna Smith
Photos by Ford Leland