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Behind the Scenes: O, The Oprah Magazine x SJP

Marilyn Monroe believed that if you “give a girl the right shoes, she can conquer the world.” But what if a girl didn’t know which shoes were right? This was precisely the predicament Gayle King and Adam Glassman faced in the February issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, on newsstands now. The duo sought out Sarah Jessica Parker to give them the ABCs on her eagerly awaited namesake collection, touted as the market’s hybrid answer to affordable luxury. The lesson learned: Women rule when wearing SJP shoes!

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Let’s Talk Shoes: A meeting of the minds at the Crosby Street Hotel in SoHo, New York City.

“When I learned that Sarah Jessica was launching this shoe line, I thought, Why don’t we do a style adventure feature with Gayle, our editor-at-large, and myself, where the three of us walk through the SJP collection?,” says Adam, O‘s creative director since 2000. “I thought it would be fun to create an atmosphere where two girlfriends come together for a day of shopping, learning and trying on shoes.”

Adam went for a cozy tea-party setting and filled a sunny suite at Manhattan’s Crosby Street Hotel with decadent French pastries and cronuts (a fusion of a croissant and doughnut created by chef Dominique Ansel). “There’s this delicious quality and sensory feeling you get when touching a shoe, feeling a shoe, trying on a shoe and parading around in a new pair of shoes,” adds Adam, who also worked with Sarah Jessica on her first clothing venture, Bitten.

“Women have such an emotional connection when they’re buying shoes that I wanted the environment to tie in. Sarah Jessica and Gayle know each other, so there was a great comfort factor to begin with. Sarah Jessica has so much to say about fashion and so much to say about accessories, and Gayle is a shoe freak. I think on this shoot, in particular, Gayle honestly died and went to shoe heaven.”

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An Object of Affection: Rupert Sanderson Shoes

Start the year on the right foot! Nothing says you’re resolved to leave a stylish imprint on 2014 more than rocking a superchic pair of heels crafted by British shoemaker Rupert Sanderson. The Thread phoned the London-based designer over the holidays to chat about why women are so mad about shoes, his celebrity shoe icons and how he maintains his clean aesthetic.

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Graphic Allure: Rupert Sanderson ‘Estelle’ Sandal in White or Black

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Paul Andrew, New to Nordstrom

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For over 15 years, Paul Andrew has been a silent force in footwear, crafting shoes for the likes of Alexander McQueen, Narciso Rodriguez, Calvin Klein and Donna Karan. In September of 2012, the British-born, New York-based expat stepped into the spotlight with the launch of his eponymous label. During Paris Fashion Week, The Thread had a tête-à-tête with the designer at his pop-up studio near the Notre-Dame Cathedral and discovered his mission to bring the sexy shoe back.

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Celebrate the Season with Jonathan Adler

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Crafty. Colorful. Chic. Jonathan Adler’s whimsical home decor and accessory designs are the type of gifts you’ll want to both give and receive. The Thread asks the famed potter to unwrap his secrets on how he celebrates Christmas in style.

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Art Interviews

Alice + Olivia: Art Meets Design

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Walking into a presentation for Alice + Olivia during New York Fashion Week is much like entering a one-of-a-kind aesthetic experience. The imaginative world of Stacey Bendet envelops you, allowing the colorful textures and architectural shapes of her designs to converge into an installation of art. In celebration of Art Basel invading the shores and streets of Miami Beach, today through December 8, we asked the avid collector of culture to shed some light on the many artful objects of her affection.

THE THREAD: What first motivated you to begin building a collection of art?
STACEY BENDET: Art is really inspiration for me. I started casually collecting things when I was younger. Each year I’ll buy one or two pieces that are really special to me because of the artist, or because of the collaboration we’re doing, or just because I’m really inspired by their work. It’s a range of things. I have a table in my office by artist Liana Yaroslavsky, who creates beautiful, unique pieces from antique chandeliers. Also I collect, obviously, paintings and other things too, sculptures, all different kinds of stuff.

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Missoni: Italian Heritage

For some, fashion is merely a passion; for others like Ottavio Missoni Jr., it’s literally in their DNA.

Ottavio Jr., part of the third generation of the House of Missoni—and grandson/namesake of Ottavio Missoni, the man who started it all—ventured to the Pacific Northwest for the first time, where he mingled with customers at our Bellevue Square store and discussed the driving forces behind the brand’s success: family and heritage pride.

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I’m Thankful for…

Thanksgiving may be one of our favorite indulgent, no-calorie-counting days, but it is also the best time to give thanks to all the special people in our lives. In celebration of Turkey Day, The Thread asked seven designers—Lela Rose, Monique Lhuillier, Lubov Azria of BCBGMAXAZRIA and Herve Leger, Rebecca Taylor, Michelle Smith of Milly, Melinda Maria and Patricia Nash—to dish about what they’re thankful for and what they can’t wait to eat.

Whether she’s picking apples with daughter Rosey or dressing First Lady Michelle Obama for this month’s Ladies’ Home Journal, Lela takes on life with a nonchalant elegance.

Lela Rose says:
I’m thankful for… “The life I have lived thus far. I feel like the luckiest person in the world. I have a family I love and adore, and I get to do something creative and fulfilling for work.”

This Thanksgiving, I’m craving… “We are in Mexico for Thanksgiving and will not be having our traditional meal. What I will miss most is the boule de neige cake that my aunt makes. It is DIVINE!”

This Filipino designer has been wowing brides with her couture creations since launching her label in 1996. We especially ♥ her Bliss collection.

Monique Lhuillier says:
I am thankful for… “My family, friends and loving what I do every day!! The gift of creating special and beautiful pieces that make women feel special is so rewarding.”

This Thanksgiving, I’m craving… “I am heading down to Mexico for a few days with my family, and I am looking forward to having the freshest fish tacos and guacamole. Olé!”

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Kurt Geiger: Holiday’s Main Events Unwrapped

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Kurt Geiger’s Rebecca Farrar-Hockley is London’s self-professed shoe queen, amassing a towering collection numbering in the triple digits. No one understands the necessity and desire for a finely crafted pair, or rather pairs, of shoes quite like Rebecca, which is why The Thread enlisted her help in finding the perfect shoes for surviving the holiday season and all its merrymaking events.

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Trending: VEDA by Lyndsey Butler

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In 2007, Lyndsey Butler launched VEDA with a single mission in mind: to become a leader in leather outerwear. The Thread recently met up with the San Antonio transplant at her newly opened flagship store in SoHo, where we talked about the timeless allure and versatility of a skin that’s so in demand.

Come On In: VEDA is located in the heart of SoHo on 19 Mercer Street.

THE THREAD: How does a Texan who grew up on a ranch in Argentina find herself designing a label in Manhattan?

LYNDSEY BUTLER: I’ve been in New York for almost 12 years now. The city is so international, and I just love the energy of downtown. I suppose my fascination with leather has something to do with my upbringing. From cowboys to Native Americans, leather is deeply rooted in Southern cultures. But I didn’t plan on a career in design and didn’t study it at school. In college, I worked for a fashion showroom in the city, and it kind of all started from there.

THE THREAD: Leather is on trend at the moment. Why do you think it’s an essential wardrobe staple?

LYNDSEY: I like to think of leather jackets almost as a protective layer. Physically, leather is warm, but emotionally, it conveys this air of cool, of confidence. I feel like we’re also seeing a resurgence of strong looks for women, and it’s not necessarily sexy—it’s more about power dressing. Whether it’s suiting or more minimal shapes that aren’t necessarily body-hugging or low-backed, it’s really more about the subtlety of things. Leather definitely plays into the attitude of powerful dress.

A Nordstrom Exclusive: VEDA Genuine Calf Hair & Leather Vest in collaboration with the blog Stop It Right Now

THE THREAD: Tell us about your design partnership with Jayne Min from the blog Stop It Right Now.

LYNDSEY: I’ve always been a really big fan of Jayne’s blog. While on Instagram, I stumbled upon a photo she posted where she was trying on a VEDA vest from a couple of seasons ago. I was so excited for the shout-out that I reached out to her, and we organically started a conversation about working together. This vest is true to Jayne’s style: very minimal, clean stitching and accented with luxe pony hair for some street edge.

Winter’s Must-Have: VEDA ‘Max Classic’ Leather Jacket

THE THREAD: Your collection is 100% leather-based. How do you consistently innovate with this beloved medium?

LYNDSEY: It’s funny because in the beginning, I’d ask myself, “Am I going to be able to do this forever?” I thought there may be a design cap. But honestly, working with leather is a lot like engineering—the methods are always evolving. I’m always working on new designs, testing out skin treatments, visiting our factories in New Zealand and Italy and playing with embellishments, so I’m inspired daily.

Vie for VEDA and shop our Editor’s Picks:

VEDA ‘Mania’ Genuine Shearling Moto Jacket | VEDA ‘Dali’ Leather Jacket
VEDA ‘Aires’ Leather Jacket

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Store photos by Fernando Colón

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A ’90s Flashback at Carven

American pop culture from the ’90s meets couture craftsmanship at Carven spring/summer 2014.

When you think of Hollywood cool girls from the ’90s, Drew Barrymore, Alicia Silverstone, Claire Danes, and Liv Tyler immediately come to mind. The vision of these platform-wearing, midriff-baring, vintage print-pairing teen dreams provided Guillaume Henry with a reference point to further develop his position on easy elegance.

Key prints create contrast in the form of multicolor camouflage, rich floral print and classic gingham.

The scene backstage at the Grand Palais des Champs-Elysées. “When working on this collection, I looked at my own souvenirs from the ’90s,” the Parisian designer tells The Thread.

Argentine model Magda Laguinge dons a fresh floral mini.

Lithuanian head-turner Agne Konciute mirrors the image of Carven coolness.

Subtle rodeo references add to the playfulness of the collection.

Carven’s boyfriend coat will be essential on breezy spring nights.

“As a teenager, super cool girls surrounded me and they all really dressed quite the same: wearing a simple cardigan, a tube skirt, a heavy shoe, a little necklace and a huge jacket,” says Henry. “The girls would pretend that they were wearing their boyfriend’s jacket, which wasn’t so true. So I wanted to get this feeling of the boyfriend jacket. We had the boyfriend pant, and now we have the boyfriend coat.”

Choker necklaces complete each look and also play up the ’90s vibe.

Rose appliqués add a scrapbook nostalgia to key pieces within the collection.

Skin-baring eveningwear in luxe fabrics concludes the youthful narrative for spring.

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Photos by Ford Leland

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