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Hunter Boots Were Alive and Kicking at Glastonbury 2017 (Even Though It Barely Misted)

It was no mud bath this year. In fact, the Glastonbury Festival barely got a proper Sunday drizzle, which is far from usual for the legendarily mucky music fest (but given Britain’s recent heat wave, not a complete shocker). Nonetheless, tactical festival-goers donned their favorite Hunter wellies, just in case. And as you might expect, plenty of stylish celebs were in the mix, including Adwoa Aboah, Suki Waterhouse, Alexa Chung and Cara Delevingne.

Check out our slide show after the jump to see how the A-listers rocked their Hunter gear without a puddle to dodge.


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Everybody (No Hyperbole) Was Wearing Hunter Boots at Glastonbury 2016

Suki Waterhouse, Cara Delevingne and Clara Paget attend Glastonbury Festival on June 24, 2016 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)

Suki Waterhouse, Cara Delevingne and Clara Paget attend Glastonbury Festival on June 22, 2016, in Glastonbury, England.  Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images.

It’s almost tradition now—ever since Kate Moss was the first to be smart enough to slip on a pair of the rain boots with her teeny cutoffs in the ’90s, Hunter boots are the official footwear of Glastonbury. After all, the storied music festival gets muddy—and this year was thought by many to be the muckiest. But braving the elements is part of the fun, right?

In 2016, Moss’s kid sister, Lottie, was among the throngs of festivalgoers—along with Pixie Geldof, Alexa Chung, the Delevingne sisters—who did likewise. See our slideshow after the jump to watch how the style set handles puddles while the music plays on.



Just Landed: Topshop Unique Sports Florals for Spring

Who can go from sharp sport-chic to sheer florals within the space of a runway show?
In other words, what’s spring fashion’s version of zero to 60?
Topshop Unique.

In a spring ’15 presentation that started and ended with the darling Ms. Delevingne, the Brits managed to rev up with racing stripes, performance details and a color mix of primary tones, baby blue and deep, rich wine. Adding a ruffle here and a ruffle there—and a measure of au natural abstraction along the way—they rounded the corner right into nighttime sheers and racy lace.

Check out our highlight reel—make that highlight GIF—presented today in celebration of our edit on all this, which is available now at Nordstrom.

See also: the recent Topshop fall ’15 runway report from our Fashion Week Journal series

Shop: Topshop Unique

—Laura Cassidy


Watch This: Cara Delevingne for Topshop’s Top Spring Trends

In certain parts of the world—let’s just say the internet partsspring has already sprung. Proof positive is this joyful little romp from our friends at Topshop. Enjoy!

Shop: Topshop


Watch This: Karl Lagerfeld’s New Video for CHANEL

Just released: the newest short film created and directed by Karl Lagerfeld. Featuring Pharrell Williams, Cara Delevingne and Geraldine Chaplin as Gabrielle Chanel, Reincarnation accompanied the CHANEL Paris-Salzburg 2014/15 Métiers d’Art collection shown on December 2, 2014 in Salzburg. Watch. It’s wonderful.



Party Report: Topshop and Topman’s NYC Flagship Bash

Call it fashion’s unofficial kick-off to the Holiday 2014 party season: Topshop and Topman celebrated the opening of their New York City flagship on Fifth Avenue with a heck of a bash inside Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall. As exclusive Topshop partners, Nordstrom was only too happy to help our friends celebrate. Here’s our inside report on the very good time. 

Everybody Loves Sir Philip: Pictured here with Poppy Delevingne and Ciara on his arms, Sir Philip Green—Topshop’s parent-company owner—took a minute to give a shout-out to Pete Nordstrom and the rest of the company for a successful and stylish partnership during his welcome address.

Bey in the Place To Be: On the heels of the other big Topshop news—the announcement of the Topshop X Beyoncé-partnership, that is—Queen B dropped jaws as she quietly slipped into the party wearing this sparkly Topshop number.

Sister, Sisters: Among the celebs in attendance was this pair of chic sisters: Poppy and Cara Delevingne and Nicky and Paris Hilton.

Party People, All Night Long: Leave it to Cara Delevingne to get things started on the dance floor. Live jams from Jessie J (pictured), Nick Jonas and Lionel Richie (yes, the very; he and Sir Philip are buds) rocked the house—er, the train station.

Keep On Babin’ On: But of course the fashion was on point. From left to right: model, mom and art director Julia Restoin Roitfeld, British model Jourdan Dunn and New York City-based model and DJ Harley Viera-Newton exemplified the turned-out turnout.

Nordstrom & Co. On the Scene: Brandy Nordstrom, Pete Nordstrom, Nordstrom’s Topshop Director Deniz Anders, Sir Philip Green, our gal Olivia Kim, model Cara Delevingne and Nordstrom Executive Vice President and General Merchandise Manager Tricia Smith

Images 1-5 from Topshop’s Facebook
SHOP: Topshop and Topman


What’s New: My Burberry Fragrance

My Burberry is the true embodiment of our brand, in scent, in design and in attitude. A fragrance that takes its lead from the iconic Burberry trench has to be outstanding in every way.” —Christopher Bailey, chief creative director & CEO, Burberry


Capturing the essence of a London garden after the rain, My Burberry is more than just the newest fragrance from a beloved British icon; it’s the brand’s signature scent. For a launch this important, Burberry tapped Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne to star in a campaign shot by none other than Mario Testino.

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Fashion Week Video

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


London Calling: Nicholas Kirkwood Fall 2013

Known for the architectonic quality of his designs and his wondrous use of color, Nicholas Kirkwood has wowed the fashion world since launching his namesake label in 2005. Britain’s shoe wunderkind phoned The Thread while en route to London from New York’s JFK airport to discuss paving his own path to success.

And the Winner Is… Kirkwood kicked off the new year by snagging the prestigious BFC/Vogue Fashion Fund Award and presenting his spring 2013 collection on the heads of models

THE THREAD: Since winning the BFC/Vogue Fashion Fund award in January, which mentor has been the most influential in advancing your business?

NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD: We have two mentors. One has a financial background and the other one is Kurt Geiger, who I’ve actually already been working with. The advice we’ve received on brand building and wholesale distribution from a retail stance has been really helpful, particularly because I’m growing my own retail business.

Mad Hatter: Kirkwood worked for the Royal family’s go-to milliner, Philip Treacy, for five years and embraced his architectural aesthetic

THE THREAD: Philip Treacy is constantly challenging the perception of what a hat should be and the role it should play in a woman’s dressing. Do you feel some of his rebellious spirit rubbed off on you in terms of your approach to shoe design?

KIRKWOOD: Philip has certainly served as inspiration. I was surrounded by his creations every day. He gave me my first introduction to the world of accessories, and that was definitely a turning point for me in terms of the direction I wanted to take my career. His studio is like a creative playground. Working with him allowed me to think about shoes in a different way, maybe in a more sculptural way, because at the time I had a limited art background. The sculptural element really came natural to me.


Tulle Jewel: Nicholas Kirkwood Ruffle Trim Pump with dramatic goldtone stiletto heel

THE THREAD: Manolo Blahnik has served as an inspiration for you too. If you ever had a chance to interview him, what one question would you have to ask?

KIRKWOOD: Wow, that’s quite a question. I suppose I’d ask him at what point did he feel he was really at the top of his game, and what did that feel like?

British Besties ♥ NK: Model Cara Delevingne and Rita Ora—English ‘it’ girls—are both known to rock Kirkwood designs for work and play. This past May, Rita wore a custom-made pair of pumps by Kirkwood to the MET gala

THE THREAD: How does the city of London and its fashion influencers inspire your creative point of view?

KIRKWOOD: London is a creatively open city. It’s got great schools like Central Saint Martins that have a longstanding history of producing some of the greatest artists and fashion inventors. Naturally there’s a certain energy to London, which makes it a very inspiring city to live and work in. There’s an independence in London’s culture which really motivates people to try something new, and you can see that in everything from music to art to fashion.

THE THREAD: You created a very edgy yet timeless pump to complement the dress that singer Rita Ora wore to this year’s MET gala, PUNK: Chaos to Couture. Can you tell us a little more about the design?

KIRKWOOD: The design is based on a classic pump shape. Rita had a dress made up by Thakoon, which had chains running through it and gave the fabric a metal element. I wanted the shoe to look as though someone splashed or kicked a load of studs on the front of the shoe and they just randomly degraded out.

Style Mystique: Jennifer Lawrence promotes her upcoming movie X-Men: Days of Future Past at Comic-Con in San Diego, donning a bandage dress from Alexander McQueen Resort 2014 and sleek pointy-toe Lace Pumps by Nicholas Kirkwood

THE THREAD: You’re not short on the number of celebrity fans or fashion design awards: Footwear News Emerging Talent Vivian Infantino award in 2006, AltaRoma/Vogue Italia award for accessories design in 2007, British Fashion Awards Swarovski Emerging Talent in 2008. With so many admirers and accolades, what is the best compliment you’ve ever received about one of your shoe designs?

KIRKWOOD: Funny enough, [the rapper] Rick Ross mentioned me in a his song [“All I Really Want”: “Baby girl, my money good, who turned her on to Nicholas Kirkwood.”] and that was definitely a compliment.

Walk This Way: Kirkwood has designed the runway shoes for New York-based design duo SUNO for the past three seasons. For fall ’13, his clever use of color on these ‘80s inspired Chelsea-print ankle boots feels so right now

THE THREAD: Do you feel shoes are the index of a personal status?

KIRKWOOD: It’s a combination of things. Certainly before the shoe years, it was about the “it” bag. Handbags were so prominent for so long. Maybe just in the last 8 to 10 years, have shoes become increasingly more of a focus, even from a designer’s point of view for their runway shows. Shoes maybe were viewed more of just an accessory to show off the clothing, and now they really have become almost an item within themselves. Almost every year, every season, designers are trying to outdo each other with their show shoes. It was probably about three years ago or so that shoes were getting crazier and higher.

Fall Fabulous: Slip into chic comfort wearing the Nicholas Kirkwood Stretch Suede Bootie

THE THREAD: Your fall/winter 2013 collection runs the gamut of shape, color and material. Would you say you have a hero shoe in this latest offering?

KIRKWOOD: I really wouldn’t say there’s a particular shoe. The hero is perhaps more in the fabrication. Also, I started using a new kind of hardware, right on top of the shoe in a way that resembles a buckle. And for spring 2013, I did a zigzag print in suede to explore how to use an exact pattern without printing it. I’m always trying new things that interest me.

Ready to answer London’s call? Ring in fall with Nicholas Kirkwood.

Qianna Smith

Portrait courtesy of Nicholas Kirkwood

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Fashion Week

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.