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Our Designer VPs on Their Favorite Paris Fashion Week Moments

Tricia Smith and Jennifer Wheeler enter the stylish back bar at Daroco looking like they just came off the beach in Saint-Tropez. Well, except that they’re in ankle boots and turtlenecks, trench coats and long sleeves.

The attitude, though—it’s pure relaxed satisfaction. Contented fulfillment. It’s a mood that isn’t necessarily native to this part of Paris Fashion Week. We’re on the tail end of the week and at this stage of the game, buyers and editors tend to be exhausted, a little cranky, and sort of overwhelmed by all the schedule-packed days they’ve just made it through.

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First two images by Jessa Carter

But this time has been different. “It’s just been such a consistently good season,” says Tricia, our executive vice president of women’s and designer apparel. And even more than that, she tells me that the entire industry seems to have banded together in a united front. There’s a feeling of camaraderie in the shows and in the streets.

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“It’s like everyone really wants to hold each other up,” agrees Jennifer, vice president of women’s designer apparel. From more white bandanas to all kinds of great color, this is how it went down and these are the moments that mattered most.

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Last Looks: Yesterday’s Runways at Balenciaga, Céline, Akris and Givenchy

Phoebe Philo runs a well-oiled fashion house at Céline, continually creating pieces that are beautiful in their simplicity and blend tasteful wearability with innovative silhouettes.

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Images: InDigital

Philo delivered yet again Sunday, giving us a seasonless collection of kick-flare pants, lengthy tunics and leather toppers in soft ivory, beige, black and ochre. Oversized, strong-collared men’s shirts over ultra-wide-leg pants took the once trendy pajama dressing to the streets in a less sleepy-eyed way by working with stiffer fabrics and bigger proportions. Ruched, crinkled and knotted satin frocks were worn over flowing wide-leg trousers, while oblong crystal belts linked like chains were featured on a number of fit-and-flare midis. The label’s beloved bags were tied around waists (like a fanny pack, but so much better) or wrapped around wrists. 

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Get the Look: Paris Fashion Week Street Style at Balenciaga and Céline

PFW4quadGimlet-eyed Kristin Yamada is busy snapping street-style starlets during Fashion Week. Here are her photos to inspire you for next season (or this one) and some wardrobe picks to help you get the look.

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Last Looks: Alexander McQueen, Kenzo, Akris and Céline

Paris played with varied dreamscapes this past weekend. Sarah Burton brought to life a fantastical, decaying fairytale, decked in shredded silk and lace with disheveled flowers and ruffles for Alexander McQueen. On the other end of the spectrum, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon envisioned the modern jet-setter’s real life aspirations of looking fresh on the fly for KENZO’s color-filled collection. Akris collaborated with Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto. Céline made fresh tracks Sunday with a collection that went from lingerie slips to English fox hunt—all in a structurally experimental way, of course.

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Images: InDigital 

The flushed goddesses of Burton’s runway, while delicately beautiful, were grounded in personal history. Alexander McQueen traced his heritage back to Huguenot refugees fleeing religious persecution in the 18th century, bringing their covetable silk-weaving craft with them. Exquisite floral jacquards, French lace flowers and figure-tracing ruffles appeared again and again. An embroidered leather jacket in blush with a ruffled neckline was especially striking atop a lace column Victorianesque gown. Occasional modern, tailored pieces kept the collection anchored. But thanks to Burton’s softer approach this season, even the more extravagant gowns— with feathery mermaid skirts or spiraling tiers of lace—leaned toward measured romance.

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What to Wear to Nordstrom Designer Preview

Collections from top American and European designers are almost never shown together on one runway, but each summer Nordstrom pulls together amazing fall looks from Céline, Valentino, Lanvin and more for a best-of-the-best fashion show event known as Designer Preview. This year’s gorgeous parade is on July 23—on the epic Seattle waterfront—and as always, all proceeds benefit the Seattle Art Museum.

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Among those expected in the front row: One of our favorite collaborators, Caroline Issa, and two of the most girl crush-worthy editors from Refinery29, Annie Georgia Greenberg and Paula Goldstein. Instagrammin’ style watchers will recognize Cara Van Brocklin from Cara Loren, Blair Eadie from Atlantic-Pacific and Wendy Nguyen from Wendy’s Lookbook—all flying in for the big event.

You’re invited too, of course—tickets are available via SAMS, Seattle Art Museum’s supporter group. The only question left to settle, then, is what will we all wear?

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Talking Personal Style with Vogue Turkey, Partying in the Streets with Acne at Centre Pompidou, & Caroline Issa’s #FW Instagram Best

Fashion Week Journal for Sunday, March 8

By the fourth week of what is really Fashion Month, the sheer number of shows attended by someone like Konca Aykan, the super-chic stylist and Vogue Turkey Fashion Director, is sort of staggering. So asking her over a laid-back Saturday lunch which ones have stood out—well, it’s not really a trick question, but it’s also not an easy one.

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Fashion Week Street Style

Street Report: Evangeline Outside Céline

Evangeline is such a femme fatale in this ladylike look. Her crisp white oxford has boyish charm, but her sleek pencil skirt and thigh-high boots are all about feminine edge. There’s something so simple yet dramatic about Evangeline’s stark style. She’s got that je ne sais quoi, as only French women do. That won’t stop me from testing out this look come fall, though!

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Shop similar styles:
White Button-Down Shirts | Leather Pencil Skirts | Black Over-the-Knee Boots

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:

T by Alexander Wang Poplin Shirt | Lauren Ralph Lauren Skirt | Chinese Laundry Boot

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Street Report: Sofie Outside Céline

Belgian blogger Sofie Valkiers (Fashionata) is killing it this season with her street style. I’ve spotted her in every corner of the globe now, and she’s always on point. Today’s look is all about that cape shawl. What a stunning statement piece! The hits of leather in this outfit add great texture and urban edge. Her bold blue bag stands out and gives some nice contrast to her tonal look. Oui oui, ma cherie!

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Shop similar styles:
Capes | Blue Satchels | Pointy-Toe Black Booties

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:

Topshop Cape | Rebecca Minkoff Satchel | Saint Laurent Bootie

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Street Report: Golestaneh Outside Céline

Bonjour encore, Golestaneh! I love spotting this gorgeous gal’s style and positive attitude during the craziness of Fashion Week. Golestaneh has a clear grasp on contemporary trends and casual-chic dressing. The white palette suits her, and I love the subtle lines on her wide-leg trousers. Her sweatshirt-cut pullover is loose and relaxed, which pairs well with the menswear tailoring. A designer bag and wide-brim hat are the only accessories she needs.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Shop similar styles:
Wide-Leg Pants | White Crewneck Sweaters | Small Black Crossbody Bags

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:

3.1 Phillip Lim Pants | rag&bone/JEAN Sweater | Saint Laurent Bag

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Street Report: Maya Outside Céline

As you’ve seen on the runways and in our trend reports, stripes are back in a big way. Maya is incorporating the pattern into her wardrobe with a menswear-inspired blazer and black and white palette. Her trousers have an element of sportswear in their design, which is an unexpected contrast to the tailored blazer and sky-high heels. Maya’s mirrored sunnies and luxe leather bag add even more chic appeal to this city-girl look.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Shop similar styles:
Jogger Pants | Large Black Satchels | Black Lace-Up Sandals

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:

Ted Baker London Jogger Pants | Saint Laurent Satchel | Joie Sandal

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