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Mansur Gavriel, Fall/Winter 2018 Interviews Style

Meet Mansur Gavriel: Get to Know the Chic Brand Through Their Theme Songs

You never know what chance encounter may change the course of your life, so it’s best to always be prepared, dress well and be nice.

For Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel, the designers behind New York-based label Mansur Gavriel, that fateful event occurred in 2010 at an xx show. “We began talking to each other as strangers in the lobby of the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles,” says Mansur. “We had a very quick and striking connection.” Mansur had studied textiles at Rhode Island School of Design; Gavriel studied fashion and photography at Germany’s University of the Arts Bremen. The two had been living on different continents: Mansur in L.A. and Gavriel in Berlin. Their meeting resonated with both, even as Gavriel returned to Berlin. “We had a shared aesthetic and were in similar stages in life,” Mansur says. “We both loved the idea of telling a visual story and were ready to start something—and to dream big.”

GET TO KNOW MANSUR GAVRIEL

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Inside M2Malletier’s Beautiful Brutalist Studio

That fashion is a trade is often downplayed. Most designers of clothing and accessories choose to emphasize the artistry of their work, the conception, creation and display of their wares. That’s understandable and interesting, but so much of the industry involves measuring and cutting, skilled workers, factory floors, machinery and supply chains—not so sexy but absolutely essential.

Art and trade are on full display at the 1,000-square-foot studio of design darlings Marcela Velez and Melissa Losada of M2Malletier. The duo launched their well-received and coveted collection of clearly sexy handbags in Barcelona, where they made a home for themselves in a pre-World War I cement factory that was renovated by Spanish starchitect Ricardo Bofill. The building, called La Fábrica, resembles a brutalist Gothic castle—in other words, it’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

TAKE A TOUR

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Mixed Bags: The Shapes of Summer 2018 Hit the Streets

Come summer, even as we peel away layers to increase vitamin D absorption, we want to add a few new pieces as well. For a quick update that won’t block the sunshine, pick up one of these new handbag styles we spotted on the streets of NYC. Whether it’s a jaunty straw circle or a cool isosceles, these new bag shapes are the perfect place to store your sunscreen and sunnies.

SHAPE UP WITH THESE STYLES

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Please Meet the Real Mademoiselle Chanel—and Your New Favorite Handbag Collection

2017 is the year of Gabrielle. You’ve known her all these years as Coco, but with today’s launch of Chanel’s GABRIELLE bag, Karl Lagerfeld truly gets us on a first-name basis with the ultimate style icon.

What’s more, this intimate invitation—and the handbag reveal that comes with it—is a call to all women everywhere to embrace their ultimate identity. After all, it was Gabrielle who said, “I decided who I wanted to be, and that is who I am.”

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The Chanel GABRIELLE bag; all images courtesy Chanel

 

Chanel‘s message is all about the freedom of individuality and the exploration of self, so watch for gorgeous images of your favorite bold names and faces with GABRIELLE styles as the campaign unfurls. We’re excited to share the beloved brand’s new video, Gabrielle, A Rebel at Heart, with you today.

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In the Showroom with Clare Waight Keller’s Final Chloé Collection

How would you say farewell to an iconic brand after six years? Would you go backward through all the seasons and revisit your favorite looks; or would you go forward as you always have, trusting what your heart tells you is most beautiful, most meaningful, most immediate and right now?

News broke in January that Chloé creative director Clare Waight Keller would be leaving the company. During her tenure, the Chloé girl has been a biker and a boho; she’s been sporty and tender. And she’s always had amazing bags. At the show this past Thursday, the crowd—all those real-life Chloé girls, including Solange—represented that interplay of boyish cool and sweeping, woke-up-like-this finery.

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Solange is a Chloé girl

But there on the runway was an entirely new iteration of the brand’s muse/loyal customer. As the fashion press has positively noted, Clare did not review her past. She stepped ahead. Her final collection was largely inspired by Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, but it was also about freedom and liberation. We went into the showroom with Sahar Sokhandan and Lauren Zimmermann from the designer buying team to see how they’ll bring this grande-but-grunge finale back to you.

COME INSIDE AND SEE HOW IT ALL WENT DOWN

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Caroline Issa Reports on Gucci in a Gorgeous Nordstrom Signature and Caroline Issa Dress

You can always count on Caroline Issa to be one of the most classically chic women on the street and in the front row, and you can always count on her for a precise yet spirited runway recap.

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Caroline Issa image by Kristin Yamada

So that’s exactly what we did: we counted on her. Our ace street-style shooter, Kristin Yamada, caught her at the show—wearing the Nordstrom Signature pintuck floral-print dress she helped design—and then we got her download on what was inside.

CAROLINE TELLS ALL: READ MORE

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A Rebecca Minkoff Bag for Every New York City Neighborhood

If there’s one thing Rebecca Minkoff knows, it’s handbags. If there’s another, it’s New York City.

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Rebecca Minkoff Sofia crossbody bag

The Brooklyn-based designer shows her ready-to-wear and accessories collection today outside, in front of her SoHo boutique; the audience will be half industry, half whoever is lucky enough to get there and snag a seat. To make the most of her love of fashion and Gotham City, we asked her to pick a current-season Rebecca Minkoff bag to go with each of her favorite neighborhoods.

CLICK TO SEE WHAT NEIGHBORHOOD IS RIGHT FOR THIS TASSLED BEAUTY

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The Future Is Now: Our Fall Lookbook and Video, Curated by Jeffrey Kalinsky

Jeffrey Kalinsky has been thinking about the future. In fact, he’s almost always thinking about the future—whether that means next season’s outsized silhouettes and gauzy layers, or, you know, that not-so-distant place where we commute to work via space bubble and beam friends into our living room using hologram technology.

Indeed: our VP Fashion Director’s preferred vision of what’s to come is very similar to what the beloved animation studio Hanna-Barbera and the Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen pictured back in the mid-60s.

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J.W.ANDERSON, from our Fall Designer Collections lookbook

My future looks like The Jetsons, and it looks like the original TWA terminal at JFK Airport,” says Kalinsky, referring to that Jet Age monument of wing-shaped shells and curvilinear ceramic. “You get in your flying saucer and go to the grocery store. Everything is easy and happy.”

In imagining how he might line up the near future—fall ’16—with that smooth, glossy, ultra-efficient, zero-waste ideal and present them together in a fashion guidebook, he turned once again to Snarkitecture. We first teamed up with the in-demand, of-the-moment Brooklyn-based collaborative design practice last season; their 5,000-pound cave-like structure served as a bridge between art, architecture and the best spring looks from Gucci, Valentino, Simone Rocha and more.

KEEP READING FOR BEHIND-THE-SCENES INSIGHT

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Fashion Party People: Nordstrom Designer Preview and Follow-Up Trunk Sale

The earrings, the coats, the pink tweed, the grassy greens. The slinky dresses, the bold silver jewels. The slouchy trousers, the gowns. The shoes!

And not just the ones on the runway, either—the crowd at Designer Preview always brings their own parade (just check out that front row below)—and this past Thursday night on the Seattle waterfront was an ultra-inspiring mix of what’s hot now, what’s hot on the horizon and what’s just hot no matter the season.

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The Missoni scene in Thursday night’s Designer Preview runway show. 

Missed it? Loved it and just want to relive it? Our 50-image lookbook detailing everything from the start of the party to the trunk show the next day is just the eye candy you need.

CLICK IN TO SEE EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED IN THESE GORGEOUS IMAGES

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Anniversary Sale Picks: The Designer Edition

The first rule: Buyers know best.

The second rule: See the first rule.

When it comes time to shop our yearly Anniversary Saleand in case you missed the alerts: it’s time!—it just makes good sense to check in with the men and women who curate our top designer merchandise. They strategize these steals and deals with you in mind, and we do mean strategize; read on to find out what iconic Alexander Wang handbag was reinstated specifically for us, and for you.

OK, ready? Let’s do this—from the ground up.

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Alexander Wang’s Kenze boot: $484.90 during our Anniversary Sale, $725 after sale

Says our designer shoe buyer John Langston of Alexander Wang‘s Kenze boots: “They have all the elements of fall’s best trends and they’re so identifiably Wang! They personify Alex’s spirit of individuality and the playful, romantic poet.”

How to wear them? Glad you asked. “This season, short boots act as a new alternative go-to option,” says John. “Skip the pumps and pair these with a myriad of looks—from a cropped carrot pant to an ankle-length straight-leg denim jean or a sleek pencil skirt.”

GET MORE ANNIVERSARY PICKS FROM THOSE WHO KNOW BEST

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