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Atlein’s Jersey Draping Marries Comfort and French Fashion

Comfort and curve-hugging don’t usually coincide. Neither do French style and soft jersey. Atlein exists at the intersection of these stylish desirables. Parisian designer Antonin Tron’s technique for working in jersey—a famously tricky material—earned him the 2016 ANDAM Fashion Award for First Collections Prize. Tron’s elegant dresses marry the romantic with the kinetic, permitting easy movement and unrestricted fluidity. In his hands, jersey looks like silk and flexes like spandex.

We spoke with Tron about his much-lauded new label. Here’s what he shared.

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Galvan’s Women-Designed Eveningwear Inspired By a Boxing Architect

Influenced by the work and biography of the celebrated architect Tadao Ando, London-based label Galvan‘s pre-fall collection flexes elegant athleticism. Slinky yet strong column dresses draw on Ando’s minimalism with similar results: they dazzle.

Galvan is four women, Sola Harrison, Anna-Christin Haas, Katherine Holmgren, and Carolyn Hodler, who saw a gap in the eveningwear market; notably, it wasn’t forward-looking enough. Formal attire is often too conservative, too constricting, too old-fashioned for contemporary women and the events they attend.

As a result, the quartet have created game-changing gowns. What woman wouldn’t want to skip the stiff shapes and starchy fabrics, and slip into one of these modern classics?

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Co’s Modern Elegance Creates Instant Classics

Before entering fashion, life and business partners Stephanie Danan and Justin Kern were in the film industry. Stephanie was a producer and Justin a screenwriter. Whenever one would help the other with an idea, they would jokingly demand a co-producer credit. So in 2012, when the pair launched a clothing collection while between movie projects, Co struck them as an ideal name for the collaboration.

A cinematic style follows Co into their fashion venture. Every seam and stitch seems carefully considered to move with the wearer, as evidenced in the stunning photos and videos the duo produced with ballerinas Regan Garrett and Janie Taylor. Such thoughtful constructions and stark elegance make every Co piece an instant classic. It’s as though they’ve designed the wardrobe for an iconic film role, played by you.

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Sara Battaglia’s Colorful Collection Will Put You in a Good Mood

Like a shot of strong espresso, Sara Battaglia‘s forcefully feminine creations will bring a pep to your step. Which shouldn’t come as a surprise, since Sara is sister to the vibrant Vogue Japan fashion editor Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert. The siblings always exhibit a lust for life, especially when living is done in very beautiful, very exuberant clothes. If you’re not following them on Instagram yet, you’re missing out on exotic trips and sisterly sessions of dressing up.

But now you, too, can dress up with Sara. Her fall collection is here, and it is certainly deserving of the name Battaglia.

GET TO KNOW SARA BATTAGLIA

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SPACE Designer Maria Tash on How to Rock an Ear Full of Bling

“I think we have broken loose of the stereotype that we have to have matching first lobe piercings and nothing else,” SPACE jewelry designer Maria Tash told us—and hooray to that. “People now treat their multiple piercings as autonomous vehicles for styling—experimenting with asymmetry can be liberating.”

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Jewelry designer Maria Tash, courtesy Maria Tash

There’s every chance you agree with the idea, although actually doing it can sometimes be intimidating. No more, however, because now we’ve got the inside scoop and the best style secrets from New York City’s preeminent piercing pro—including where FKA Twigs’s new piercing is. 

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How to Wear the Best Emerging Designers for Spring with Olivia Kim

Leave it to Olivia Kim to break down the season’s most intimidating looks. No really: let’s just leave it to her. Here’s our SPACE curator demystifying key looks from the best emerging designers—and including links so you can own the vibe now.

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How to rock a ruffle like it’s no big deal:

“It’s all in the shoes and socks. A really beautiful pair of stark white socks will do wonders for your life; wear them with some oxfords or a pair of sturdy, chunky sandals. They’ll make your ruffles look way more NBD.”

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How Olivia Kim Brought Emerging Designers to Fashion’s Favorite Exhibit

When the Met calls, Olivia Kim answers.

In advance of all the recent red carpet and gala excitement around the Costume Institute’s Manus x Machina debut, the museum team reached out and asked our VP of Creative Projects (and SPACE and Pop-In mastermind) to step in and help them curate the gift shop portion of fashion’s favorite new exhibit.

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Olivia Kim gets ready for the Met Gala in a dress by SPACE designer Molly Goddard

As a walk-the-talk champion of emerging and advanced designers, Olivia hooked up three of her favorite SPACE brands with the Met so that after you stroll through the show, you can go home with a wearable souvenir.

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SPACE Stories: VETEMENTS, Shrimps and Creatures of the Wind

It’s like our Creative Projects curator and director, Olivia Kimsaid in a recent
interview with the newly rebranded vogue.com:

SPACE is really meant to be a platform to introduce our customers to another aspect of what designer fashion could be, this advanced and emerging designer world.”

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A look from the SPACE edit of VETEMENTS for fall ’15

As part of that world, we’re building interviews and erecting behind-the-scenes stories with the talented fashion minds behind our exciting brands. Find out who we’re talking to now, and what they’ve got to say about the French word for “clothing,” the music of the fall collections, and grannies on Instagram.

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Vogue.com on SPACE, Nordstrom and Olivia Kim’s Just-Launched Department

It’s not that we haven’t been waiting with bated breath to tell you about SPACE, Nordstrom’s brand-new, just-launched department for emerging and advanced designers curated by Olivia Kim. Oh, our breath has been all kinds of bated.

But as folks like the New York Times and Vogue.com seem keen to tell the story of The Biggest Thing to Happen at Nordstrom in Quite Some Time themselves, we’re more than happy to let them.

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Simone Rocha, Vetements, Julien David,  And Re Walker and more at SPACE

SPACE, a permanent, evolving, women’s shop-in-shop on the very precipice of forward-thinking fashion minds from Beirut to Japan, London to New York, is live now at Nordstrom.com/SPACE and in Seattle, Chicago and San Francisco. (Vancouver: holla! You’ll have one too, just as soon as the flagship opens!)

SPACE at Nordstrom, a Q and A–style interview with our Pop-In auteur, emerging designer mastermind and all-around style guru is live on Vogue.com right now.

Here are some of our favorite sound bites:

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Introducing Meet the Model, Moncler in a Love Blizzard, Our Isa Arfen Moments and Herve Leger Celebrates 30 Years of Red Carpet Babes

Fashion Week Journal for Saturday February 14

Yesterday, in a brilliant bit of art imitating life, Moncler showed their Fall ’15 coats in a cinematic, Valentine’s Day-in-a-blizzard non-runway presentation. A giant neon heart all but took over the room (and another provided a good photo backdrop, which we put to good use with Natalie Joos) and mechanical risers emerged from the stage to literally elevate next year’s coziest looks. 

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