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Becca McCharen-Tran Interviews Style

Chromat Causes a Commotion: Body Inclusivity, Diverse Beauty and Fun on the Runway

Nicki Minaj is playing in the background when Becca McCharen-Tran picks up the phone in her Brooklyn studio. “Can you hear me OK?” she asks. Like the rap queen she’s blasting, the Chromat designer doesn’t usually struggle to get her message across. Both women share outspoken positions on female empowerment as well as a fascination with colorful, form-fitting fashions. For McCharen-Tran, the two combine in her feisty fashion shows, where models storm the runway wearing her body-baring swimwear while showcasing their personalities. Chromat breaks with the usual runway displays, where a homogenous group of models walks carefully comported so as not to distract from the fashion. Instead, McCharen-Tran encourages her diverse group to cavort on the runway, smiling and winking at the audience at will. Her casting reflects this ethos. The calls are open to anyone, really. Any gender, any size, any ethnicity.

“It’s really about what kind of energy you’re bringing to the runway,” McCharen-Tran said. “We’re never filling certain size quotas or anything. It’s really about who shows up to the casting in full power mode and slays the runway.”

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Nordstrom Season/Shift 2017 Culture Style

Season/Shift: Inside Our Fall Designer Showcase in Seattle

Hosted inside a renovated 1927 ice warehouse in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood, Season/Shift juxtaposed fashion’s forefronts in three immersive environments: the modern, romantic and avant-garde. Twenty-one models appeared in 63 looks from designers such as Calvin Klein, Chloe, Dolce & Gabbana, Dries Van Noten, Fendi, Givenchy, Marques Almeida, Monse, Roksanda, Shrimps, Simone Rocha, Stella McCartney and Valentino.

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Rachel Comey on Gender-Fluid Dressing and the Fate of the Fashion Runway

“I just put on a pair to do quality control,” says designer Rachel Comey of her new Frisco shoes. “It’s this crepe-soled shoe that’s an alternative to an espadrille. You can wear it everywhere. It’s very comfortable but fun.”

Rachel Comey Fracture jean

We are talking about the Rachel Comey pre-fall collection: what’s new, what’s returning, how her 15-year-old brand has evolved and continues to. Presently Comey seems to have found her niche in comfortably cool designs. Her shoes have developed a cult following (staples like the Mars bootie and the Calder pump in particular). Denim styles, like her near-essential Legion jean, also regularly appear on the practical but chic street-style starlets.

Rachel Comey Legion jean

“For the first 10 years of my career, I was intimidated by denim,” says Comey. “But what is great is that you can experiment with it but it is all so wearable. However you wash, dye or cut it, you will still get some use out of it; it still has a utilitarian feel.”

This season, Comey branched out into black denim for the first time. No doubt her Legion jeans in this fabric will catch on with her devotees. She’s also added a brocade to hems on her Fracture jeans, and extended her use of the floral fabric to jackets and accessories. It adds a lush element to a collection that seems inspired by both the prairie and the city.

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Coco Rocha, Camilla Belle and More Fête the Opening of Nordstrom in Vancouver

In less than 24 hours, the doors to Nordstrom Pacific Centre in downtown Vancouver will open to the public. Last night, however, attendees of a tented fall fashion show at the Vancouver Art Gallery—just across the street from the new store—also enjoyed a festive preview of the new location during an in-store gala.

The sold-out event raised $420,000 for local organizations BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre Foundation, Covenant House Vancouver and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Guests included supermodels Coco Rocha, Karolina Kurkova and Amber Valletta; actresses Camilla Belle and Diana Bang; Inventory Editor-in-Chief Ryan Willms; Vogue Editor-at-Large Hamish Bowles; Vogue West Coast Director Lisa Love; Nordstrom Director of Creative Projects Olivia Kim and fourth-generation Nordstrom family members and co-presidents Blake Nordstrom, Pete Nordstrom and Erik Nordstrom, and President of Full-Line Stores, Jamie Nordstrom.

Nordstrom Pacific Centre Gala, left to right, Hamish Bowles, Olivia Kim, Lisa Love, Camilla Belle, Pete Nordstrom, Karolina Kurkova

L-R: Hamish Bowles, Olivia Kim, Lisa Love, Camilla Belle, Pete Nordstrom, Karolina Kurkova

During a pre-gala fashion show at the Vancouver Art Gallery, guests watched as 38 models wore 85 looks from Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Bibhu Mohapatra, Marni, Simone Rocha, Yohji Yamamoto and others.

Fashion Show at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Nordstrom Pacific Centre

A model shows a dress from the Burberry Prorsum fall collection on the runway at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

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Jimmy Choo’s Seattle Fashion Show

Storied fashion house Jimmy Choo held a benefit runway show for the Pacific Northwest Ballet at Januik Winery on Thursday, which included gift bags containing the brand’s new scent Flash, ballerinas dancing down the aisle and, of course, dozens of glamorous heels.

Jimmy Choo ‘Viva’ Sandal

Jimmy Choo ‘Aurora’ Pump

Jimmy Choo ‘Tami’ Pump

Jimmy Choo ‘Marion’ Sandal

Jimmy Choo ‘Kalpa’ Sandal

Jimmy Choo ‘Patriot Pat’ Platform Espadrille

Jimmy Choo ‘Deeta’ Sandal

Jimmy Choo ‘Wheel’ Smoking Slipper

Jimmy Choo ‘Mara’ Pump (Nordstrom exclusive)

Jimmy Choo ‘Minka’ Pump (Nordstrom exclusive)

Jimmy Choo ‘Clue’ Slingback Pump

– Mary O’Regan

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