Fashion Week Spring 2015

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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

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Paris Fashion Week: September 25

Highlights from yesterday’s shows: four distinctly different takes on retro styling from Carven, Nina Ricci, Lanvin and Rick Owens.

Carven
The swingin’ ’60s designs at Carven were inspired by speed, from racing graphics to road stripes, and the results are deliciously wearable. Figure-flattering A-line shifts and boxy car coats race into the new century fueled by python details and Japanese-inspired prints that play to our decade’s obsession with fun mashups.

Carven delivers a perfectly mod meditation on Speed Racer with a luxe, 21st-century twist.

A mod meditation on Speed Racer—with a luxe, 21st-century twist.

Nina Ricci
The romance of the 1940s is alive and well at Nina Ricci. A parade of pretty shift dresses, elegant jackets and beautifully draped separates evoke the freshness of springtime and the optimism of new beginnings. Shell pinks, egg yolk yellows, baby blues and earthy browns highlight tactile, touchable fabrics that will feel like an absolute dream against the skin.

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The theme at Nina Ricci this season? Perfectly pretty, romantically retro.

Lanvin
With this collection, Alber Elbaz celebrates the women he loves. Simple silhouettes and forgiving fabrics are elegantly draped, then brought to the next level with dramatic accessories like python belts and sculptural statement necklaces. The jacket is an important piece this season, with boxy, bold shoulders and rich details.

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Lanvin celebrates women by offering simple silhouettes with rich, intricate detailing.

Rick Owens
Inspired by Bauhaus architecture and the Ballets Russes, Rick Owens presents one of his loveliest collections to date. Flights of tulle escape from the sides of strict shift silhouettes, like ballerinas sneaking out of a Walter Gropius girls’ school. Textures are ethereal with charmingly uneven or unfinished hemlines, and counterbalanced by an earthy, restrained palette.

rick-owens-spring-2015-paris-fashion-weekRick Owens riffs on the question, “What if the brutalist movement went to the ballet?”

See all of our Fashion Week coverage.
Amy Leigh Morgan
photos: gorunway.com

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London Fashion Week: September 14

Highlights from yesterday’s shows: Mary Katrantzou‘s surprisingly stylish take on plate tectonics and primordial ooze, plus a quirky, off-kilter riff on the “faded glamour of the British seaside” from Topshop Unique.

Katrantzou’s muted palettes and restrained silhouettes serve as the perfect foil to her lavish inspiration: Paleozoic planet Earth. Brilliant, technically challenging constructions support her collection’s theme with an intelligence that’s outstanding, even in a sea of superstar peers.

Mary Katrantzou Spring 2015Tectonic plates have never looked so alluring.

Mary Katrantzou Spring 2015Algae blooms and coral reefs are downright ladylike rendered in embroidered lace.

Mary Katrantzou Spring 2015Katrantzou makes evolution look good with whimsical renderings of well-clad reptiles literally having a ball. 

On the other end of the intellectual spectrum, the girls of the Topshop Unique collection can’t get away from their textbooks fast enough. Who has time for geologic history when there are parties to hit? The collection is a giddy mashup of ’60s-inspired ruffles and sportswear, with a healthy dose of ’80s glam thrown in for good measure.

Topshop Unique Spring 2015It girl Cara Delevingne opened the show with a vintage-inspired look that’s half cocktail party and half après ski.

Topshop Unique Spring 2015Graphic stripes, color blocking and retro silhouettes evoke Brighton summers back when.

Topshop Unique Spring 2015Party dresses with chiffon and ruffles closed the show on a note so frothy that it stopped just shy of sarcastic.

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Amy Leigh Morgan
photos: gorunway.com

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Fashion Week Spring 2015: Check Out Our Coverage

Fashion Week is just around the corner! As usual, we’ll be bringing all of the excitement—from runway shows to street style—straight to you. For all the latest, keep your eyes on The Thread and our Blogs + More hub. They’re your source for staying on top of all of our favorite moments in New York, London, Milan and Paris from September 4 – October 3.

Get ready for…

Street Style: Check out the most inspiring local and right-now style, captured by our global trend reporter Crystal Nicodemus—complete with Editor’s Picks, so you can shop the look right now.

Runway Shows: We’ll recap the best of the best that we’re seeing on the runway from the designers you love.

Trend Reports: Read runway trend reviews from our corporate HQ fashion office that’ll give you a look at what’s to come—and what’s happening now.

The Scene: Olivia Kim, our director of creative projects and mastermind behind our Pop-In Shops, will be sharing her “day in the life” perspective with a snapshot of shows, events, parties and everything else that’s fabulous while she’s on location.

Backstage Beauty: Our beauty team takes you behind the scenes to show you makeup looks from our favorite brands—with tips and tricks to recreate the trends for yourself.

Nordstrom Social: Stay connected in as many ways as you like! Our social team has you covered on Instagram, Twitter (including beauty trends), Vine, Pinterest and Tumblr.

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