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Tadashi Shoji Spring 2014

Eveningwear mastermind Tadashi Shoji took on the task of capturing the joy of living for spring/summer 2014. His über-feminine designs came in the form of lofty silhouettes and body-con shapes with decadent crystal details. If you’re looking for the perfect dress to celebrate the special moments of life, look no further!

So what should Tadashi fans get excited for this spring? “Color, in particular pastel. It’s not sugar-coated pastel; there’s a brightness to the fabrications. Everything is frosted with a layer of white embroidery, lace, tulle and organza,” says the designer.

Qianna Smith
Photos by Fernando Colon

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WSJ Magazine Celebrates Five Stylish Years

The Thread heads to the Four Seasons Restaurant to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the WSJ magazine, which threw a stellar bash on the opening day of New York Fashion Week.

To mark the occasion, the Wall Street Journal publication produced its largest September issue to date, which features two covers: another first for the high-fashion glossy.

Actress/model-of-the-moment Drake Burnette graces the Women’s Style issue, donning a sultry white lace Dolce&Gabbana dress that was shot by Josh Olins and styled by Alastair McKimm on location in Brazil.

Photographer Solve Sundsbo shot designer Tom Ford for the cover of the Men’s Style issue, which features a sexy pictorial with model Joan Smalls.

It’s all about peace and postive vibes for singer Skye Ferreria and photographer Terry Richardson, who shot the cover of the Harper’s Bazaar September issue with Sarah Jessica Parker.

Mixologist Eben Freeman serves up tasty libations, and the recipes can be found in the September WSJ Men’s Style issue.

Recognize this face? Model Kati Nescher appears in the fall ’13 Valentino campaign.

WSJ publisher Anthony Cenname personally attends to Martha Stewart’s drink order.

Three’s certainly not a crowd for Harper’s Bazaar and V magazine’s editor-at-large Derek Blasberg, WSJ editor-in-chief Kristina O’Neill and Vogue contributing editor Lauren Santo Domingo.

Estée Lauder beauty Constance Jablonkski shows off her fresh face.

Qianna Smith
Photos by Billy Farrell, courtesy WSJ

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BCBGMAXAZRIA Spring 2014

As BCBGMAXAZRIA approaches its 25th anniversary next year, husband-and-wife design duo Max and Lubov Azria celebrate the carefully crafted DNA of the brand for spring ’14, presenting a collection of functional fabrications, classic tailoring and style with an urban edge.

BCBG backstage at the Lincoln Center Theater.

Are you looking at me?

Max Azria caught on camera.

Supermodel Heidi Klum is always camera-ready!

Reserved for Bryanboy.

Walking on the runway is a lot like driving a car: there’s a ton of rules, and if you’re not careful, you just might crash and burn.

Don’t you just want to slip these on?

Watercolor prints will add an artistic flair to your spring ’14 style.

Ultra femme according to BCBG.

The juxtaposition of boy-meets-girl brings a fresh POV to tailored everyday wear.

And that’s a wrap!

Qianna Smith
Photos by Fernando Colon 

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Punk Meets Chic Backstage at Rebecca Taylor FW13

The last time we caught-up with designer Rebecca Taylor, she was in her showroom sorting through tons of portfolios at her show casting. Now, we find her in the Meatpacking District at the Highline Stages, ready to reveal her fall/winter 2013 collection.

We asked Rebecca what she looks for when choosing her runway models, and she said her girls must be “strong, confident, have a little bit of a tomboy feel and, of course, beautiful.” Models Sung Hee Kim (left) and Soo Joo, who are both signed with Wilhelmina, certainly fit the bill.

Stylist Kate Sebbah worked with Rebecca to balance the Brit punk-inspired designs with feminine accents, like these bootie-esque heels.

Rebecca’s production team give final instructions on the walk and pace of the show, to ensure that each model is in sync with the music.

Ford model Kremi Otashliyska seems to be enjoying all the pampering backstage as she gets a disheveled toss to her tresses. Look out for this brown-eyed girl in the spring ’13 Balenciaga campaign.

A M·A·C makeup artist gives model Soo Joo a quick once-over before sending her out on the runway.

“I did a lot of jackets and coats for this collection,” says Rebecca, who worked with leather, shearling and twill. “It’s a strong season for tailoring and also mixing that whole boy-meets-girl vibe.”

David Bowie, one of Rebecca’s favorite musicians, provided some inspiration for the collection. An androgynous tension was created in each design through defined tailoring that was then balanced with soft silks in opaque and sheer fabrics. “For fall ’13, I had this idea of a girl who just left the nightclub, and she’s wearing a very beautiful dress. She has her boyfriend’s coat over the top, so it’s very structured, double-breasted, sort of biker. I was going for little bit of a punky feel.”

–Qianna Smith
Photos by Fernando Colón

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Behind the Seams: The Material Beauty of Herve Leger

Follow the journey of Lubov Azria and her design team as they finalize the Herve Leger fall/winter 2013 collection. Watch Lubov’s artistic process unfold before your eyes as she prepares the brand vision for the coming season, from concept to showtime.

For fall ’13, Lubov and her husband, Max, explore the “opulence of nature.” The day before the show, Lubov does a final fitting to make sure all 31 looks in the collection fit seamlessly on each model’s body.

Pattern designer Carlos Lucero bends down to closely inspect the garment. Unforgettable statements are made through attention to detail.The collection is inspired by the work of husband and wife duo François-Xavier Lalanne and Claude Lalanne, the masterminds behind Les Lalanne. Lubov’s first aesthetic point of reference is in the form of this Les Lalanne galvanized copper and bronze chair done in 1988. The pair are known for their ability to bring to life “different elements of reality found in nature.” The detail in the dress pictured above evokes the way light filters through the branches in a forest.

Each Herve Leger dress is designed with the iconic bandage dress in mind. Here, Lubov and senior designer Sean Lim check the sculpting and construction of the look.

For the first time Herve Leger will introduce footwear in association with the Camuto Group. “We felt that footwear was a natural extension for the lifestyle,” says Lubov. Architectural elements and high-impact hardware are hallmarks of each shoe design.

In-house stylist Christiaan Gunther understands that each look must hone in on the iconic heritage of the brand.

After a very late night of fittings and final alterations, it’s time to pack up the collection. We say goodbye to the team. It’s D-day tomorrow at Lincoln Center, where months of hard work will take center stage.

Lubov watches her vision unfold during the show run-through. In just a few minutes The Theatre at Lincoln Center will be packed with press, buyers and celebs, all eager to see how Max and Lubov’s POV has evolved for fall ’13.

A garden of urban expression inspires the color palette. The material beauty of the collection comes in the form of engineered jacquard, caviar and croco puff technique, along with beading and stud detail that add depth and vitality to the bandage dress.

Models line up backstage, ready to put on first looks–sporting caps that give the collection a sophisticated urban edge.

Czech supermodel Petra Nemcova looked stunning in Herve backstage as she made her way past photogs to get to her seat.

Now join us at the show and watch the complete Herve Leger FW13 line take to the catwalk.

–Qianna Smith
Photos by Fernando Colon

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Rag & Bone Takes Flight for Fall/Winter ’13

rag & bone’s David Neville and Marcus Wainwright played with the concept of uniformity for fall ’13.

The design duo referenced the Navy-inspired uniforms of Pan Am flight attendants in the 50s and 60s, developing a collection that honed in on the idea of “modern military aviation,” according to Wainwright.

Check out our bird’s-eye view of both the collection run-through and the backstage scene.

Makeup lead Gucci Westman juxtaposed the masculine designs of the collection with a soft, modern look.

Chinese supermodel Liu Wen gets a last-minute touch-up before hitting the runway.

One of the highest honors a model can receive during Fashion Week is the request from a designer to open and/or close a show. Esther Heesch, who can be seen in the See By Chloe spring ’13 campaign, opened the show at rag & bone, donning a black rubberized tweed ‘Chelsea’ jacket and black leather quilted ‘Woodstock’ pants.

South Korean model Ji Hye Park with Elite Models closed the show sporting a black leather bonded funnel neck sweater, moss green cotton trench trousers and a pilot clutch. “Rag & Bone is one of my favorite brands—I am so lucky to be here and to walk in the show. I love doing Fashion Week in New York. I feel so gorgeous and confident when I’m walking on the runway,” said Ji Hye, who is fresh off an amazing couture season in Paris, walking for both Dior and Chanel.

–Qianna Smith
Photos by Fernando Colon

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Inside the Studio of BCBGMAXAZRIA at New York Fashion Week

Designers spend months preparing for a new collection, but when it comes to casting models for their runway show and putting the finishing touches on garments, they have just a few days to finalize their vision for the coming season. With New York Fashion Week just three days away, the Nordstrom blog team stopped by the Times Square showroom of BCBGMAXAZRIA to get an inside look at Lubov Azria’s world before she sends the fall/winter 2013 (FW13) collection down the catwalks of Lincoln Center. Despite the madness surrounding Lubov, the brand’s Chief Creative Officer, she maintains a coolness that makes her just as alluring as her ready-to-wear creations.

The BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP is based in Los Angeles, so during Fashion Week the entire operation sets up shop in their New York showroom, located on Broadway in the heart of Manhattan. This incredible studio features a 3-D display crafted from the finest diaphanous material.

Every corner of this multilevel studio was bustling with creatives. In the design room, we found the brand’s dressmakers sewing together Lubov’s unique vision for FW13.

We talked one-on-one with Lubov, who was all smiles while she shared the inspiration for FW13. “Last September I went to Istanbul with one other person from my design team, and we took our time slowly tracing the historical footsteps of the city,” said the Ukrainian-born designer and wife of Max Azria. “We took tons of pictures of mosques, the architecture, sampled the spices, the food—overall it was a sense experience.”

During our conversation Lubov’s design team rushed in and out of the room fully armed with runway pieces that required her attention.

“Upon my return from Istanbul, I shared my journey with my entire design team, and the trip became the focus for the collection. Then later, Phil Frost, who is an amazing American graffiti artist, inspired us,” added Lubov, who shared these photos from the collection’s mood board. “I wanted to combine what is going on now—modern/street urban—with the rich history of Istanbul. I also looked at people, in particular southern gypsies, and the way they put clothes together and how we today wear things.”

When it comes to runway rituals, Lubov laughed about her habits. “I have a stuffed-dog pillow I always take with me. It is deflated to the point of nothing, but I love it. And I always have on my ‘Last Love’ bracelets. The most important thing is having my magical team; they are my backbone.” Pictured here with designer Abigail Doh.

“I have an attitude of gratitude. I am blessed every single time I get to do this. Not only is this a very costly thing, it’s also a privilege. Even before I get on the plane to come to New York, I just say ‘thank God’ because this job is an incredible thing.”

As models made their way in from the cold, they were greeted with a Fashion Week survival kit that was filled with everything from L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream to LUNA nutritional bars, goodies Lubov likes to put together each season for her girls.

The BCBGMAXAZRIA FW13 show will kick off Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York on Thursday, February 7, at 10am EST. Until then, check out the current BCBG spring collection.

Qianna Smith

Photos by Fernando Colon

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