In The Studio

In the Studio: Pedro Garcia Spring 2014

During Paris Fashion Week, The Thread stopped by the Pedro Garcia showroom, where we found our buying team hand-selecting the most essential shoes for spring.

The Art of Buying: When you’re in the business of buying shoes, you must be 10 steps ahead of the trends while also possessing an astute awareness of the styles, shapes and colors women will desire and want to wear. Our buyers get to the sole of the matter with the Pedro Garcia team.

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In the Studio: Nina Ricci

Join The Thread at the Paris-based maison of Nina Ricci, where we dive into the details of the spring/summer 2014 collection.

Let There Be Light: Bursts of sunshine fill the showroom of Nina Ricci, exposing glittering tweeds and ethereal fabrics.

Breakfast at Nina Ricci: C’est si bon.

Lovely Lace: The last looks presented on the runway now drape on dressmaker mannequins like works of art.

High-Tech Luxe: Sharp lines on this coat crafted from technical cotton hint at an historic period in men’s dress.

Pleats Please!: This timeless coat reveals an architectural nod to modernity with sleek, tailored pleats that add a preciousness to the construction.

Contrasting Textures: A lace skirt is fused with mirror embroideries, revealing a sparkling sentiment for spring.

It Comes Down to the Details: Crepe embellishments on the shoulders of this cotton jacket create a delicate and elegant effect.

Wardrobe-Ready: Peter Copping, the brand’s creative director, mixed pale hues and flashes of floral into his otherwise all-white palette.

Fields of Flowers: Layers of printed chiffon and subtle floral appliqués enhance the romantic mood of the collection.

A Canvas of Sophistication: Washed-out, watercolor floral makes an artfully feminine statement.

The Look to ♥: Our designer apparel buyer, Sahar Sokhandan, shares her thoughts on one of the standout looks for spring:

“What I personally love about Peter Copping is that he takes the thinking out of dressing. He makes it effortless. One of my favorite looks from the spring line is this extra-fine cashmere sweater paired with a pleated lace mini-skirt. It’s ultra-chic and luxe! I don’t know any woman who wouldn’t want to look like that.”

Shop our Editor’s Picks from the current collection.

Nina Ricci Lace & Satin Dress | Nina Ricci Bouclé Pencil Skirt
Nina Ricci Chiffon Back Tank

Qianna Smith
Photos by Ford Leland

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Fashion Week

Showroom Appointment: Rodarte

Join us inside Rodarte’s Meatpacking District showroom as our buyer, Sahar Sokhandan, walks through the spring collection with co-designer Laura Mulleavy. “I loved the L.A. rocker-chic vibe this season,” Sahar says. “Take a walk on the wild side!”

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Check out our runway and front row photos from Rodarte’s spring 2014 show.

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Mary O’Regan

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Fashion Week

Showroom Appointment: Helmut Lang

Last week we took you inside Prabal Gurung’s New York showroom—this week we’re heading less than a mile away to Helmut Lang‘s light-filled headquarters, where our via C buyer, Cheri Dublinski, examines the spring collection.

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“I really liked the clean, straight lines of the new collection,” Cheri says. “These pieces are simple and easy to wear, and they’re made with interesting details or fabrics.”

Cheri snaps fit models wearing various pieces from the new collection. This helps her keep track of the garments she’s thinking about buying.

As we saw on the runway, creative directors Nicole and Michael Colovos used lots of perforation and leather for spring.

Silhouettes were loose and relaxed.

“There’s something for everyone in this collection,” Cheri says.

Stay tuned for more updates from the showrooms as our buyers make their spring selections.

In the meantime, check out our runway photos and front-row photos from Helmut Lang’s spring 2014 show.

Mary O’Regan

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Showroom Appointment: Prabal Gurung

Fashion Week isn’t just about runway shows and late-night parties. For our buyers, directors and VPs, the majority of the week consists of showroom appointments with various brands. This is where we make item selections, talk about upcoming projects and catch up on business.

Read on for a glimpse inside the Prabal Gurung showroom with our designer apparel buyer, Sahar Sokhandan, as she examines the spring 2014 collection.

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Located in New York’s Garment District, Prabal’s showroom is bright and airy, with racks of clothing lining clear glass walls.

A mood board leans against the wall showing factors that influenced the spring 2014 line, from Marilyn Monroe to blooming roses.

Prabal walks our team through the mood board, citing “the preservation of elegance” as a driving force behind the collection.

Sahar makes selections for the fit model to try on and takes photos with her iPad Mini.

“I love Prabal’s take on modern femininity,” Sahar says.

Retro touches appear everywhere, from mid-calf hemlines to cat-eye sunglasses.

Pastels and floral prints both made a big splash on the spring runways.

It’s helpful to see the collection as a whole, for a clearer idea of its overall aesthetic.

We hope you liked this peek inside our process! Stay tuned for more snapshots from our showroom appointments.

(See also: Our runway photos and front-row photos from Prabal’s spring 2014 show)

Mary O’Regan

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