London Fashion Week Fall 2015

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Last Look: Mary Katrantzou & Topshop Unique

Brit brands across London’s runways are drawing on a range of folklore references to inject their lines with a fresh bohemian feel. Few are succeeding as eye-catchingly as Mary Katrantzou with her inclination for experimental detail. Topshop Unique (an offshoot of Topshop), too, incorporated miniature floral prints and enchanting lace while keeping its sought-after English gent-meets-It-girl aesthetic intact.

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Mary Katrantzou’s rise from graduate to global brand took the designer through several stages in decorative dressing—from kick-starting the trompe l’oeil print trend eight years ago to the more recent switch from digital to hand-embellished designs. For spring 2016, all those elements came into play on a smaller, lighter scale—but no less grand. Ribbed sweaters and footless tights glittered beneath short, airy dresses decked in hundreds of tiny beads. Quilted frocks in jewel tones maintained her signature energy thanks to a light-catching shine on some and voluminous ruffles on others.

Shop: current season Mary Katrantzou

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Liberty London’s Ed Burstell on British Heritage, Cool Collaborations and BFFs

This month we celebrate British heritage as Pop-In@Nordstrom welcomes Liberty London. To kick things off, here’s a look inside the brand.

Ed Burstell, managing director of Liberty London; image via the Liberty blog

When I asked Ed Burstell how he described Liberty London back in 2008, when he left the American fashion industry to work for what is perhaps the most British of all British department stores, he said he told people, “It was one of the last great emporiums of its kind left on Earth.” When I asked Burstell how he describes it now, after seven years as the shop’s managing director, his Brit-sharpened wit and American confidence cuts right through.

“I say it is one of the last great emporiums of its kind left on Earth.”

For the launch of this month’s Liberty London Pop-In, Burstell defined the historical context of Liberty’s grand marketplace status, and he outlined what he calls his “subversive” polish on this British institution.

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Peter Pilotto Designers on Making It All Come Together

Peter Pilotto is actually Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos; together the duo makes up one of the most iconic modern British brands. Among the first designers to really blow out digital prints, the pair’s East London-born collections continue to explore the edges of color, clash, texture, textile and figuring-hugging fit. We talked to them about structure and saturated color, and harmony in fashion and design.

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What Fashion Week Shows Us About Our World

Fashion Week Journal for Monday, March 9

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As this season’s quartet of Fashion Weeks zipped itself closed and exited stage right yesterday and I boarded a plane bound for familiar faces, the voice in my head was never more like the diaristic Doogie Howser crossed with SJP doing her Carrie Bradshaw narrations. So please indulge me as I attempt to make some sense of the sit-com/sci-fi/drama that was these last 30 days of runways, real ways, icons, offbeats and more.

But …. I’m not ready to bring my Fashion Week coverage to an end per se—stay tuned in the weeks to come as I take you behind even more brands and share some special showroom stories and scenes—but for now I’ve distilled a month’s worth of impressions and ideas down to five notions of what the phenomenon of Fashion Month means right now. 

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What to Wear in Milan, Paris, London and New York from 5 Inch and Up Blogger Sandra Hagelstam and Edie Campbell’s Hair in Milan

Fashion Week Journal for Saturday, February 28

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Wearing Marni, Acne and Jimmy Choo boots with a Chloé bag; all images courtesy Sandra Hagelstam

The sneakers-with-everything trend has no place in Sandra Hagelstam’s world. Her 5 Inch and Up style blog is all about the heel—and the more runway the better. The higher the better. The more editorial the better.

All hail the statement stiletto, really.

We met up with Hagelstam while we were both in London to get her thoughts on style from fashion city to fashion city.

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Goodbye and Hello to London: Sister Jane and the NeverEnding Story and the Lee Cooper Jeans Tour of the East End

Fashion Week Journal for Tuesday and Wednesday February 24 & 25

As London Fashion week ends, I offer you this bookend image of me, your narrator, as seen in W magazine’s wrap up of London Fashion Week street style, and, more importantly, we share two tales of new and old London design. 

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Happy When It Rains at Hunter Boots, Donna Karan X Paul Andrew in Mayfair, Missguided Guides Itself to Nordstrom and Whitney Port and Her Personal Stylist Talk … Style (What Else?)

Fashion Week Journal for Monday, February 23

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Hunter Boots has always had a great heritage and a great story to tell, but they only had one boot to tell it with,” said Alasdhair Willis, who might also be known as the brand’s creative director and/or Stella McCartney husband. Regardless, it was clear at the Albert Embankment Warehouse on Monday night that Willis is keen on adding to the narrative.

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Topshop Unique Does the Modern Era at the Tate, Le 21eme Photographer Adam Katz Sinding is #NeverNotWorking & the Most Innovative and Effective Presentation We’ve Seen Yet

Fashion Week Journal for Sunday, February 22

See those brown velvet overalls? The baby blue corduroy trousers? The miniskirt? Those looks are not a throwback.

Sure, you’ve seen and heard a lot about the ’70s over the past (almost) two weeks, but backstage after yesterday’s star-studded show at the Tate BritainTopshop Unique Creative Director Kate Phelan told me she’s not going retro, she’s encouraging a sort of reference-free way of dressing that favors personal perspective over time and place.

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Just Because We’re in London That Doesn’t Mean We’re Done With New York

Fashion Week Journal for Friday, February 20

Welcome to London, where things are feeling downright bucolic—but that’s really just because: a) Hotel Indigo is in the sweetest little neighborhood; b) it’s no longer 19 degrees; and, c) everything feels that much more charming in London.

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But—time zones, time warps and good times—we’re still catching up with ourselves on New York Fashion Week. Please bear with us as we blur the lines between the USA and the UK, beginning with this adorable and very appropriate conversation with designer Rebecca Taylor, a New Zealander living in Brooklyn.

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