Nordstrom via C

Fashion Week

Worldly and Intimate: With Our Buyers in Sea NY’s Paris Showroom

As I chatted with Sea NY cofounder Sean Monahan, an almost-forgotten term from high school social studies came back to me: melting pot.

We were talking about handmade silk beads that come from India, a print from Liberty London and a blouse’s weighty, gorgeous lace—which he gets in Italy. And he was talking about how he and his partner, Monica Paolini, exist almost entirely outside of the Fashion Week schedule; they don’t have presentations or runway shows. Instead, they concentrate on really knowing what their customers in Korea, Australia and Vancouver BC wear. They make featherweight tops for the girls Down Under and ruffled hoodies for girls in the Pacific Northwest.


All images by Jessa Carter

Sean told me all this with a soft but unmistakable New York accent—perfect in this analogy, because NYC has always been America’s symbol of multiculturalism. There in the heart of Paris, watching buyers Joyce Lin and Laura Janney select cool, chunky knits and sweet tie-waist dresses, Sea NY felt like a very real and very cool mix of traditions, crafts, communities and commonalities.

It felt like one of contemporary fashion’s prettiest melting pots.


{ 1 comment }
ALL POSTS Culture Interviews Style

rag & bone CEOs on Collecting Sneakers and Farm Animals, Plus Their Collaborations with Thom Yorke and Uber

Looks from rag & bone's Fall 2015 collection

Undisputed kings of cool Marcus Wainwright and David Neville of rag & bone are visiting our Nordstrom Pacific Centre store in Vancouver today. The founders of the London-meets-New York line of urban casual wear are cult favorites with laid-back celebrities (their clothes have just recently been spotted on Sienna Miller, Derek Jeter, Demi Lovato and every model and social media darling sporting the brand’s ubiquitous personalized bomber jackets from their fall 2014 runway show).

Even if you can’t meet the dashing Wainwright and Neville for a personal look at their fall 2015 men’s and women’s collections during their Vancouver visit, catch up with them in this Q&A. For those lucky enough to be in the area today for this catered party with live music, personal styling and photo booth, get the details below.

David Neville and Marcus Waingwright of rag & boneAs rag & bone men, do you personally collect anything? What attracted you to these collections?

Wainwright: I have a few collections going on: cameras, sneakers and watches. I’m an avid photographer, and in my opinion Leica makes the most perfect, timeless cameras.

My dad got me into watches when I was younger, so I’ve a few that I love. My favorite is a Patek Philippe Nautilus Chronograph, which my wife got me for Christmas. It’s just beautifully designed. I’m also a bit of a sneakerhead and have built up quite the collection over the years.

Neville: I collect antiques for our farm in Bedford, New York, and I also seem to be collecting animals as well—we recently added some horses to the family!


Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week S/S 2016: Carven’s Chic, Shadowy Color Story

Mini trend that might go maxi: pale pastels. The dusty pinks, grey lavenders, washed-out pistachio and baby blues on Parisian runways are feeling like a refreshingly low-key way to celebrate spring.

carven large

At Carven, the entire runway room near the Jardin des Tuileries was covered in shadowy violet tones and highlighted by the softest blush. And on the runway itself, pale pastels were paired with sunny orange-reds and business blue, plus lots of silvery dove grey.

Get the whole color story here.

[continue reading…]

Fashion Week Interviews

Opening Ceremony’s Carol Lim on Fast Fashion, Falling Models and Making Memories with Clothes

Opening Ceremony's Carol Lim and Humberto Leon with Solange KnowlesImage courtesy of Greg Kessler Studio

Opening Ceremony co-founders Carol Lim and Humberto Leon keep very busy with their ever-evolving collaborations, accolade-worthy runway shows, creative directing of Parisian label KENZO and raising families. But long before any of this happened, the once-upon-a-time Berkeley thrift buddies cut their teeth at separate corporate gigs, then joined forces and commercial expertise to launch their revolutionary retailer and fashion line in 2001. 

We need a nap just thinking about it, especially after speaking with Lim about maintaining perspective in the fashion industry, buying like you mean it and Opening Ceremony’s multilayered approach to fashion.

New York Fashion Week Spring 2016, Opening Ceremony

The Thread: NYFW went down a couple of weeks ago, and with it, some of Opening Ceremony’s models in the most graceful falls-turned-performance-art tumbles. What inspired that direction over simply showing the clothes (which were equally jaw-dropping)?

Carol Lim: We always try to make it a memorable experience and a marker of time—a memory you can think back to. Of course, we’re super excited about our collection, but we incorporated all of these other elements too. We were inspired by dream homes and the things you pick up on your travels, so we brought in architecture. Both Humberto and I are huge fans of Frank Lloyd Wright, so we thought it would be great to partner with the foundation. There were a lot of layers to the show. 

Image at left: InDigital



ALL POSTS Interviews

Anthony Thomas Melillo on Working at Esquire, Normcore and Sexy Suiting

Many staples of the modern outfit are shared by men and women. T-shirts, button-downs, trousers and sweaters can be found in similar styles in all of our closets. What makes these specific items universally appealing?

Designer Anthony Thomas Melillo knows: cut and comfort. The founder of ATM, a line of luxury basics like French terry sweatshirts, cashmere sweaters, knit jackets and jersey T-shirts for men and women, has built his design house around these wardrobe workhorses. We spoke with him about making style essentials, dressing elegantly and working at Esquire.

Anthony Thoma Melillo, founder of ATM

What three items are the linchpins of an elegant woman’s wardrobe? Of a man’s?

Any elegant person needs, before anything else, to have clothing that fits beautifully. We pride ourselves on that. If the clothes are wearing you, it’s not pretty.

An elegant wardrobe has a great trouser, a perfect cashmere sweater that goes everywhere with you and the best tees, of course!

[continue reading…]

Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week S/S 2016: Veronica Beard Channels Michelle Pfeiffer in Miami for Spring

NYFW has come to a close, and any minute now we’ll be bringing you fresh insight from London. We just have a few loose ends to tie up first…

We met the Veronicas, as they are affectionately known, at the last New York Fashion Week, and quickly confirmed what you instinctively know as a fan of the line: Veronica Beard is all about iconic women and essential pieces.


All images via Veronica Beard/Fashion GPS Radar 

While fall’s muses included Bianca Jagger and Jane Birkin, there’s a new It girl for spring ’16. Find out who inspired this look in the Q&A that follows.

[continue reading…]

Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week S/S 2016: The Stealth Sound – and Style – of rag & bone

Way out in St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, Thom Yorke’s music collaboration with the rag & bone show was creating its usual magic. But this time, it felt extra necessary to pay close attention to the ambiance and mood that sound creates for presentations like these.

The show program notes gave a shout-out to the  “12 amazing members of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, a collective of immensely talented young singers, representing 200 schools citywide, who made their fashion-show debut” accompanying Villain, Yorke’s soundtrack.

The singers were semi-secreted away behind a mesh curtain, and as the models emerged wearing sporty cotton bouclé knit dresses paired with high-top trainers and long-layered sateen bomber jackets with really killer leather sandals, I related the Radiohead singer’s album title and the overall mood to…cat burglars.

I thought of how some clothes—and some nights, and some spaces—make you feel really stealthy and agile. And how then, at those times, you can really perform.

Please do as we did and immerse yourself in the sounds and voices of the evening with this audio recording of the whole darn thing.

See all of our Fashion Week coverage, shop the trends and get inspired on our
Designer Collections Fashion Week hub 

Shop: current season rag & bone

—Laura Cassidy and Jessa Carter

Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week S/S 2016: Stylist Kate Lanphear on Public School’s Platonic Boyfriend/Girlfriend Dressing

Starting with co-founders Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne on down to the various creative directors and brand reps, the entire Public School crew goes far above the idea of stylish street cred. It’s more like they’re the ones who issue it. When Chow and Osborne started their women’s collections and brought in Kate Lanphear to execute the styling, it allowed for the perfect feminine touch. The perfectly unkempt white-blonde editor and street-style favorite practically invented the modern streetwear angle on women-in-menswear—you know, the whole so-dressed-down-it’s-dressed-up look that makes torn vintage rock tees and tuxedo pants with high-tops appropriate for fine dining establishments. And fashion shows.

public school_kateAll images by Jessa Carter

In a word, she’s an icon, so we were psyched to get her take on the spring ’16 looks presented on Sunday’s runway.

(Bonus points if you spot the major fashion-industry photobombs in our massive lookbook.)

[continue reading…]

Fashion Week

Last Looks: Yesterday’s Runway at Alexander Wang, Altuzarra and Monique Lhuillier

Industry darling Alexander Wang celebrated his tenth year at the helm of his eponymous line with a knockout collection based in grunge, edge and androgyny.


Known for putting on a show, Wang made sure not to disappoint, using blasting music, a giant projection screen and pole dancers to inject the evening with an energy only the designer himself could create.

On the runway, deconstructed denim, oversized tees, pajama trousers and menswear-inspired trenches mixed with silk lingerie maxi dresses, skintight leather pants and his signature dose of sportswear (think basketball jersey weaves, clean white hoodies and the ever-trendy fashion sneak). Though we’re sorry to say there will be no return to Balenciaga for Wang next year, we’re excited to see what he’ll be doing with the free time.

Shop: current season Alexander Wang

[continue reading…]

Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week S/S 2016: Smythe in the Showroom

As we reported last season in these Fashion Week Journal posts, showroom visits  can be every bit as interesting as runway and presentation shows. If you took a FW 101 course, you’d learn that some brands and designers skip the big event scenarios in favor of direct appointments with buyers and the press, and almost all who pull off big shows augment them with similar follow-ups. The cool thing about these one-on-ones is that you get to see the most relevant pieces, typically on a model. Sometimes with snacks. It’s like a private show with front row seats and an invitation to stop, touch, and ask questions.


Today we got to see what Nordstrom’s buyers selected from the popular line Smythe, and we got some inside information from co-designers Andrea Lenczner and Christie Smythe. Here’s an informed sneak preview of some of next spring’s smartest jackets.

[continue reading…]