Qianna Smith

Launching Online, Stella McCartney Womenswear

Today we’re celebrating the online arrival of Stella McCartney‘s pre-fall ready-to-wear collection. For autumn ’14, the British designer examines concepts of self-expression through exaggerated textures. Sustainability is the cornerstone of McCartney’s brand and is found in the form of organic fabrics and biodegradable rubber soles.

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Mythic Style: Ancient Greek Sandals

Tales of the gods have enchanted the imagination since Hermes flew to Mount Olympus in his famed winged sandals. Now the legend continues, thanks to Ancient Greek Sandals, a collection of handmade leather footwear. Designer Christina Martini and Nikolas Minoglou find creative inspiration in classical mythology and ancient Greek art. Step into their world with our Q & A, where old-world craftsmanship meets contemporary style.

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Via C Spotlight: EACH X OTHER

Designer Ilan Delouis and Creative Director Jenny Mannerheim are the masterminds behind EACH X OTHER, a European collective of artists fusing androgynous motifs with Parisian-chic design techniques. From musicians to poets to filmmakers, this collaborative fashion brand encompasses a community where art inspires fashion and fashion questions art.

Jenny takes The Thread on a journey into the forward-thinking world of EACH X OTHER.

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Earth Day Spotlight: Eileen Fisher’s Eco Collection

eileen-fisher-behind-the-seams-interview-on-earth-day-2014Eileen Fisher, a pioneer in sustainable clothing, helps us celebrate Earth Day with a look at her most eco-conscious collection to date. For spring 2014, 52% of the line is designed as part of The Eco Collection and 70% of the cotton manufactured for the entire offering is organic.

“Becoming more mindful about clothing means looking at every fiber and every seed and every dye and seeing how to make it better. We don’t want sustainability to be our edge—we want it to be universal,” says ­Fisher.

Smart Style: There are so many eco-chic options—from organic linens to hemp to biodegradable Tencel® to bluesign®-certified silks (Chinese silks that are dyed and finished using fewer chemicals, less water and less energy).

Eileen Fisher U-Neck Drape Side Silk Shell &
Eileen Fisher Shawl Collar Long Vest (Regular & Petite)

Garment Life Cycle: From developing eco-friendly materials to supporting renewable energy to recycling clothing, the Eileen Fisher brand is committed to designing for the environment.

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Topshop x Kate Moss: The Icon Returns April 30

Craving more Moss? The supermodel gives us a sneak peek at her highly anticipated collaboration with Topshop, available starting April 30 in over 60 Nordstrom stores and online. “The pieces are all inspired by my own wardrobe, items that I can wear in different situations and in different ways,” says the fashion muse.

kate-moss-x-topshop-at-nordstrom-balearic-dressing-trend-april-30-Trend: Balearic Dressing. The new boho look is inspired by one of Kate’s favorite destinations, the Balearic Islands.

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Music Festival Fab: Eddie Borgo

The tickets have been bought, and the fiercest festival fashions have been selected—but what about the accessories?

The Look: Parker ‘Hailo’ Crop Print Silk Shirt & ‘Dalton’ Print Silk Shorts

Neo-geo prints are on trend this concert season, and so is geometric jewelry.

Graphic Studies

Eddie Borgo Scaled Triangle Earrings | Eddie Borgo Hinged Plate Ring
Eddie Borgo Flat Triangle Pavé Collar Necklace
Eddie Borgo Pavé Bear Trap Bangles (Set of 3)

Pair your rhythmic prints with the bold pieces by Eddie Borgo, whose spring collection is a “study in the timelessness of geometry and form,” according to the New York-based designer. “My work has a lot to do with simple geometry—the idea of taking a decorated shape and stripping it down to its geometric foundation.”

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Spring Awakening: Style in Full Bloom

Spring has sprung! Embrace this fun and flirty time of year with a few of our editors’ picks.

Stacked Up: Givenchy Bib Necklace & Frontal Necklace (Nordstrom Exclusives)
Faux Pearl & Crystal Torsade Necklace

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House of Harlow 1960: Nicole Richie’s Sweet Melody

A hybrid of American socialite and self-made mogul, Nicole Richie has morphed into a fashion industry darling by staying true to one philosophy: play by your own rules. The daughter of music legend Lionel Richie, Nicole fuels her predisposed artistic nature through the creative direction of House of Harlow 1960 (HOH1960), a lifestyle brand named after her daughter.

When it comes to channeling inspiration for the collection that includes everything from jewelry to shoes to sunglasses, Nicole, who is the wife to Good Charlotte front man Joel Madden, affirms that “everything starts with music. I’m a huge fan of the music of  ’60s and the ’70s, so classic rock is something I listen to every day. My team and I work in a very creative space. We’ll listen to music and throw out design ideas.”

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Made in Spain: Plomo Shoes

A culturalist of cool, Keltse Bilbao globe-trots professionally, seeking creative inspiration from the people she meets and the places she explores. This native of Spain lives in New York City and is one half of the duo behind footwear brand Plomo, which literally translates from Spanish to “lead.” Keltse and her partner Galia Katz, who is based in Mexico, are part of a new generation of Spanish shoe designers who are leading the way in contemporary style.

Fresh from a trip to Kenya, Keltse tells The Thread about her adventures in Africa, celebrity fans (which include the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker) and what it takes to craft the uniqueness of Plomo shoes.

Sketched into Reality: Plomo ‘Nuria’ Bootie

THE THREAD: How did you enjoy Kenya? And will we see an African influence for your upcoming spring 2015 line?
KELTSE BILBAO: Kenya was both fun and empowering. I travel a lot with my husband, and for this trip to Nairobi, we did a mix of volunteering and tourism. My husband is a musician/composer, and I’m passionate about the universal rights of women, so we teamed up with the Power Women Group in Kibera, the largest slum in Africa and the third largest in the world, which offers a music program for youth as well as business development aid to artisans who are women and are living with HIV and AIDS.

As an entrepreneur and a woman, I deeply believe in supporting this type of community-building, where people can learn and then in turn teach others how to support themselves. I was so inspired by these women, so you’ll see accents of things we designed together for spring ’15—like a sandal with special stitching, or beading and accessory straps that you can add to the shoe.

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Coming Soon…Topshop x Kate Moss

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In collaboration with stylist Katy England and Topshop creative director Kate Phelan, supermodel Kate Moss returns to the Topshop design room after a three-year hiatus—and the result is a sexy, chic spring collection of cocktail dresses, boho daywear and statement jackets.

“I have really missed being involved in the design process and working with the team at Topshop,” says the fashion icon. “I am very excited to create a new collection that bears my name. Now more than ever with London being at the forefront of fashion, as it feels like I’m back home working with Topshop.”

Listen to Kate’s take on her day-to-evening collection that will be available at over 60 Nordstrom stores and online April 30. Let the countdown begin!

The icon returns #TopshopxKateMoss

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