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Fashion Bytes: Fenty x Puma Breaks the Speed Limit at New York Fashion Week

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Welcome to Fashion Bytes, a cheat sheet for your favorite runway designers. From style inspirations to behind-the-scenes scoops, here’s everything worth knowing at New York Fashion Week Spring 2018.

The brand: Fenty x Puma 

The history: In 2015, Rihanna created her first sneaker with Puma; it sold out in three hours. The success led to an entire line of clothes and footwear, including the famously popular Creeper Sneakers. For the past few years, Fenty x Puma has shown in Paris and gained fans like Cara Delevingne, Joe Jonas and Salma Hayek. This Fashion Week marks a return to where it all started: New York City.


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10 Things That Happened at Paris Fashion Week

Concluding the Continental leg of runway shows, Paris puts a fin on Fashion Week. For Spring 2017, that finale left some things unresolved.

This season had creative director debuts at prominent French fashion houses Dior and Yves Saint Laurent. But even with all that newness, the ’80s were back in a big way, both on the street and the runways. With a jewelry heist (haven’t you heard?), AI on the catwalk and celebs in the FROWs plus behind the designs, fashion seems to be grappling with the questions and fascinations of modernity—parading them before us this week dressed in finery.

Here are some of the most memorable moments from Paris Fashion Week Spring 2017. To be continued next season, no doubt …

1. Chanel’s bots
Chanel Spring 2017

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In a faux data-storage center, that unglamorous, bland space on which so many of our technological luxuries rely, Karl Lagerfeld presented Chanel’s Spring 2017. To kick off the runway presentation, two models-on-the-rise sported traditional Chanel tweed suits and wry smiles. The twin bots teed up a technicolored collection featuring programmer-approved baseball caps and purses with lights twinkling like a motherboard.


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New York Fashion Week Last Looks: Yesterday’s Runways at Jason Wu, Tanya Taylor, Kate Spade and Rihanna x PUMA

Notorious for flouncy dresses doused in microprints, Jason Wu surprised on Friday by kicking off New York’s Fall Fashion Week with a casually moody collection.Jason_Wu_149_fw16Photos: InDigital

Among the designs we’ve come to expect from Wu, overly long sweater sleeves, curve-hugging knit midi dresses and simplified blown-up prints are not first on the list. Consider yesterday’s collection as the grunge-inspired counterpart to his fall 2015 collection, a sexier and slouchier departure from last season’s luxurious furs and slinky gowns.

Not to say Wu’s signature feminine frill didn’t make an appearance in the form of individually placed plumes loaded on flowing dresses and oversized coats alike. The additional layered lace minis, bleeding floral prints and strappy backless dresses helped balance the masculine trouser and knit combos, ’60s-inspired miniskirt suits and dilated windowpane prints. Standout pieces include a lone brown leather trench (expectedly two sizes too big in design), detachable fur capelets and, of course, his seasonally sought-after bag—this time a shoulder saddle sack in pretty much any material from acid-toned snakeskin and white fur front to foolproof black. 

Shop: current season Jason Wu

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Rihanna, Kanye West, Paul McCartney…and Sean Jean


The star of all-star jam “FourFiveSeconds” is definitely Rihanna, singing hard and being a badass and crying, performing with Sir Paul McCartney and the current King of Pop, Kanye West. Not the first time McCartney has collaborated with a K.o.P, BTW.

But from a style POV? The star is Rihanna’s jean jacket and leather-belt-tied-like-a-tie combo. Kanye West did the styling, selecting vintage Sean Jean denim. Which means for all you retro trend watchers out there, it’s time dig up your late-’90s/turn-of-the-millennium hip-hop gear like Fubu and Karl Kani.

That’s the fashion tip.

Shop: Men’s Denim Jackets


Rihanna Rocks a Pop-In Favorite on the Cover of W

Zeitgeist (noun; ˈtsīt-ˌgīst): the general beliefs, ideas, and spirit of a time and place.

Could you sub in accessory for “general belief?” We think so. Could you then say that Meadowlark’s septum ring, from our Gift & Go Pop-in—and RiRi’s recent Mert Alas, Marcus Piggott, and Edward Enninful W cover—is having a Zeitgeist moment? Um, yeah, we think so.

SHOP: Pop-In@Nordstrom: Gift & Go