Gimlet-eyed Kristin Yamada is busy snapping street-style starlets during Fashion Week. Here are her photos to inspire you for next season (or this one), and some wardrobe picks to help you get the look.Chriselle Lim (The Chriselle Factor) is a veteran style star here on The Thread with good reason. She knows how to do Fashion Week right. Here she plays black and white anything but safe. The bold text of her conversational clutch creates the perfect optical mix against an über-cool graphic top. Equally superb contrast is found between her sexy, femme lace-up heels and the edge of a tough-girl moto jacket. Metal-detail sunnies and jewelry complete the look.
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Fashion Week Journal for Friday February 13
The first thing you learn about the fashion industry is that “hurry up and wait” is no joke. No one is even pretending to be punctual when it comes to showtimes, and let’s not even talk about models. Those girls. Their job is all about patience. Hair. Pause. Makeup. Pause. Walk-through. Pause. Pause. Pause. Repeat.
And so yesterday, during an epic couple of hours backstage before the Jason Wu show, we invented Blank Book. It’s a lot like Mad Libs, only, well, different. We’ll include one or two of these a day from here on out.
Good news: You have a few weeks left to shop our exclusive CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund boutiques. The in-store pop-up shops, which will remain open through May 31, are located at six Nordstrom stores, in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and New York (find exact locations and more info here). You can also check the availability of items by contacting a Designer Specialist via Live Chat, or by calling 1.877.543.7463 (note the item codes under each photo below).
Inspired by the likes of awesome up-and-coming designers including Wes Gordon, Greg Chait of the Elder Statesman, Andrea Lieberman of A.L.C. and more, we grabbed a few favorites off the racks at our flagship store and took to the streets of Seattle to photograph them. Enjoy the results below, along with commentary by Sahar Sokhandan from our designer collections buying office:
A.L.C. “The ultimate downtown look, pairing our favorite striped tee back to the perfect fit-and-flare skirt in bordeaux leather.”
[Top: 4138NV / Skirt: 3035LR / Shop more from A.L.C.]
[Intro image at top—Illesteva Sunglasses: L2-14 / Shop similar hats]
Wes Gordon. “Sexy without the fuss! A fabulous, updated, Nancy Reagan-esque red pantsuit.”
[Top: 6542CST / Pants: 6638CST]
Assembly New York. “It’s a 1970s revival in this light denim top with wide-leg pants.”
[Top: AZYW105 / Pants: AZYW120]
Giulietta. “Sophistication and ease in this coral wool-crepe dress.”
Assembly New York. “The perfect mini long-sleeved dress that’s easy and comfortable, in denim backed with jersey and unfinished edges along the collar and cuffs.”
The Elder Statesman. “The ultimate West Coast girl, layered up in this ultra-luxe cashmere pullover and cashmere dress.”
[Sweater: DKS12CUSTO / Dress: KSDR12CUSTO]
Suno. “Striking, one-of-a-kind blue-and-red etched floral tracksuit.”
[Jacket: W3207 / Tunic: W1406 / Pants: W5396]
Illesteva Sunglasses & Jennifer Fisher Jewelry. “Ultra-cool with these graphic, patterned sunglasses from Illesteva paired back to Fisher’s stacked geometric rings and rivet bracelet.”
[Illesteva Sunglasses: L2-15B / Jennifer Fisher Ring Set: GEO / Jennifer Fisher Cuff: RIVET]
I blogged the front row at Suno a few hours ago, and now it’s time to check out the runway. Floral prints of all ilk dominated the New York brand’s spring/summer 2013 collection, which had a mix of trim, ladylike dresses with pretty peplums and boxy jackets over slouchy trousers. A cheeky cell-phone print in one drop-waist dress gave the show a lighthearted vibe, while striped separates balanced out the florals.
Judging by the elite front row and the brand’s recent CFDA nomination, it’s clear Suno’s on the fast track to fashion glory. And we’ll be right there with ’em, carrying pieces from the collection through our CFDA partnership this spring. Stay tuned!
New York brand Suno was one of 10 labels chosen as a finalist in the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s 2012 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund awards, which provides support to up-and-coming designers. We’re getting in on the action for spring, buying items from each finalist brand and selling them in special pop-up boutiques inside selected Nordstrom stores.
Suno unveiled its spring/summer 2013 collection last night, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. But before we dig into the runway photos, check out the star-studded front row:
Solange Knowles (Beyonce’s little sister), in Suno. She’s the face of many a fashion campaign lately. I adore her style.
New York Times street fashion photographer and documentary star Bill Cunningham. (I first asked to take his photo and he said, “No, I’m working,” so I had to sneak around to get this shot.)
French blogger Garance Doré. (She’s incredibly sweet and approachable. Note the microphone on her shirt—a camera guy accompanied her to the show for her ongoing “Pardon My French” video series.)
The blondie on the right is Marie Claire‘s senior fashion editor Zanna Roberts Rassi, who occasionally hosts Project Runway specials.
At right is the inimitable Anna Dello Russo, in Versace. Let’s check out her full outfit:
Cute! Love the Bvlgari watch and her ‘A’ earrings.
Vogue‘s Lynn Yeager. (I love fashion ladies who have a signature look. You’re always gonna see a red bob and kabuki lips on Ms. Yeager, who was super nice and gracious.)
Street Peeper photographer Phil Oh and a couple of his regular subjects: Shiona Turini, market and beauty editor for CR Fashion Book (Carine Roitfeld’s new endeavor) and Caroline Issa, Tank‘s executive fashion editor.
Jewelry designers Phoebe and Annette Stephens, and DJ Chelsea Leyland.
Time to head to my next show. I’ll update again soon!