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Ten SPACE Favorites from Paris Fashion Week

Rolling around Paris for a week or so with Olivia Kim and SPACE buyer Raul Becerra is kind of like an advanced fashion version of National Lampoon’s European Vacation. Especially the part where the Griswold family circles the Eiffel Tower and Clark (played in our version by Olivia) tries passionately to squeeze all the relevant points of interest into that one lap.

You can’t go to Paris without making your own Griswold joke at some point, but Fashion Week really is about making the most of every moment you get with each and every icon you get near—whether it’s a national monument, Grace Coddington or Simon Jacquemus.

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Olivia in the Jacquemus showroom; all images by Jessa Carter unless otherwise noted

On the last day of the fall shows, we look back at ten things that mattered most to us, from Comme des Garçons to Y/Project—complete with theme song and more.

CHECK OUT OUR WEEK IN PARIS

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Cozycomfycool: Cold-Weather Looks

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Styling by Morgan Dillon; images by Matthew Sumi

Is there any amount of cozy that’s too cozy? When the weather gets cold, the answer is no. With athleisure feeling less like a trend these days and more like a paradigm shift, designers are putting comfort at the forefront of their fashion. It’s all the better for stacking clothes and taking coziness to the max. Try stepping out of the house wearing fuzzy socks—fuzzy shoes, even—and two jackets at the same time: a middle layering piece and an overcoat. Then you shall know the true meaning of cozy. Be inspired by these looks and layer up.

Our model here is Tay Sean, rapper and producer extraordinaire. If you don’t know him, his new album, Leavings, is outstanding experimental hip-hop. Dressing-wise, he has a unique style, so we met with him ahead of time in the store so he could help choose clothes from our men’s and men’s designer departments. His reaction:

“I didn’t realize Nordstrom had so much cool stuff.”

Check out our cozy looks below and our interview with Tay Sean about his music and personal style.

SHOP: Helmut Lang coat | Public School anorak* | Rick Owens pants | Clarks Wallabees

*available by phone: 1.888.282.6060

CLICK HERE FOR THE LOOKS AND Q&A

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SPACE Brand Undercover Does Great Gatsby at Paris Fashion Week

Undercover founder and creative head Jun Takahashi is good with a theme. Who can forget last year’s Rock and Roll Circus or the current season’s Snow White vibe? Spring 2017 has a musical note too—but this time there’s a ’60s-angled Jazz Age groove paired with distinct and playful throwbacks to the 1920s.

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All Images by Jessa Carter

At the show last Saturday, Miles Davis and the Bill Evans Trio poured out of the speakers and got splashed onto digital prints on long skirts, silk scarves and more. When Olivia and her team got into the showroom on Tuesday, however, they interpreted the pieces in such a way that these looks are now ready to go from a cocktail party screening of The Great Gatsby to a live, laid-back trip-hop recital with piano accompaniment.

Or they could, anyway, if that’s the kind of Sunday double feature you’d be into.

SEE NEXT SPRING’S SPACE LOOKS NOW

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The Six Comme des Garçons Names You Need to Know (Besides Rei Kawakubo’s)

Comme des Garçons founder Rei Kawakubo is one of the most formidable figures in fashion. Exacting, elusive and seemingly, well, intimidatingly brilliant, she’s a force. But she’s also known for fostering talent and helping shape vital voices.

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In a SPACE story we call “Dynasty,” we explore Rei’s history and family tree, and the six names to know when talking—and wearing—the CdG story.

CLICK IN TO FIND OUT WHOSE WARDROBE WE RAIDED TO DO IT

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Paris Fashion Week VIDEO: Undercover with Cat Ladies and Bomber Jackets in Undercover’s Paris Showroom

If anyone in fashion can stage a show inclusive of Lou Reed, The Wizard of Oz and crazy cat women of a certain age, it’s Jun Takahashi of SPACE brand Undercover. On one hand, he was the subject of a recent immersive retrospective at a prestigious Tokyo art gallery and is a long-time friend and colleague of  Comme des Garçons Rei Kawakuboon and on the other, he’s a streetwear icon and an ex-punk. Not that those things are mutually exclusive, just that Jun is an artist who compromises a high/low mix of technical beauty, achingly enigmatic originality and clothes you want to make a hip-hop/skateboarding music video in.

Basically, he contains multitudes—all of which are so perfectly fine-tuned they end up relating even when it seems like they shouldn’t.

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A few days after a show that the New York Times described as “poetic,” we visited the showroom to get a look at the wonderfully disparate elements all together in one room.

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Paris Fashion Week S/S 2016: The Rock and Roll Circus at Undercover

The Rolling Stones recorded Rock and Roll Circus in 1968 on a BBC sound stage with an all-star mix including members of the Who, Yoko Ono and John Lennon, and Eric Clapton. On Friday afternoon in Paris inside an old circus-themed theater in the Marais district, Jun Takahashi of the SPACE brand Undercover played ringmaster with a direct homage to the landmark album.

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Here’s a link to the album on YouTube; feel free to stream it while you look at Takahashi’s runway carnival and music culture parade. Go ahead; the Undercover spring ’16 pieces are definitely meant to be experienced through the lens of jangly, ragged blues and a good old-fashioned Barnum & Bailey show.

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