Jeffrey Kalinsky

Jeffrey-Kalinsky

In case you missed it, W Magazine caught up with Nordstrom fashion director Jeffrey Kalinsky and got the goods on his favorite spots in his hometown of Atlanta.

If you’re ever in that neck of the U.S., our recommendation is to follow his recommendations. Jeffrey’s expertise extends far beyond the garment.

Read: Jeffrey Kalinsky’s Atlanta

Shop: men’s designer

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jeffreykalinsky1Ladyfag, doing the most

Next time you want to throw the party to end all parties, consider making it disco-themed and getting the savior of New York nightlife Ladyfag to host.

That’s how Nordstrom Fashion Director Jeffrey Kalinksy celebrated 25 years of his Jeffrey boutiques, a milestone which occurred recently during New York Fashion Week: Men’s.

The party went down at Jeffrey’s Meatpacking District boutique and the scene centered around queen diva Ladyfag and Honey Dijon, who deejayed while models and fashion insiders danced to the sounds of disco and the clinking of Clicquot-filled flutes. There was much vogueing and merrymaking.

Jeffrey was kind enough to do a quick Q&A the morning after. See that + party pics below–and check out The New York Times’ review of the event here.

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Since it’s brand-new and fascinating to us, we asked our Men’s Fashion Director Jorge Valls for a primer about New York Fashion Week: Men’s–or #NYFWM if you’re hashtagging. He gave us solid notes over a jazzy soundtrack.

Now that we’re out here in New York to investigate, we asked Steven Kolb, CEO of the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) to go further in depth about this “week,” which lasts four days on the calendar from July 13-16.

What is this thing? Specifically, what does it mean in the big picture of menswear that a standalone men’s fashion week is happening on American soil for the first time ever?

Kolb put #NYFWM in the context of an increasing flow of capital, since menswear is booming business in the U.S. He has an interesting analysis of the cultural swirl around the consumer ultimately buying all this menswear in 2015, and from the designers’ standpoint, Kolb sees justice: American menswear designers are being recognized as equally talented as the predominantly European designers who show at men’s fashion weeks in London, Milan, Florence and Paris.

Here’s Kolb talking about all that, plus identifying one up-and-coming brand to watch, naming which legends deserve props–and arguing whether or not fashion is art.

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Celebrating 10 years raising funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS- and LGBTQ-related causes, Jeffrey Fashion Cares held its annual runway show and silent auction in NYC Tuesday night.

The evening brought out supportive celebs, the industry’s most in-demand models, and killer clothes from some of our favorite menswear designers—and most importantly, raised over $800,000 for an amazing cause. Jeffrey Kalinsky (the event’s founder as well as Nordstrom’s EVP of women’s designer—he’s pictured above in a pale-blue button-down and tie) had this to say: “I live for the day when there will be a cure for AIDS and equality for every man and woman in this country. Tonight is about gay rights, and in a greater context, human rights.”

Congrats to Jeffrey and everyone involved, and here’s to breaking a million at Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2014. Scroll down for a look backstage and on the runway—and pop over to our women’s blog, The Thread, for more.


Emmy Rossum, star of Showtime’s Shameless (as well as an enthusiast of opera and hotdogs), hosted the event.


Model Tip #1: Barring the opera and the Oscars, a leather jacket and T-shirt are usually all you need for a night out.


Model Tip #2: Lounge around in Lanvin and Valentino like it ain’t no thing (left).
Model Tip #3: Grow hair like this guy (right—easier said than done).


Model Tip #4: Rad eyebrows are a sign of virility. Thou shalt not tweeze.


The Lineup. Highlights included Jil Sander, Burberry, Dries Van Noten, and Givenchy.


Runway finale. Get psyched for bold colors and camo for spring/summer ’13.

 

[Photos by Patrick McMullan—except first group photo and runway lineup photo by Kevin Tachman. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

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