August 31 2014

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The Next Big Thing: Nellie Partow, Spring ’14


Everyone knows their Marcs from their Calvins. But as fashion month kicks into gear, we’ll be spotlighting the up-and-coming designers and indie brands whose names you’ll want to remember.

Nellie Partow

Label: Nellie Partow

Need to Know: Nellie Partow has been quietly building up her presence in the New York fashion sphere since debuting her namesake collection nearly four years ago. In that time, the designer has become known for her sharp yet feminine tailoring and intricate hand-knits. Every season, Partow sources luxe materials from European mills and produces everything from start to finish in New York’s Garment District. For Spring, she continued to develop her signatures, showing versatile pieces like perfectly cut satin trousers with notched slit details at the ankles, which highlighted a great pair of heels, as well as a densely crocheted cardigan jacket (which took artisans four weeks to weave) that had an armorlike quality about it. Another labor-intensive standout was a glossy tan car coat fabricated from strips of eelskin, which were plaited and stitched together. In addition to those specialty items, Partow had fun experimenting with bold pops of color and flashier fabrications in her own sophisticated way. A slouchy, pajama-esque set looked understatedly glam in a lightweight foiled jacquard, while a delicate pleated chiffon slipdress (with ultrathin straps that measured only one-eighth of an inch) was positively gorgeous in bold fuchsia.

She Says: “I was inspired by an old photo of my mother looking natural and beautiful in an off-the-shoulder sweater. At the end of the day, it’s always about addressing the needs of real women like her, and making clothes that will make them look and feel good. I always try to balance strength with femininity.”

Where to Find It: Saks Fifth Avenue nationwide and specialty boutiques. For more information, visit

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