Behind the Scenes

langley11We’re big Langley Fox fans over here, appreciators both of the personal style of the daughter of Mariel Hemingway (yes, that would make her Ernest Hemingway’s great-great-granddaughter) as well as her visual art. She’s nice with a Dixon-Ticonderoga, to put it lightly, a photorealistic pencil sketcher with a fondness for the female form (potentially NSFW link here, depending on where you W).

Fox did some modeling for our upcoming fall fashion feature on our website. You’ll see the finished photos in due time, but for now we have these beautiful behind the scenes shots from photographer Carmen Daneshmandi.

Check out the images below and our chat with Langley about her experience on set, her current sketching and embroidery projects and where to shop and hike if you’re ever in her hometown of Ketchum, Idaho.

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What happens behind the scenes when Fashion Director Jeffrey Kalinsky and crew are photographing the best of the season’s runway for our Designer Collections lookbook? Well, a little and a lot. There are times when half an hour goes by in a sort of hurry-up-and-wait fugue, and periods of such scurry and excitement that you look up to find two hours have passed in what felt like five minutes. It’s the nature of the game.

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A blur of a man: Jeffrey Kalinsky in his studio and office.

As a companion piece to the rich, gorgeous images and exclusive interviews in our fresh-off-the-presses, in-mail-boxes now book, we decided to single out a few of the more placid moments as well as let you inside the cheerful assortment of fashion flotsam and jetsam in Kalinsky’s Chelsea office. (Call it our 9-to-5 complement to his home’s recent cameo on The Coveteur.)

We also brought some of our favorite favorites into close range, so you get a sort of stylist’s view of the season’s best.

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oliviakimnytimes1We’re in the NYTimes today with an article about SPACE, our new boutique-like store-within-a-store focused on emerging and advanced designers. SPACE launches August 20 and is the newest project from our Director of Creative Projects Olivia Kim.

A key section of the piece:

“Olivia Kim isn’t business as usual for Nordstrom, the century-old Seattle-based department store with more than 100 locations across the country. This month, she will unveil her largest project yet: SPACE, a permanent shop-in-shop of her own creation dedicated to emerging or
otherwise unrepresented designers in a handful of Nordstrom stores.

‘I didn’t want designers to feel that we were this really big company. I wanted them to understand that we could do really small things.’”

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Read more at nytimes.com and preview SPACE at nordstrom.com/SPACE.

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Since we’re opening our third Canadian store on September 18th in Vancouver, B.C., we’ve been renewing our love affair with the city, cruising around with 1080p Collection music bumping in our headphones.

That would be the internationally respected dance music label run out of Vancouver by Richard MacFarlane, who releases cassette tapes and floods the Internet with chill vibes. (Sorry we just said “chill vibes” but it had to be done.)

We spoke to MacFarlane about the natural beauty and the music scene in his adopted hometown–he left New Zealand because he felt the country wasn’t cool enough, musically–and which 1080p releases convey the most Vancouverishness.

Check the interview and see images from 1080p headquarters below.

–Andrew Matson

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yc6We recently shot fall fashion photos in New York City and cannot wait to share the final results with you via our catalog and website. But that must wait until fall.

Right now, here’s your sneak peek at the season to come with behind-the-scenes images from photographer Ashley Jahncke–whose work we fell in love with through Bullett Magazine.

We spoke on the phone with Jahncke about the shoot, her background in painting and some non-photographer influences: she’s heavily into Norwegian singer Aurora Aksnes and the Stone Roses.

Keep reading to see more behind the images and to learn which visual art exhibition recently blew Jahncke’s mind and she suggests you check out if you’re in NYC this month.

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Although our first and foremost wish is to make terrific people unreasonably happy (isn’t that what fashion is for, after all?), we consider it a nice bit of icing on the cake when we can knock the designer shoes off the industry elite. Our annual Designer Preview provides a golden opportunity for all that, so immediately after last Thursday’s big event, we circulated the crowd and chatted with thrilled shoppers and visiting dignitaries alike to see how we’d done.

“I’ve been coming for years and this was the best show I’ve seen. The clothes are all so fresh and the energy is really high,” said Seattle flagship regular Lisa Goodman. “I think it’s important for people to see the collections in action like this!”

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And then, from Refinery29 style editor Annie Georgia Greenberg: “When you see the shows in New York and Paris, the seasons you’re looking at are so far away, but this is really cool because you can go ‘I want that now,’ and right after the show you can actually have it. All that and beignets and sailboats, too? This is how Fashion Week should be!”

And that almost sums it up—almost. See more images from the runway show, and the before and after, and get some insight from bloggers, editors and fashion lovers after the jump and on our Designer Preview hub.

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In which we look at old Nordstrom logo fonts and give them a close look. These are the fonts of our lives.

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If you recognize the typeface above you are either a student of retail or a student of design. Or a Pacific Northwesterner, since this was the Nordstrom logo back in 1930 when we were a Seattle-only shoe store.

Now we’re national and international–with our third Canadian store opening September 18 in Vancouver, B.C. Next year we’ll add Toronto.

Learn about the features and history of this old-school Nordstrom typeface below, with commentary from Strath Shepard, our Creative Director of Designer and Pop-In@Nordstrom–hands-down the biggest font nerd we know.

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Emily Schuman (in pink) poses with fans wearing picks from the collection she designed.

Lifestyle blogger Emily Schuman—the mastermind behind the uber-popular blog cupcakes and cashmere—popped by the Nordstrom flagship in Seattle recently for a party to celebrate her new eponymous line. More than 150 devotees of her blog and the new collection—think breezy jumpsuits, sporty-chic parkas and motos, and wear-everywhere separates—came out to partake in the festivities. The party was a huge success, with a crowd that featured fans of both genders, shoppers of all ages and one impressively well-behaved chihuahua. Hugs and selfies were plentiful.

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gigantic-instagram-install-nordstromMaking the dream a reality on the roof of Store 1.

Ever wondered what a 15-story-tall Instagram post would look like? Wonder no more—today we built a gigantic 3D Instagram installation on the roof of our flagship store as part of our celebration of all things #NSale.

Using a 55-foot re-creation of a Leith leopard-print body-con dress (meow) on sale during Anniversary Sale and an actual 25-foot-long hanger built by Nordstrom’s visual team, this massive feat of ‘Gramming came together piece by piece for all the world to see. How, you ask? We shared live updates on all of our social channels and had drones capturing the whole thing for your entertainment, so check back here later this afternoon for a time-lapse like no other.

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Calling all garmento geeks, fashion nerds and Anglophiles! To help you navigate the print- and pattern-festooned planet of Pop-In@Nordstrom Welcomes Liberty London, we’ve lined up a video mini-series aimed at insider knowledge, DIY projects and general fun stuff.

First up: How does a Liberty print become a Liberty print?

The iconic Tana Lawn shows up across the floral print shopper, that crazily irresistible egg cozy and on lots of other useful and adorable items, but where was it before that? Get inside the impressive Lancaster fabric factory that finishes many of these fine textiles and find out how Liberty’s prints come to life.

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