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Pop-In@Nordstrom Welcomes I.T: We collaborated with Hong Kong fashion collective I.T to bring brands izzue, :CHOCOOLATE, Mini Cream and Aape by A BATHING APE to the U.S. for the first time.

Bringing a Hong Kong phenomenon stateside for the first time ever isn’t easy. After months of planning, just when we thought everything was a go—our boat-load (literally) of high-low HK fashion got hung up in customs!

It was all worth it, though. In the words of Pop-In@Nordstrom curator Olivia Kim, “I.T is one of my favorite things about Hong Kong—aside from the food and frenetic energy. When I went to Hong Kong for the first time, I fell in love.”

We think you’ll love I.T, too. Shop online and at selected Nordstrom stores starting today—and keep reading to go behind the scenes at our Seattle photo shoot (to which the clothes arrived just in time).

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Amanda Wheeler is a writer for Nordstrom’s creative print initiatives; she shared a day in her life with us, and we’re in turn sharing it with you.

What happens behind the scenes of an average plus-size photo shoot? When buzzed-about models Candice Huffine and Philomena “Phil” Kwao are concerned, nothing is average. Here’s the inside track on October’s Encore campaign, complete with outfit tips from both high-style gals and all the best fall looks.

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Model Pauline Hoarau in Haute Hippie, shot recently in Chelsea, NYC, by Angelo Pennetta

The photographs in our fall Labels We Love spotlight features the amazingly bold, graphic multimedia paintings of artist Holly Miller. Born in Buffalo, NY, and raised in Rome as the daughter of an American journalist, Miller now calls Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, home. We caught up with her in the studio as she prepared for a few forthcoming exhibitions of her work.

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We invited a handful of our favorite NYC Instagrammers to collaborate with us on our fall trend accessories and shoes campaign. They joined us at an Instameet-style shoot in the Big Apple because, party! We filled the studio with next season’s shoes, handbags, jewelry and hosiery, and let them do what they do best. It was a photo shoot match made in heaven, and we’re in love with the results. It’s a little bit of catalog and little bit of Instagram. We’re calling it Instalog! Here’s our partnership lineup:


Sara Zucker @SARAZUCKER | Laurel Pantin @LAPANTIN


Liz Eswein @NEWYORKCITY | Alice Gao @ALICE_GAO


Rachel & Nicole Effendy @RACHELETNICOLE | Madeline Poole @MPNAILS


Susan Joy @SUSANJOY | Anthony Danielle @TAKINYERPHOTO


Jessie Artigue @STYLEANDPEPPER | Hilary Rushford @HILARYRUSHFORD


Caroline Harper Knapp @HOUSEOFHARPER | Getting the shot behind the scenes.

Check out the fresh perspectives of our 11 featured Instagrammers in our fall handbags, jewelry, boots and hosiery shops.

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Art, nature and the human body were inspirations at Osklen today, where hairstyles took central focus backstage.

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We’re accustomed to seeing polished and refined from Narciso Rodriguez, so it was a dramatic surprise to see a bit of punk and edge in the makeup Dick Page planned for the show. Inspired by Debbie Harry, Page used versions of eyeliner as the wow factor—including pencil, cream, liquid and, of course, mascara.

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The liner was a wedge shape on the outer lid, and when models opened their eyes there was a bit of transfer on their eyelids. Page let it be, and allowed a more lived-in look. When we asked how darkly to apply the liner, he replied “keep going until you can’t see anymore.” Noted!

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This was the 8th and final show for Deborah Lippmann, and she went out with a bang. Her last nail look was a matte camel color—a color she described as a “weird, cool camel.” The concoction consisted of a base coat, two coats of Terranova, dried after 1-2 minutes, then finished off with Flat Top, a mattifier.

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The completed look left us in agreement with Page on this quote about his makeup inspiration: “Debbie Harry on her worst day is cooler than us on our best day.” Touché!

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We can’t think of any designer who is more known for sheer romanticism than Vera Wang. Her spring/summer ’15 collection was the exact representation of that—from fashion to makeup and nails.

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Our beauty trend editor, Kate Fannin, ran into the ineffable Charlotte Tilbury as she was hard at work behind the scenes of New York Fashion Week.

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Charlotte was creating a “no-makeup makeup” look for the Edun show.

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The Zero + Maria Cornejo SS15 collection was a combination of nostalgia and femininity, inspired by a recent trip to London and Venice which was reminiscent of her time spent there in her youth—Cornejo used lace and light weight fabrics to create a casually understated effect. Dick Page for Shiseido and James Pecis for PHYTO and T3 were tasked with creating a fresh, summery, innocent look.

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Tadashi Shoji is known for the simplicity, lines, shapes and textures of his clothing, and the makeup and nails perfectly captured this trademark for his Spring 2015 collection: Venice and Adriatic architecture, specifically a building called Cad-Oro. Built in 1400-1600, Cad-Oro is a marble masterpiece, so Pep Gay for M·A·C used this influence to create a ‘finished, expensive’ look.

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Skin was dewy and done without heaviness. Face and Body Foundation was applied after moisturized skin. Concealer was used only on blemishes, and finished off with a dusting of translucent powder, which was also used around the nose and under eyes.

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Intensity was added to the eyes with Black Cream Liner, applied in a thin line on the root of the lashes. To recreate a mother-of-pearl effect, a new Eye Gloss in Pearl Varnish was painted on with a small flat brush from the lash roots up to the brow. This iridescent pearly gloss – super thick and tacky – made the eyes look finished and gorgeous. Luna Cream Color Base, applied with the fingers on the cheekbones, offered a mother-of-pearl effect. Completing the look was a new shade of Lipglass in Sakura, an iridescent shade with a pink undertone. Pep says pink undertones [make] the face alive and fresh.

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Katie Hughes with butter LONDON created a showstopper nail look, perfectly fitting to match the textures and architectural quality of Shoji’s fashions. High Tea, a new nude (a hybrid of sheer and full pigment nude), was painted on first. Then, a fine-tipped striping brush was dipped on Full Monty, a gorgeous gold, and painted in a crosshatch diamond pattern.

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[Photos by Kent Worthington]