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Here we have a little behind-the-scenes action from the photo shoot for Magic Hour, our new Pop-In@Nordstrom. For the uninitiated, Pop-Ins are recurring boutiques curated by our director of creative projects, Olivia Kim, which exist in select physical Nordstrom locations and, of course, online.

Magic Hour refers to the time at a music festival when the sun sets and tame gives way to turnt. Snapshots and a detailed statement from Olivia below.

Shop: Magic Hour Pop-In@Nordstrom

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March 19, 2015

Pedro García’s Spain

Fashion gives us access to the world; through brands headquartered in iconic centers of design and beauty across the globe, our wardrobes travel—and we go along for the ride. Today our tour guides are Pedro García designers Pedro García and Dale Dubovich, who invite you to share in the beauty of Spain and their spring collection.

Designers Pedro García and Dale Dubovich in Tenerife, where their spring campaign was photographed

We talked to García and Dubovich about walking stylishly all over the world, and particularly in Spain. In doing so we not only uncovered great tips for your international travel (even if it’s only virtual), but we also got great insight on the cultural factors that influence their style, and the deep history and tradition of Spanish-made footwear.

Thinking about wandering? Let’s go.

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Fashion Week Journal for Monday, February 16

Monday looks a little different at New York Fashion Week—especially so in freezing temperatures and amid the combo Valentine’s Day/Presidents’ Day long/short weekend.

As we filed into the grandest tent in all of Lincoln Center to see one of the most beloved American eveningwear designers, we sensed everyone had a bit of an adrenaline hangover. Bill, Anna, Grace, Edward, Stefano, et al—and us, too, so we decided to put some framework around today’s post. After all, three is the magic number. Here we go: a trio of sentences and images from all five shows we saw yesterday.

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Images by Jessica Carter

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You know the saying “Today is the first day of the rest of your life”? Well, we’d just like to amend that; today is the first day of the rest of your life in the new, exclusive-to-Nordstrom Caroline Issa collection. The style icon and fashion insider’s first collection is all about gorgeously modern classics—pieces that are fresh and chic right now, and will be for years to come.

To celebrate this exciting launch, we had Issa tell us all about Morocco, the source of inspiration for many of these looks. We even got her to share some of her own vacation images—and a few of her inside travel tips.

Caroline Issa in removable-bow blouse and wool and silk A-line skirt from the new collection

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When I asked Kent Worthington to let me take a look inside his NYFW gear bag and tell me how he gets kitted out to support our Beauty team with their exclusive backstage reports, I wasn’t expecting him to say this: “I like to build a little shrine in my hotel room using some spiritual earth elements to ground, support and bring me energy during the week. The rocks are a great element for the week and often I carry them in my pocket around the bustling city to ground me so I don’t get carried away.”

Naturally, I needed to know more.

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‘Twas the season to indulge, friends, but now ’tis the season to atone. Throughout the month of January, we’ll be bringing you all sorts of Wellness Realness–information and inspiration you can use to get out of lax mode and into good-for-you mode. Or at least stop eating cookies for lunch and skipping your morning run.

What happens behind the scenes on a typical Nordstrom catalog shoot? Well, that’s a subject for another day because our recent Zella shoot was anything but typical. It was inspiring, motivating, captivating, beautiful and about as peaceful and Zen-inducing as a photo shoot can be.

Credit Missy DeWalt with a lot of that. Our Mission Viejo Zella PRO is as gorgeous as she is strong and centered. Watch her in the video here and see if you don’t agree—and then check out her expert tips on leading a healthy, fun and well-curated life.

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L-R: “Lance’s mom” (Gretchen Corbett), “Lance’s mom’s boyfriend” (Justin Long), “Lance” (Carrie Brownstein) and “Nina” (Fred Armisen); image courtesy Portlandia from “The Fiancée” episode 

As a business which started in the #upperleft corner of these United States, we at Nordstrom have a special appreciation for IFC’s Portlandia. That would be the sketch comedy TV show where stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein basically teach a master class in how to mock life in Portland, OR. It’s all there: the passive-aggressiveness, the self-righteous savior complex, the questionable style choices. And yet the show, currently in its fifth season, is a love-letter.

“The Fiancée” episode aired Thursday, Jan. 15, and was partially filmed at the Lloyd Center Nordstrom. (That location is now closed, with every employee who wished to be relocated given a new home at a nearby Nordstrom). Key scenes in the episode occur at Nordstrom and feature Armisen’s character Nina, whose make-up is done by Jessica Needham and whose overall style is created by her sister, two-time Emmy-winner Amanda Needham.

We spoke with the sisters while the two native Portlanders sat in their car in deadlocked traffic. Topics discussed: Nina, Portlandia and good versus bad style.

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How to make beautiful women even more beautiful? That’s what Charlotte Tilbury does every day—even when “every day” turns out to be one of the industry’s most exciting and high-stakes award shows.

The Brit beauty queen gave us the inside track on the looks she created for Amal Clooney and Sienna Miller, and we’ve got all the tools you’ll need to recreate the beauty for yourself. Every day.

 

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Seattle, it seems, loves a good jersey dress. Or a great American designer. Or an exceptional life storylike The Woman I Wanted to Be by Diane von Furstenberg.
Or all of the above. The standing-room-only crowd at Elliott Bay Books on Friday, November 14 was likely compelled by a number of reasons, and when a patterned-shirt-dress clad DVF came through the back hallway door and strode up the left aisle all of them coalesced in the form of whoops, yelps and lots of applause.

(left) @lovemooyoung via Instagram | (right) @jamilghores via Instagram

Seattle Art Museum’s Chiyo Ishikawa introduced von Furstenberg and our own Laura Cassidy, editor of the Thread, and the two began a 15-minute open dialog concerning literary aspirations (hers were simple: to tell her mother’s story, but she realized that to do so required telling her own), character studies (the memoir is studded with stars playing really interesting parts) and civic duties (she gave us a few tips on how to get a Seattle version of New York’s Highline: in short, demand beautiful public space and don’t give up).

The mic then went to the room and the most Tweeted and Instagrammed moment emerged: a fan asked the designer what her favorite part of being a woman was and DVF answered, “That I’m not a man,” and bent in half in laughter at her own joke.

We’re a biased bunch of writers, sure, but for our money, we loved it when she called herself a femmmmmmminist—that’s a feminist with lots of M’s, as she explained. And we really loved the time she compared a writer’s breakthrough moment to an orgasm. What a gal.

We spent a little time with DVF offstage and behind the scenes before all of that went down, and took the opportunity to shoot the first in what we hope will be your favorite new video series. Check it out here.

SHOP: DVF

Call it fashion’s unofficial kick-off to the Holiday 2014 party season: Topshop and Topman celebrated the opening of their New York City flagship on Fifth Avenue with a heck of a bash inside Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall. As exclusive Topshop partners, Nordstrom was only too happy to help our friends celebrate. Here’s our inside report on the very good time. 

Everybody Loves Sir Philip: Pictured here with Poppy Delevingne and Ciara on his arms, Sir Philip Green—Topshop’s parent-company owner—took a minute to give a shout-out to Pete Nordstrom and the rest of the company for a successful and stylish partnership during his welcome address.

Bey in the Place To Be: On the heels of the other big Topshop news—the announcement of the Topshop X Beyoncé-partnership, that is—Queen B dropped jaws as she quietly slipped into the party wearing this sparkly Topshop number.

Sister, Sisters: Among the celebs in attendance was this pair of chic sisters: Poppy and Cara Delevingne and Nicky and Paris Hilton.

Party People, All Night Long: Leave it to Cara Delevingne to get things started on the dance floor. Live jams from Jessie J (pictured), Nick Jonas and Lionel Richie (yes, the very; he and Sir Philip are buds) rocked the house—er, the train station.

Keep On Babin’ On: But of course the fashion was on point. From left to right: model, mom and art director Julia Restoin Roitfeld, British model Jourdan Dunn and New York City-based model and DJ Harley Viera-Newton exemplified the turned-out turnout.

Nordstrom & Co. On the Scene: Brandy Nordstrom, Pete Nordstrom, Nordstrom’s Topshop Director Deniz Anders, Sir Philip Green, our gal Olivia Kim, model Cara Delevingne and Nordstrom Executive Vice President and General Merchandise Manager Tricia Smith

Images 1-5 from Topshop’s Facebook
SHOP: Topshop and Topman