Designer Collections

Update: the spring ’17 capsule collection is here and ready for your shopping cart!

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Moschino: pill-print minidress | leather clutch | iPhone 6 & 6s case | cotton tee

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Grand master of high fashion Karl Lagerfeld presented a collection of what Vogue called “techno rococo confections” for spring ’17. The skillfully executed mashup of eras and tastes included gilded aprons over pants and boudoir-inspired lingerie pieces amid exaggerated sleeves and high-contrast pinstripes. And, of course, decked-out Fendi handbags.

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Runway photos by InDigital Images

Beautifully offbeat, expertly crafted pieces are something of a signature for Fendi—a well-known fact for anyone who owns a handbag (or three) from the iconic Italian house.

Which is why just days before the Milan Fashion Week runway show, we celebrated the launch of the newest Peekaboo bag—her name is Selleria–at our downtown Seattle flagship store. Fendi lovers sipped on bubbly and perused the boutique as they witnessed the magic of Italian artisan Dimitri Ciandella.

MEET THE SELLERIA BAG

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During our editorial photo shoot for this Pop-In shop, we got to know supermodel Hanne Gaby Odiele and her then-fiancé John Swiatek (not a model, so he says). Both are core #wangsquad members, and, like everyone we worked with on Wang’s team, were super friendly and down-to-earth. They seemed a lot like us, except a few weeks later, their marriage ceremony was covered in Vogue.

As Hanne and John got their hair and makeup done, this is what they had to say about castles, Lil Wayne, skateboarding and having too much fun while working with their friend Alex.

SHOP: Pop-In@Nordstrom x Alexander Wang

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You can always count on Caroline Issa to be one of the most classically chic women on the street and in the front row, and you can always count on her for a precise yet spirited runway recap.

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Caroline Issa image by Kristin Yamada

So that’s exactly what we did: we counted on her. Our ace street-style shooter, Kristin Yamada, caught her at the show—wearing the Nordstrom Signature pintuck floral-print dress she helped design—and then we got her download on what was inside.

CAROLINE TELLS ALL: READ MORE

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What Men Wore to London Fashion Week

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Photos by InDigital Images

London Fashion Week is over. Scope our full coverage here. And stay tuned for more Fashion Week coverage from Milan and Paris.

In the meantime, let’s look at what men wore to LFW. We did the same thing last week, looking at what men wore to New York Fashion Week.

In the slideshow below: jackets, backpacks, jackets which are also backpacks–and drastically different interpretations of American varsity style in the UK.

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One thing was clear from London Fashion Week Spring 2017: fashion isn’t Brexiting anytime soon. Strong collections from established and emerging designers attest to the long line of talent that shows in the UK. Storied houses like Burberry implemented new practices like gender-blurring designs and see-now, shop-now strategies. Breakout designers like Molly Goddard and Marques’Almeida continued to find new ways to deconstruct and reenvision styles for the runway. Then there were the front rows full of celebrities and the great street style that just gets better during Fashion Week.

Here are some of our favorite moments and the most memorable trends from LFW Spring 2017.

1. Charlotte Olympia’s dance show

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Image: Indigital Images

Known for her cheeky accessories, Charlotte Olympia put on a sexy show to celebrate her spring collection, inspired by the Copacabana Club. Fruity props and Carmen Miranda tunes filled the Sheraton Grand Park Lane Hotel’s Art Deco ballroom in London. The ’40s-themed dinner club setting perfectly set the stage for Olympia’s kitschy new platforms and stilettos, sure to put a spring in the step of wearers and a smile on admirers’ faces.

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Designers were intent to have a good time with their collections for spring. Prints erupted into bouquets on the runway. Color appeared everywhere, even in the unexpected: hair extensions, earrings, fingernails. Even the scene on the street seemed far more sincerely lighthearted.

As expected during an election year, political undertones surfaced in presentations by Hood by Air, Opening Ceremony and Veronica Beard, still, the atmosphere remained joyous. If the country is nervous about November, fashion seems to be ready to cheer them up come spring. And although the audience at shows was often intentionally smaller and more intimate, technology opened the steely invitation-only door to new, remote audiences who were delighted to engage in conversations about diversity and inclusivity in the industry.

Here are some of our observations and highlights from spring 2017 in the Big Apple, in bite-sized form.

1. Alexander Wang‘s fest
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Images: InDigital Images

Following his sun-and-surf themed show, Wang revealed his tightly guarded collaboration with adidas Originals, a collection of black tracksuits and sweatshirts all featuring an inverted logo, available in spring 2017. He and his gang (#WangSquad) then partied amid a McDonald’s pop-up, Slurpees and mini-mart treats. Cans of spray paint circulated, inviting guests to decorate salvaged RVs. During the party, the new capsule adidas collection was sold out of the back of a van and packaged in a garbage bag tied in an Alexander Wang bow. You’ve got to give Wang his no-frills fun approach to fashion, with a side of fries.

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At 1:07 p.m., most of the models are still in hair and makeup as the backstage wardrobe room at the Manhattan Center bristles with the noise of paper ripping. The looks from Marc Jacobs′s new collection have arrived. They’re in sets of five or so inside the brown wrapping; within each set, each look is hung in an individual plastic bag—like the ones your dry cleaning comes home in. Drawstring bags filled with accessories and add-ons are attached to each outfit.

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All images by Michael Yuri Chard

Historically speaking, the Marc Jacobs show has closed out NYFW; it usually happens at 6 p.m. and—in contrast to just about every other show—not a minute or two after. We’ve been invited to hang out backstage and watch the action unfold, and then capture the spring spectacular on the runway.

COME IN AND CHECK OUT THE SHOW

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One way to appreciate the depth and breadth of what Alexander Wang has brought to the fashion game is to look at images from past runway shows.

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Way back in 2007, Joanna Rodger of Vogue praised his “combination of eighties hip-hop and seventies Parisian chic, channeling Run-D.M.C. and YSL simultaneously.” The fall/winter 2016 collection, available at our Pop-In shop, was deemed “slightly profane” and “a whole lot of fun” by Alyssa Vingan Klein for Fashionista. Here’s a look back at Wang, then to now.

SHOP: Pop-In@Nordstrom x Alexander Wang

CLICK HERE TO GO BACK IN TIME

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There are a couple colleagues we rely on to clue us in to the hottest trends and tastes. Raul Becerra happens to be foremost among them. As a Nordstrom buyer, he uncovers up-and-coming fashions for SPACE, our emerging designer boutique. We’ve gone along with him to showrooms in the past, and it’s always a treat to get his take on why something is unbelievably cool—call us copiers, but we think his enthusiasm is just contagious.

Before he set off to London to scout new talent in the showrooms, we asked him what he’ll be packing. It’s possible that you might spot us in a few of his picks too.

Raul Becerra's London Fashion Week packing list

SHOP HIS PICKS

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