Designer Collections

Your special events just got a lot more special. We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our Evening offerings within our Designer Collections, both online and at our Bellevue, Chicago, Tysons Corner and Vancouver stores. (But you can access these looks from anywhere; keep reading to find out how.) With decadent and gorgeous offerings from designers such as Carolina Herrera, Jason Wu, Reem Acra and Jenny Packham, whose crimson stunner is pictured here, we’re now perfectly positioned to dress you for black-tie dinners and fine occasions.

Jenny Packham runway look courtesy Jenny Packham

And, oh, the world of black ties and special events. The romance, the style, the champagne! We polled two of our featured designers to get their take on those special, and specially dressed, moments.

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How would you celebrate 40 years in fashion? Just weeks ago in Milan, on the exact same day that the city’s 2015 Expo opened, Giorgio Armani nodded at the past and the future with Armani/Silos—a museum of his work and times. Set to be open through the end of October, the first exhibit is a showcase of the sleek, structured yet expressive looks that established the designer’s name in Italy, America and beyond. Says Architectural Digest: “The straightforward structure, named Armani/Silos for the building’s origins as a 1950s granary, is yet another testament to the legendary designer’s practiced minimalism.”

“I thought that bringing clothes, accessories, bags and technical drawings together in a single space, as an archiving project with a particular, personal perspective, would be a concrete way to turn the past into a foundation for the future,” said Armani.

For more from the designer, and stunning images as well, keep reading.

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Orange Is the New Black actress Taylor Schilling at the 2015 Tony Awards

Nordstrom Fashion Office Women’s Accessories Director Shannon Schafer shares her favorite trends from the red carpet at the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

TREND #1: STATEMENT EARRINGS

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“The statement earring was the jewelry of choice at the 2015 Tony Awards. Long silver drops–as seen here on Anna Chlumsky and Bella Hadid — were far and away the freshest take on the earring trend.”
— Shannon

SHOP: Silver Drop Earrings

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If you’re in Atlanta wearing Prada, it’s basically Jeffrey Kalinsky’s doing.
The retail icon and Nordstrom’s vice president and fashion director runs two namesake boutiques carrying high fashion, and is  and today, he tells Fashionista all about the happy accident that first led him to “put [his] name on the door.”

Not that it was happy at the time. Or, well, unhappy either, it was just … complicated.

Which makes for a good story, of course. Go read How Jeffrey Kalinsky is Competing in a Changing Retail Landscape on Fashionista.com now.

Kalinsky and Anna Wintour at Jeffrey Fashion Cares

Side note: Fashionista, one of our top industry and scene go-to sites, also reported that yesterday was a sort of beach-and-pool equivalent of Black Friday/Cyber Monday. That is: the “most popular day of the year to buy swimwear online.” If you’re behind on the suit game, you better get on top of it now by shopping our Poolside Pop-In and the rest of our bikini, maillot, and related offerings.

—Laura Cassidy

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Broadway’s biggest night is Sunday, June 7, and we couldn’t be more excited to be the official sponsor of the Tony Awards Red Carpet. We’ll be on the ground at Radio City Music Hall bringing you real-time coverage of performers, presenters, celebrities and industry notables as they show us their best right here on The Thread, on Twitter and at our exclusive Nordstrom Red Carpet Photo Booth!

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And from 5:30PM to 8PM EST, tune in right here (below) to the first-ever red-carpet live stream cohosted by stage and TV star Darren Criss and two-time Tony nominee Laura Osnes. Besides watching the action on the carpet with correspondents like George Takei and costume designer Emilio Sosa, keep an eye out for special guest commentary from our very own Designer Fashion Director, Jeffrey Kalinsky.

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Although you wouldn’t figure him to be any older than, oh, say, your favorite older brother, Gilles Assor, U.S. head of the super-chic heritage footwear brand Robert Clergerie, has been around—in the best way. If you’re lucky enough to spend an afternoon hearing about his career in fashion, you’ll get an earful. From Galliano-era Dior to Jean Paul Gaultier’s JPG line (“before streetwear was streetwear”) to Paco Rabanne (“Balmain now is Paco Rabanne back then”) to the first time Birkenstocks were cool (and sanctioned by the Parisian boutique Colette), and from Barbara Bui to Margiela to Marc Jacobs in the era of baby discos at the Palais de Tokyo. Assor’s narrative résumé is just plain killer. If he weren’t so sweet and fun, he’d be pretty darn intimidating.

And as much as he knows about fashion (in case that isn’t clear yet, it’s A LOT), he’s also a pretty good resource for all things Chelsea. He’s lived in New York’s art gallery–studded neighborhood for four years, and the Robert Clergerie showroom, Assor’s “office,” has been in the Chelsea Arts Tower for two.

We were lucky enough to while away a few hours there with this fine Frenchman a few weeks ago. He snuck us up to the showroom’s rooftop event space, The Glasshouses, and pointed out the sites from on high: the seemingly singular one-story building where Donna Karan is said to be hosting her next runway show, the Frying Pan, the condos with drive-in, elevator-up garages (!).

“Realtors around here are now buying the sky,” he said in his spot-on, deadpan way. We left it at that—except for the following download on galleries, cocktails, coffee and, naturally, summer’s best shoes. (And some other stuff too.)

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Earlier this spring, Pedro Garcia brand ambassador Andreas Kurz set off for a tour of Nordstrom stores where he would meet with fans of the made-in-Spain line and help them customize new looks from a special bespoke selection of four styles and five colors. We asked Kurz to take pictures and keep notes from his travels because, hey—it’s the next best thing to tagging along.

 

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We’re used to hearing about how designers are caught between seasons; at any given time they’re sketching for one time of year, selecting models to walk a runway for another, and getting sales and marketing reports for a third. But some designers live in between geographic locations as well. For example Joseph Altuzarra. The designer was born in Paris, worked with Marc Jacobs and Proenza Schouler in America, and then Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy in France before striking out on his own and settling down—and getting married—in New York City.

Image by Simon Cave, courtesy Joseph Altuzarra

Of course, who could choose just one city or the other—and why would they want to? There’s a time and place for everything, and we had the designer tell us exactly what that means for him. Keep reading for city-specific thoughts on baked goods, the ballet (he studied and performed for many years), perfect looks from his spring collection (but of course!)and more.

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One could argue that the highest art of seasonal dressing is found during the transformative periods; those breezy weeks between sun-laden summer and full-on fall (and later, as the days grow longer, those days when winter draws to an end and spring busts out all over). This year’s pre-fall collections have finally arrived, and we’re sharing some of the best transitional pieces complete with commentary from venerable designers and the wise sages over at our designer buying office. There’s nothing quite like updated classics, a little retro fever and impeccable craftsmanship to put a little high-gloss on the in-between zone.

Pre-fall means pre-order, so ready your fingers for those irresistible buttons and check out our complete guide to Pre-Fall ’15.

The Flare-Leg Pant

Akris Punto flare-leg pants; pre-fall 2015. “This silhouette illustrates the modern spirit and style of artistic muses.”

—Akris Punto Creative Director Albert Kriemler

Shop: Akris punto pants

 

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A short list of the icons of fashion and style who’ve had a handbag named in their honor: Jane Birken, Brigitte Bardot, Alexa Chung, Jessica Stam, Greta Garbo, Grace Kelly, Princess Di, Lana Del Rey and …

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