From outside our flagship store, in the South-facing picture window, a shimmery wall of gold-toned cutouts frame a new-season Louis Vuitton showpiece. Around the corner, CHANEL mannequins in airline chic (remember that show?) allow for just a peek through the glass to the handbags and accessories inside.
Downtown Seattle Nordstrom
Inside, near the Beauty department, a striking image of Swedish actress Alicia Vikander carting one of this season’s hot Louis Vuitton Twist bags reaches almost as high as the ceiling. And down the way, the shop of iconic Gucci handbags is as vivid and alluring as the brand’s super-popular campaign images. And then there’s the ascent up the escalators: upon one’s arrival on the second floor, a studio of CHANEL apparel calls to mind the legend of Coco’s Paris apartment, while cool-girl looks at the Saint Laurent hideout coax an approachable nightclub vibe.
In short, with the addition of nine brand-new shop-in-shop boutiques, the in-progress remodel at our downtown Seattle flagship has lately yielded a gorgeous and inspiring trip down a high-style European avenue. May we offer you a guided tour?
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Online now: our Designer Evening Boutique, where the stuff of red-carpet dreams comes true. To mark the occasion, we spoke with three men whose names are synonymous with elegance, finery and special events.
A look from Zac Posen’s current collection
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Call it the double life of Lela Rose: the Texas-bred, New York-based designer isn’t just beloved for the dresses and separates line that bears her name, she’s a top-notch hostess and inspired party thrower as well. Her recent book, Pret-A-Party, is all about crafting fun, elegant good times around the table with friends and family. Oh, and Lela’s a mom, too—so naturally, we had to ask…
All images from Pret-A-Party, courtesy Lela Rose
“The real magic of a meal are the stories and memories that come from it,” she said in reply to our request for some stylish Sunday plans. And then she pointed us toward some easy-to-follow directions, and a couple of dress options, too.
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One idea for a uniform for spring 2016: designer sneakers everyday.
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Like you, we love a good mood board. The chance to look over a designer’s shoulder and see what images guided his or her collection is bona fide ripple-effect gold.
From Alexandre Birman‘s pre-fall mood board, courtesy Alexandre Birman
So when new-to-Nordstrom footwear designer Alexandre Birman agreed to share his upon the launch of his new collection, we couldn’t help but be charmed—and want more. We followed up on his Olivia Palermo-dotted inspiration palette (above) with a Q and A about the season ahead and life in the high-style fast lane.
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Comme des Garçons founder Rei Kawakubo is one of the most formidable figures in fashion. Exacting, elusive and seemingly, well, intimidatingly brilliant, she’s a force. But she’s also known for fostering talent and helping shape vital voices.
In a SPACE story we call “Dynasty,” we explore Rei’s history and family tree, and the six names to know when talking—and wearing—the CdG story.
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Dear Fashionista Reader,
We’re with you; although the site isn’t as splashy and image-filled as some, the email newsletters with their dishy trend and celeb features are spot on, and our lives are way better because of those crack reporters and their solid industry info. And yes, we did peep this week’s feature on rocking a tiara—so good!
Ashley Williams crystal tiara from SPACE, a shop for emerging and advanced designers
It’s possible that you may now be in the position of knowing how and when and where to place one of these bad boys on your head—if only you actually owned one. Well, dear reader, we’ve got our own tutorial right here, and it comes with a none-too-precious jeweled crown from SPACE designer Ashley Williams.
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Cue the Beach Boys, and get ready to give their retro vibe an urban twist.
“For spring/summer 2016 I took inspiration from California sky-gazing,”said Sandra Choi, Jimmy Choo‘s creative head. She told us the sandals, pumps and bags in the new collection are all about “conveying an upbeat attitude whilst juxtaposing new with old—artisanal vintage references blended with bold, graphic architectural details—to create something modern and surprising.”
Chloë Sevigny in Jimmy Choo, courtesy Jimmy Choo
And who better to personify that than ultimate cool girl Chloë Sevigny? Choi’s team shared this exclusive on-location campaign image with us, in which the style icon looks like a West Coast dream in this season’s Halley sandal.
We also got Choi to tell us where and how to wear some of her other warm weather favorites, and we found out more about the “sculptural grandeur” that furthered the collection’s inspiration.
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“Never pose with a supermodel,” quipped Jeffrey Kalinsky on Instagram a few days before Monday night’s big event.
Of course, our VP/designer fashion director was mugging with hunky model Eian Scully when he posted it—they were in rehearsals for the 13th annual Jeffrey Fashion Cares fundraiser at Manhattan’s Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, during which all manner of hotties in the best current-season fashion would help drum up support for ACRIA, the Hetrick-Martin Institute and Lambda Legal—three leaders in the field of LGBT advocacy, tirelessly fighting for progress and benefits for the community.
Nordstrom’s Jeffrey Kalinsky (middle), breaking his self-imposed rules
(All images courtesy Jeffrey Fashion Cares)
Jeffrey New York’s David Rubenstein (right), seemingly A-OK sharing a frame with a
shirtless model in Gucci pajama pants
We’ve got the post-show photo download breaking down who wore what (and who didn’t wear much) on the runway, and how fashion favorites like model Lily Donaldson and designer Thom Browne made it an epic and meaningful night.
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One of our favorite style writers, Jacob Gallagher over at the Wall Street Journal, recently highlighted the coach’s jacket: a clean lightweight coat which resembles a shirt jacket and can easily be dressed up or down depending on the situation.
Click here to read the piece. Gallagher has a good way of explaining this garment as an American classic and placing it in the context of fashion’s ongoing ’90s revivalism.
We love the coach’s jacket for its looks and its versatility, working year-round as a layering piece but perhaps most perfect in spring, worn by itself.
Most coach’s jackets have a nylon shell. Gallagher’s article contains praise for ACNE‘s version, one of our favorites: it doesn’t wrinkle and stays sharp. The jacket you see above is by Saturdays NYC and made from cotton. Four more options are below for your consideration.
Shop coach’s jackets from: Saturdays NYC | Zanerobe | ACNE Studios | Robert Graham | Native Youth
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