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We’re counting down the crucial pre-Christmas shopping days with a series called Gifted Givers, in which friends old and new share their thoughts on stylishly spirited giving and receiving.

Is it February yet? Okay, okay. One exciting thing at a time, sure. But as soon as the holidays are over, we’re officially living for the release of fashion editor Caroline Issa’s exclusive-to-Nordstrom line. In the meantime, we’ve got her shopping list.

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December 5, 2014

NEW! Balenciaga Shoes

There’s something you need to know about Balenciaga shoes: they’re live on Nordstrom.com and in select stores as of … now.

 

There’s something else you should know: This is an exciting time for footwear within the already very exciting brand. For years, under Nicolas Ghesquière, shoes were outsourced to Pierre Hardy. Now that Alexander Wang is at the helm, everything from heels to boots to sneakers happens in-house. 

Here’s to Wang and company owning it, and, perhaps, you owning a pair or two, also.

 

 

SHOP: Balenciaga Shoes for Women | Balenciaga | Women’s Designer Shoes

—Laura Cassidy

Just released: the newest short film created and directed by Karl Lagerfeld. Featuring Pharrell Williams, Cara Delevingne and Geraldine Chaplin as Gabrielle Chanel, Reincarnation accompanied the CHANEL Paris-Salzburg 2014/15 Métiers d’Art collection shown on December 2, 2014 in Salzburg. Watch. It’s wonderful.

SHOP: CHANEL

December 3, 2014

New! Shoes of Prey

We understand, you like things a certain way. Shoes of Prey knows that too, which is why we’ve announced an exclusive partnership that puts their online bespoke shoe studio into six of our brick and mortars.

The innovative New World design/retail model allows you to design shoe creations online with your very own brand of unparalleled and fastidious care. There are, after all, over 70-trillion possible combinations (yeah, girl—trillion). Combine that unique aesthetic freedom with a few iPads and hands-on, in-store customer service (and multiply it by special accommodations for hard-to-fit feet and more) and what’s not to love?

If you’re in the greater Seattle area, make an appointment at our Bellevue Square location to play with digital colors, fabrics and silhouettes galore—complemented by a touch of on-demand human advice—and you’ll receive the fruits of your labor in the mail within four weeks! Not planning on carousing about the PNW anytime soon? No worries, we’ll be announcing five more store locations early next year.

At last, your dream shoes are but a few guided keystrokes away.

SHOP: Women’s Shoes

November 28, 2014

Happy 10th Birthday, Pigalle

Hear that? It’s the sound of stylists, editors and fashion-obsessed citizens all over the planet making a wish and blowing out the candles.

Fall marks a decade of the Pigalle pump and while you might say the shoe is designer Christian Louboutin‘s golden child—born in the autumn of 2004, named for his favorite Parisian neighborhood—it’s been raised by those who love and adore it. So shouldn’t we all celebrate?

Shop: Christian Louboutin Shoes | Christian Louboutin Handbags | Christian Louboutin Nail Polish

 

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

November 13, 2014

Considering: Flowers in Winter

Depending on what part of the planet you live on, you might be looking at those potted orchids in high-end grocery stores right now and thinking, “Those guys know how to live.” The very idea of a hothouse flower is ultra-alluring right about now.

How to replicate that warmth and exotic beauty in the pre-holiday doldrums? We think the Marni collections are a pretty darn good place to start.

Designer Consuelo Castiglioni has been in a floral place of late; the house announced a year-long celebration of its 20th anniversary by transforming a Milanese landmark into a flower market, and the dresses and separates currently on offer are a veritable garden of great style.

It got us wondering, actually, what her favorite stems and blossoms are. So we asked her.

“My three favorite flowers are peonies for colour and perfume, hydrangea for form and colors—such as pink, green and fading blue—and then white and pink tulips,” she told us via email. (Which explains this excellent Marni tulip tunic.)

Our favorite flower, if you’re wondering, is the killer abstracted mokara on that tough-sporty biker jacket. Yes, please. Does it come in a bouquet?

 SHOP: Marni

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If you could ask Diane von Furstenberg any question, what would it be?

Wait, wait—don’t tell us. You may be able to ask her yourself, live and in person (and in—one hopes—a wrap dress).

On Friday, November 14 the TV show host and champion of the greater good reads from her new memoir, The Woman I Wanted to Be, at Seattle’s Elliott Bay Book Company at 5:30pm.

The Thread editor Laura Cassidy will interview DVF on stage at the bookstore, and then turn the floor over to your burning queries and fashion-royalty love. If you’re in the Seattle area, you’re sort of required to be there. If you’re not, check back here for our video. It’s bound to be good.

Diane von Furstenberg images from the pages of her Simon and Schuster release.
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SHOP: Diane von Furstenberg

Well, we’d hate to say we told you so, but Paul Andrew has been a winner in our eyes since his feminine, edgy collection for Spring ’14 hit our floors. Color us just plain extra happy then, that the footwear genius was awarded the CFDA’s highest honor this week in New York. On the occasion of this Very Big Deal, we spoke to the designer himself as well as the in-house tastemaker who knows his work best. 

“As you can imagine, I’m on cloud nine right now,” Paul Andrew told us. “I’m so excited and so proud to receive this accolade. It is such an incredible honor and an overwhelming feeling of gratitude. This is literally a dream come true. The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund program has put so many small designers on the map, it has not sunk in that I am now part of that class. To the shoe obsessives of the world, I say ‘stay tuned’! There is much more coming from Paul Andrew; I have ambitions to launch a men’s collection, e-commerce, and am looking to further elaborate on the core offering in my women’s collection, and while there is significant work to be done and much more focus and energy required I could not be more motivated.”

‘Aztec’ Fringe Suede Sandal

“Our attraction to Paul Andrew stems from his unique designs, which embody both a sexy refinement and focus on fit and comfort. He is genuinely engaged in making women look and feel good,” said John Langston from our designer shoe team. “We’re eager to see the momentum behind his creative direction, lending credibility to his new must-haves in seasons to come.”

SHOP: Paul Andrew

A gorgeous shoe is a gorgeous shoe is a gorgeous shoe—except when the shoe is actually a metaphor for desire. In that case, the gorgeous shoe is actually a story. Consider, then, the new Jimmy Choo collection, Vices, a short story collection that’s long on style. Each of the limited-edition shoes and handbags is based on a specific gem or jewel and a specific vice or vague wickedness—think greed, lust, envy. To find out more about this accessories-based riff on the classic juxtaposition of good and evil, we spoke to creative director Sandra Choi about her inspiration, concepts and design process.

 

THE THREAD: The subject of vices is a rich one; we all have plenty–those we share and admit to, and those we don’t. Did you find you were revealing part of yourself in this collection as you explored ideas of envy and need?
Choi: Yes and no, the inspiration for the Vices collection stemmed from my own personal fascination and obsessive enchantment with jewels and the unmitigated and irrational desire they have the power to evoke. For Vices, I explored themes of envy, seduction and irrepressible yearning for objects of beauty. Shoes and bags in diamond, ruby, sapphire, emerald, jet, black diamond and citrine crystal comprise the seven sins that seduce and beguile as part of the collection.

What is your first and most specific memory of being dazzled by jewels?
It was at the Gem Palace in Jaipur. It is a breathtaking Aladdin’s cave of precious stones that is such a surprising contrast from the environment outside, which is a dusty and bustling city in Northern India. Inside the Gem Palace you have a remarkable amount of freedom to play and connect with the precious stones of every variety.

What is your first and most specific memory of the transformative power of a really great pair of shoes?
For me it is childhood memories of Cinderella, Dorothy’s ruby slippers and Betty Boop’s heels; they are forever ingrained in me.

Let’s talk about black diamonds. They’re a bit under the radar and rather underappreciated, so it’s cool that you included a style based on this, the strongest and scrappiest of all natural diamonds. Tell us about your design process for Piper, the black diamond-themed shoe. For instance, the heel is slightly lower than the other styles, and the detailing is especially dynamic. What did you hope to achieve with the look, and what specific elements did you include or leave out in order to make it happen?
I wanted a sultry yet seductively beautiful shoe. I based it on a tango-style shoe that ensured you glide when wearing it; it is a shoe that you can dance in all night.

SHOP: Jimmy Choo
Images and video courtesy Jimmy Choo