Designer Collections

Although our first and foremost wish is to make terrific people unreasonably happy (isn’t that what fashion is for, after all?), we consider it a nice bit of icing on the cake when we can knock the designer shoes off the industry elite. Immediately after last Thursday’s Designer Preview, we circulated the crowd and chatted with thrilled shoppers and visiting dignitaries alike to see how we’d done.

“I’ve been coming for years and this was the best show I’ve seen. The clothes are all so fresh and the energy is really high,” said Seattle flagship regular Lisa Goodman. “I think it’s important for people to see the collections in action like this!”

Valentino

And then, from Refinery29 style editor Annie Georgia Greenberg: “When you see the shows in New York and Paris, the seasons you’re looking at are so far away, but this is really cool because you can go ‘I want that now,’ and right after the show you can actually have it. All that and beignets and sailboats, too? This is how Fashion Week should be!”

And that almost sums it up—almost. See more images from the runway show, and the before and after, and get some insight from bloggers, editors and fashion lovers after the jump and on our Designer Preview hub.

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Caroline Issa is an expert on several levels—the fashion biz, the magazine world, being magnetic on camera and off. But today we call upon her genius as a Nordstrom Signature collaborator and astute client/customer as she tells us what she loves about three of the specially priced Nordstrom Signature and Caroline Issa fall collection pieces that are part of our Anniversary Sale.

Nordstrom Signature and Caroline Issa V-neck cashmere sweater

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Jeffrey Kalinsky The Coveteur

Jeffrey Kalinsky: founder of Jeffrey, a trifecta of perfectly curated designer boutiques including two iconic brick-and-mortars (Atlanta and NYC) as well as a convenient online outpost; our own Fashion Director of all things designer; and retail visionary extraordinaire. Need we say more?

Thanks to the recent bio courtesy of The Coveteur, not really (for now, anyway).

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Every season has its It bags, but fall’s are all the more needful when you factor in our Anniversary Sale savings. Here’s designer handbag buyer Jennifer Sabenorio on two of her favorites.

Burberry Dewsbury grain leather tote
($933.90 $1,395)

“This season is all about sophisticated texture and new neutrals. The soft grey is the perfect color to feel polished and fresh with your new fall wardrobe.”

Michael Kors Skorpios large hobo
($665.90 $995)

“The hobo is the hands-free, effortless shape of the season. I really love the braided handle as a subtle and sophisticated detail—perfect for day to play!”

Shop: Designer Handbags | Designer Brands

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Nordstrom Designer Preview is just a few days away, and no matter where you stand on Shawn Serven‘s philosophy on outfit planning (and maybe not outfit planning), and no matter if you’re going to be there IRL or just in spirit, you probably wouldn’t turn down a little professional outfit inspiration, right?

We talked to Wendy Nguyen, one of the ultra-chic style bloggers on her way to Seattle for the big event, to get her fall picks and strategy for fashion event style.

Blog: Wendy’s Lookbook

Lives: 
Los Angeles, CA

Her style in three words: Structured, layered, downtown

When she’s not blogging or Instagramming she’s: Designing, filming for YouTube, managing productions, boxing (such a great workout!), and playing with my little cat Sammie.

Psyched about seeing: I’m loving the flounce hem as seen at Mary Katrantzou and Christopher Kane, the high-waisted trouser silhouette at Topshop Unique, structured menswear-inspired outerwear pieces, and super high over-the-knee boots. Designer collections that make my heart stop are Mary Katrantzou, MSGM, and Burberry Prorsum.

Event dressing: For events like the Designer Preview runway show, I love challenging myself by playing with different silhouettes and shapes. I think it’s the perfect time to have fun with fashion. An Emilio Pucci dress with rolling wave hemlines? Of course!

Completing the look: I love a strong smokey eye and nude lips paired with a colorful outfit, or just a sexy cat-eye and red lips coupled with a black and white outfit. Romantic wavy curls and halo braids are my favorite summer hair looks right now. For nails, I like them short with a punch of fire engine red or a soft mauve nude color.

Follow Wendy on Instagram

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Honey Dijon

Next time you want to throw the party to end all parties, consider making it disco-themed and getting the savior of New York nightlife Ladyfag to host.

That’s how Nordstrom Fashion Director Jeffrey Kalinksy celebrated 25 years of his Jeffrey boutiques, a milestone that occurred recently during New York Fashion Week: Men’s.

The party went down at Jeffrey’s Chelsea boutique; the scene centered around queen diva Ladyfag and Honey Dijon, who deejayed while models and fashion insiders danced to the sounds of disco and the clinking of Clicquot-filled flutes. There was much voguing and merrymaking.

Jeffrey was kind enough to do a quick Q&A the morning after. Read it here and check out our party pics below–and read The New York Times’ review as well.

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Nordstrom Men’s Styling Manager Danny Mankin

Image via Style.com

New York Fashion Week: As we’re sure you’ve heard, it’s not just for women anymore. Along with our men’s fashion office team (one of whom is a Tommy Ton favorite, highlighted above), Thread contributor and Men’s Shop Daily whiz Andrew Matson has been on the ground all week.

In order to ensure that his excellent bird’s-eye view and one-on-one interviews are on your radar; here’s a link to his New York Fashion Week: Men’s coverage. From Public School design partner Dao-Yi Chow to  images of the prep-perfect Billy Reid show, have at it.

—Laura Cassidy

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Collections from top American and European designers are almost never shown together on one runway, but each summer Nordstrom pulls together amazing fall looks from Céline, Valentino, Lanvin and more for a best-of-the-best fashion show event known as Designer Preview. This year’s gorgeous parade is on July 23—on the epic Seattle waterfront—and as always, all proceeds benefit the Seattle Art Museum.

An image from Designer Preview 2014

Among those expected in the front row: One of our favorite collaborators, Caroline Issa, and two of the most girl crush-worthy editors from Refinery 29, Annie Georgia Greenberg and Paula Goldstein. Instagrammin’ style watchers will recognize Cara Van Brocklin from Cara Loren, Blair Eadie from Atlantic-Pacific and Wendy Nguyen from Wendy’s Lookbook—all flying in for the big event.

You’re invited too, of course—tickets are available via SAMS, Seattle Art Museum’s supporter group. The only question left to settle, then, is what will we all wear?

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Our 2015 Anniversary Sale doesn’t actually start until July 17 but Nordstrom Rewards members get early access (starting now!) to fall’s best deals, so we’re wasting exactly no time getting you our top picks.

When it comes to dresses, designer apparel buyer Sahar Sokhandan says it’s all about these two. “They’re great for the beach and summer travel; lightweight, easy to pack and a steal of a deal,” she says.

Roberto Cavalli kaleidoscope print jersey dress (Nordstrom Exclusive)

 

Jean Paul Gaultier feather print ruched tulle tank dress (Nordstrom Exclusive)

 

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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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