The first rule: Buyers know best.
The second rule: See the first rule.
When it comes time to shop our yearly Anniversary Sale—and in case you missed the alerts: it’s time!—it just makes good sense to check in with the men and women who curate our top designer merchandise. They strategize these steals and deals with you in mind, and we do mean strategize; read on to find out what iconic Alexander Wang handbag was reinstated specifically for us, and for you.
OK, ready? Let’s do this—from the ground up.
Alexander Wang’s Kenze boot: $484.90 during our Anniversary Sale, $725 after sale
Says our designer shoe buyer John Langston of Alexander Wang‘s Kenze boots: “They have all the elements of fall’s best trends and they’re so identifiably Wang! They personify Alex’s spirit of individuality and the playful, romantic poet.”
How to wear them? Glad you asked. “This season, short boots act as a new alternative go-to option,” says John. “Skip the pumps and pair these with a myriad of looks—from a cropped carrot pant to an ankle-length straight-leg denim jean or a sleek pencil skirt.”
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Each summer, Designer Preview offers a sneak peek of the season to come as we send the best looks from top and emerging designers down a beautiful runway on the Seattle waterfront. But let’s be clear here: This is not one of those torturous look-but-don’t-touch situations.
Wine and girlfriends go so well with shopping; guests at a recent Designer Preview enjoying it all.
(Boyfriends are equally compatible; the show features men’s fashion as well!)
After the show—this year’s is July 28, tickets are available via our partner, Seattle Art Museum (until they sell out, that is!)—we transform the pre-show party room into one of the most amazing pop-up shops and that’s when the fun really starts.
What’s more: the group shopping continues in our downtown Seattle flagship on Friday, July 29, with a trunk show-like happening, where you can pore over the best current and coming-season trends one by one with your favorite salesfolks and best friends.
Let’s review the important details.
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“I love attending a black-tie charity event,” says evening, bridesmaid and ready-to-wear designer Monique Lhuillier. “It’s so much better to gather a group of friends for a night out when you are all giving back to a great cause. Luckily between LA and NYC, there are always amazing events taking place.”
From Monique Lhuillier’s summer collection, which is sold in-stores only; call 1.888.282.6060 for information
Lhuillier’s authority as a special occasions designer doesn’t just come from her success on the red carpets and in the grandest ballrooms; it comes because she lives and breathes it.
In light of (like, seriously…metallic pastel light) her ultra-lovely summer collection, we asked her to tell us what makes the best evenings especially magical.
MONIQUE LHUILLIER ON THE BEST EVENINGWEAR AND NIGHTS OUT
With just over two weeks to go before Designer Preview on July 28 in Seattle, we’re all getting pretty serious about that question hanging in the air: “What should we wear?” After visiting with SPACE ambassador Shawn Serven last week at our Seattle flagship, the ready-to-wear part of the equation is likely shaping up quite nicely.
But what to do about the crucial handbag element?
All about the embroidery embellishment: Gucci on-point
We recently revisited Shawn for a trip through the designer handbag offerings, where it became clear that there are three major trends to consider: color, size and embellishment.
LET’S GET CARRIED AWAY
By day, Laura Samsel crafts caffeine shots and writes electronic indie pop songs; by night, she and her band Dead Rich warm up crowds for revolutionaries. (Or at least they did that one time, at the Bernie Sanders rally.)
Like a friend who’s too down-to-earth to be intimidating and too cool to be taken for granted, Laura is the kind of girl we snap up immediately upon meeting. “Come hang out with us, we’ll try on clothes,” we said. And she was in.
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As Andy Warhol once said, department stores are a lot like museums. And sometimes—like when you’re shopping for Nordstrom Designer Preview—you want a tour guide.
Yep, it’s time for our yearly runway celebration, in which we gather the most amazing looks from brands like Céline, Valentino, Lanvin—and present them together in one gorgeous show. Nordstrom shoppers from all over the country fly in for the presentation and party—and the exclusive trunk show that follows the next day.
For your consideration: layers of sheer Simone Rocha separates from SPACE
So how about that guide?
Enter Shawn Serven, SPACE ambassador at our downtown-Seattle flagship. A true student and fan of fashion, and someone who thinks big when it comes to personal style, Shawn’s also just crazy low-key, really fun and totally approachable. In his words, he’s at the store “to be the most excited about the designers we love and carry, and to pass as much of it along as each customer wants.”
Basically, he’s the perfect person to help us figure out what to wear on July 28 for this year’s runway celebration.
LET’S GET TO IT (THE OUTFITS, THAT IS)
After its debut last week at Paris Fashion Week, the Y-3 Noci sneaker is now available at Nordstrom. Usually, you can’t buy products fresh off the runway from Fashion Week. But sometimes you can, and now is one of those times.
Y-3, of course, is the partnership between legendary designer Yohji Yamamoto (hence the Y) and adidas (hence the 3, for three stripes). The brand has been envisioning the future of sports fashion for 13 years now.
We spoke with Y-3 senior design director Lawrence Midwood about sci-fi aesthetics, what it’s like working with Yamamoto, and the inspiration behind the Noci–a bruiser of a sneaker.
SHOP: Y-3 Noci sneaker | all Y-3
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The word of the day, thanks to Loewe, is marquetry: “decorative work in which elaborate patterns are formed by the insertion of pieces of material (as wood, shell or ivory) into a wood veneer that is then applied to a surface (as of a piece of furniture).”
That’s the official Merriam-Webster rundown. And here’s what happens when the ancient technique is redefined by the brand’s creative director, Jonathan Anderson.
In conjunction with the recent Salone del Mobile furniture fair in Milan, a new mini collection of crossbody bags that includes the vibrant four-legged friend style shown here borrows the craft’s basic tenets, using leather inlays to adapt patterns taken from archival silk prints and centuries-old Japanese wooden screens.
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All adventures require a special blend of planning and luck. We’re lured by the idea of leaving some of it to chance, but there’s an objective at play, too … even if it’s simply to explore the unknown.
This season—with its road trips, beach days and sunshine expeditions—we feel especially adventurous. We plot and scheme to make the most of these few months, throwing a little caution to the summer wind with half-packed picnic baskets and some extra room in the luggage.
“We’ll buy fresh fruit at the farm stands.”
“We’ll want to do a little shopping when we get there.”
A Simone Rocha look from our pre-fall designer collections lookbook, curated by Olivia Kim
Then there are those who dance even closer to the edge, dashing off without booking a room or a return flight. Technology, of course, makes every bet a pretty safe one. So it goes; with device in hand, there’s always a safety net within our grasp.
But don’t we sometimes yearn for those inconvenient foldout maps and the rush of picking up a set of freshly developed photographs?
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Styles from our Men’s Designer pre-fall collections are now available on our site and in stores. We spoke with Designer Apparel Buyer Dan Drewes and Shoe Buyer Garrett Bean about key pre-fall pieces from Lanvin, Gucci, Belstaff, Jimmy Choo and Versace.
SHOP: Lanvin pants | Lanvin sweater | Lanvin topcoat | all Designer Collections
We do these Lanvin biker pants pretty much every season, in some sort of new color or fabric. For fall, we have a stretch poplin and this grey check. They have details inspired by the world of cycling, with zip ankles, articulation around the knees and a reinforced seat. The Lanvin sweater is definitely a customer favorite; it comes in a crew, V, cardigan and turtleneck. It’s actually two different fabrics. If you look closely, the sleeve is solid grey and the body is heather so it’s a subtle tonal detail. We’ve seen more brands show turtlenecks lately. The nice thing about them is they’re a ’70s nod, but you can make them look really modern too. This topcoat is an amazing, tailored piece; the fit is perfect. The khaki color is a great option for fall since it’s so dark and rich; usually khaki is lighter. Especially after everything we’ve seen for the last three years has been black or navy, it’s nice to see some color without it being bright.
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