Designer Collections

Dear Explorer,

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.”

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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.

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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.

–Dan Drewes

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Talk about getting the icing and the cake: SPACE favorite Mira Mikati designed an exclusive pre-fall collection just for us, and she’s traveling all the way from London to tell us about it, and to share her ultra-fun outlook on style and life.

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Images from Mira Mikati’s most recent Paris Fashion Week presentation

Central to Mira’s collection, and her entire brand, is the idea that dressing should be fun—and that wearing fun, playful clothes can really change your life. When you get a chance to chat with her (as we did during Paris Fashion Week, for instance, and in this feature last year), she talks about how her pieces are real conversation starters, and smile-makers.

But now you don’t have to take our word for it …

FIND OUT HOW TO MEET MIRA AND WEAR HER EXCLUSIVE SPACE COLLECTION

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Every once in a while you come across a set of fashion images that you just want to live inside. You want to be the girl, to explore her landscape, you want—most of all—to wear her clothes.
That’s what happened to me the first time I saw Victor Alfaro‘s pre-fall lookbook. When I had the chance to meet him during Paris Fashion Week, I was hooked.
victor_alfaro_nordstrom_pre_fall2All lookbook images courtesy Victor Alfaro. And how about this 3-in-1 convertible trench?!
There’s something so classically New York about Victor’s style, which makes sense—the Mexican-born designer has lived there since the ’80s. And he just seems to understand what women are looking for from season to season. He’s all about layering, and building a wardrobe of looks that will work together for a nice, long time.
He’s also about an edgy jolt and an industrial urban setting. When we asked him to share his evocative pre-fall images with us, he happily complied, then told us all about the collection—and how Taylor Swift figures in. (Or, well … doesn’t.)

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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.

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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?

CLICK INTO OUR VIRTUAL TOUR AND EXPLORE OUR LOOKBOOK

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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.

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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…

lela_rose_entertaining_bookAll 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.

CLICK HERE TO DO MOM’S DAY THE LELA ROSE WAY

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One idea for a uniform for spring 2016: designer sneakers everyday.

Shop: men’s designer sneakers

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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. 

MOOD[2]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.

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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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