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Our Women’s Buying Team on House of DVF and the winning design.

The Diane von Furstenberg reality show, House of DVFin which a hopeful group of young women vie to become the brand’s global ambassadorhas taken us up, down and sideways. From new friendships and sad goodbyes to surprise twists and a $1,o00 dress that went for a swim, one thing remains constant: the gracious spirit and wisdom of Furstenberg herself. It’s no wonder the prize position is such a coveted one.

Did you see us on last night’s episode? Part of our women’s buying team was on set representing Nordstrom and had the opportunity to provide feedback to the would-be ambassadors about their designs and fashion—not to mention help select a winning dress to be sold exclusively at Nordstrom, in stores and online beginning this March. What was it like, behind the scenes?

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DIY paper garland for holiday decorating

Some of you eagle-eyed readers may have noticed that our November Holiday catalog featured papercraft and garlands running throughout as a unifying theme. Since it’s the perfect time for a little festive DIY-ing, we got back in touch with the master crafter we commissioned to create these garlands for our photoshoot: Laurie Cinotto.

Laurie’s work is featured in Martha Stewart Weddings and a ton of other publications and blogs, not to mention her very own book. She was kind enough to take some time out of her full-time crafting career and herding cats (really!) to give us a simple tutorial, with step-by-step images that are here to help anyone create some DIY décor. Read on for her easy guide.

DIY paper garland for holiday decorating

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Zeitgeist (noun; ˈtsīt-ˌgīst): the general beliefs, ideas, and spirit of a time and place.

Could you sub in accessory for “general belief?” We think so. Could you then say that Meadowlark’s septum ring, from our Gift & Go Pop-in—and RiRi’s recent Mert Alas, Marcus Piggott, and Edward Enninful W cover—is having a Zeitgeist moment? Um, yeah, we think so.

SHOP: Pop-In@Nordstrom: Gift & Go

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.

If you’re lucky enough to have someone as well-informed and in-the-mix as Brooklyn-based Sight Unseen cofounder Monica Khemsurov on your list, there’s every chance you’re stuck in the middle of that whole “what to give someone who has everything” conundrum. On the other hand, if someone like her has you on theirs, you’re psyched. As we kick off this new series, consider her words true gifting wisdom; the editor, writer, curator and design-world insider knows what’s now.

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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

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

 

In this new series, we talk to artists and designers about their most personal works and the projects that are closest to their hearts.

How does an aspiring fashion photographer who shoots Santa photos at Nordstrom transition to award-winning fine art photographer in just five years? For Santa Fe–based Zoe Marieh Urness, the journey has been a storied one. Since April of this year, Urness, who is Tlingit and Cherokee, has been traveling the western United States, shooting the ceremonies, dances and regalia of Native Americans for her ambitious photo series, Native Americans: Keeping the Traditions Alive. Using her art to help preserve the traditions of indigenous people, she produces photos that serve to connect the old ways to the modern-day realities of the Native world.

The importance of passing on tradition through storytelling, dance and song is deeply ingrained in Native American life, and Urness has managed to not only participate in this sacred heritage in a stylish and contemporary manner, but through her diligent documentation is sharing the ways of those whom she honors with a wider audience. Gaining traction largely through word of mouth, the series has grown organically and exponentially as one subject leads Urness to the next, and what began as a solitary endeavor has blossomed into a communal effort, unconstrained by tribe or borders.

We spoke with Urness about Keeping the Traditions Alive to get a deeper sense of the adventures she’s encountered, as well as how this endeavor has impacted her personally.

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November 26, 2014

Black Friday Sale at Nordstrom

The turkey’s chillin’, the boss is outta town, and here’s more good news: you can shop Black Friday deals online a day early—on Thursday, November 27. And TGIF: on Friday, November 28, nab an additional 20% off selected sale items when you shop in store.*

Black Friday Sale at Nordstrom.

Shop: Clothing | Shoes | Handbags & Accessories 
*Does not include price-matched items, items purchased online for in-store pickup or designer collections. See details.

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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

Our Zella PRO expert instructors are ready to get you going with inspiration, info and tips on staying fit and healthy. Here Lisa Kristin—a group fitness instructor at the Seattle Gym—talks about cold-weather workouts.

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Fall leaves, crisp air, changing seasons. The darker mornings and evenings are here, but don’t let that stop your outdoor workouts. You can still enjoy biking, running and more, you just have to be prepared—and you have to be layered. Here’s our quick guide to getting comfortable, equipped and active.

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