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Studies show shopping is at least twelve times more fun en masse. Our Try This On series is all about the camaraderie of sartorial group projects.

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Party season, storm season: The two sure aren’t mutually exclusive. Depending on where you live, going out for a good time can be a heck of a battle, but neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night can keep Seattle-based dancer and choreographer Kisha Vaughan down. Not with these looks in the mix.

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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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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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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

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

Culture Map is everywhere Nordstrom is, mapping out the best in arts, events and happenings.

Let’s say we gave you five minutes to make a list of pop music’s most fantastically styled artists, and then another five minutes to pair those artists in the most imaginative and/or improbable ways possible.

How long would it take you to get to David Bowie and Boy George?

If you’re in Chicago this fall or winter, the answer is probably “not long.” The city’s Museum of Contemporary Art is about a month into a three-and-a-half-month exhibit called David Bowie IsThe show stops here, there and everywhere as it winds along, bringing in all manner of rock bands and pop artists to take their spin on the Man Who Fell to Earth. As in: On November 7 none other than Boy George, the eternal Karma Chameleon, gets behind the decks and soundtracks a one-night transformation of museum to nightclub.

Nowhere near the Windy City? MCA’s Bowie Tumblr is a not-bad substitute.

Image of David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane album cover from 1973 via MCA Chicago
Boy George image by Indira Cesarine via MCA Chicago

See upcoming events at Nordstrom Michigan Avenue in Chicago; for events at a Nordstrom near you, see our Stores & Events pages

October 29, 2014

Hump Day

It’s all downhill from here, friends—in a good way.

Just wondering: when did you last watch Francis Ford Coppola’s adaptation of Rumble Fish by S.E. Hinton starring Matt Dillon, Diane Lane, and yeah, the director’s daughter Sofia? Her brief time on-screen as Lane’s little sister is a reminder that you just never know who’s going to go on to inspire Marc Jacobs, get their very own Louis Vuitton style, and craft epic, color-washed films about midwestern adolescents and lovelorn young adults who turn to karaoke in times of need.

We’ll show you our bookmarks if you show us yours. Tell us about your favorite blogs in the comments section. 

Would it be just too predictable for fashion and style bloggers to profess a love of salad? Maybe, but we didn’t (and won’t) say anything about Diet Coke. And here’s the thing: a stylish site about salads is wonderfully unpredictable, so we’re going for it.

Julia Sherman’s Salad for President is a celebration of all things leafy and green, overlaid with a sense of the good life—the well-dressed, artfully appointed, culturally aware, enigmatically connected life. Sherman catalogs her culturally relevant friends, their homes, and their seasonally driven, inventive recipes, from designer Anna Karlin with her moto-jacket and a side of zucchini and mint salad to blogger and zine-maker Sarah Keough, who never met a dish she couldn’t put an egg on.

The site is smartly linked, too, so you can, say, call up all the minty salads or all the egg-topped ones, while the interviews and images create a dinner-party-like environment even if it’s just you, your iPad and some kale chips.

Multimedia artist Aki Sasamoto photographed by Julia Sherman for Salad for President 

Frame Denim and Nordstrom joined up to make a big splash back in January, when leggy women everywhere scissored into the Pop-In for the Karlie Kloss-designed capsule collection as well as an expanded selection of Frame goods that included white denim overalls and rad shirts and jackets. Suffice it to say the whole denim-on-denim look went next-level.

The Los Angeles-based, Los Angeles-made line continues to chicly assert itself as a go-to for the kind of girl who fancies a pointy flat and a simple black t-shirt with her slim-fits. The kind of girl, that is, who fancies Hanneli Mustaparta as the ultimate style icon.

The model, blogger and street style frequent flier kicks off Frame’s #GIRLSINFRAME video campaign. To see the rest of the series—for barefoot dance party grooves, low-key/high-style outfit tips and general mood-boosting—plug in your earphones and …

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Our Zella PRO expert instructors are ready to get you going with inspiration, info and tips on staying fit and healthy. Missy DeWalt—a Pure Barre instructor in Orange County, California—gives us seven easy steps to living a healthier life that you can start right now.

Studies show that it can take anywhere from two weeks to a year for a new habit to become part of your automatic behavioral response. However long it takes to make changes to your lifestyle, one thing is certain: if you don’t start today, a year from now you’ll wish you had. Here are seven of my favorite simple steps that you can take toward a healthier and happier future. Start today and that lifestyle is even closer.

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