2017 is the year of Gabrielle. You’ve known her all these years as Coco, but with today’s launch of Chanel’s GABRIELLE bag, Karl Lagerfeld truly gets us on a first-name basis with the ultimate style icon.
What’s more, this intimate invitation—and the handbag reveal that comes with it—is a call to all women everywhere to embrace their ultimate identity. After all, it was Gabrielle who said, “I decided who I wanted to be, and that is who I am.”
The Chanel GABRIELLE bag; all images courtesy Chanel
Chanel‘s message is all about the freedom of individuality and the exploration of self, so watch for gorgeous images of your favorite bold names and faces with GABRIELLE styles as the campaign unfurls. We’re excited to share the beloved brand’s new video, Gabrielle, A Rebel at Heart, with you today.
As Nordstrom’s footwear design director, Kim House oversees the styles that brands like Halogen®, Caslon®, Treasure & Bond and BP. put forward for feet. In her off-time, Kim is a singer and bassist in the band Fotoform, which she describes cheekily as a “pointy shoegaze” outfit.
“Shoegaze came out of Britain in the late ’80s, early ’90s,” Kim explains, when we meet up in the band’s practice space in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood. “Bands like Lush, Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine were characterized by a wall of guitars, lots of effects, with ethereal vocals on top.” It’s Kim’s heavenly voice that floats like soft gauze on top of twin guitars, bass and drums. “‘Pointy shoegaze’ was a nod to some of the early ’80s dark stuff we were inspired by—and that time and that scene. People wore a lot of pointy shoes at that time.” But it’s also a nod to Kim’s day job, one that thankfully provides an outlet for her visual inspirations, like the Fotoform avant-garde photography movement, from which the band takes its name.
You know that thing when two of your friends hit it off? That’s what’s happening right now with Petra Collins, the young visionary who shot our spring campaign, and Gucci, which hopefully needs no introduction.
Collins walked as a model in the recent Gucci show in Milan and has also been creating imagery for the legendary Italian brand. Check out her new video for Gucci above—and read our interview with Collins here.
New York-based designer Victor Alfaro thinks a bit differently about fashion. He doesn’t like to produce collections just because the fashion calendar demands one, and he doesn’t believe traditional runway shows are as useful and productive as they once were.
So when he put together soft, organic patterns and relaxed, unbound shapes in his current, ready-to-shop selection, he wasn’t necessarily thinking about them as “spring/summer 2017,” but as pieces you would need and want at this time of year, in your kind of world.
All images courtesy of Victor Alfaro
And when it came time to show these clothes to the world—well, he definitely went outside the box. Instead of hosting any sort of show or presentation and inviting the press, he and his team produced an undercover film during key moments of last season’s Paris Fashion Week.
Parisian fashion house KENZO is back with another extremely artistic short film directed by Kahlil Joseph, whose work you know from Lemonade. The film presents an engaging story you’ll have to complete with your own imagination, starring Tracee Ellis Ross, Jesse Williams, Kelsy Lu and Ishmael Butler. Butler also provides music (you know him from Digable Planets and Shabazz Palaces).
Family friendly warning: there are a few swears.
Commercial tie-in: the video shows some aspects of our current KENZO selection for women and men, such as the triangular Bermuda print and lo-fi concert flier graphics.
There was a lot of news backstage at the Topshop Uniqueshow on Sunday afternoon. The three biggest headlines were the announcement of a bridal line, the reveal of some big names in the afternoon’s runway lineup and the continuation of a buy-it-now, runway-to-retail experience.
It also means that modern wedding dresses and bridesmaid styles hit Nordstrom (and only Nordstrom—aside from Topshop we’re the exclusive retailer) in April. You’ll also want to know that a beloved British model made something of a runway return—with the daughter of one of America’s biggest action heroes hot on her heels.
Paris is usually the setting for Cecilia Bönström’s Zadig & Voltaire girl. Frankly—pun unabashedly intended—if you were situated in as appealing a locale as the French capital, why would you relocate?
For Fall 2017, however, Bönström decided to plop the Parisian in NYC. This was achieved through athletic silhouettes and primary hues interspersed among lots of black—a color appropriate for any metro.
Dick Page, Shiseido artistic director, countered with his specialty—luminous skin—and pretty pops of color on the eyes and lips. The effect was energetic and youthful, like a newcomer looking wide-eyed at the shiny Big Apple.
“This season’s collection was full of energetic, bright hues. To complement that, I created a makeup look featuring interventions of color—similar to the way you would accessorize clothes—to bring a cohesive believability to the vibrancy of each style,” saidPage about the beautiful faces he created for the Zadig & Voltaire show.
Want a new way to cheat a fresh, youthful face? Yes, we do. Lucky for us, our Nordstrom National Beauty Director Marynell Maddox went backstage at the Fall 2017 Proenza Schouler show to see how M·A·C artists were making the models so radiant. Turns out the trick is a new technique using white eyeliner!
While you’re shopping floral dresses and gingham shirts this spring, pause for a minute to linger over the subtleties of the hues, the composition of the lines, how the pattern interplays with the material. Someone lovingly researched and designed that print. A team translated it into a fabrication. Chances are that pattern was devised with this garment in mind. In other words, when you wear a print you wear an artistic collaboration—the last contributor being you and how you style it.
A pattern might initially attract our eye, but after that first blush, we’re often quickly distracted by the cut, the fit, the price. Our consumer mind wonders about how that print would suit us, not its provenance. But then we met the Print Design Team at Nordstrom. Their cumulative experiences and passions make them a unique group of women in the industry. So we asked to spend the day with them! They obliged our (maybe weird, but well-meaning) request.
Two Nordstrom print designers as well as the director of print and color took us into their studio to see how they work, and then to some of their favorite inspirational Seattle places. Here’s a glimpse into their world. It’s pretty lovely.
The big idea in this and the following looks is to mix suiting elements with stuff you’d wear normally. Make this casualized concept part of your personal style. Keep in mind dark colors can be a shortcut to elevated style, and be sure your jacket and shoes are always on point.