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Spring has sprung! Embrace this fun and flirty time of year with a few of our editors’ picks.

Stacked Up: Givenchy Bib Necklace & Frontal Necklace (Nordstrom Exclusives)
Faux Pearl & Crystal Torsade Necklace


Plus-Size-Style-Advice-from-Model-Candice-Huffine-on-set-with-Nordstrom-03On set with Nordstrom

Self-proclaimed Nordstrom fan and plus-size model Candice Huffine has cultivated a unique sense of fashion that comes with working 15 years in the business. The New York model’s recent work includes the ‘Flowers for Ferdinando’ editorial for CR Fashion book, photographed by Tom Ford and styled by Carine Roitfeld, along with a portrait and interview in the April 2014 issue of Vogue magazine. She’s also graced the pages of W and Vogue Italia, and she’s shot campaigns for Marina Rinaldi, Lane Bryant, Maidenform, Marks & Spencer and Addition Elle, just to name a few. We got the chance to pick her brain about her favorite trends, celebrity wardrobe envy and taking the size out of style.

On her wardrobe strategy: “It’s all about having fun. I love breaking the rules, being loud and playing with different trends—anything from grunge to preppy. My fashion mantra: just commit.”

On the blessing and curse of the color black: “I don’t like to cover myself in a sea of black because it seems like such a 1999 mentality for curvy women. But I’d be lying if I said the color didn’t show up in some of my key pieces… it’s a chic color… and I live in NYC. ‘Nuff said.”


 This spring, edit your wardrobe by adding a few city-sleek styles from via C. “For spring we wanted to let our customers know it’s okay to be playful. You can be sporty with Alexander Wang basketball shorts, mix bright florals with camo from Carven, show off your abs in an A.L.C. crop top or mix textiles with crystals, like on the 3.1 Phillip Lim blouse,” says Kimberly Harris, our online via C buyer.

nordstrom-via-c-new-york-city-spring-style-guideOur fave Southern belle, Leona Binx Walton, displays some major urban edge in an Alexander Wang Argyle Sweater.

Brussels-born beauty Yumi Lambert shows of the colorful camo trend in a Carven Print Jersey Tee & Carven Army Print Flared Skirt.

nordstrom-via-c-new-york-city-spring-style-guide-ss14Miriam Haney, face of the MARC BY MARC JACOBS spring ’14 campaign, rocks stripes in an A.L.C. Stripe Crop Sweater & A.L.C. ‘Campbell’ Stripe Skirt.

Pacific Northwest native Kate Goodling brings on the blue with a 3.1 Phillip Lim Mixed Media Top & 3.1 Phillip Lim ‘Medium Wednesday’ Cracked Leather Satchel.

Sync your style to the pulse of the city with the cutting-edge fashions available in via C.

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Get to know our Women’s via C buying team: Kimberly Harris, Devon Gruss, Kelle Jones and Cheri Dublinski (left to right).


Step into the World of our via C Buyers:
Charlotte OlympiaManolo Blahnik, Valentino Rockstud & Dior

This Seattle-based troupe of savvy fashion-finders travel from New York to Paris in hot pursuit of the most coveted contemporary and emerging designs from the likes of T by Alexander Wang, rag & bone, Helmut Lang, Carven, 3.1 Phillip Lim, KENZO, MSGM and The Kooples. Energized by the wares from the recently wrapped Fashion Week season, The Thread sits in on a via C buyer meeting to get the scoop on all things spring!


We were beyond thrilled when we found out the one and only Brad Goreski was coming to Nordstrom to style our kate spade new york spring 2014 lookbook.

With his signature wit and flair for the dramatic, Brad created seven unforgettable looks for spring occasions, from casual brunches to marriage proposals (!) and everything in between. While he worked, he gave us pitch-perfect styling tips to help you create your own sexy, playful looks guaranteed to turn heads and make you feel like a million bucks.

Although he was crazy busy on the set, we managed to catch a few candid moments with the maestro, including a quick conversation between Brad and one of his closest companions:

Want more? Check out Brad’s styling tips for spring and shop the kate spade new york spring 2014 collection.

—Amy Morgan

Whether it’s dressed up or worn casually, denim’s effortless appeal can’t be denied. AG design director and surf enthusiast Mark Wiesmayr walks us through the brand’s spring 2014 collection and, in the process, bares the infinite possibilities of this durable and ever-evolving fabric.


AG ‘Stilt’ Cigarette Leg Stretch Jeans in White

On why denim has a universal cool factor: “It’s a ubiquitous fabric. It was made as workwear originally, so it never pretends to be too formal, and after wearing it throughout the last 160 years, we accept indigo as being a part of the monochrome family. It’s wearable with anything. Effortless is how so many of us want to appear, and that is part of denim’s cool factor. The way denim can be treated and given so many different finishes is also a part of being able to express our own individuality, without being too far out from the crowd.”


Got game? Wear it loud and proud with a statement-making Alexander Wang beanie that upholds the spirit of Principle 6 in a wordless show of solidarity. A portion of the proceeds from sales of this ‘P6′ Limited Edition Beanie support LGBT advocacy groups and the P6 Campaign, which takes its name and message from the entry of the Olympic Charter that declares, “The practice of sport is a human right.”

More than Just a Fashion Statement: Makeup guru Bobbi Brown, model Cara Delevingne, CFDA’s Steven Kolb and Man Repeller blogger Leandra Medine are just a few of the noteworthy names championing the cause.

Inspired by Hudson Taylor, Athlete Ally is a nonprofit dedicated to challenging homophobia and transphobia in sports. For more information on this empowering organization, visit

Lily Aldridge, 28, is the can-do super girl of fashion: She juggles motherhood, modeling and co-designing for Velvet by Graham & Spencer. Now on her second collaboration with the California brand, Lily creates the quintessential off-duty-model wardrobe that fuses rock-show looks with easy chic. Read on as Lily chats with The Thread about her excitement for Velvet, her design process and her adopted hometown.

When she’s not prepping for a Sports Illustrated cover shoot or strutting her wings as a Victoria’s Secret Angel, Lily’s cultivating her aesthetic as a designer.

Lily Aldridge for Velvet by Graham & Spencer Leopard-Print Army Jacket
Lily Aldridge for Velvet by Graham & Spencer Silk-Blend Sweater

On her design process: “I was inspired by people I know and by the style of people on the streets…I just naturally envisioned what I wanted to wear [for spring] and the pieces came together. Jenny [Graham] and Toni [Spencer] have been wonderful about letting me have creative control and listening to my ideas on movement of the garments and choosing the colors for the collection.”


Young, Fabulous & Broke, the California-cool brand that creates effortless fashions inspired by the streets of Los Angeles, is embracing the psychedelic colors of the ’60s for spring with their boho maxis. From striking tie-dyed hues to unassuming tie-dyed stripes, this new hippie chic is a stylish win for the upcoming music festival season.

Young, Fabulous & Broke ‘Fortune’ Tie Dye Maxi Dress
Young, Fabulous & Broke ‘Hampton’ Ruched Tie Dye Maxi Dress
Young, Fabulous & Broke ‘Bangal’ Convertible Maxi Dress

“Tie Dye is always essential, but especially this spring! The sophisticated playfulness of the washes means it’s time to relax and let the sunshine bring us out of the darkness of winter. Springtime, bring it on! We dye for it,” says Heidi Cornell McKenna, creator of YFB.

For more warm-weather dressing ideas, check out our curated collection of the best items to take on your winter break in our Vacation Guide.

It’s officially one month into winter, and we’re officially ready for a post-holiday-season vacation to some warm, relaxing paradise. We may not be sipping tropical adult beverages by the sea just yet, but we’re imagining we are with the help of a little preparatory shopping. Check out our Vacation Essentials Guide, with everything you’ll need to pack for the perfect getaway—from Santorini to the Seychelles.

Need some destination inspiration? Take a mini mental vacay with the Condé Nast Traveler 2014 guide to the world’s best beach hotels.