Kate Moss and Charlotte Tilbury for Scent of a Dream Fragrance at Nordstrom.

“I have been mixing my own secret scent for years and have been fascinated by the idea that one’s perfume can attract others and also change the energy frequency of the people and environment around you.” —Charlotte Tilbury

It’s almost here, and we couldn’t be more excited! Charlotte Tilbury’s first-ever and first-of-its-kind perfume is premiering at Nordstrom on September 1. And who better to be the face of Scent of a Dream than Charlotte’s good friend Kate Moss. More on the fascinating approach Tilbury took in creating a fragrance she calls “the key to attraction” to come soon. In the meantime, get a behind-the-scenes look at the film featuring Kate Moss showcasing this intoxicating new scent.

Kate Moss for Charlotte Tilbury's Scent of a Dream Fragrance at Nordstrom.

GO BEHIND THE SCENES WITH KATE MOSS AND CHARLOTTE TILBURY

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Even if you’re not headed back to school—if the only classroom you enter is the one in your anxiety dreams—backpacks are back in a big way this fall. But these aren’t the JanSports of yore. Consider the current styles graduates of a master class in cool. Sophisticated, sleek and practical, there’s nothing schoolgirlish about these accessories. Some of the best fashion talent in the game have designed rucksacks that will make your handheld bags look downright grannyish. For travelers and commuters, the style makes a lot of sense, too—just remember to flip it around to wear in front when on the train, subway or bus.

Here are 10 of our favorite backpacks to slip on this season.

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rag & bone Pilot leather backpack

This style’s clean lines and pebbled leather make it a classic. Small enough to leave you unencumbered but roomy enough for everything you need to tote, the Pilot will fast become your primary purse substitute. The design also comes in a mini version, as well as a soft woven suede.

IT’S IN THE BAG: READ MORE

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Over four days last June, a Nordstrom/SPACE crew, including VP of Creative Projects Olivia Kim and Creative Projects Director Strath Shepard, trundled around the California desert with photographer Alex Prager in an attempt to slow down time.

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Ellery, blowing in the wind.

Months before that, in our offices in Seattle, we had surmised that by the time fashion’s biggest season came around, what we’d really be after was some calm. Some quietude. A few moments of just being still. With all the cultural shifts, societal transformations and big changes in industry and leadership, we figured you might be open to those things as well.

There was only one thing to do: call the woman whose photographs are so stark and singular, so cinematic and timeless that they seem to both void time and define it simultaneously.

In this post we’re sharing Strath and Olivia’s images as a way of getting you behind the scenes—and in the ultimate mood—for a fall that’s full of discovery.

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Whenever the season changes, we like to catch up with men’s designer buyer Dan Drewes to get the inside scoop on what’s new for customers and what’s cool for our own closets.

Dan told us about several exciting online designer launches–Japanese brand Tomorrowland; wallets and bags from Common Projects; wallets and belts from Gucci–as well as newto-us brands available in-store only: Our LegacyStampd, Philip Lim, R13, Maison Margiela and Ovadia & Sons.

Those in-store brands are now available at Nordstrom locations in Seattle, Chicago, San Diego, Los Angeles and Vancouver. Contact your store to see exactly what’s there.

And read on for Dan’s take on key pieces by Moncler, ATM and Armani Collezioni.

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We had the extreme privilege of being flies on the wall at real-life, bride-to-be Hannah Schultz’s appointment at our Wedding Suite. Not every woman would let a crew of people (not to mention a camera!) into a private dressing area, but Hannah was as gracious as she was convivial. Though she’s a wedding planner herself and old hat at attending wedding dress appointments, we were still honored that she agreed to let us document and share her personal Wedding Suite experience.

Joined by her family, Hannah spent a few hours trying on a handful of beautiful wedding gowns—along with the help of wedding stylist Rachael Sanchez—in search of “the one” to wear to her fall 2017 wedding. Read on for more about Hannah, some sage stylist intel on gown shopping and lots of gorgeous dresses.

Vera Wang fawn wedding gown at Nordstrom.

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There is nothing more exciting than the lush textures, printed layers and rich colors of fall dressing. InStyle partnered with Halogen, available exclusively at Nordstrom, and Executive Style Correspondent Dana Avidan Cohn to get schooled on the style staples that will keep you fashionable all season long.

Read on to the end for three simple tips to update your fall wardrobe.

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Halogen leather shift dress

Key piece: leather shift dress

A black leather shift is essential for those chillier fall days. Wear now with bare legs and lace-ups and add tights when the temps drop. Add dimension by wearing  a thin fitted t-neck underneath to create a sleeve and add a silk tie at the neck in a sophisticated print in lieu of jewelry.

ELEMENTS OF STYLE: SEE THE HALOGEN LOOKS AND TIPS

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For Pop-In@Nordstrom x Vans we partnered with Vans for an exclusive apparel collection for women and men, loosely based on the colors of our sneaker selection. We love the result and hope you do, too. In fact we were so impressed during the prototype-vetting process and seeing the finished products, we got Vans’ designer Vince Martinez on the horn to ask him about the collection piece by piece.

For this project, I was told it was a Pop-In Shop, which I was familiar with, so I got excited to do something extra creative. There weren’t strict parameters, just to tie back to the footwear and bring the design to life. It wasn’t a free-for-all, but I was allowed to do what I do. Usually I’m told, “Here’s your budget.” And I work with that. For this, there was no budget. I was like, OK, I’m just going to take everything to the next level: use the most expensive fabrics, work with the factories, make sure the hand-feel is good. All those things that I normally do, but I was able to give a lot more pushback.

–Vince Martinez

SHOP: Pop-In@Nordstrom x Vans

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Nordstrom Chinese Chicken Salad Recipe with Sesame-Ginger Dressing. Photo by Jeff Powell.

After being on the menu at our Marketplace Cafe and Cafe Nordstrom locations for years, this Chinese Chicken Salad has quite a following. Because it’s delicious. And, as we show in our Friends and Family Cookbook, it’s pretty easy to make at home too.

We toss together a fresh and tasty mix of julienned bell peppers, carrots, bok choy, oranges and chicken with our Ginger-Sesame Dressing. I was surprised by how flavor-packed that dressing is, considering the small number of ingredients and its easiness to throw together—it has just the right Asian-inspired balance of salty and sweet with a little heat from the dry mustard and ginger. To top it all, crispy fried wonton strips (don’t skip these!) followed by a sprinkling of toasted slivered almonds and sesame seeds.

I had plenty of ingredients left over after composing one of these salads to photograph, so I packed up all the components and took them to a party I had been invited to that night. I just layered the ingredients in a big bowl—which made for a beautiful presentation too—drizzling each layer with the dressing. Not surprisingly, it was very popular, and now I can send a link to this recipe to all the people who asked me for it afterward. Guaranteed you’ll be doing the same once you serve this light but satisfying salad; it’s a tried and tested winner.

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Some occasions are too important to fête just once. Take it from Jason Wu, the launch of a new collection is cause to celebrate again and again. On the advent of his new diffusion line, Grey Jason Wu, the American designer decided to host a series of dinner parties. Wu is a consummate entertainer. His elegant and lively functions usually include any number of New York artists, literati and fashion luminaries, inventive menus and impeccable decor. And, of course, gorgeous clothes.

Jason Wu bartending at one of his launch parties.

Jason Wu bartending at his July 20 party at the Lucky Bee in New York. All images courtesy of Grey Jason Wu.

Coolly feminine with a slight edge, Grey Jason Wu, his namesake designer collection’s sister line, is perfect for the New York society with whom Wu runs.

We got a glimpse inside two launch parties Wu has hosted to date—more will follow, we’ve been told—and a look at the comely guest list dressed in Grey. Additionally, the designer imparted some party hosting tips and a recipe for French vanilla bean ice cream—so good.

Place setting at a Grey Jason Wu dinner party.

Scenes from the July 20 dinner party at The Lucky Bee in New York. 

Do you have one simple tip for entertaining that you can share?

Make guests feel welcome. I think the best dinners have a great ambiance and are not too fussy. I love using creativity to cook and prepare for guests. Try to curate a meal that encourages guests to get involved.

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We had our in-house aces at Studio N depict a few calculated style risks for the upcoming cold season, because sometimes it’s good to step outside your comfort zone.

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Style risk: the farmer cuff

The farmer cuff (no actual farming required) is absolutely trending. Wear it with no socks or no-show socks, always. This roughly six-inch cuff turns your regular pants into a pair of cropped pants. It’s a lot more successful with vintage-feeling, wide-leg styles.

Alternatively with dark denim or chinos, avoid the farmer cuff and do a clean double roll. Same goes with cargos. Speaking of: there’s a passé but vocal perception about cargo pants being corny, a Disneyland dad thing. Ignore that. The cargo pant is a classic. A small double roll works well with a thin cargo. Since there’s so much going on leg-wise already (the cargo pocket), it’s about keeping it sleek.

SHOP: vintage-wash jeans | cargos | adidas | jackets

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