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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

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If you could ask Diane von Furstenberg any question, what would it be?

Wait, wait—don’t tell us. You may be able to ask her yourself, live and in person (and in—one hopes—a wrap dress).

On Friday, November 14 the TV show host and champion of the greater good reads from her new memoir, The Woman I Wanted to Be, at Seattle’s Elliott Bay Book Company at 5:30pm.

The Thread editor Laura Cassidy will interview DVF on stage at the bookstore, and then turn the floor over to your burning queries and fashion-royalty love. If you’re in the Seattle area, you’re sort of required to be there. If you’re not, check back here for our video. It’s bound to be good.

Diane von Furstenberg images from the pages of her Simon and Schuster release.
See upcoming events at Nordstrom Bellevue Square and Nordstrom Seattle; for events at a Nordstrom near you, see our Stores & Events pages.
SHOP: Diane von Furstenberg

A new shoebox full of open-toed stiletto sandals, caged straps and goldtone hardware—our toolkit to glitz up the night.

Vince Camuto Black Leather Strappy Sandal. Heels for going out.

Vince Camuto ‘Reesae’ Leather Sandal

Call it fashion’s unofficial kick-off to the Holiday 2014 party season: Topshop and Topman celebrated the opening of their New York City flagship on Fifth Avenue with a heck of a bash inside Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall. As exclusive Topshop partners, Nordstrom was only too happy to help our friends celebrate. Here’s our inside report on the very good time. 

Everybody Loves Sir Philip: Pictured here with Poppy Delevingne and Ciara on his arms, Sir Philip Green—Topshop’s parent-company owner—took a minute to give a shout-out to Pete Nordstrom and the rest of the company for a successful and stylish partnership during his welcome address.

Bey in the Place To Be: On the heels of the other big Topshop news—the announcement of the Topshop X Beyoncé-partnership, that is—Queen B dropped jaws as she quietly slipped into the party wearing this sparkly Topshop number.

Sister, Sisters: Among the celebs in attendance was this pair of chic sisters: Poppy and Cara Delevingne and Nicky and Paris Hilton.

Party People, All Night Long: Leave it to Cara Delevingne to get things started on the dance floor. Live jams from Jessie J (pictured), Nick Jonas and Lionel Richie (yes, the very; he and Sir Philip are buds) rocked the house—er, the train station.

Keep On Babin’ On: But of course the fashion was on point. From left to right: model, mom and art director Julia Restoin Roitfeld, British model Jourdan Dunn and New York City-based model and DJ Harley Viera-Newton exemplified the turned-out turnout.

Nordstrom & Co. On the Scene: Brandy Nordstrom, Pete Nordstrom, Nordstrom’s Topshop Director Deniz Anders, Sir Philip Green, our gal Olivia Kim, model Cara Delevingne and Nordstrom Executive Vice President and General Merchandise Manager Tricia Smith

Images 1-5 from Topshop’s Facebook
SHOP: Topshop and Topman

“I love making women feel beautiful and empowered,” says Beauty Stylist Nadia Tyby at Nordstrom Fashion Island in Newport Beach, CA. “And everything about make-up is about a feeling.“ If, as the holiday season approaches, the feeling you’re going for is sparkly and bright, Tyby can help with that, too. The four-year Nordstrom beauty pro says she’s already got her favorite Adrianna Papell shimmering party dress primed for party duty, and she was more than happy  to turn us on to the three top tools in her glitter bag.

 

For the face: “I am obsessed with beautiful luminating skin. Shimmer Brick by Bobbi Brown is a perfect balance of shimmer and radiance leaving the skin looking healthy and youthful.”

For the eyes: “Adorn your eyes by pressing perfectly sparkly Mac Pressed Pigments onto the lids. Totally dresses up any outfit. Feeling a little sassy? Before applying your shadow, Spray Fix Plus on to your shadow brush and then pack that pigment on!”

For the lips:Dior Golden Shock – Addict is pretty amazing. It’s lightweight and plumping, creating fuller luscious lips that say ‘kiss me.’”

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick | MAC Pressed Pigments | Dior Golden Shock – Addict

SHOP: Sparkling Accents
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November 7, 2014

Listen Up! Eugene McGuinness

Prince. Eric Clapton. Eddie Van Halen. Jimi Hendrix. Chuck Berry. Neil Young. Jimmy Page … are you sensing the theme here? They’re all consummate axe-men. Simply put, they shred. Want to know another thing that world-renowned guitarists are famous for? Guitar Face.

If you’re not sure what that is, Guitar Face is the act of contorting one’s visage into something that can resemble reverence, pain, ecstasy or the most extended I’m-going-to-sneeze-face ever and it usually happens right in the middle of a 15-minute solo with a lot of chord changes, tremolo wagging and copious pedal effects.

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Who’s your eyelash spirit animal?

Whether your wand goes for electric blue feathers, demure brown brushstrokes, blackest black long-distance runners or somewhere in between, you’re going to love this: On Saturday November 8, when you buy two mascaras, a third tube is yours free.

Unleash—or would that be unlash?—your inner batting beauty. Let’s do this!

SHOP: Mascara
Fine print: doesn’t apply to lash primers, serums, enhancers or mascara sets.

Look on the bright side: as temperatures drop, it’s time to get cozy in fabulous sweaters. Here are our favorite ways to update your cold-weather wardrobe options.

Graphic & Novelty styles give plain-Jane knits a shot of personality.

Prints and patterns—from classic to folky and floral. Yes, please.

With eyelash knits and shaggy textures, new fuzzy sweaters may be the comfiest of them all.

SHOP: Sweaters

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Well, we’d hate to say we told you so, but Paul Andrew has been a winner in our eyes since his feminine, edgy collection for Spring ’14 hit our floors. Color us just plain extra happy then, that the footwear genius was awarded the CFDA’s highest honor this week in New York. On the occasion of this Very Big Deal, we spoke to the designer himself as well as the in-house tastemaker who knows his work best. 

“As you can imagine, I’m on cloud nine right now,” Paul Andrew told us. “I’m so excited and so proud to receive this accolade. It is such an incredible honor and an overwhelming feeling of gratitude. This is literally a dream come true. The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund program has put so many small designers on the map, it has not sunk in that I am now part of that class. To the shoe obsessives of the world, I say ‘stay tuned’! There is much more coming from Paul Andrew; I have ambitions to launch a men’s collection, e-commerce, and am looking to further elaborate on the core offering in my women’s collection, and while there is significant work to be done and much more focus and energy required I could not be more motivated.”

‘Aztec’ Fringe Suede Sandal

“Our attraction to Paul Andrew stems from his unique designs, which embody both a sexy refinement and focus on fit and comfort. He is genuinely engaged in making women look and feel good,” said John Langston from our designer shoe team. “We’re eager to see the momentum behind his creative direction, lending credibility to his new must-haves in seasons to come.”

SHOP: Paul Andrew

Pop-In@Nordstrom Welcomes I.T: We collaborated with Hong Kong fashion collective I.T to bring women’s brands izzue, :CHOCOOLATE and Mini Cream to the U.S. for the first time.

Our latest Olivia Kim-curated Pop-In Shop is packed to the rafters with borrowed-from-the-boys varsity jackets, black-on-black biker vibes—and animated friends from another galaxy (yes, really!).

To help us weigh our options, we asked stylist Ashley Helvey (a talented artist, tea connoisseur and all-around gem of a human being) to talk us through her favorites, after having surveyed every look up-close and personal on set. Keep reading to see her six favorite ensembles from I.T Hong Kong.

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