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It’s time for another edition of “House Call,” an ongoing series in which we peek inside the abode of a Nordstrom employee. This time we’re heading to Seattle’s Lake City neighborhood for a tour of the architecturally stunning home of Red Godfrey, our Fashion Office V.P.

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A culturalist of cool, Keltse Bilbao globe-trots professionally, seeking creative inspiration from the people she meets and the places she explores. This native of Spain lives in New York City and is one half of the duo behind footwear brand Plomo, which literally translates from Spanish to “lead.” Keltse and her partner Galia Katz, who is based in Mexico, are part of a new generation of Spanish shoe designers who are leading the way in contemporary style.

Fresh from a trip to Kenya, Keltse tells The Thread about her adventures in Africa, celebrity fans (which include the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker) and what it takes to craft the uniqueness of Plomo shoes.

Sketched into Reality: Plomo ‘Nuria’ Bootie

THE THREAD: How did you enjoy Kenya? And will we see an African influence for your upcoming spring 2015 line?
KELTSE BILBAO: Kenya was both fun and empowering. I travel a lot with my husband, and for this trip to Nairobi, we did a mix of volunteering and tourism. My husband is a musician/composer, and I’m passionate about the universal rights of women, so we teamed up with the Power Women Group in Kibera, the largest slum in Africa and the third largest in the world, which offers a music program for youth as well as business development aid to artisans who are women and are living with HIV and AIDS.

As an entrepreneur and a woman, I deeply believe in supporting this type of community-building, where people can learn and then in turn teach others how to support themselves. I was so inspired by these women, so you’ll see accents of things we designed together for spring ’15—like a sandal with special stitching, or beading and accessory straps that you can add to the shoe.

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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.”

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In collaboration with stylist Katy England and Topshop creative director Kate Phelan, supermodel Kate Moss returns to the Topshop design room after a three-year hiatus—and the result is a sexy, chic spring collection of cocktail dresses, boho daywear and statement jackets.

“I have really missed being involved in the design process and working with the team at Topshop,” says the fashion icon. “I am very excited to create a new collection that bears my name. Now more than ever with London being at the forefront of fashion, as it feels like I’m back home working with Topshop.”

Listen to Kate’s take on her day-to-evening collection that will be available at over 60 Nordstrom stores and online April 30. Let the countdown begin!

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It started as a scrappy local label known for breaking some of the biggest names in grunge (Nirvana, anyone?), but in the last couple of decades, Seattle-based Sub Pop Records has grown into a mega-force in the music industry, known across the planet for releasing killer music that spans a variety of genres. For example, current releases include the layered harmonies of The Head and the Heart, the experimental noise punk of No Age, Lyla Foy’s delicate dreamy pop and the recent (awesome) album from German electro-popsters The Notwist, whom you might recall from their super-popular release Neon Golden way back in 2002.

To celebrate Sub Pop’s continued world domination, Nordstrom is honoring its two founders, Jonathan Poneman and Bruce Pavitt, with bronze footprints in front of our Downtown Seattle store and a live performance from Sub Pop’s own Helio Sequence. If you’re in Seattle and want to check it out, the event takes place Wednesday, April 9, at 3pm. Until then, play around with our Sub Pop window (also at the Downtown Seattle store): an interactive touch-screen experience that allows the user to choose and watch videos from various Sub Pop bands over the years.

—Jenny Yule

If it could be said that there was a dress that started it all, Diane von Furstenberg‘s legendary wrap dress would hold that title. With its creation in 1974 and her words “Feel like a woman, wear a dress!” the Belgian-born designer ushered in a new era of sexy, easygoing comfort and confidence in women’s fashion.

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Despite its celebrated status, the figure-flattering style known for hugging a woman’s body in all the right places (and none of the wrong ones) started from humble beginnings.

“First, I designed a wrap top, which was inspired by the little sweaters that ballerinas wore, and a matching skirt, and then I thought, Why not turn it into a dress?” explains the designer. “I wanted to create a simple little dress that I could wear anywhere.”

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Taking a minute for some mental vacation planning.
Let’s get away, and do it in style. Carry-ons, luggage and travel-size beauty.

Lisa Kristin, a certified Aerobics and Fitness Association of America group fitness instructor, is a Zella PRO who’s committed to empowering her students, creating confidence and improving the lives of others with challenging workouts. The Pacific Northwest-based fitness guru shares how to rejuvenate the body for spring.

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“There’s no business like shoe business.”—Charlotte Olympia Dellal

Charlotte-Olympia-reveals-kitty-collection-at-Nordstrom-flagship-store-March-2014Last week, London-based designer Charlotte Olympia Dellal spun a web of style at our Seattle flagship store as she presented the Purrrfect Collection, which includes an assortment of kitty flats that come in six Nordstrom exclusive colors as well as a ‘Kitty’ clutch and signature heels.

Charlotte-Olympia-signs-kitty-collection-at-Nordstrom-flagship-store-March-2014The mother of three happily greeted customers (and their pets too) while signing her name to the coveted collection. As a brand, Charlotte Olympia is known for fusing humor with girlie sophistication. When we asked the designer if she considered herself a cat person, she confirmed that she actually has a dog but added that she loves the “flirty and feminine” mannerisms of felines.

Show off your feline instincts by donning the Charlotte Olympia Purrrfect Collection.

To celebrate the arrival of spring, this edition of What’s Cooking brings you bright and flavorful tacos with a tangy and versatile vinaigrette. Not at all shy, these Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos are bright, fresh and simple enough to prepare for a weeknight meal—but special enough for a sunny weekend gathering with your favorite people.

With another easy-to-follow recipe developed by our corporate chef, Michael Northern, and his small army of chefs and contributors, our blog editor Jeff Powell proves (with his photographic evidence) that you don’t have to be a professional chef to transform beautiful ingredients into irresistible food that’s meant to be shared with family and friends.

Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos recipe from Nordstrom; photo by Jeff Powell. READ MORE