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heroOur Director of Creative Projects and Pop-In Shop curator Olivia Kim offers up daily inspiration, favorite products and things she’s super in love with right now.

A.L.C. ‘Jackson’ Waffle Knit Sweater

“I love pink! Great transition piece into fall!”

I am totally style-stalking Camille (Camille Over the Rainbow), but I can’t help it! Every time I see Miss Charrière, outfit inspiration follows.

Today’s look is modern and minimal. I love the clean palette and novelty jumper (which are seriously trending here in London, by the by). The sweatpant-style trouser is inspired and adds some sportiness to this cool-girl get up. I can’t wait to see what she’s got in store for us in Paris!

xo,
Crystal

Shop similar styles:
Sweatpant-Style Trousers | Black Low-Heeled Sandals | Graphic Sweaters

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:

Vince Leather Sweatpants | MICHAEL Michael Kors Sandal | A.L.C. Wool Sweater

The moto jacket strikes again! Lindsey is taking it to a sporty place and adding some edge to her minimalist look. Culottes are the breakout trend in London, so thank goodness the weather is cooperating.

Lindsey’s styling is easy and cool, which is something all London girls seem to excel at. I think it’s time I find the perfect pair of culottes, so I can get in on this trend, too!

xo,
Crystal

Shop similar styles:
Black & White Dresses | Backpacks | Moto Jackets

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:

A.L.C. Midi Dress | rag & bone Backpack | rag & bone Croc Embossed Jacket

Aimee may look like a tough cookie, but she was actually super sweet! Her zippered leather joggers are über-trendy, and I love the forest green moto jacket. Add a pop-of-color purse and a touch of fur to balance out all that edgy sleekness, and Aimee is ready for her close-up!

xo,
Crystal

Shop similar styles:
Colorful Moto Jackets | Leather Track Pants | Strappy Boots

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:

Frenchi Moto Jacket | A.L.C. Leather Pants | Topshop Ankle Boot

Lookbooks are one of the best parts of the resort season, which kicked off earlier this month. It’s fun to see the different models and settings the designers choose, like Joan Smalls on a rainy city street for Givenchy or Hanne Gaby Odiele against stark white walls for Theyskens’ Theory. We’ve culled a few of our favorite shots from the new collections below.

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Pleats and leather at Alexander Wang.

Head-to-toe zig-zags at Proenza Schouler.

Lustrous black leather at Helmut Lang.

Graphic prints and leather details at Opening Ceremony.

Slouchy trousers and sweeping hemlines at Theyskens’ Theory.

Sailor stripes and bra tops at Marc Jacobs.

Rich draping and oversized ruffles at Lanvin.

Tropical shadows and exposed midriffs at Jason Wu.

Dainty floral prints at Erdem.

Autumnal hues and Asian-style silhouettes at Marni.

Slivers of skin and black and white at A.L.C.

Busy prints and hints of goth at Givenchy.

Pinstripes and lace at Thakoon.

Sporty meets sheer at 3.1 Phillip Lim.

Sculptural shapes in black and white at Balenciaga.

—Mary O’Regan

Good news: You have a few weeks left to shop our exclusive CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund boutiques. The in-store pop-up shops, which will remain open through May 31, are located at six Nordstrom stores, in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and New York (find exact locations and more info here). You can also check the availability of items by contacting a Designer Specialist via Live Chat, or by calling 1.877.543.7463 (note the item codes under each photo below).

Inspired by the likes of awesome up-and-coming designers including Wes Gordon, Greg Chait of the Elder Statesman, Andrea Lieberman of A.L.C. and more, we grabbed a few favorites off the racks at our flagship store and took to the streets of Seattle to photograph them. Enjoy the results below, along with commentary by Sahar Sokhandan from our designer collections buying office:


A.L.C. “The ultimate downtown look, pairing our favorite striped tee back to the perfect fit-and-flare skirt in bordeaux leather.”
[Top: 4138NV / Skirt: 3035LR / Shop more from A.L.C.]
[Intro image at top—Illesteva Sunglasses: L2-14 / Shop similar hats]


Wes Gordon. “Sexy without the fuss! A fabulous, updated, Nancy Reagan-esque red pantsuit.”
[Top: 6542CST / Pants: 6638CST]


Assembly New York. “It’s a 1970s revival in this light denim top with wide-leg pants.”
[Top: AZYW105 / Pants: AZYW120]


Giulietta. “Sophistication and ease in this coral wool-crepe dress.”
[Dress: GS13101]


Assembly New York. “The perfect mini long-sleeved dress that’s easy and comfortable, in denim backed with jersey and unfinished edges along the collar and cuffs.”
[Dress: AZYW108]


The Elder Statesman. “The ultimate West Coast girl, layered up in this ultra-luxe cashmere pullover and cashmere dress.”
[Sweater: DKS12CUSTO / Dress: KSDR12CUSTO]


Suno. “Striking, one-of-a-kind blue-and-red etched floral tracksuit.”
[Jacket: W3207 / Tunic: W1406 / Pants: W5396]


Illesteva Sunglasses & Jennifer Fisher Jewelry. “Ultra-cool with these graphic, patterned sunglasses from Illesteva paired back to Fisher’s stacked geometric rings and rivet bracelet.”
[Illesteva Sunglasses: L2-15B / Jennifer Fisher Ring Set: GEO / Jennifer Fisher Cuff: RIVET]

 

For blog coverage of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund judging process and more, click here.
And for more exclusive fashion photography, visit us on Tumblr.

 
 

[Photography: Charlie Schuck. Styling: Ashley Helvey. Model: Miranda Albright.]

Ever wanted a sneak-peek at a designer’s showroom? Our Designer Buying Team shared a few snaps from their adventures at Fashion Week. Check out our team as they browse and select pieces from the collections you’ll be seeing at Nordstrom.

Helmut Lang

Jason Wu

Boy. by Band of Outsiders

3.1 Phillip Lim

Andrea Liberman of A.L.C.

Alice + Olivia

Alexander Wang

We’re used to sporting black leather jackets, handbags and shoes, but how about skirts, shorts and dresses? Check out our tips on how to work more leather into your wardrobe, from basic-as-can-be to ultra daring.

A.L.C. ‘Mika’ Stretch Leather Dress | Cacharel Leather Top

Keep it simple. Black leather clothes make a bold statement without a lot of fuss. Pair a leather dress with minimal jewelry, and leather shorts or a skirt with a relaxed T-shirt.

Boy. by Band of Outsiders Skirt | Rachel Zoe ‘Nora’ Leather Vest

Layer with care. Adding a black leather vest is a great way to toughen up feminine summer outfits, like a floral dress. And leather leggings provide the ideal palette for oversized tees and slouchy button-ups.

Complement with color. Think of black leather as a blank slate on which to play with bright colors and prints. Try adding neon accents for an ultra-modern look.

Accessorize. Bags, shoes and even jewelry look chic in black leather. We love Kelly Wearstler’s boho-punk necklace, and this Longchamp backpack is perfect for hot summer days.