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Pop-In@Nordstrom Welcomes I.T: We collaborated with Hong Kong fashion collective I.T to bring brands izzue, :CHOCOOLATE, Mini Cream and Aape by A BATHING APE to the U.S. for the first time.

Bringing a Hong Kong phenomenon stateside for the first time ever isn’t easy. After months of planning, just when we thought everything was a go—our boat-load (literally) of high-low HK fashion got hung up in customs!

It was all worth it, though. In the words of Pop-In@Nordstrom curator Olivia Kim, “I.T is one of my favorite things about Hong Kong—aside from the food and frenetic energy. When I went to Hong Kong for the first time, I fell in love.”

We think you’ll love I.T, too. Shop online and at selected Nordstrom stores starting today—and keep reading to go behind the scenes at our Seattle photo shoot (to which the clothes arrived just in time).

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Amanda Wheeler is a writer for Nordstrom’s creative print initiatives; she shared a day in her life with us, and we’re in turn sharing it with you.

What happens behind the scenes of an average plus-size photo shoot? When buzzed-about models Candice Huffine and Philomena “Phil” Kwao are concerned, nothing is average. Here’s the inside track on October’s Encore campaign, complete with outfit tips from both high-style gals and all the best fall looks.

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Olivia Kim—our Director of Creative Projects and Pop-In Shop Curator—hopped a plane to Los Angeles last week to share cocktails and conversation with our new friends at L.A. boutique/gallery Poketo.

The casual soirée took place at The Line Hotel, a chic new spot in Koreatown (K-Town for short) that boasts a mini Poketo shop nestled conveniently in its lobby. Olivia—along with Poketo founders Angie Myung and Ted Vadakan, their staff and a bevy of artistic acquaintances—gathered in a posh suite to admire one another’s work, talk art and design, and enjoy more than a couple laughs.

Keep reading for more on the evening’s proceedings—and be sure to check out Pop-In @ Nordstrom Welcomes Poketo while it lasts! This Sunday, August 3, is the last day.

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nordstrom-designer-photo-shoot-feb-2014-3aFrench model Pauline Hoarau rocks the latest styles from our Designer Collections spring photo shoot. Go behind the scenes and discover some of our must-have looks of the season.

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As Paris Fashion Week comes to a close, models from around the world are preparing to unwind after a long season of international travel, late-night fittings and early-morning makeup sessions. On our last day in the city, we bumped into our friend Frances Coombe, who still managed to keep an infectious smile through it all.

A former hip-hop dancer, this hazel-eyed Canadian beauty broke it down for us with a celebratory vogue.

“See you next season!”

Make your own rhythm with a taste of Frances’ wardrobe:

A.L.C. ‘Harper’ Twist Back Top | Saint Laurent ‘Billy’ Short Boot

rag & bone ‘The Leather Skinny’ Pants

Photos by Ford Leland

Issey Miyake, the Japanese fashion house, lights up the runway for spring/summer 2014 with the illuminated silhouettes of its new collection.

Where’s the Issey Miyake woman going this season? According to show notes, she’s walking “toward the stars and shine in the inky black sky, toward the moon.”

Gros bisous!

Getting cheeky backstage with Issey Miyake’s womenswear designer, Yoshiyuki Miyamae.

Rays of light in rainbow patterns splash across dresses and separates, creating a freshly innovative outlook on high-tech wearability. And of course, no outfit is complete without a spritz of Issey Miyake’s Pleats Please, a Nordstrom exclusive fragrance that embodies one of the most fundamental concepts of Issey Miyake.

Jump over to our Beauty Blog and discover the look that Alex Box and the M·A·C PRO team has created for spring/summer 2014.

Qianna Smith
Photos by Ford Leland

September 27, 2013

A ’90s Flashback at Carven

American pop culture from the ’90s meets couture craftsmanship at Carven spring/summer 2014.

When you think of Hollywood cool girls from the ’90s, Drew Barrymore, Alicia Silverstone, Claire Danes, and Liv Tyler immediately come to mind. The vision of these platform-wearing, midriff-baring, vintage print-pairing teen dreams provided Guillaume Henry with a reference point to further develop his position on easy elegance.

Key prints create contrast in the form of multicolor camouflage, rich floral print and classic gingham.

The scene backstage at the Grand Palais des Champs-Elysées. “When working on this collection, I looked at my own souvenirs from the ’90s,” the Parisian designer tells The Thread.

Argentine model Magda Laguinge dons a fresh floral mini.

Lithuanian head-turner Agne Konciute mirrors the image of Carven coolness.

Subtle rodeo references add to the playfulness of the collection.

Carven’s boyfriend coat will be essential on breezy spring nights.

“As a teenager, super cool girls surrounded me and they all really dressed quite the same: wearing a simple cardigan, a tube skirt, a heavy shoe, a little necklace and a huge jacket,” says Henry. “The girls would pretend that they were wearing their boyfriend’s jacket, which wasn’t so true. So I wanted to get this feeling of the boyfriend jacket. We had the boyfriend pant, and now we have the boyfriend coat.”

Choker necklaces complete each look and also play up the ’90s vibe.

Rose appliqués add a scrapbook nostalgia to key pieces within the collection.

Skin-baring eveningwear in luxe fabrics concludes the youthful narrative for spring.

Qianna Smith
Photos by Ford Leland

Nicholas Kirkwood, the 2013 BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund Award winner, held an intimate presentation in the 1st arrondissement of Paris to unveil his spring ’14 line. Using three distinctive motifs, Kirkwood demonstrated his ability to create covetable footwear that appeals to a variety of lifestyles.

“You see several underlining themes in this collection,” says Kirkwood. “The first is sort of a Moroccan feel with the raffia, laser cutting and jacquards. Then, there’s a sporty ’70s vibe that features high-tech low soles. I’ve always played with hidden details, and for spring, it’s a pearl under the heel or a triangle-shaped heel. Buckles introduced for this current fall are back with a vengeance. Lastly, there are transitional day-to-evening options.”

Learn more about the British wunderkind in our exclusive Behind the Seams interview.

Qianna Smith
Photos by Ford Leland

American expat Rick Owens steps into a new future for fashion, where raw energy and motion give new meaning to outerwear.

Instead of holding the traditional model casting, Owens recruited four step dance troupes—Step with Momentum, W Diva, Zeta and Soul Steps—to form a single unifying force he titled “Vicious.”

Futurism and organic expression were combined through electro-synthetic beats and rhythmic communal stomp to create an experience that was perfectly congruent with the progressive mindset of Owens’ universe.

Olive-soaked hues draped the body to form a structured silhouette fused with a tribal, Grecian statement.

A new industrial uniform emerges with a religious undertone.

Angular shapes construct a dramatic—yet minimalistic—aesthetic.

After the electrifying performance, The Thread dashed backstage to learn more about Owens’ vision for spring ’14.

“I have the opportunity to do shows, and so I like to have fun with it,” says the Californian designer (pictured left), who has called Paris home for over a decade. “When I do things that genuinely please me, they come out for the best. This show was really my own celebration, and if people wanted to join in, that’s fine by me!”

So what’s the message behind the movement? “It was about American unity and American teamwork,” Owens says. “I love that spirit and wanted to project that—both in the performance and clothes.”

“The show was amazing. Different. And very appropriate,” says rock star Lenny Kravitz, whom we caught backstage congratulating dancers from the show with his longtime friend, actress Gina Gershon. “I loved seeing the variety of sizes and the diverse looks of the girls. It’s so important to project that.”

Shop our Editors’ Picks from the current season.

Rick Owens Blistered Lambskin Leather Jacket | Rick Owens Twisted Jersey Tank
Rick Owens Calfskin Leather Jacket

Qianna Smith
Photos by Ford Leland

Paris is one of the most romantic cities in Europe, which is why we must profess, “Nous t’adorons, Meghan Collison!” En route to Anthony Vaccarello, her first show of Paris Fashion Week, the Canadian charmer blew us a stylish kiss.

“I love ending the season in Paris. It’s just so beautiful. The designers here always find a way to outdo themselves, so I’m excited,” says the muse of our rag & bone Fall Lookbook. “Plus the weather is nice, which makes running around the city fun.”

HERO

Two things every girl needs in Paris: a smile and a map!

Re-create Meghan’s Euro-chic style:

Alice + Olivia Leopard Print Faux Fur Jacket | Topshop Lace Trim Jumpsuit | Fendi ‘Be’ Leather Baguette

Qianna Smith
Photos by Ford Leland