Behind the Scenes

While the latest in our Pop-In@Nordstrom Welcomes Liberty London video series is a behind-the-scenes look at the print and fabric design process from the storied Brit brand’s autumn 2012 collection, the industry insight is still totally relevant and the inside point of view on the process is, as we say around here, evergreen.

But let’s check out how they say it around there.

Go desk-side with a handful of Liberty designers at the in-house studio as they talk about historical context, original artwork, digital prints and art world references.

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Calling all garmento geeks, fashion nerds and Anglophiles! To help you navigate the print- and pattern-festooned planet of Pop-In@Nordstrom Welcomes Liberty London, we’ve lined up a video mini-series aimed at insider knowledge, DIY projects and general fun stuff.

First up: How does a Liberty print become a Liberty print?

The iconic Tana Lawn shows up across the floral print shopper, that crazily irresistible egg cozy and on lots of other useful and adorable items, but where was it before that? Get inside the impressive Lancaster fabric factory that finishes many of these fine textiles and find out how Liberty’s prints come to life.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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