Behind the Scenes at Nordstrom

For the last three seasons, Amy Smilovic has embarked on an aesthetic overhaul of her Tibi brand. Her fondness for utilitarian sportswear has become the focal point of her collection that mixes functionality with polished dressing. For fall/winter 2013, the SoHo-based designer blends depth and texture to create an urban edginess with a ’90s refinement. Take a peek at the scene backstage before her runway show, held at Pier 59.

Before the show we had the chance to chat with Amy about her evolving design position.

The look of your collection has changed so much in the last three seasons. Tell us, what promoted the evolution of Tibi?
Amy Smilovic: A few years ago I asked myself, Do I do a merchandised brand that hits all these different components for so many different customers, or do I create a collection that really is from my heart and that I really believe in. There are so many influences in my life—I am a mom, I live in Greenwich, Connecticut, I work in SoHo, my husband is European, I’m from the South, we lived in Asia together—that making functional, beautiful clothes is really what I am about.

How does sportswear play a key role in the Tibi girl’s life?
Amy: I feel passionate about people looking great in the day and not overdressing. When you look great during the day, it’s because you’re wearing sportswear. The change you see in my designs is because I am bringing more of myself into the collection.

What inspired the look for fall ’13?
Amy: We go to Paris right after the show every year. I have a team of women that I work with to design the line, and for fall, we were doing what we want to wear, and I’m sure you’re going to see that come across on the runway.

–Qianna Smith
Photos by Fernando Colón


Follow the journey of Lubov Azria and her design team as they finalize the Herve Leger fall/winter 2013 collection. Watch Lubov’s artistic process unfold before your eyes as she prepares the brand vision for the coming season, from concept to showtime.

For fall ’13, Lubov and her husband, Max, explore the “opulence of nature.” The day before the show, Lubov does a final fitting to make sure all 31 looks in the collection fit seamlessly on each model’s body.

Pattern designer Carlos Lucero bends down to closely inspect the garment. Unforgettable statements are made through attention to detail.The collection is inspired by the work of husband and wife duo François-Xavier Lalanne and Claude Lalanne, the masterminds behind Les Lalanne. Lubov’s first aesthetic point of reference is in the form of this Les Lalanne galvanized copper and bronze chair done in 1988. The pair are known for their ability to bring to life “different elements of reality found in nature.” The detail in the dress pictured above evokes the way light filters through the branches in a forest.

Each Herve Leger dress is designed with the iconic bandage dress in mind. Here, Lubov and senior designer Sean Lim check the sculpting and construction of the look.

For the first time Herve Leger will introduce footwear in association with the Camuto Group. “We felt that footwear was a natural extension for the lifestyle,” says Lubov. Architectural elements and high-impact hardware are hallmarks of each shoe design.

In-house stylist Christiaan Gunther understands that each look must hone in on the iconic heritage of the brand.

After a very late night of fittings and final alterations, it’s time to pack up the collection. We say goodbye to the team. It’s D-day tomorrow at Lincoln Center, where months of hard work will take center stage.

Lubov watches her vision unfold during the show run-through. In just a few minutes The Theatre at Lincoln Center will be packed with press, buyers and celebs, all eager to see how Max and Lubov’s POV has evolved for fall ’13.

A garden of urban expression inspires the color palette. The material beauty of the collection comes in the form of engineered jacquard, caviar and croco puff technique, along with beading and stud detail that add depth and vitality to the bandage dress.

Models line up backstage, ready to put on first looks–sporting caps that give the collection a sophisticated urban edge.

Czech supermodel Petra Nemcova looked stunning in Herve backstage as she made her way past photogs to get to her seat.

Now join us at the show and watch the complete Herve Leger FW13 line take to the catwalk.

–Qianna Smith
Photos by Fernando Colon


Road Trip: On Location in Nashville

Our September catalog featured three distinct styles in three different cities: Seattle, Chicago and Nashville–where it was all about hot trends and rock ‘n’ roll. We had an awesome time hanging out in Music City, so we’re sharing some pics we snapped around town and at the catalog shoot.


In case you haven’t checked your Twitter today, let us be the first to tell you about our partnership with the talented fashion superstar Jason Wu. Arriving January 2013 only at Nordstrom, the Miss Wu collection will consist of 40 covetable pieces complete with Wu’s signature elements: luxurious fabrics, original prints and intricate details—with the relaxed, downtown-cool attitude of the modern gamine.

That’s Wu and team at the lookbook photo shoot—more on that coming soon! Until then, let us tell you just how excited we are about seeing the collection come to life. Inspired by European style icons of the ’60s—think Jane Birkin, Marianne Faithfull, Françoise Hardy and Anna Karina—Wu tells WWD, “Those girls had that certain something-something that really felt right for the image of this girl.”

Whatever that certain something-something is, you nailed it, Mr. Wu. You’ll find Miss Wu in 49 of our stores—don’t worry we’ll spill on all the details (like which stores) in the coming months, but for now, we’ll leave you with the words of Jeffrey Kalinsky, Nordstrom EVP of Designer Merchandise: “This collaboration has an appeal not just to a younger set of women, but to a broader set of women—at prices that are approachable. What’s great about the collection is that while feeling different from the Jason Wu signature collection, it still clearly has Jason’s design DNA.”

Read more and see another image from the Miss Wu collection over at WWD.

Jeff Powell

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Ever wonder what goes on at Nordstrom’s Seattle headquarters? We took a field trip to one of our photography studios for a peek at a day in the life of our stylists, photographers and models.

Studio N in Georgetown is one massive warehouse, split up into several mini studios. On the day of our visit, nearly every one was buzzing with models, art directors and stylists.

We popped in on a product shoot and found a stylist outfitting a model in a summery Diane von Furstenberg dress. Note the gigantic vertical monitor displaying images as they’re shot—handy for spotting and perfecting every fabric wrinkle or flyaway hair.

Chaotic makeup table, or dream vanity? Either way, we found out that there’s definitely a method to the madness.

These Michael Kors vachetta leather wedges were just one of the stylists’ many enviable shoe options.

Speaking of options, behold the studio’s shoe closet. Floor-to-ceiling footwear? Paradise! This Vince Camuto color-blocked sandal was particularly distracting.

Now, let’s take a walk down Merchandise Lane, shall we?

Clothes, clothes and more clothes! Our stylists have to stay super-organized, labeling each piece and putting them all back in the exact, right place, every time.

In another studio down the hall, a stylist puts the finishing touches on a male model’s shirt. He’s already got his stance down, broad shoulders and all.

We’re never short of inspiration around here. A magnetic bulletin board showcases the latest looks catching our collective eye.

And that’s a wrap! Tell us what you think of our insiders’ tour—we’ll be bringing you more behind-the-scenes action as we unveil our spring photography. Stay tuned!