Britt Burritt

Food & Drink Interviews Style

Our Dinner with Jason Wu—Plus a Sorbet Champagne Cocktail

Jason Wu isn’t exactly the flashy party boy so often associated with the fashion scene. The mild-mannered, impeccably polite and fundamentally sweet designer would be better cast as a gentlemanly dinner companion. Jason is, in fact, known for the beautiful dining experiences he creates for his nearest and dearest. We’ve profiled a few of the past shindigs that he’s thrown to celebrate his sibling label, GREY Jason Wu. And just last week, he hosted a dinner in Seattle. It was as perfectly planned—down to the gorgeous garnishes and centerpieces—as you’d expect from the detail-oriented fashion designer.

See the menu and images, plus read about the details—like his sorbet champagne cocktail—as described by Jason below. Two scoops, please!

JOIN THE PARTY

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Culture Style

Season/Shift: Inside Our Fall Designer Showcase in Seattle

Hosted inside a renovated 1927 ice warehouse in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood, Season/Shift juxtaposed fashion’s forefronts in three immersive environments: the modern, romantic and avant-garde. Twenty-one models appeared in 63 looks from designers such as Calvin Klein, Chloe, Dolce & Gabbana, Dries Van Noten, Fendi, Givenchy, Marques Almeida, Monse, Roksanda, Shrimps, Simone Rocha, Stella McCartney and Valentino.

SEE THE PARTY PICS

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Interviews Style

Alexander Wang on His Exclusive Rose-Gold Capsule Collection & Favorite Lunch Spot

Being part of Alexander Wang‘s squad (#wangsquad) has been a longtime fantasy of ours. We imagine it would involve wearing really amazing clothes—in lots of black—to warehouse ragers, followed by drive-thru burgers and late-night routs of mini-marts with Vince Staples and Anna Ewers.

But we’ll settle for our brief chat with the wunderkind designer about his favorite lunch spot (it’s not fast or snack food) and picking up several pieces from his gorgeous Nordstrom-exclusive rose-gold capsule collection, which unveils today. Truth is, we probably don’t have the kind of energy it would take to stay so many steps ahead of the trends after pulling an all-nighter. But we can definitely pull off those studded sandals.

And it turns out Alexander is pretty chill too.

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Street Style Style

5 (Easy) Ways to Make Your Summer Wardrobe Shine

Summer style should be easy. You have backyard parties to attend, and it’s too hot to sweat what you’ll wear. Thankfully, this season, we can boil warm weather dressing down to five quick additions that you can make to your existing wardrobe.

Here are some inspirational pics and our shopping suggestions to get you to that barbecue before the ice melts in your mojito.

SEE THE ACCESSORIES

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Interviews Style

Model and Icon Ashley Graham on Visible Bra Straps and Invisible Panty Lines

Model Ashley Graham has become one of those beautiful faces (and bodies) that are instantly identifiable. But the bodacious lady is so much more than meets the admiring eye. TIME named Graham one of the magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2017 in the Icon category (Tyra Banks penned her tribute). Not only is Graham abolishing society’s stringent beauty standards one glossy cover at a time, but she’s helping other women through her positive message of self-acceptance and her line of sexy plus-size swimwear and lingerie.

Graham chatted with us about which top-drawer essentials in her collection are part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and how she builds up her self-esteem through lingerie and nurturing self-talk.

What do you love about Nordstrom’s “one-of-a-kind” Anniversary Sale? Why is it a great time to shop?

I love the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale because you can find all of the quality brands you love at such great prices.

What do you usually shop during the sale?

I like to shop for investment pieces, like designer bags and shoes.

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Art Culture Interviews Style

Artist Kindah Khalidy Takes Her Color Palettes from Old Ladies’ Outfits and Buffed Graffiti

Vibrant, abstract symbols cover the surfaces on which San Franciscan artist Kindah Khalidy works. Although their meaning isn’t objectively discernible, they are undeniably cheery and upbeat. Khalidy paints on almost any blank canvas: clothes, walls, wrapping paper, furniture. Her optimistic, pop-art palette plays off the starkness of its backdrop.

One of the adorable faces of our Anniversary Sale, we caught up with Khalidy to chat about her charming art, her style and her shopping habits.

What do you love about Nordstrom’s “One-of-a-Kind” Anniversary Sale? Why is it a great time to shop?

It’s a fun time to finally grab those items I’ve been eyeing for a while. We’re pretty lucky with Bay Area weather in the sense that you can wear clothes for all seasons, year round. Cue the sweaters.

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Culture Film & Television Style

Hana Mae Lee Talks About Hilarious Horror, Her Recluse Ambitions and Rad Style

You definitely know her as Lilly from Pitch Perfect (1, 2 and now 3), but Hana Mae Lee is branching out into more (and more vocal) roles. The star on the rise with ingenue eyes brings her distinctly darling style to all her projects—three to come this year alone.

We caught up with Lee to talk about what she shops, her signature hair style and her favorite movie moments.

What do you love about Nordstrom’s “one-of-a-kind” Anniversary Sale? Why is it a great time to shop?

I love the variety. From Le Creuset to MM6 Maison Margiela, so your boyfriend cooks while you’re looking good! Everyone loves a sale, but a great sale is where it’s at. #Heard

What do you usually shop during the sale?

I splurge on diptyque Feu de Bois candles.

How would you describe your personal style?

Dark. Oversized. Rad.

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Street Style Style

Put on Your Sunnies Face: This Summer’s Sunglasses

Photos by Kristin Yamada

Turns out, the shades that we hide behind when running errands or avoiding paparazzi (real or imagined) are also effective for standing out in a crowd. Case in point: this summer’s festival circuit. In that sea of youthful seraphim taking fashion risks, we found a number of surprising new frame styles.

Beyond the basic cat eye or aviator, sunglasses are getting increasingly playful with jewels, sweeping angles and tinted lenses. These aren’t simply utilitarian sun shields but rather statement pieces worn front and center.

SHOP THE SHADES

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Food & Drink Weddings

Throw a Bridal Shower Like a Party Pro

How to Throw a Bridal Shower

19 Cooper strapless culotte jumpsuit | Topshop Unique Aster silk midi dress

Although you never need a reason to celebrate, you were just given the best one: your friend is getting married! Once the squeals, hugs, tears and proposal story conclude, the bridal shower planning begins. To help steer it in the happiest direction, we’ve collected cheery recipes, fun favors and pretty place settings to make your newly affianced pal’s party a success.

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Style

What to Wear to Work When It’s Hot Out

The moment after we play tag with the snooze button in the morning, what to wear to work crosses our minds. There are several considerations: With whom will we be meeting that day? What’s clean? What’s ironed? What’s the weather outside? On hot summer days, that final concern is paramount and puzzling. Shorts and a tank top would never do, but the usual trousers and blouse seem stifling.

What to Wear to Work When It's Hot Out

Trouvé belted duster jacketNordstrom Collection stripe stretch silk dress | adidas Gazelle sneaker

We asked Nordstrom Stylist Morgan Dillon what to wear to work when it’s sticky, humid and blazing hot, and then our colleague Sydney Bright tried out the airy suggestions at Nordstrom headquarters in downtown Seattle. Let’s just say we’re big fans of her picks (and of fans in general).

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