Britt Burritt

Just in time for your music festival and vacation wardrobe needs, Nordstrom is hosting an exclusive pop-up shop featuring See by Chloé’s spring/summer collection. Unveiling at our Aventura (Florida), Michigan Avenue (Chicago) and Downtown Seattle locations, these boutiques-within-stores showcase the romantic shapes and cascading fabrics of the season, as well as several Nordstrom-exclusive designs (including a floral bell-sleeve dress, a darling denim romper, an embroidered dress and a striped jersey top).

See by Chloé pop-up.

You can shop the collection online, but if you’re in the vicinity of any of these stores, you’ll definitely want to visit, especially if you’re in the Chicago area. This Thursday, March 23, from 5pm to 7pm, the store will be throwing a See by Chloé Pop-Up Launch Party. Stop by to shop amid a scene featuring a DJ, a mixologist station with signature cocktails, passed appetizers and sweets, Minx nail artists, and a See by Chloé pouch with purchase, as well as Always Judging’s blogger Courtney Trop, who will be styling shoppers. Whew!

Courtney Trop

We took this exciting opportunity to connect with Courtney about her style blog, personal aesthetic, where to hang out in L.A. and where she’ll wear the new See by Chloé designs. Read on to learn about the hot spots.

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There’s something about a blank piece of paper that begs to be scribbled on. Our instincts can’t help but want to impose our inner impulses on empty space. Even in stick-figure form, art expresses our fundamental humanity.

New York label Eckhaus Latta (new to Nordstrom) understands the enduring links between fashion and art, and play and personhood. Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta studied sculpture and textiles in art school before launching their still-young line, and the duo remain immersed in New York’s art community—pursuing fashion as a truly creative endeavor.

Eckhaus Latta Fall 2017

Photo by Indigital Images

For Eckhaus Latta‘s fall presentation, Guerlain makeup artists kept the models’ skin bare, yet perfected with makeup. Once a flawless surface is achieved, however, it’s near impossible not to want to play with a bit of color. Quite literally, then, makeup artists added paint to the models’ faces with their fingers. This splatter art was a perfect tribute to the colorful, optimistic and innocence-imbued collection.

HOW TO PRIME YOUR CANVAS

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Have you ever had a bouquet so pretty that you hated to see it go? We all have. One of the seductions of fresh flowers is that their presence is fleeting. Fresh-cut blooms are to be momentarily possessed, experienced and then sadly discarded. It is a kind of luxury.

But what if you didn’t have to part with a particularly sentimental bouquet? Paper florist and artist Quynh Nguyen has a very precise talent for replicating flora with reams of crepe paper. Her work has been displayed in store windows, at weddings and in restaurants. Brides who are keen to keep their bouquets beyond their wedding day would be wise to contact her business, Pink & Posey.

Pink and Posey flowers

We spoke with Quynh about the extreme precision and delicacy of her work, how she got started and how we can too (although our results might more closely mimic those sad tissue flowers of our youth). Turns out she teaches workshops!

Pink and Posey flowers

How did you get your start as a paper florist?

About two and a half years ago, one of my brides that I was working with as an event planner wanted paper flowers. And I had some time and I told her I would help her out with that. We ended up doing paper flowers both for decorations and for her bouquet and boutonnieres. And the photographer took some amazing photos that got around Seattle. Other brides started to ask me to make flowers for them. Luckily I got picked up by the Huxley Wallace group. They asked me to make flowers for their new restaurant, Saint Helens Cafe. Every few months I go out and change out the flowers in the restaurant. It just kind of bloomed from there.

WATCH HER WORK: SEE THE VIDEO

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Life-Changing Jewelry by Soko

There is no denying that technology has always had an impact on fashion. But these days, that impact is being experienced on a global scale. Because of the connectedness of continents, trends and products are more easily traded than ever before. You can spot an outfit on a Malaysian blogger’s Instagram and shop it immediately, either online from the same stores the blogger did or by finding local retailers near you. All of this happens right from your phone.

The fast part of fashion can feel like a faceless blur. With this increase in globalism, the disconnect between producers and consumers is a growing cause for concern.

Soko Jewelry

 

Soko means marketplace in Swahili. It is the name that founders Gwendolyn Floyd, Catherine Mahugu and Ella Peinovich chose for their jewelry line. Originated when the three women had a “meeting of the minds” while working in Nairobi, the collection was inspired not as much by jewelry, however, as by the puzzling question, “How can we create a business and supply chain model where everyone wins?”

Soko works with local artisans—primarily women—in Kenya and Ethiopia to construct its contemporary designs from recycled brass. We spoke with Gwendolyn about her business model, how it provides a scalable vision for other manufacturers to follow, and we also talked about the jewelry that is as exceptionally crafted as it looks.

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Stephanie von Watzdorf is a highly-regarded fashion designer with nomadic tendencies. Before founding her fashion line, Figue, she graduated from Parsons School of Design, where she was awarded the Calvin Klein Golden Thimble. Then she worked for Yves Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren and Tory Burch. Her personal life is equally impressive. Stephanie was born on the outskirts of Paris. She travels incessantly, far and wide, with her photographer husband for work and for pleasure.

Her life seems truly bohemian. And her fashions are like wearable wanderlust.

Stephanie von Watzdorf

Stephanie von Watzdorf in Haiti

When traveling, especially a lot, nothing is more important than your footwear. Stephanie knows this well and her travels inform what she wears and creates, often with the aid of local artisans. Her designs, like her Scaramouche sandals crafted in India from supple leather, reflect regional and traditional styles. Suffering for fashion has its limitations—especially when crossing borders and wandering foreign cities—but with Figue sandals, there’s no need to sacrifice your feet or your outfit.

We caught up with the chic trekker to talk about travel, photography (she shared some pics from trips to Kenya and Tanzania) and sandals.

You’re an avid traveler. Where have you been recently? 

Recently I was on the coast of Kenya on three different islands: Manda Bay, Kiwayu and Lamu. It was an adventure, and warm and sunny, filled with joyous people and charm. Think Robinson Crusoe—no cars, only donkeys and boats for transportation. Life is beautiful and simply heaven in this part of the world.

FOLLOW IN HER (SANDALED) FOOTSTEPS: READ MORE

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This last month has been a whirl—one filled with designer platforms, reams of fringe, handbags the size of suitcases and crayon-colored eyeshadow. All of these glamorous things have left us in a swivet, and we’re suffering a bout of fashion fatigue from keeping up with the runway shows and street style. It’s a complicated self-diagnosis but, we’re assured, completely curable.

So once again we turned to Kate Bellman, associate fashion director in our Nordstrom Fashion Office, to distill the runway’s biggest trends for fall 2017. Because if someone were to ask us, our response would sound like nonsensical Elton John song lyrics: “blue jeans, baby; rocket ships; crocodile shoes and rhinestone sunglasses.” See what we mean?

Maison Margiela Fall 2017

Maison Margiela Fall 2017

Thank goodness for Kate! Here’s her professional breakdown of the last four weeks—plus our on-trend shopping picks. Sing along if you want to!

SEE AND SHOP THE TRENDS

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As Paris Fashion Week comes to a close, we’re reflecting on our favorite street-style looks and getting better acquainted with the ladies who wore them—by creeping around on their Insta accounts. (You’re like a friend from afar if you follow!) Because not everyone can accessorize with an umbrella, puddle jump in stilettos and layer three shirts, we love the women who try and succeed. Bien fait! 

Akimoto Kozue at Paris Fashion Week
Photo by Indigital Images

IT’S LIKE AN AWARDS SHOW FOR WARDROBES: VIEW THE SLIDESHOW

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This awards season, Charlotte Tilbury is determined to turn up the star wattage of Hollywood’s leading ladies. Through knowing use of her glow-inducing products, the celebrity makeup artist brings out the unique radiance of every actress. Truly, her looks are stunning.

Below she takes us step by step through her process for helping Emma Roberts achieve Old Hollywood glamour for the Academy Awards. Jo Strettell and Debra Ferullo worked with Thandie Newton and Kate Hudson for the big night, and they also share their techniques for gorgeous beauty looks on the red carpet.

Actress Emma Roberts attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

READ ON FOR THESE RED-CARPET LOOKS

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Some of the most advanced style in Milan this week came via the makeup and hair on the runway. While there were still shows that embraced the no-makeup makeup trend that has been prevalent in recent seasons, this is Italy, and glamour has rarely been barefaced on the Boot.

Emilio Pucci, Fall 2017

Photos by Indigital Images

We’ve rounded up some of the coolest, prettiest and most translatable trends we saw on the catwalk, plus picked out the tools to achieve the looks. Be it neon lashes, ’60s bouffants, primary-colored highlights or iridescent eyes, these bold beauty techniques are worth a try.

LOOK RUNWAY-READY: HERE’S HOW

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Simplicity ruled the runway at Narciso Rodriguez‘s fall 2017 collection debut. Not that the designer dialed back his sophisticated styles any more than usual, but the looks were without embellishment. Instead, Rodriguez emphasized the silhouette and its movement through dramatic shapes and strategically placed cutouts. Fluidity in sleeves, hemlines and silk fabrications gave these muscular constructions an ease and rhythm.

Shiseido at Narciso Rodriguez

Pared-back beauty in simple rosy tones topped these strong designs with an ethereal face. No makeup artist can illuminate the complexion quite like Dick Page. For this show, the Shiseido artistic director created petal-like skin that was all the more delicate next to the contemporary, moody clothes.

Narciso Rodriguez Fall 2017

Photo by Indigital Images

SHOP: Narciso Rodriguez 

A ROSE IS A ROSE IS A ROSE: READ ON

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