Caroline Issa

Sure, the casualization of workwear is a thing oft lauded as a godsend for modern office life (we definitely aren’t complaining), but international fashion fixture and businesswoman Caroline Issa reminds us that keeping the pro in professional has its perks, too.

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Caroline Issa in the first season of Nordstrom Signature and Caroline Issa 

Who What Wear recently checked in with the ever-chic fashion entrepreneur and Nordstrom collaborator to get her top five habits for dressing like you mean it every day of the week.

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Paris Scene Snaps, Part Four

paris-fashion-week-street-style-spring-2016paris-fashion-week-street-style-spring-2016Candid snaps of the street-style scene at Fashion Week spring ’16, from our Global Trend Reporter Crystal Nicodemus.

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New York Scene Snaps, Part Seven

Candid snaps of the street-style scene at New York Fashion Week spring ’16, from our Global Trend Reporter Crystal Nicodemus.

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We’re everywhere: in front of and behind the scenes of New York Fashion Week.

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Spring in Paris attracts the romantics; fall brings back the fashion fanatics. For this final stop during Fashion Month designer Caroline Issa selected a flirty outfit to go with an overtly coquettish clutch. We think it’s the perfect finale to a series of sophisticated looks. (Don’t miss Issa’s picks for New York, London, and Milan.)

Saint Laurent 'Monogram Lipstick' Calfskin Leather Clutch

 Saint Laurent Monogram Lipstick calfskin leather clutch

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Número tres stop during Spring 2016 Fashion Month is Milan, Italy’s fashion, commercial and economic hub. As with New York and London before, designer Caroline Issa—a street-style guru, too—has selected an outfit that revolves around a handbag chosen for the chic city. And this suede, drawstring borsa is molto bella. 

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                Loewe Flamenco Knot suede & calfskin leather bag

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Yep, it’s that time again. Over the next month, editors, buyers, models, and more will be disembarking planes and weaving their way through New York, LondonMilan and Paris as the next round of Fashion Weeks—the Spring 2016 editions—come to life. The key piece this September and October from city to city and coast to coast? The handbag. We had Caroline Issa select one for each city—and a look to go with it.

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Rebecca Minkoff hobo bag

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What happens behind the scenes when Fashion Director Jeffrey Kalinsky and crew are photographing the best of the season’s runway for our Designer Collections lookbook? Well, a little and a lot. There are times when half an hour goes by in a sort of hurry-up-and-wait fugue, and periods of such scurry and excitement that you look up to find two hours have passed in what felt like five minutes. It’s the nature of the game.

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A blur of a man: Jeffrey Kalinsky in his studio and office.

As a companion piece to the rich, gorgeous images and exclusive interviews in our fresh-off-the-presses, in-mail-boxes now book, we decided to single out a few of the more placid moments as well as let you inside the cheerful assortment of fashion flotsam and jetsam in Kalinsky’s Chelsea office. (Call it our 9-to-5 complement to his home’s recent cameo on The Coveteur.)

We also brought some of our favorite favorites into close range, so you get a sort of stylist’s view of the season’s best.

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Yep, it’s that time again. In almost exactly one month, editors, buyers, models, and more will be disembarking planes and weaving their way through Manhattan as New York Fashion Week—the Spring 2016 edition—comes to life. And whereas Fall market—which takes place in February and March—is a sort of street style show set in the tundra where a killer statement coat is the key piece, this round takes place in an altogether more temperate climate. The key piece this September and October from New York to London, Milan to Paris? The handbag. We asked Caroline Issa to select one for each city over the next three weeks—and a look to go with them all, too. Let’s kick it off with Gotham City.

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Tod’s medium fold leather shopper

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Although our first and foremost wish is to make terrific people unreasonably happy (isn’t that what fashion is for, after all?), we consider it a nice bit of icing on the cake when we can knock the designer shoes off the industry elite. Our annual Designer Preview provides a golden opportunity for all that, so immediately after last Thursday’s big event, we circulated the crowd and chatted with thrilled shoppers and visiting dignitaries alike to see how we’d done.

“I’ve been coming for years and this was the best show I’ve seen. The clothes are all so fresh and the energy is really high,” said Seattle flagship regular Lisa Goodman. “I think it’s important for people to see the collections in action like this!”

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And then, from Refinery29 style editor Annie Georgia Greenberg: “When you see the shows in New York and Paris, the seasons you’re looking at are so far away, but this is really cool because you can go ‘I want that now,’ and right after the show you can actually have it. All that and beignets and sailboats, too? This is how Fashion Week should be!”

And that almost sums it up—almost. See more images from the runway show, and the before and after, and get some insight from bloggers, editors and fashion lovers after the jump and on our Designer Preview hub.

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Caroline Issa is an expert on several levels—the fashion biz, the magazine world, being magnetic on camera and off. But today we call upon her genius as a Nordstrom Signature collaborator and astute client/customer as she tells us what she loves about three of the specially priced Nordstrom Signature and Caroline Issa fall collection pieces that are part of our Anniversary Sale.

Nordstrom Signature and Caroline Issa V-neck cashmere sweater

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