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New York native and Alice + Olivia founder Stacey Bendet dishes on her fall inspirations.

What’s your favorite upcoming trend for fall?
Metallic bottoms! Cargos and leather too!

Name one article of clothing every woman should own.
High heels. Really high heels.

If you weren’t a fashion designer, what would you be doing?
Color therapy. Or interior design. I love designing–it can be a room, a shoe–anything! I just love making pretty things.

What’s playing on your iPod right now?
Girl Talk and Big In Japan!

Are there any trends you hope never go away?
Sexy pants!

Look what happens when you get Alexander Wang and Azealia Banks together with a little art direction by Christopher Simmonds. It’s a fashion-rap video baby of awesomeness. Check out the fall 2012 T by Alexander Wang moving-image campaign featuring Banks’s “Van Vogue.”

It began with a pair of jeans for this New York-based duo, but as Marcus Wainwright & David Neville share, rag & bone has become their way of life.

What are your favorite trends for fall?
David: Monochrome will be big this fall, and we’ve got a great arrow print, which was inspired by the photography of Malik Sidibe. Opulence is another big theme, and rag & bone’s fall/winter collection was actually inspired by faded colonial grandeur, which is reflected with plenty of rich bronze and floral tapestry.

Name one article of clothing every woman should own.
Marcus: A tailored blazer.

Are there any trends you hope never go away?
David: Urban utility.

If you weren’t fashion designers, what would you be doing?
Marcus: David likes to think he’d be a professional golfer, but he’d probably still be working in banking. I’d be miserable doing something else. I don’t think either of us were really cut out for corporate jobs!

What’s playing on your iPod right now?
Marcus: I’m listening to mainly show-related stuff: Air by Doom, Give Up the Ghost by Radiohead, Bloom by Radiohead, Codex by Radiohead, Cloudlight by Eskmo, Every Day by AFX

Buckle up, this Nordstrom-exclusive Rachel Zoe ‘Claudia’ Boot is ready to take you for a ride. Snatch up your pair now during our Anniversary Sale for $299.90 ($495 after sale).

Seattle’s finest came out for a night of shopping, nibbling and ogling as we previewed fall’s top designer looks on the runway at Pier 91. Check out the attendee outfit snippets we managed to capture between glasses of champagne:

We spotted several Herve Leger signature bandage dresses, and with good reason—they’re ultra-flattering and perfect for cocktail hour.

The party was full of Chanel bags—they were everywhere you turned. It was fun seeing all the variations. (Love the Alexander McQueen scarf too!)

Baby got back…and cutouts are the best way to show it off. The woman on the left is Marguerite Parsley, our Marketing Director of Events, Designer & Cosmetics, wearing an ultrachic Marni dress.

It’s easy to spot Christian Louboutins, but those neon/nude mystery heels are what have us drooling. Anyone know the brand?

Think prints for fall! The Asian-themed floral on the dress at right is oh-so-chic and looks perfect with hot-pink heels.

Hello, little white dresses. They’re short, sweet and simple. You can’t go wrong.

We spy a Louis Vuitton bag and Miu Miu heels!

Feast your eyes on this studded yellow Versace dress from the spring 2012 collection. It’s off-the-hook incredible, and that’s all there is to it.

Valentino on the left and a stunning Roberto Cavalli cape on the right. The ideal fashion sandwich.

An amazing sunset capped off the event. Thanks to all who came out! If you weren’t able to make it to the show, be sure to check out our runway images and see fall’s designer collections in action!

A perfect gift to yourself during our Anniversary Sale? This Vera Wang ‘Royce’ Bootie—it already comes wrapped in a bow!

Earlier this week, the 10 finalists for the 2012 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund were announced. As a proud underwriter of the Fashion Fund for six years, we’d like to offer our congratulations to all of the designer finalists and announce some exciting news of our own!

Established in 2003, the Fashion Fund helps emerging American designers continue to express their talents and grow their business with a $300,000 prize for the winner and $100,000 each for the runners-up (chosen in November).

Our own EVP of Designer Merchandising, Jeffrey Kalinsky, who sits on the Fashion Fund Selection Committee, says, “I’m proud to represent us on the committee. I’m even more proud of Nordstrom’s six-year commitment so far to underwriting the Fashion Fund, which is a great way to support American fashion by helping foster young designers’ businesses.”

Speaking of support, this year we decided to participate in a brand-new way. In spring 2013, we’ll be erecting Fashion Fund Finalist Shops in a handful of our stores as well as Treasure&Bond in New York City. Based on what we see from the designers at Fashion Week in September, our buyers will be curating favorite pieces from all finalist designers that customers will be able to shop right in our stores. Imagine all that serious talent available in one place—it gets any fashion lover’s heart racing. “Being able to showcase the class of 2012 in our store is an exciting opportunity for our customers and for all of us at Nordstrom.”—Jeffrey

Keep an eye out for more from us about the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund and its finalists—we’ve got a few more tricks up our sleeves!

In the meantime, meet the 2012 finalists:
Andrea Lieberman | A.L.C.
Greg Armas | Assembly New York
Sofia Sizzi | Giulietta
Justin Salguero, Daniel Silberman, Alina Silberman | Illesteva
Jennifer Fisher | Jennifer Fisher Jewelry
Jennifer Meyer Maguire | Jennifer Meyer
Max Osterweis & Erin Beatty | Suno
Tabitha Simmons | Tabitha Simmons
Greg Chait | The Elder Statesman
Wes Gordon | Wes Gordon

Who are you crossing your fingers for?

CFDA members collage courtesy of the CFDA.

Bangkok-born designer Phillip Lim opens up about his latest inspirations.

What’s your favorite upcoming trend for fall?
Duality—the idea of having something that can be like armor, something that can transform with what the day brings.

Name one article of clothing every woman should own.
A good coat.

Are there any trends you hope never go away?
Dressing up!

What’s the last article of clothing you purchased?
A lightweight silk tuxedo—not sure when I’ll wear it, but I know I will at some point.

If you weren’t a fashion designer, what would you be doing?
I haven’t really thought about it. I love making clothes, so why would I want to change?

What’s playing on your iPod right now?
Kavinsky and The Bones of J.R. Jones.

We’re happy to announce that one of our in-store-only brands is now available online in our Contemporary Shop: Carven—devoted to an attention to design and a ladylike, Parisian aesthetic since its beginnings in 1945.

Carven Faux Fur Collar Tweed Coat | Carven Puff Shoulder Organza Dress

While we’re on the topic, let’s have a look at Emma Stone in a chic Carven dress* on top of the Empire State Building promoting The Amazing Spider-Man. We can’t speak for the movie yet, but that dress certainly is amazing.

Images via Carven and Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. ©2012

*Available in store only.