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What’s the best thing about this image from the 1986 Nordstrom catalog? Well, all that denim is certainly not to be undervalued.

But check out what homegirl all the way on the left is doing with her shirt tails through her belt loops. Tying a knot in the front is an established style move. But going through the loops and knotting to create a smallish exposed triangle–that’s next-level.

Shop: Men’s jeans | Women’s jeans | Men’s denim jackets | Women’s denim jackets

—Andrew Matson

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The star of all-star jam “FourFiveSeconds” is definitely Rihanna, singing hard and being a badass and crying, performing with Sir Paul McCartney and the current King of Pop, Kanye West. Not the first time McCartney has collaborated with a K.o.P, BTW.

But from a style POV? The star is Rihanna’s jean jacket and leather-belt-tied-like-a-tie combo. Kanye West did the styling, selecting vintage Sean Jean denim. Which means for all you retro trend watchers out there, it’s time dig up your late-’90s/turn-of-the-millennium hip-hop gear like Fubu and Karl Kani.

That’s the fashion tip.

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A lot to think about? Maybe, but thinking keeps the brain warm—if not the body. And depending on where you’re at right now, you can probably use all the heat you can get.

Which brings us to this image from Marie Claire Netherlands’ new February 2015 issue in which photographer David Cohen de Lara and stylist Marjolein Mos stage model Sophie Vlaming in a sort of winter-on-top, spring-on-the-bottom kind of situation.

(And those eyebrows? Yeah, we should probably talk about those sometime soon, too.)

In the meantime, may we invite you to steal this look with our handily selected picks?

Blue Duck bomber jacket | Kut from the Kloth denim jacket | Topshop jean jacket with faux shearling collar

Shop: All women’s shearling coats | All women’s jean jackets

—Laura Cassidy

Our Director of Creative Projects and Pop-In Shop Curator Olivia Kim offers up daily inspiration, favorite products and things she’s super in love with right now.

Topshop Moto ‘Joni’ Jeans | Paige Denim ‘Verdugo’ Jeans | rag & bone/JEAN ‘Pajama Jean’ Sweatpants | rag & bone/JEAN ‘Marilyn’ Jeans | Topshop ‘Hayden’ Destroyed Boyfriend Jeans

“I like anything ’80s. My fave show was The Facts of Life. I was downtown at our Seattle store and all these pairs were like, ‘Hey! Look how rad we are!’”

This week, we welcomed RtA to via C. The brainchild of design duo Eli Azran and David Rimokh, RtA (Road to Awe) is an LA-based brand that has already caught the attention of industry notables and celebs like Kristen Stewart—who knows a thing or two about style. Over the course of a year, what started as a collection of bottoms has grown to include modern tops and jackets with an urban edge.

“For RtA, the pair eschewed special washes and trendy prints in favor of classic designs that won’t go out of style, from a distressed boyfriend set (our personal pick) to standard indigo skinnies.” —Harper’s Bazaar

“I’m loving the mixed-media denim and leather pieces that have a menswear type of vibe but still stay sleek and feminine to the shape.” —Glamour

“The designers have created cool jeans and leather pants with a rock’n’roll vibe that are so desirable, we have a feeling many a style star will be wearing the covetable duds come fashion week.” —Who What Wear

Our Director of Creative Projects and Pop-In Shop Curator Olivia Kim offers up daily inspiration, favorite products and things she’s super in love with right now.


Topshop Moto Girlfriend Jeans

“This jean has a great Brigitte Bardot ’50s feel to it.”

Whether it’s dressed up or worn casually, denim’s effortless appeal can’t be denied. AG design director and surf enthusiast Mark Wiesmayr walks us through the brand’s spring 2014 collection and, in the process, bares the infinite possibilities of this durable and ever-evolving fabric.

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AG ‘Stilt’ Cigarette Leg Stretch Jeans in White

On why denim has a universal cool factor: “It’s a ubiquitous fabric. It was made as workwear originally, so it never pretends to be too formal, and after wearing it throughout the last 160 years, we accept indigo as being a part of the monochrome family. It’s wearable with anything. Effortless is how so many of us want to appear, and that is part of denim’s cool factor. The way denim can be treated and given so many different finishes is also a part of being able to express our own individuality, without being too far out from the crowd.”

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November 14, 2013

Denimology: Stella McCartney

Eco. Fashionable. Fitted.

Slip on a pair of Stella McCartney jeans, now available at Nordstrom.

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Each denim style is 100% made in Italy

Made in Italy: Stella McCartney Ripped Hem Skinny Ankle Jeans | Stella McCartney Skinny Ankle Jeans

Stella dons a design from her latest denim collection at the close of her spring ’14 show during Paris Fashion Week

“I believe it’s an everyday part of everybody’s life,” says McCartney. “Jeans are a timeless classic with a million opportunities to inject freshness and attitude. There are a lot of eco possibilities as well with denim, which I find exciting.”

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Nicola Formichetti, 35, announced earlier this week that he would be parting ways with MUGLER, the French fashion house he was charged with revamping as creative director just two years ago. The multitalented Formichetti, who is also stylist to Lady Gaga, took to his Twitter account yesterday, writing, “restart the operating system #newlife #newfuel.” It now appears that his tweet was a hint at the announcement that came from DIESEL today that he would be joining the Italian lifestyle brand as artistic director.

“I finally met somebody as crazy as I am,” says Renzo Rosso, founder of DIESEL (pictured, left, with his new hire). “Nicola shares my vision, and I find it incredibly inspiring to work with him: two creative planets are colliding to generate fresh, mad, insane ideas.”

The DIESEL® ‘Livier’ Ankle Skinny Jeans as seen in the spring ’13 campaign.

What can you expect from Formichetti’s new appointment? Definitely a firestorm of fresh ideas, which comes in the form of the DIESEL Reboot project, an initiative to “mobilize an emerging global creative community.” This all-access-fan stomping ground of creative sharing lives on Tumblr, where Formichetti is seeking your help to reactivate the DNA of DIESEL.

“DIESEL and I are all about the same things. No rules! It’s about being empowered, it’s about being free,” says Formichetti, who will oversee all creative activities of the main DIESEL line. “It’s a positive revolution. We’re going to reboot! Hit refresh. That’s our first project: we’re ripping apart everything to rebuild something bigger. I want to get the creative young people around the world to be part of the process.”

Inspired? Start by breaking in some new jeans! Check out these distressed styles that bring denim to a new level of cool.

L to R: DIESEL® ‘Faithlegg’ Distressed Denim Boyfriend Jeans | DIESEL® ‘Getlegg’ Slim Skinny Jeans | DIESEL® ‘Grupee’ Distressed Denim Skinny Jeans

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Sarah, our Personal Stylist Manager at South Coast Plaza (Costa Mesa, CA), took time during our busy Anniversary Sale to throw out her most-wanted Anniversary items.

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Pour la Victoire ‘Prado’ Tote. This is a great bag for fall! It offers function and fashion at a fabulous price.

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Stuart Weitzman ‘Accumulate’ Boot. The perfect blend of classic and tough makes this boot extremely versatile.

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Zella ‘Live-In Leggings’. Every girl should own these. I wear mine with oversized sweaters and boots. The best part is, you can lose the boots, put on a Zella tee and head to yoga.

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Truth & Pride Perforated Leather Biker Jacket. I am crazy about this leather jacket! It works so easily with other pieces, and its biker cut will rev up your fall wardrobe in an instant!

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Paige ‘Skyline Skinny’ Jeans. I love the color of the denim and fit of these jeans. The soft grey is a fantastic neutral that will become your go-to bottom for fall.

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Oversized Sunglasses. New sunnies are not a summer-only necessity; as the seasons change, so should your shades. This style pictured is the perfect way to break into a larger frame. Go for it!

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Joan & David ‘Quimberly’ Pump. A playful-yet-chic pump is the perfect balance to fall’s knits and leather. Wear it to work with a pencil skirt for a sophisticated look, or rock skinny jeans and a leather jacket for a night out.

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Vince Boatneck Tee. Premium basics are a wise choice. You need to have cozy, yet stylish, layering pieces to be ready for any kind of weather. Throw it on under a knit or a leather jacket—this tee can do it all!

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Clarisonic Mia 2. This is my number-one beauty must-have! Your skin will glow, and you’ll get the most out of your products. This is a game-changer for your skin.

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Rebecca Minkoff ‘M.A.C.’ Python-Embossed Crossbody Clutch. Python is a playful way to keep things neutral while adding texture.

Looking for even more recommendations for a perfect fall wardrobe? Contact Sarah or a Personal Stylist at a store near you to make a complimentary appointment.