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For the first day of Milan Fashion Week, we couldn’t ask for a better show location than the Piazza del Duomo. Italian fashion blogger Chiara Biasi stood out in the crowd, thanks to her fabulous mixed patterns.

Volume is a key element to this season’s best trends, and Chiara is rocking this oversize coat and gathered skirt. Her global prints are on the money, and I love that she uses a white tee to balance it all out.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Patterned Coats | White Crew Neck T-Shirts | Print Midi Skirts

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Carven Coat | James Perse Tee | Rebecca Taylor Midi Skirt

Nothing says Burberry like a classic trench coat, and these blonde beauties are perfectly paired. The base of their looks may be the same, but they each have clear individual style. Leather leggings and Valentino heels are urban and edgy, while lace-up stilettos and modern cat-eye sunglasses have subtle sex appeal. Love the look, ladies!

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Burberry Coats | Black Stella McCartney Bags | Valentino Shoes

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  Burberry London Trench Coat | Stella McCartney Foldover Tote | Valentino T-Strap Pump

Highlights from yesterday’s shows: Mary Katrantzou‘s surprisingly stylish take on plate tectonics and primordial ooze, plus a quirky, off-kilter riff on the “faded glamour of the British seaside” from Topshop Unique.

Katrantzou’s muted palettes and restrained silhouettes serve as the perfect foil to her lavish inspiration: Paleozoic planet Earth. Brilliant, technically challenging constructions support her collection’s theme with an intelligence that’s outstanding, even in a sea of superstar peers.

Mary Katrantzou Spring 2015Tectonic plates have never looked so alluring.

Mary Katrantzou Spring 2015Algae blooms and coral reefs are downright ladylike rendered in embroidered lace.

Mary Katrantzou Spring 2015Katrantzou makes evolution look good with whimsical renderings of well-clad reptiles literally having a ball. 

On the other end of the intellectual spectrum, the girls of the Topshop Unique collection can’t get away from their textbooks fast enough. Who has time for geologic history when there are parties to hit? The collection is a giddy mashup of ’60s-inspired ruffles and sportswear, with a healthy dose of ’80s glam thrown in for good measure.

Topshop Unique Spring 2015It girl Cara Delevingne opened the show with a vintage-inspired look that’s half cocktail party and half après ski.

Topshop Unique Spring 2015Graphic stripes, color blocking and retro silhouettes evoke Brighton summers back when.

Topshop Unique Spring 2015Party dresses with chiffon and ruffles closed the show on a note so frothy that it stopped just shy of sarcastic.

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Model Jessica Hart looked so incredibly chic this morning at the Michael Kors show. There’s a simple perfection in a monochromatic grey outfit. I love that her separates are slightly oversized, which is perfect for this season’s fit preference. Sleek stilettos and a luxe leather handbag give a little extra oomph to this casually elegant look.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Grey Loose-Fit Trousers| Turtleneck Sweaters | Roomy Black Leather Satchels

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Michael Kors Wool Trousers | Vince Turtleneck | Tory Burch Leather Satchel

I just can’t resist taking these BFF shots, I really can’t! Nicole and Rachel are too cute to pass up. Their outfits illustrate their unique personal taste but still complement one another.

I love the blue tones (hot hue alert!) as well as their matching sandals and bold lips. The full skirt has been a winner this week in New York, and these two show us how to pull off the midi and the mini length. Nicole’s classic 3.1 Phillip Lim bag is the cherry on top.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Full Midi Skirts | Patterned Miniskirts | 3.1 Phillip Lim Handbags

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Chelsea28 Midi Skirt | Lucy Paris Flared Skirt | 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel

Wowza! Natasha practically burned Lincoln Center to the ground with this sizzling look. Her little black dress is full of personality and encompasses some of the season’s top themes: fringe, metallic, and cut-outs. I love how sleek, cool and bold this dress is. By pairing this statement piece with minimal accessories and a clean beauty look, she strikes the perfect balance.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Fringed Black Dresses | Pink Lipstick | Metallic High-Heeled Pumps

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Filtre Tasseled Black Dress | M·A·C ‘Pro’ Lipstick | Miu Miu Pointy-Toe Pump

Zina has really nailed this normcore trend. I love when a woman can mix the unexpected and make it look effortlessly cool. Her light, pleated midi skirt adds just enough feminine chic to her sporty white sweatshirt.

She keeps to her minimalist vibe with spare accessories, and designer sneakers are an edgy contrast to her easy and relaxed outfit. Fashion bloggers like Zina (Fashion Vibe) are full of inspiration this season!

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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White Sweatshirts | Light Pleated Skirts | Designer Sneakers

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Vince Quilted White Sweatshirt | Topshop Pleated Skirt | Prada Cap Toe Sneaker

Fashion blogger Celine (Hippie, Hippie Milkshake) may hail from Norway, but she has New York style down pat. Even in these crazy temperatures, leather is a major theme, and Celine’s modern moto look is proof. The way she’s paired her long shorts with tall boots is such a cool way to transition summer pieces into fall. Add a Proenza Schouler bag to any look and I’m happy!

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Leather Shorts | Tall Black Boots | Leather Moto Jackets

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BLANKNYC Faux Leather Shorts | Jimmy Choo ‘Aiden’ Boot | Mackage Lambskin Jacket

This FIT grad and blogger (Mind Body Swag) has done it all: modeling, acting, writing—you name it! Lisa looks sharp and chic in this black-and-white ensemble. Her cherry-red Céline* adds just the right amount of color to her tonal look, while her amazing heels provide a little pattern. Layers, pleats and crop tops are huge trends this year, and I love how Lisa has put them together.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Black Crop Tops | Red Crossbody Bags | Black Cage Sandals

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Topshop Crop Top | rag & bone Crossbody Bag | Via Spiga Sandal

*To locate stores that carry Céline, please contact a Designer Specialist at 1.877.543.7463 or via Live Chat (7am–1am Eastern).

A favorite of fashion and street-style photogs, Caroline Issa embodies modern style with just the right dose of fresh—only one of the reasons she’s become a style blog darling and industry notable.

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A few of our snaps of Issa over the last few seasons at Fashion Week.

Counting ourselves as among her biggest fans, we’re extra excited to announce that in February 2015, Issa is infusing her most-wanted style into an eponymous collection exclusive to Nordstrom. (♥!)

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Issa outside our downtown Seattle flagship; a handful of her inspiring looks.

A savvy creative consultant, fashion director (TANK Magazine) and overall incredibly talented human being, Issa is adding her fabulous touch to 25 ready-to-wear styles. In the works since early this year, Nordstrom Signature x Caroline Issa will launch with a current, chic and covetable mix of wardrobe must-haves, like easily transitioned day-to-night beauties, gorge foundation pieces and more.

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Caroline is designing each piece with an eye on versatility, wearability and luxe materials—all reflecting her vision of modern, easy closet essentials for any woman who doesn’t mind a little attention from the street-style paparazzi. It’s all about her philosophy of investing in beautiful clothes that will last—and that you’ll want to wear—for a lifetime.

We’re totally behind building a closet you know you’ll love every time you open its doors, and we’re 100% sure that Caroline’s collection is going to make that very, very easy.

Stay tuned for more about our partnership, surprise exclusives and for the much-anticipated debut of our newest collaboration.

Caroline Issa for Nordstrom

– Jeff Powell