Designer Collections

We do love it when friends come to town—what better excuse to trick-out the sales floor and invite more friends in? We welcomed a passionate crew of oversized knit lovers and tailored suit enthusiastists for designer Stella McCartney‘s visit to our downtown Seattle flagship earlier this month, and to entertain them all: some good old-fashioned Coney Island-style fun and games.

Nordstrom Hosts Stella McCartney in Seattle

Stella McCartney talks with fans and clients at our Downtown Seattle flagship

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To go with this exclusive event, we also offered four Nordstrom exclusive items from the London-born designer—a studded star tote, a pair of platform derby oxfords, a chic one-button jacket and a killer tee.

COME CHECK OUT THE PARTY

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“Surrounded by Hermès silk spaghetti strands and pinching myself [that] this dream project came to life,” wrote Olivia Kim via Instagram early on Tuesday morning. The image she was captioning showed her standing in the newest must-snap selfie spot—smack dab in the middle of one of the brand new, ultra-modern and very cool design elements in Nordstrom Welcomes Hermès, a temporary shop-in-shop experience that she curated only for our Downtown Seattle flagship.

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Image via Olivia Kim on Instagram

And really, we do mean “only.” Olivia’s Hermès edit is just in Seattle and not available online, and our collaboration marks the first time the nearly two hundred-year-old brand has co-created a dedicated home for exploring the colorful and expertly crafted extras that make it such a covetable name.

As you might imagine, that one-of-its-kind emphasis on men’s and women’s scarves, ties, and jewelry means there’s a beautiful and immersive selection of it all; there’s also an entire year to take it all in.

PEEK INSIDE THE SHOP: READ MORE

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Hold on to your hats, Nashville: On Thursday, October 20, Marchesa designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig will be live and in-store for a very special trunk show and fashion event featuring an intimate look at the resort ’17 collection, as well as an exclusive preview and pre-sale of spring’s romantic and darkly gorgeous moods.

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From Marchesa’s spring ’17 runway collection

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Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig; all images courtesy Marchesa

Not planning to be in Tennessee this week? Let this post serve as your next best thing. Georgina and Keren (pictured above) gave us some personal insight on the feathers and sequins in their current-season collection and their trip to Music City.

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Not all the pictures snapped by front-row fashion people go up on Instagram. When VP of designer apparel Jennifer Wheeler has her phone out and is firing away, it’s so that she can review her favorite looks later and reference them in the showroom. On Sunday she and Sahar Sokhandan and Lauren Zimmermann, from the designer buying team, arrive at Loewe‘s showroom with several key runway looks at the ready.

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All images by Jessa Carter

In particular, the black-and-white look we actually did Instagram. (See, those ringside snaps aren’t necessarily for social media, but the really amazing ones are bound to end up there.) While Jennifer scrolls through her digital image bank and Sahar pages through the thick, glossy pages in a spiral-bound book that the brand provides, the beautifully appointed room provides context and inspiration and they begin to put their buy together.

SEE WHAT OUR TEAM SELECTED AT LOEWE

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A week or so back, I got in touch with our fashion director’s sharp-as-a-tack executive assistant to find out what her boss’s schedule was looking like for Paris. The document she sent back was dizzying. One day consisted of 10 back-to-back appointments in 10 hours; another had him booked with one very important brand for the entire day.

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All images by Jessa Carter

On the day that we finally managed to wedge ourselves into Jeffrey Kalinsky‘s agenda, he had started with two morning runway shows, including Junya Watanabebefore hitting the showrooms of Ann Demeulemeester and then Rick Owens.

Back to back; straight no chaser.

Good thing, then, that the Dries Van Noten showroom serves a beautiful lunch.

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Let’s call it a cultural exchange.

On October 16, icon of all footwear icons Christian Louboutin is coming to Nordstrom’s downtown Seattle flagship headquarters; from there we’ll spend the next five days showing him around the Northwest, including a trip to Vancouver, BC. (And yes, we’ll definitely fill you in on all this in the days to come.)

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All images by Jessa Carter

Needless to say, we’re more than a little excited for the visit—his first to our neck of the woods—but since we’re currently camped out in his city, we asked him to give us a short list of personal must-hit Paris spots.

PUT ON YOUR RED-SOLED BEST + HIT LOUBOUTIN’S PARIS WITH US

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No one likes Rick Owens. If you’re into Rick Owens, you love Rick Owens. And some people who love the American-turned-Parisian designer basically live and breathe the brand.

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Fans outside the Rick Owens show in the designer’s current-season looks; all crowd images by Jessa Carter

Come Fashion Week, those people make for the best kind of circuscostumes, paparazzi, paparazzi for the paparazzi, and curious onlookers who might have no idea what’s actually going on. And then, of course, Anna and Giovanna. We got thoroughly caught up in the devotees and their amazing style on Thursday afternoon before the runway presentation at Palais de Tokyo, and then we entered the show to find the most extraordinary thing: pastel feathers and gentle, sloping accents of color.

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There was a lot to love at Isabel Marant‘s Thursday night show at the Louvre, but in the end it came down to this: wear-every-day shirtdresses, supercool jumpsuits, showstopping one-shoulder looks, hot hot minidresses and really killer short-shorts.

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All images: Indigital Images

We’ve compiled a best-in-show look from each of those categories, and Gigi Hadid leads the way—just like she did at the actual show. The quilted style that led the procession gets our vote in the shirtdress division. Layered over jeans or on its own with a killer ankle boot? Perfection.

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Fashion has come to expect a poetic gesture from Dries Van Noten, but Wednesday’s runway presentation was really something special. It was an unseasonably warm and sunny day in Paris, but as soon as we entered the loftlike space, we encountered at least a visual chill: gorgeously rich and natural floral arrangements frozen in ice blocks, melting in a staggered row down the center of the room.

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Though the frosted arrangements (the work of cult botanical artist Azuma Makoto) didn’t actually lower the temperature, the allusion was crystal clear. Spring is that magical thing that happens inside of and because of the bitter cold. From the dark of winter come the most beautiful flowers.

SEE DRIES VAN NOTEN’S SPRING ON ICE

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Before Anthony Vaccarello was Anthony Vaccarello of Saint Laurent—back when he had his own private label and was part of the mix of emerging designers inside SPACE—we asked him what one word would describe his always-party-ready, dance-til-dawn looks.

His answer? Sharp.

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All images: Indigital Images

On Tuesday, inside the shell of postindustrial grandeur, the Italian-Belgian designer debuted as Anthony Vaccarello of Saint Laurent Paris by sending out an army of sharply dressed babes who were ready for any party—and the world.

FIND OUT WHAT OUR BUYERS HAD TO SAY

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