Jenny Packham’s spring 2017 collection deliberately drew on a 1943 art exhibit by Peggy Guggenheim titled “Exhibition by 31 Women.” Naturally, Packham and her studio are the artists behind her creations, but 31 famous women were the muses for her festive frocks this season.
Photos by Masha Maltsava
Some of the female luminaries who inspired a dress were Elizabeth Taylor, Iman, Florence Welch, Frida Kahlo, Jean Seberg, Julianne Moore, Catherine Deneuve, Jennifer Lawrence and, happily, Peggy Guggenheim. Although each dress had a singular personality, Packham’s overarching theme seemed to be classic femininity with an undeniable streak of individuality. Most silhouettes were luxurious, undeniably so. Some dripped beads, others shone with sequins, many were overwhelmed by gold, others presented colorfully embroidered blooms.
gave the models party-ready looks with defined eyes (sometimes under oversized sunglasses) and chiseled cheekbones. The makeup was chic and dramatic, perfect for a night out paired with a pretty, signature dress.
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“I love attending a black-tie charity event,” says evening, bridesmaid and ready-to-wear designer Monique Lhuillier. “It’s so much better to gather a group of friends for a night out when you are all giving back to a great cause. Luckily between LA and NYC, there are always amazing events taking place.”
From Monique Lhuillier’s summer collection, which is sold in-stores only; call 1.888.282.6060 for information
Lhuillier’s authority as a special occasions designer doesn’t just come from her success on the red carpets and in the grandest ballrooms; it comes because she lives and breathes it.
In light of (like, seriously…metallic pastel light) her ultra-lovely summer collection, we asked her to tell us what makes the best evenings especially magical.
MONIQUE LHUILLIER ON THE BEST EVENINGWEAR AND NIGHTS OUT
As seen on a swath of celebrities like Margot Robbie, Candice Huffine, Niecy Nash and Caroline Vreeland, Italian fashion designer Chiara Boni’s dresses flatter women of many shapes. Her vibrant and feminine cuts are at once festive and elegant, sexy and appropriate for a variety of occasions and functions. On top of all that, Boni is the originator of a stretch fabric that clings comfortably to curves and angles. Glancing over her website, you’ll see that her professional, wearable and attractive dresses seem to appeal to any number of international female newscasters and reporters. The Boni label is definitely on the rise.
All this is to say that Chiara Boni La Petite Robe may be your sartorial savior this summer as you bustle off to weddings, gala events and parties. During such a busy season, deciding what to wear and how to pack it can take up considerable brain space. Wouldn’t it be nice to relax and breathe easy in a wrinkle-free dress that allows you to inhale and eat without worry?
We spoke with the elegant Florentine Chiara Boni about her clothes and country, and the numerous celebrities who wear her dresses on red carpets around the world.
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Online now: our Designer Evening Boutique, where the stuff of red-carpet dreams comes true. To mark the occasion, we spoke with three men whose names are synonymous with elegance, finery and special events.
A look from Zac Posen’s current collection
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Topanga, CA: W magazine calls it hippie chic, CNN calls it Malibu’s hippie cousin, but we refer to the Nordstrom just north and west of Santa Monica as Hollywood’s best dressed secret—especially considering personal stylist Carly Nagel. From her post in the canyon, Carly gets to know the cast and crew who really make the movie magic happen. From set designers and makeup artists to supporting characters, producers, and partners and BFFs of big names, her clients are real girls in a really extravagent world, so when we want to daydream about Oscar outfits and red carpet looks, we go straight to her.
All photos by Holta Sayari from Nordstrom Topanga
“It’s our favorite time of year, the Super Bowl of fashion!” Carly told us. She’s careful to admit that she doesn’t dress the stars—we all know they have their own stylists who do that—but, she says, “The common denominator of all involved is that everyone wants to feel glamorous and comfortable at the same time.”
We had Carly and her Topanga store cohorts select their five favorite looks from the floor—fitted out with killer heels and hot handbags. The dresses themselves, like the show-stopping red Monique Lhuillier pictured here, aren’t available online, so if you’re actually clutching an invite (lucky you!) or otherwise searching for a perfect party look, please call Carly and company at 818-884-7900, or visit our Designer Eveningwear offerings to see what’s available online.
Otherwise, feel free to join in this spectator sport with us.
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Awards season is upon us. Although we are huge movie buffs, we’re even bigger fans of designer evening gowns. As we wait to see what the stars will be wearing to the Golden Globes and Oscars, we’ve set about obsessing over the possibilities with the aid of two Nordstrom Designer Evening Collection buyers, Jennifer Walker and Sahar Sokhandan. They were happy to engage in a fun game of “what if” and “who should wear.”
Kendall Jenner in Elie Saab for Spring 2016, image by InDigital.
The Golden Globes (Sunday, Jan. 10 at 8pm ET/5pm PT on NBC) is up first. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s awards show usually serves to indicate who the real Oscar contenders are and also affords celebrities an opportunity to party hard in fancy duds. Here’s what the two buyers are hoping to see happen this year, sartorially speaking, for Amy Schumer, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence and more.
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Almost immediately upon seeing the stunning embroidery and rich, vivid colors of Mumbai-born designer Naeem Khan’s spring collection, we were reminded of the much relied-upon Diana Vreeland trope, “Pink is the navy blue of India.”
All photos by Jessa Carter
An operatic soundtrack played loudly, as if it were rock and roll. When the actual pink came out—underscored by a pair of chunky wooden platforms and held up by a ropelike silver necklace—it had really started to feel like eveningwear and occasion dressing had a new, slightly wild lease on life.
Check out the pink number below, as well as a rainbow parade of multicolored and mono-hued gowns (plus a jumpsuit and a shorts set!). The red carpet is going to get punched up this spring.
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Your special events just got a lot more special. We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our Evening offerings within our Designer Collections, both online and at our Bellevue, Chicago, Tysons Corner and Vancouver stores. (But you can access these looks from anywhere; keep reading to find out how.) With decadent and gorgeous offerings from designers such as Carolina Herrera, Jason Wu, Reem Acra and Jenny Packham, whose crimson stunner is pictured here, we’re now perfectly positioned to dress you for black-tie dinners and fine occasions.
Jenny Packham runway look courtesy Jenny Packham
And, oh, the world of black ties and special events. The romance, the style, the champagne! We polled two of our featured designers to get their take on those special, and specially dressed, moments.
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Orange Is the New Black actress Taylor Schilling at the 2015 Tony Awards
Nordstrom Fashion Office Women’s Accessories Director Shannon Schafer shares her favorite trends from the red carpet at the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
TREND #1: STATEMENT EARRINGS
“The statement earring was the jewelry of choice at the 2015 Tony Awards. Long silver drops–as seen here on Anna Chlumsky and Bella Hadid — were far and away the freshest take on the earring trend.”
SHOP: Silver Drop Earrings
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It may just be Wednesday, but somehow it feels like everyone is working for the weekend! If you’re planning a festive Friday, opt to don a dark and dramatic cocktail dress. Deep, sultry hues like eggplant and black will add instant sophistication to your overall winter style statement.
Get this monochromatic glam noir look:
Xscape Ruched Stretch Satin Sheath Dress | Eliza J Faux Fur Open Bolero both exclusively at Nordstrom
Tasha Woven Wire Flower Headband | Boutique 9 ‘Colton’ Bootie | Moyna Beaded Foldover Clutch
Alexis Bittar ‘Miss Havisham – Delano’ Clip Earrings & ‘Miss Havisham – Bel Air’ Stone Ring all Nordstrom exclusives
Check out our Party Style Guide for more haute holiday fashions, shoes and accessories.