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June 13, 2012

2012 CFDA Award Winners

We’d like to offer our congratulations to all the winners and nominees at the 2012 CFDA Awards, with a special shout-out to those winners who are a part of the Nordstrom family. 

Billy Reid – Menswear Designer of the Year

Reed Krakoff – Accessories Designer of the Year

Phillip Lim – Swarovski Award for Menswear

Tabitha Simmons (middle) – Swarovski Award for Accessory Design

Images courtesy of BFA, CFDA and Parsons.

The trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby starting Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio was just released this week. Now, a 7-month wait until it opens. Jeepers creepers.

We already know we’ll be seeing it, because we can’t stop staring at the costumes—all that classic glamour and flapper-chic. We also couldn’t stop wishing this movie had been out back during high school American literature class.

Image © 2012 Warner Bros. Ent.

The trailer got us thinking: What would we wear to a Great Gatsby party? We did a little online window shopping and found a handful of Art Deco- and Roaring Twenties-inspired pieces for putting on the Ritz. We’re sure Daisy and Gatsby would think these are the bee’s knees.

May 24, 2012

Iris Apfel

Our favorite nonagenarian style icon, Iris Apfel is making headlines again. The Boston Globe reports that she’s donating over 600 articles of clothing and accessories (we’re talking the likes of Lagerfeld, Dior, McQueen) to the Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts.

All 600 enviable pieces were already lent to the museum during its 2009 exhibition, “Rare Bird of Fashion: The Irreverent Iris Apfel.” After reading the news of her collection’s permanent return to the museum, we thought it a perfect time to open our treasure chest and relive our interview with Apfel—shot as she as she marked the exhibition’s opening by styling our Nordstrom Northshore windows.

“If you can have one good little black dress and have a lot of accessories, you can change the look of the dress, and you can have umpteen outfits and always look good.”—Iris Apfel

This rare bird of fashion is sheer delight.

In case you can’t get enough of the 2012 Met Costume Institute Gala, or you saw the sneak peek of the guests at our table and around the scene in The Cut and are waiting for more, we thought we’d share our candid shots snapped with the help of Jennifer Wheeler, our Designer Corporate Merchandise Manager.


Karolina Kurkova and Arizona Muse


Lana Del Rey and Joseph Altuzarra


Azealia Banks and Alexander Wang


Christina Ricci


Karolina Kurkova and Pete Nordstrom


Arizona Muse and Erdem Moralioglu


Jennifer Wheeler and Olivier Theyskens


Rachel Zoe and Rodger Berman


Alexander Wang and Thakoon Panichgul


Jeffrey Kalinsky, Rachel Zoe, Jennifer Wheeler and Pete Nordstrom

The de Young Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and Nordstrom present The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, showing now through August 19.

With 140 haute couture and ready-to-wear designs, along with sketches, archival documents, photography and video clips, this exhibition showcases the masterful craftsmanship and rebellious spirit of fashion’s “enfant terrible“, starting from the launch of his first collection in 1976.

We were thrilled to speak with Gaultier about his works on display, his design philosophy and his thoughts on beauty and individuality.

Learn more about the exhibit and ticket information. “There is no one type of beauty.”—Jean Paul Gaultier


Not that we need an excuse to go back to Venice (though this time we know to pack the Dramamine for any all-day canal tours), but this exhibit is a definite motivator. The life and work of Diana Vreeland—one of the 20th century’s most influential tastemakers—is now on display at Palazzo Fortuny.

Starting her industry career as a fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar, and moving on to Vogue as editor in chief for almost a decade, Vreeland helped to revolutionize the world of fashion. The exhibit celebrates Vreeland and her contributions to the industry, and displays a collection that drops the names of the era’s most important designers and couture.

Now through June 25 at Palazzo Fortuny: Diana Vreeland. After Diana Vreeland. Also, check out DianaVreeland.com for a host of beautiful images showcasing her style and work.

Our Nordstrom Michigan Avenue store played host to a personal appearance from the always elegant and poised Ivanka Trump, who joined us to celebrate the launch of her spring 2012 collection.


We love the ladylike elegance of her collection—so like its namesake. We’re eyeing the pretty pinks and covetable mix of slingback wedges and pumps, but we especially adore how every piece of the Ivanka Trump brand makes ‘effortless chic’ easy for everyday.

The future’s looking bright at our newest store—Nordstrom City Creek Center in Salt Lake City—and it’s powered by you. For a limited time, in celebration of the Grand Opening March 22, our two-story LED wall will respond to your tweets.

Is your mood colored purple? Carmine? Sea foam? Thanks to our Interactive Development and Visual Teams, our Java-programmed LED wall at City Creek Center can display a staggering spectrum of shades. To watch the wizardry at work, just tweet our hashtag #newnordstrom and whatever color strikes your fancy.

How does the magic happen? First, be sure to tweet just the hashtag and the color (see below for ours). Our LED wall programming searches Twitter for #newnordstrom, which will alert it to your color and then queue it up for display. When your color goes up, our wall will ‘at-reply’ your Twitter handle, so you won’t miss it. Amazing.

Your blog editors may not understand all the code, software and technical hocus-pocus, but we do know how excited we are to get our cameras out and snap a pic while accessorizing our favorite outfit with 2 stories of color. We’re off to try #newnordstrom cerulean!

Join fashion’s elite as we take you front row to the Jason Wu runway show at New York Fashion Week.

You’re invited online and in store* on Friday, February 10 at 1pm Eastern (10am Pacific) to a Nordstrom-exclusive live stream video of the Jason Wu Fall 2012 runway show. Beforehand, read our interview with Wu where he gives us the scoop on his favorite trend for fall, how to create your own personal style and more. You can also follow the conversation on Twitter at #NLive.

Afterward, check back February 15 to pre-order some of our favorite runway looks and selected pieces from Jason Wu’s pre-fall collection. And if you just can’t get enough Wu (we can’t!), check out his spring 2012 collection available for pre-order online now.

*Participating stores include Downtown Seattle, Bellevue Square, Palo Alto and Tysons Corner. See these stores’ events pages for more details.

Nashville poster shop Hatch Show Print + artist Ruben Toledo = A grand-opening announcement made in country-music heaven.

It’s no secret we’re excited about the September 16 opening of our new Nashville store. But the buzz around here got a little louder when we got a load of the gorgeous posters advertising the Nordstrom Mall at Green Hills opening events.

A joint creation by Nashville’s Hatch Show Print and frequent Nordstrom collaborator Ruben Toledo, these posters pair Americana-flavored typography at its finest with Ruben’s iconic illustration style.

Using hand-carved blocks and old-school letterpress machines, Hatch printed the posters first, then handed them off to Ruben so he could do his thing. The results? So. Cool.

Now part of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Hatch Show Print has been operating in Nashville since 1879, making it as much a part of that city’s tradition as the music it promotes on its painstakingly hand-printed posters.

Check out Hatch Show Print online to see more of their work, including vintage posters for legendary country artists like Johnny Cash and Hank Williams and jazz greats like Louis Armstrong.

Learn more about this creative partnership and the Nordstrom Mall at Green Hills store opening.