There’s more to the season than the bold-face main events. Not to take away from the traditions and ceremonies that mean the most to you and your family, but wouldn’t you agree that the last-minute get-togethers and low-key shared meals that end up happening before and after are every bit as meaningful and special?
And aren’t the outfits just as good, too?
Agazit Afeworki, SPACE sales associate from our Seattle flagship, styled by Nordstrom stylist Keara Matthiesen in a Comme des Garçons tee and Molly Goddard Grace skirt (Nordstrom exclusive) with Ashley Williams earrings. She holds wonderfully giftable zipper pouches from Undercover. Some items available in-store only; please call 1.888.282.6060 in the U.S. or 1.877.794.5304 in Canada for assistance.
All images by Jessa Carter
We’re in favor of celebrating togetherness as often as possible, and we’re also in favor of looking at decor and party vibes in the same way we look at fashion: as a mix of classic motifs, artfully unearthed components and new, inventive spins on everything else.
Styling by Morgan Dillon; images by Matthew Sumi
Is there any amount of cozy that’s too cozy? When the weather gets cold, the answer is no. With athleisure feeling less like a trend these days and more like a paradigm shift, designers are putting comfort at the forefront of their fashion. It’s all the better for stacking clothes and taking coziness to the max. Try stepping out of the house wearing fuzzy socks—fuzzy shoes, even—and two jackets at the same time: a middle layering piece and an overcoat. Then you shall know the true meaning of cozy. Be inspired by these looks and layer up.
Our model here is Tay Sean, rapper and producer extraordinaire. If you don’t know him, his new album, Leavings, is outstanding experimental hip-hop. Listening is a warm, enveloping experience. Dressing-wise, he has a unique style, so we met with him ahead of time in the store so he could help choose clothes from our men’s and men’s designer departments. His reaction:
“I didn’t realize Nordstrom had so much cool stuff.”
Check out our cozy looks below and our interview with Tay Sean about his music and personal style.
SHOP: Helmut Lang coat | Public School anorak* | Rick Owens pants | Clarks Wallabees
*available by phone: 1.888.282.6060
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You can always count on Caroline Issa to be one of the most classically chic women on the street and in the front row, and you can always count on her for a precise yet spirited runway recap.
Caroline Issa image by Kristin Yamada
So that’s exactly what we did: we counted on her. Our ace street-style shooter, Kristin Yamada, caught her at the show—wearing the Nordstrom Signature pintuck floral-print dress she helped design—and then we got her download on what was inside.
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If you’re at all inclined to wear a hat, fall is a good time to move to heavier fabrics: wool, knits, heavy cotton blends.
And if you’ve never worn a designer hat, visit one of our stores to give it a try. The details and feel of designer hats (all designer items, really) are best experienced in person—and certain designer brands and styles are sold only in selected stores. Call or stop by to see what’s available.
For a taste of what we carry at the intersection of designer brands and cold-weather hats, here’s a 360 view of styles by Gucci and Givenchy.
SHOP: men’s designer hats
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Whenever the season changes, we like to catch up with men’s designer buyer Dan Drewes to get the inside scoop on what’s new for customers and what’s cool for our own closets.
Dan told us about several exciting online designer launches–Japanese brand Tomorrowland; wallets and bags from Common Projects; wallets and belts from Gucci–as well as new–to-us brands available in-store only: Our Legacy, Stampd, Philip Lim, R13, Maison Margiela and Ovadia & Sons.
Those in-store brands are now available at Nordstrom locations in Seattle, Chicago, San Diego, Los Angeles and Vancouver. Contact your store to see exactly what’s there.
And read on for Dan’s take on key pieces by Moncler, ATM and Armani Collezioni.
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The earrings, the coats, the pink tweed, the grassy greens. The slinky dresses, the bold silver jewels. The slouchy trousers, the gowns. The shoes!
And not just the ones on the runway, either—the crowd at Designer Preview always brings their own parade (just check out that front row below)—and this past Thursday night on the Seattle waterfront was an ultra-inspiring mix of what’s hot now, what’s hot on the horizon and what’s just hot no matter the season.
The Missoni scene in Thursday night’s Designer Preview runway show.
Missed it? Loved it and just want to relive it? Our 50-image lookbook detailing everything from the start of the party to the trunk show the next day is just the eye candy you need.
CLICK IN TO SEE EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED IN THESE GORGEOUS IMAGES
Images by Jesse Rivera; styling by Jodi Taylor; modeling by Doug Ta’a
Summer is here and sandals are on our mind and feet—and not sandals worn purely for function, like beach flip-flops or shower shoes for the funky locker-room floor. We’re talking about sandals worn out in the world, for style.
Drop “mandal” from your lexicon immediately (to ensure it dies, don’t even say it in jest). While we can’t endure that term, we sympathize with your sandal anxiety. Not every guy can wear them with style; that’s what makes this a medium-to-high-swagger move. You’ll have to BYO confidence.
We spoke with men’s senior stylist Jodi Taylor on how to wear sandals and discussed the big puzzler: socks or no socks. As usual, she had the answers.
READ MORE FOR ADVICE FROM THE SANDAL SAGE
With just over two weeks to go before Designer Preview on July 28 in Seattle, we’re all getting pretty serious about that question hanging in the air: “What should we wear?” After visiting with SPACE ambassador Shawn Serven last week at our Seattle flagship, the ready-to-wear part of the equation is likely shaping up quite nicely.
But what to do about the crucial handbag element?
All about the embroidery embellishment: Gucci on-point
We recently revisited Shawn for a trip through the designer handbag offerings, where it became clear that there are three major trends to consider: color, size and embellishment.
LET’S GET CARRIED AWAY
Dad style, oxymoronic though it may seem, has established itself as a major factor in several areas of current fashion. Perhaps you’ve noticed the rise of dad hats (unstructured baseball caps with curved bills), dad shoes (New Balances are hot), Hawaiian shirts and Belichick-esque short-sleeve sweatshirts. The New York Times wrote about it the other day. And you don’t have to be a dad to partake in fatherly flair.
One thing we’ve noticed lately is how dad style is interpreted by some of the most famous rappers of our day, like A$AP Rocky, Wiz Khalifa, Future and Gucci Mane. All are known to base outfits around key dad values like ease and comfort, while introducing a layer of rock-star luxury not stereotypically “dad.”
In that world-within-a-world—of dressing like a rap dad—many outfits are grounded by Gucci slides and loafers, which set a free and easy tone that says, “No, I’m not struggling for success anymore,” and “Yes, I could retire at any moment.” A good level to be on, if you can get there. Or at least a good vibe and a cool look.
SHOP: Gucci slides | Gucci loafers
SEE IT: RAP DAD STYLE DONE RIGHT
As Andy Warhol once said, department stores are a lot like museums. And sometimes—like when you’re shopping for Nordstrom Designer Preview—you want a tour guide.
Yep, it’s time for our yearly runway celebration, in which we gather the most amazing looks from brands like Céline, Valentino, Lanvin—and present them together in one gorgeous show. Nordstrom shoppers from all over the country fly in for the presentation and party—and the exclusive trunk show that follows the next day.
For your consideration: layers of sheer Simone Rocha separates from SPACE
So how about that guide?
Enter Shawn Serven, SPACE ambassador at our downtown-Seattle flagship. A true student and fan of fashion, and someone who thinks big when it comes to personal style, Shawn’s also just crazy low-key, really fun and totally approachable. In his words, he’s at the store “to be the most excited about the designers we love and carry, and to pass as much of it along as each customer wants.”
Basically, he’s the perfect person to help us figure out what to wear on July 28 for this year’s runway celebration.
LET’S GET TO IT (THE OUTFITS, THAT IS)