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Last Thursday, more than 550 fashion lovers from all over the country converged in a cavernous cruise-ship terminal on the outskirts of Seattle to join us in celebrating our 28th annual Designer Preview.

Nordstrom friends like Vogue Market Editor Cynthia Smith, Seattle Art Museum president Jaennae’ Dinius, rising musician Hollis and our Director of Creative Projects Olivia Kim—among countless other notables—mingled during an evening complete with a cocktail reception, an incredible runway show and shopping fall ’14 collections. Read more to see some of our favorite highlights from this stylish soiree.


February 20, 2014

Runway Rundown: Gucci

Over-the-top sex appeal and flashy glam-rock designs that once defined Tom Ford’s Gucci are long departed. Under the reins of Frida Giannini, the noted Italian fashion house is undergoing a systematic evolution, where a deconstructed sensibility meets modern classicism. With a focus on luxe separates and tailored outwear, fall 2014 is all about clean, well-crafted daywear and “boyish romanticism,” according to Giannini.

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The scene was total chaos at Celine, so the only spot to take a pic of the lovely Izortze was in the street! Luckily, we were able to make it out unscathed. You might recognize this lovely lady, as she’s a returning blog star (Clochet). I love the casual simplicity of Izortze’s style. A Kenzo sweatshirt is an absolute “must-have” this season!


Shop similar styles:
Kenzo Apparel | White Fit & Flare Dresses | Patent Booties

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:

Kenzo Tiger Intarsia Sweater | Erin by Erin Fetherston Dress | Gucci ‘Helene’ Boot

Linda Tol never lets me down. Once I catch a glimpse of her sharp blonde bowl cut, I know I’m in for a sartorial treat.  She’s creative and fun, and she’s always willing to give us photographers a moment to grab a shot.

Today’s look is minimalistic but still has visual interest, thanks to the unique cuts and shapes. Also, pink has proven to be a major color this season, and Linda is rocking several pretty shades.


Shop similar styles:
Studded Clutches | A-Line Skirts | Black Pantent Leather Booties

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:

Valentino ‘Rockstud’ Nappa Leather  Clutch  | Leith Knee Length Skirt | Gucci ‘Helene’ Boot

Strong. Uncontrived. Decisively feminine.

“I took activewear essentials as a starting point,” says Frida Giannini, Gucci‘s creative director. “And set out to create a feminine take on technical outfitting crafted with Gucci’s codes. Intricate elegance, enlivened by a refined ornamentalism that takes its cue from Erté illustrations.”

Sportswear is reengineered with opulent materials that include jacquard patterns, laminations and leather inlays. Each look goes through a deluxe treatment, revealing seductive details that come in the form of deep slits, unforeseen cuts, plunging necklines and transparencies.

Tunics crafted from Art Nouveau prints are the new eveningwear for spring ’14.

Below-the-knee lengths, as modeled by Joan Smalls, bring to light a new sensuality.

Watch the movement and ethereal physicality of the 44 looks Frida sent down the runway come to life.

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Photos courtesy of Gucci

Welcome to the first installment of “House Call,” a new series in which we take a peek inside the home of a Nordstrom employee. Our inaugural post takes us to the downtown Seattle condo of Denise Junell, a designer handbags buyer. Denise has worked at Nordstrom for nine years, beginning with an internship on the Bellevue sales floor. Now she’s traveling to Europe six times a year on buying trips for Lanvin, Chloé, MARC JACOBS, Gucci* and Balenciaga*. Join us as we take a look at her extensive collection of designer shoes, handbags, clothing and more.

“When it comes to my personal style, I like powerful pieces,” Denise says. “I’m not so trend-driven; I just buy what speaks to me.” Here, she’s wearing a Rick Owens leather jacket and a vintage Chanel* necklace found at Renaissance boutique in Paris.

“Most of my outfits begin with the shoes. I have 55 pairs,” she says. “Right now, I’m really into color and texture. I think that’s why I’m so attracted to Fendi shoes.”

Her latest Fendi find is this pair of peep-toe booties, which she affectionately calls her “armadillos.”

“These YSL heels have a very ‘Tron’ vibe to me,” she says. “I wear them with a feminine skirt and blouse.”

If you’re wondering who’s in the background, that’s Goblin, Denise’s 5-year-old pug/chihuahua mix.

As a designer handbags buyer, Denise’s collection is unparalleled. We spotted styles by Lanvin (pink clutch above), Gucci* (black patent leather bag) and more.

“Many people invest in black for their first Chanel* bag,” she says, “but I think red or another pop of color is a great way for the bag to have a point of view.”

“This is my Oscar de la Renta watercolor dress, worn with pink Manolo Blahnik pumps and a vintage pearl collar inherited from my grandmother. I think it’s is a great way to wear a print to work.”

Next up is a butterfly cape dress by Alexander McQueen*, paired with Chanel* heels. “This dress is from the second-to-last collection that McQueen designed before he passed in 2010. It’s definitely one of my favorite pieces.”

At left, Denise shows us a memento necklace from her first Chanel buying trip. (Note the carousel charm—the brand’s fall 2008 runway show featured models riding a giant fashion-themed carousel.) At right, she shows off a leather Balenciaga* dress: “It’s just a simple shift, but in the cobalt blue it really feels unique. And it’s fun to accessorize.”

Denise has a vast jewelry collection, stored in a tall chest of drawers. She inherited many pieces from family members and finds other accessories while traveling.

“I like the idea of a wearing a personalized element, like these Nadri initial earrings. It’s a great way to make it your own.” She’s also wearing a Tom Binns safety pin necklace and vintage Chanel jacket.

In keeping with the personalized theme, Denise has started wearing her old namesake necklace from 3rd grade again, paired with a Nadri arrow necklace.

“Even though it’s a small piece, these Chanel* earrings are one of my favorite things I own. They basically encapsulate my style in a piece of jewelry—rock-and-roll juxtaposed against a delicate, dainty drop of Chanel.”

When it comes to her makeup regimen, Denise is all about bright colors. “Eyebrows and lips are where it’s at for me. I love YSL lipstick because the pigments are really deep and saturated. Chanel has the best lip gloss and a great range of nail lacquers. I also like filling in my lips with a NARS lip pencil for a matte look.”

Many thanks to Denise for helping us kick off this feature!

*available in selected stores

-Mary O’Regan

Couture construction meets the fetish aesthetics of Allen Jones at Gucci, and the result is a hard-edged silhouette treated to exude femme fatale power dressing. Outerwear, pencil skirts and form-fitting dresses are drenched in deep, inky shades of black, wine, rust and moss green that redefine the term sexy. Models were adorned with willow leaf-inspired necklaces, along with leather lock cuffs. Booties, boots and sandals all featured a sharp high heel that we can’t stop obsessing over. This collection will certainly move you to change up your accessories.

“The Gucci woman seduces with her dangerous femininity,” says Creative Director Frida Giannini. “She is steely yet sexy, defining her discipline with femme fatale vices. She wears sculpted dresses with pure graphics, all the while alluding to devious touches.”

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We’re loving the behind-the-scenes Instagram action from our favorite Italian brands. Check out the latest shots from Missoni, Roberto Cavalli and Gucci.

Leafing through model cards at Missoni in preparation for the Sunday show.

Missoni casting call.

A rough draft of the Missoni invite.

Roberto Cavalli with Georgia May Jagger during today’s press party.

Models pose in “first looks” backstage at Gucci this morning.

– Mary O’Regan

We’re beyond excited for Gucci‘s Fall/Winter 2013 show, taking place tomorrow at the Sheraton Diana Majestic in downtown Milan. The brand posted a couple sneak-peek pics of the venue and runway space on Instagram.

– Mary O’Regan

Shop Gucci shoes and accessories, including that Ankle Strap Sandal. Ready-to-wear apparel available in store only. Browse our other Designer Collections.