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It was a dangerous afternoon at Gucci by the Milan tramway, but it was also irresistibly picturesque. Clara lived on the edge and hopped onto the tracks for this photo, and I’m so glad she did.

I am a sucker for plaid, so I was completely taken with her mixed-pattern blouse. A bold bag and cross-strap heels are city chic, while her simple white midi skirt is classic and clean.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Plaid Tops | White A-Line Skirts | Ankle-Strap Pumps

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Ece Sukan is a staple on the Fashion Week circuit, and deservedly so! She has played so many roles in the fashion world, from magazine editor to TV host. Ece has incredible style and always manages to stay true to her personal aesthetic.

I love this laid-back look, with its hints of preppy chic. The monochromatic blue unites the subtly mixed prints of her separates, and menswear-inspired loafers and a classic buckle bag are wonderful complements.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Ciao, Italia. Milan Fashion Week kicked off with a retro ’70s snap at Gucci. Here are some of yesterday’s star accessories on the runway.

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Aimee Song (Song of Style) is practically a fixture of our Fashion Week coverage. She has impeccable taste and her California style is a breath of fresh air in the city. It was another hot and humid day, but Aimee still managed to look chic. I absolutely love this structured modern lady look. The mixed patterns are subtle, thanks to the clean palette and simple striping. And that bustier top is one of the coolest cuts I’ve seen in ages!

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Striped Skirts | High-Heeled White Sandals | Oversized Brown Sunglasses

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Trina Turk A-Line Striped Skirt | Dune London White Leather Sandal | Gucci 57mm Oversized Sunglasses

heroOur Director of Creative Projects and Pop-In Shop curator Olivia Kim offers up daily inspiration, favorite products and things she’s super in love with right now.

Gucci ‘Claudie’ Platform Sandal

“Animalia for day and animalia for night! #seeingspots”

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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.

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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.

Qianna Smith

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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!

xo,
Crystal

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Kenzo Apparel | White Fit & Flare Dresses | Patent Booties

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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.

xo,
Crystal

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Studded Clutches | A-Line Skirts | Black Pantent Leather Booties

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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.

Qianna Smith
Photos courtesy of Gucci