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Achieving great style comes from knowing who you are and celebrating it! For the fourth installment of Sarah Jessica Parker’s guest editor series, the designer pays tribute to six women who represent SJP Collection street style. From Morocco to New York City to Los Angeles, watch the creative vision of Sarah Jessica and partner George Malkemus come to life in true fashionable form.

sarah-jessica-parker-guest-editor-nordstrom-blog-4th-article-sjp-collection-street-styleIt’s enormously flattering and very fulfilling for those of us who work on the SJP Collection to see the shoes out in the world, having adventures across the globe and doing what they’re supposed to do for women.

I love imagining all that grosgrain traveling around—crossing city streets, strolling through parks and universities, sitting in meetings, driving cars, dropping off kids and meeting friends for lunch. And now to see the shoes actually having these experiences is amazing.

The women who submitted their street-style photographs really have their own elegance. They’re all special and very individual. I especially love the different shapes and sizes and ethnic backgrounds. It makes a nice visual montage of beauty.

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Sarah Jessica Parker debuts her SJP Collection looking flawless, thanks to her trusted friend Serge Normant. For 15 years, the celebrated New York-based hairstylist has coiffed the style icon’s tresses.

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As the pair embarks on the SJPxNordstrom cross-country shoe launch, Sarah Jessica puts the spotlight on Serge, camera-phone interview style, to candidly discuss their storied relationship, which started at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards.

Until next time,

Keep up with Sarah Jessica’s fashionable footsteps on Pinterest while she guest-pins for Nordstrom, sharing her favorite places in New York, Seattle, L.A., Chicago, Miami and Dallas as she takes her new, exclusive shoe collection on tour.

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The Thread is thrilled to announce the long-awaited arrival of the SJP Collection, now available online and in selected stores! To celebrate the collection’s debut, Sarah Jessica Parker, her partner George Malkemus and the Nordstrom Shoe team have masterminded a special pop-up shopping experience in Manhattan’s posh SoHo neighborhood.

In her second article as guest editor, Sarah Jessica shares how the concept for the pop-up came together and why women come to New York (it’s for the shoes of course!).

Come Say Hi: I’ll be at the SJP NYC Pop-up today at 10am, Saturday at 3pm and Sunday at 11am.

When we first started putting together the big battle plans on which Nordstrom stores were best suited for the SJP Collection, George and I offered up the idea of a pop-up shop because the Nordstrom flagship in New York City isn’t yet open. I have such a connection to the city, I was wishful that I could offer an actual brick-and-mortar for the women of New York as well as other cities.

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Sarah Jessica Parker is bringing her unique point of view on fashion to The Thread and chronicling her adventures as a designer. Join the conversation on SJP and get access to her style inspirations and creative process. Take it away, Sarah Jessica:

HERO

Let me start off by saying Happy Valentine’s Day! Designing SJP has truly been a labor of love, and in only two weeks you’ll be able to experience the collection for yourself and see how hard I’ve worked on every detail of this line…I hope!

Countdown to February 28!

I’m thrilled to share some insight on my partnership with George Malkemus. Even though we are from different backgrounds, different ages and different genders, we both have this common point of reference: New York City, late ’70s, early ’80s. There was a very specific look from this era that is vivid in both our minds.

Strangely enough, a lot of our design process started not with sketching, not with tearing pages out of books or magazines or anything contemporary. Rather it materialized through memories…

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Donna Karan’s design philosophy began with a simple motto: “Accentuate the positive to delete your negative.” For almost 30 years, her eponymous label has empowered women to take charge of their style, creating fashions and a lifestyle that not only help women look good but feel good too. Karan’s commitment to and pursuit of total-body wellness moved her in 2007 to establish the Urban Zen Foundation, which aims to inspire change through integrative and practical healthcare solutions.

HEROSummer Gatherings: Donna Karan’s home in Parrot Cay, one of the most secluded destinations of the Turks and Caicos Islands where she enjoys poolside dining

Leading the movement on the importance of eating clean, Karan and Urban Zen have heightened awareness on the benefits of raw nourishment. Hungry for change, The Thread asked Karan to curate a menu for the ‘conscious palate’ and the result is a healthy homemade summer meal that you can easily prepare yourself.

For me, summer is all about family and friends. I love having everyone to my house for a casual, intimate dinner. I’ll set out lots of pillowed banquettes to hang out on, and buffet tables so you can serve yourself whenever you’re ready. It’s the same atmosphere whether I have a dozen guests or two hundred. This way people come and go, bring friends, whatever. It’s easy, like all things summer should be. My environments are all indoor/outdoor—whether it’s my Manhattan apartment with its wraparound terrace, my Easthampton home on the water or our family place in Parrot Cay. At the beach, the look is natural—fresh flowers everywhere, a million candles—everything easy and relaxed. There’s always great music, or maybe we’ll have an outdoor showing of a new movie on a huge screen by the pool—everyone loves that.

Now the food. Maybe it’s the mother in me, but I only serve nutritious, natural food. It’s my way of taking care of those I love. I’ve been on a raw diet forever; it’s how I lost a lot of weight, but more importantly, it’s how you get the most nutrition from food. So even if I’m not serving raw food—which isn’t for everyone—I serve in the spirit of raw food.

Yummy: Check out the Clean Plates Cookbook for mouthwatering, great-for-you recipes

For appetizers, we’ll serve spring rolls or canapés of endive filled with beet tartare and orange zest. Maybe a grilled flatbread pizza with broccoli rabe, shiitake and truffle oil. Or steamer clams in a broth of leek, garlic and wine. I’ll have big bowls of salads—local Bibb lettuce, avocado and sunflower seeds with avocado green goddess dressing. And we’ll serve BBQ shrimp and scallops with parsley, tomato and basil. We’ll also have a timbale of brown-rice pilaf with grilled zucchini and scallion or maybe a quinoa timbale with fresh corn, red pepper and carrot. All fresh and divine. I provide chopsticks, which are great for eating slowly and deliberately, though of course knives and forks are optional. In the summer, meals like this are really easy, especially in the Hamptons, where the fresh produce is amazing and all locally grown. Go to any of the farmers markets and everything has been picked that day.

To drink, we’ll offer iced tea with fresh mint, sliced orange and raspberries or a vodka spritzer, also with mint and orange slices. And white wine and champagne. Of course, then comes the dessert table. You can always expect an indulgence or two, like triple cappuccino sorbet with toasted almond or watermelon carpaccio with lime and mint syrup. For the grandkids, we have their favorite: honey marshmallow s’mores with dark chocolate and gluten-free graham crackers. I always grab one for myself.

With the food and table preparations made, it’s time to choose an outfit for the occasion. I love one-stroke simplicity in a party dress, so either the Matte Jersey Infinity Dress (left to right), the Sculpted Bonded Jersey Dress or the Draped Mélange Jersey Dress. I’m always barefoot, but a flat, easy slide works too. In the city, you can wear one of these dresses with killer heels. It’s amazing how shoes shift the attitude of a dress. Whatever you decide to wear, you should look effortless, especially at the beach. Hopefully, you’ve spent the day on a boat or walking the shore, not getting ready for a party. Because to me, a party should make you feel relaxed and social. It’s a time to catch up with friends and loved ones in a warm and inviting environment.

Ready to plan your own summer celebration?
Check out our guide on reusable place settings that are perfect for outdoor entertaining.

Qianna Smith

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Amy Squires and Jocey Canrinus (a.k.a the ladies behind the DIY and inspiration blog Wedding Chicks) are taking over The Thread and our Wedding Suite Blog for a day to share their quirky-glam style. What can we say? We can hardly ever refuse a peek inside a great closet.

Although we love the same look–jeans and cute tops—we tend to steer toward completely different looks. Amy loves a more classic tailored look – think Cameron Diaz. Her definite staples are J Brand, Joie, and Frye. It’s a given if you run into Amy, she’s most likely going to be in skinnies and boots.

1.  MARC BY MARC JACOBS Bag 2.  Laura Mercier Eyelash Curler 3. Kiehl’s Lip Balm 4. Joie V-neck Top 5. MICHAEL KORS Watch 6. Roberto Coin Earrings 7. Frye Zip Boot 8. Velvet by Graham Spencer Dress 9. kate spade new york Pump 10. kate spade new york iPhone Case 11. MARC BY MARC JACOBS Clutch 12. Lana Jewelry Necklace 13. Guerlain Kiss Kiss Gloss 14. Yigal Azrouël Jacket 15. Kelly Wearstler Cuff

1. Rebecca Minkoff Satchel 2. Topshop Jacket 3. Marco Bicego Ring 4. Free People Sweater 5. Aveda Body Lotion 6. Frye Tab Boot 7. Essie Nail Polish 8. Estée Lauder Mascara 9. Saint Laurent Nail Lacquer 10. Classiques Entier Pump 11. MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS Clutch 12. Free people Lace Dress 13. Lana Jewelry Earrings 14. Topshop Leather Jacket

Jocey drifts toward anything boho chic, adores anything Rachel Zoe, Parker or her favorite Free People. If you spot Jocey, she’ll most likely be in a flowy top, a great pair of Hudson boot cuts and fierce wedges (likely with a wooden sole!)

Top both of our looks off with gold hoop earrings, a chunky watch and an over-sized bag from Rebecca Minkoff or Marc Jacobs and we are all set. We also have to mention a few of our beauty staples: Amy loves her Laura Mercier eye-lash curler, and always has a great lip balm in her pocket. Jocey swears by Este Lauder ‘more than mascara’, a beauty secret passed down from her Mom.

xoxxo
The Wedding Chicks

For more inspiring style, check out Amy and Jocey’s guest post on The Wedding Suite Blog.