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Cozycomfycool: Cold-Weather Looks

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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

CLICK HERE FOR THE LOOKS AND Q&A

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The briefest of timelines on creative directors Michael and Nicole Colovos:
2001: Met
2003: Married
2004: Won the CFDA’s first annual prize for emerging designers
2007: Took over as designers and creative leads at Helmut Lang and showed their first collection
2014: Showed their final collection for Helmut Lang
2015: Completed their first collection for their own brand, Colovos
2016: Showed it to Olivia Kim

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To call the Colovoses new designers is obviously incorrect, but to call their new line new, emerging and exciting is certainly correct. With an emphasis on easy silhouettes, modern style and luxurious fabrications, the pair is making their name the name to know. Think: denim that fits and wears like the best trousers, supple leather skirts with just the right amount of sway and sweatshirts in rich linen, cotton and alpaca blends.

SEE WHAT WE SAW IN THE COLOVOS SHOWROOM TODAY

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Gala Gonzalez is yet another amazing blogger (AMLUL) whom I love to style stalk. She has an air of understated cool that is compelling. Today’s look is unique, but feels subdued at the same time. I love a woman in a hat, especially one with such sleek lines. A full-cut dress, layered with a textural blouse, has retro gothic appeal.

xo,
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Shop similar styles:
Black Midi DressesLace Tops | Black Fedoras

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

Helmut Lang Midi Dress | Topshop Scallop Lace Shirt | Sole Society Wool Panama Hat

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Street Style: Julia at Fendi

Julia may be young, but she knows how to dress. Her outfit for the Fendi show is so chic and crisp. Shirting is having a major moment and I love the simple contrast of white shirt and black vest. A sleeveless, belted blazer vest is an unexpected, but very cool addition. To brighten up the minimalist palette, a bold, red lip is a classic choice.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Shop similar styles:
White Collared Button-Downs | Black Wide-Leg Pants | Black Vests

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

Treasure&Bond Shirt | 1.STATE Wide-Leg Trousers | Helmut Lang ‘Torsion’ Vest

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Studies show shopping is at least 12 times more fun en masse. Our Try This On series is all about the camaraderie of sartorial group projects.

A.L.C. lace crop top | ASTR textured skirt | SJP leather pumps | Shiraleah embellished wool clutch

Of all celebrated occasions and festive dates, New Year’s Eve expects the most out of your outfit. Especially if you’re going to be in New York City, and especially if you’re writer/singer/style icon Hollis Wong-Wear.

No, the Seattle-based GRAMMY nominee and Macklemore collaborator isn’t performing in the final moments of 2014—or at least there are no plans for such a thing as of yet. But wouldn’t “always be prepared—and dressed!—for anything” be a good New Year’s resolution? And one to enact early? We took Wong-Wear into the dressing rooms of our Downtown Seattle store to dial in three versions of ready-to-go ready-to-wear to kick off 2015.

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Sophie is rocking this transitional layered look. Mohair is a personal favorite of mine, and it’s a great trend for fall. I love the way Sophie paired her statement sweater with a filmy sheer skirt—it’s such a great way to work fall pieces into a warmer-weather look. Sneakers give the look a little modern sporty flair, while her baby blue bag adds some clean lines.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Shop similar styles:

Oversized Sweaters | Sheer Black Skirts | Black Nikes

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


Helmut Lang Chunky Knit Sweater| Nikki Rich Skirt | Nike Sneaker

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Street Report: Clara Outside Fendi

Clara said she loves layering for fall. I couldn’t agree more! Autumn is the best season for mixing textures and piling on accessories. Clara’s voluminous scarf and chunky knit sweater had me pining for cooler temperatures. Meanwhile, her casual skirt and white tennis shoes are firmly planted in summer, making this a perfectly balanced transitional look.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Shop similar styles:

Pink Scarves | White Knit Sweaters | White Sneakers

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kate spade new york scarf | Helmut Lang Sweater | adidas Sneaker

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Off-duty model style is a genre all its own. Models are immersed in the Fashion Week world on the runway, and yet manage to convey their personal style on the street. This gorgeous gal is right on trend for fall with her oversize knit and leather leggings. Slicked-back hair and a subtle red lip complete the look.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Shop similar styles:
Oversized Blue Sweaters | Black Leather Leggings | Slim Black Boots

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

Diane von Furstenberg Oversize Sweater | Helmut Lang Leather Leggings | Cole Haan Leather Bootie

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This look is all about modern, pared-down simplicity. Valerie could be the poster girl for the season with her sweatshirt, culottes and minimalist accessories. Normcore is everywhere! I love how this upscale version of the trend manages to be both classy and casual. Looks like it’s time to find myself some slim culottes at long last!

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Shop similar styles:
White Sweatshirts | Cropped Pants | Pink Patent Leather Pumps

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

Helmut Lang White Sweatshirt | Chelsea28 Crop Pants | Sophia Webster Pink Patent Leather Pump

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This look is so clean and well-proportioned. Fashion blogger Fer Medina (The Fashion State) says that she loves pieces with interesting design elements, like her amazing skirt. The bold stripe pattern and creative cut make a strong statement. I love that she brought in a little bit of pastel, too, rather than keeping her look all black and white. Those Valentino heels are the icing on the style cake!

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Shop similar styles:
Light-Colored Crop Tops | Asymmetrical Skirts | Studded Pumps

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

Helmut Lang Crop Top | Michael Kors Asymmetrical Skirt | Valentino Studded T-Strap Pump

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