Get a jump on the season with our Fall 2014 Designer Collections lookbook here.
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.
Lanvin Creative Director Alber Elbaz took texture to the extreme yesterday, displaying a glamorous fall collection brimming with fringe, fur, ruffles and pleats. He showed a few curve-hugging pieces, but overall, silhouettes were free-flowing and flounced in the sophisticated manner we’ve come to expect from the renowned French brand.
Chiara (The Blonde Salad) is hands-down one of my fave street-style stars. She’s not only gorgeous as can be, but she’s also a total sweetheart and always makes sure we get our shot. Chiara started her Fashion Week with a girly, sporty look. Pink is the breakout color of the season, and it suits Chiara perfectly. I love the metallic print of her floral trousers, and nothing beats a cozy, fuzzy jumper!
Punk chic is back! I had a prolonged punk rock phase as a young gun and I still love all things leather and plaid. Leslie’s sexy zip skirt is the perfect complement to her prim tartan top. Throw in a little leopard print and some bold cat’s-eye frames, and you have yourself a look!
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Lookbooks are one of the best parts of the resort season, which kicked off earlier this month. It’s fun to see the different models and settings the designers choose, like Joan Smalls on a rainy city street for Givenchy or Hanne Gaby Odiele against stark white walls for Theyskens’ Theory. We’ve culled a few of our favorite shots from the new collections below.
Pleats and leather at Alexander Wang.
Head-to-toe zig-zags at Proenza Schouler.
Lustrous black leather at Helmut Lang.
Graphic prints and leather details at Opening Ceremony.
Slouchy trousers and sweeping hemlines at Theyskens’ Theory.
Sailor stripes and bra tops at Marc Jacobs.
Rich draping and oversized ruffles at Lanvin.
Tropical shadows and exposed midriffs at Jason Wu.
Dainty floral prints at Erdem.
Autumnal hues and Asian-style silhouettes at Marni.
Slivers of skin and black and white at A.L.C.
Busy prints and hints of goth at Givenchy.
Pinstripes and lace at Thakoon.
Sporty meets sheer at 3.1 Phillip Lim.
Sculptural shapes in black and white at Balenciaga.
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.
“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.”
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!
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Ella’s sweet, feminine look gets a hint of edge, thanks to her pointed pumps and leather moto jacket. Speaking of which, it was so hard to resist snatching that piece of minty perfection right off her shoulders!
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Welcome back, Nasiba! Fashion darling Nasiba is rocking this sporty lady look. Her lux varsity jacket is oh-so-perfectly draped (that’s how all the cool kids are wearing their coats these days!), and I love the micro-quilted sleeves.
I can always count on Nasiba being perfectly put together from head to toe. Even her manicure is coordinated to her outfit!
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