Lookbook

Most working stiffs know a place to grab a drink after the day is through. In some offices, a post-work cocktail is almost mandatory, a way to let professional conversations seep into the early evening hours, to operate away from office politics, to form collegial bonds outside of email.

Cinq à Sept 'Antonia' lace turtleneck

Happy hour traditionally happens once the office closes, so around or after 5pm, in the time right before night officially settles in. In French, the designation cinq à sept (“five to seven”) applies. For Jane Siskin, the designer behind a line of clothing so named, it is the time when anything can happen.

Cinq à Sept pre-fall cookbook

We spoke with Siskin about her romantic collection of modern clothes, and she shared a behind-the-scenes glimpse into Cinq à Sept’s pre-fall lookbook shoot at Raoul’s in New York. The historic French bistro was the perfect setting for these contemporary bohemian styles. In short, if your after-work round of drinks looked this amazing, kvetching about your job would quickly be replaced with cavorting with your colleagues.

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Every once in a while you come across a set of fashion images that you just want to live inside. You want to be the girl, to explore her landscape, you want—most of all—to wear her clothes.
That’s what happened to me the first time I saw Victor Alfaro‘s pre-fall lookbook. When I had the chance to meet him during Paris Fashion Week, I was hooked.
victor_alfaro_nordstrom_pre_fall2All lookbook images courtesy Victor Alfaro. And how about this 3-in-1 convertible trench?!
There’s something so classically New York about Victor’s style, which makes sense—the Mexican-born designer has lived there since the ’80s. And he just seems to understand what women are looking for from season to season. He’s all about layering, and building a wardrobe of looks that will work together for a nice, long time.
He’s also about an edgy jolt and an industrial urban setting. When we asked him to share his evocative pre-fall images with us, he happily complied, then told us all about the collection—and how Taylor Swift figures in. (Or, well … doesn’t.)

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Playful florals and springlike pastels add thrills and frills to the Ted Baker London spring collection. Shop this circus-inspired lookbook that highlights Ted Baker as the ringmaster of charming style.

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We were beyond thrilled when we found out the one and only Brad Goreski was coming to Nordstrom to style our kate spade new york spring 2014 lookbook.

With his signature wit and flair for the dramatic, Brad created seven unforgettable looks for spring occasions, from casual brunches to marriage proposals (!) and everything in between. While he worked, he gave us pitch-perfect styling tips to help you create your own sexy, playful looks guaranteed to turn heads and make you feel like a million bucks.

Although he was crazy busy on the set, we managed to catch a few candid moments with the maestro, including a quick conversation between Brad and one of his closest companions:

Want more? Check out Brad’s styling tips for spring and shop the kate spade new york spring 2014 collection.

—Amy Morgan

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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.

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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.

—Mary O’Regan

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Three Minutes With: Rachel Roy

The always lovely designer—and repeat Project Runway guest judge—Rachel Roy visited our Seattle Flagship Store last week to meet and mingle with lucky shoppers. There was a lot to celebrate, including the launch of her Rachel Roy Dress Salon (check out the gorgeous lookbook) and her new shoe line. What better time to do a little Q&A and get the dish on her inspirations and must-have item for fall!

Tell us about your new dress collection and the inspiration behind it.
Beauty, strength and effortless elegance inspired the new collection. The dress, to me, is about the ease of putting on one singular piece and making that your statement. It’s a collection of dresses that flatter, fit and move with each need in a woman’s busy life. I love that feeling of strength balanced with feminine silhouettes, and wearing a great dress can make you remember what is beautiful about life.

What do you look for in a great dress?
The feeling of elegant, sexy confidence. When you put it on, you know.

Is there an overall theme that ties your collections together?
My goal is always to design things that make women feel smart and confident, and there’s always a theme of the effortless and exotic in my collections. I think beauty and style should be effortless and at the same time look amazing, so I try to achieve that through interesting silhouettes and shapes. Exotic touches like print mixing and fabric manipulation add interest and depth to the story we are telling with the collections.

Where do you look for inspiration when designing?
Old Hollywood movies have always been an inspiration. I love the strength and glamour of Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner and Katharine Hepburn. I surround myself with art that inspires in my home and office. It’s important to me to fill my spaces with canvases, photography and sculpture that tell a story or elicit an emotion.

Describe the woman you envision wearing your clothes.
I design for women like me—working, raising a family, and navigating everything that comes with that. It means a great deal to me when women trust me enough to wear the collection or try something new. Designing, to me, is about helping women express themselves, and when she chooses to wear something from my collection and feels good in it, then I’ve done my job.

Do you have a favorite new trend or must-have item for fall?
A dress! It’s that one piece that’s always flattering and that works perfectly with anything from a leather jacket to a sweater coat. It’s the most versatile piece a woman can own.

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Belgian designer Olivier Theyskens of Theyskens’ Theory dishes up grunge-inspired separates in his ’90s-inspired pre-fall collection. Ditsy floral prints, tough black leather and sweeping skater pants add up to an urban-chic aesthetic, perfectly demonstrated in his latest lookbook. We’ve highlighted some of our favorite pieces below:

‘Keno Yenoir’ Pullover Sweater | ‘Paige Frandi’ Wide Leg Silk Pants

‘Karyl Yaif’ Sweater

‘Tary Icrystal’ Silk Tee

‘Breeza Itopaz’ Print Blouse

‘Manett Fing’ Wool Blend Coat

Leather Moto Jacket

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