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I know I’ve already raved about stripes a dozen times, but they’re just the most versatile pattern ever! Nausheen’s bold, body-con pencil skirt and knotted silk blouse combo is yet another excellent example of casual urban femme.

As a stylist, Nausheen Shah is always thinking ahead, but keeps her roots in the classics. I wish I could have Nausheen style my outfits everyday!

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Blogger extraordinaire, Garance Doré, has that special je ne sais quoi quality that makes French women so effortlessly chic. Despite her fashion world celebrity, Garance is so sweet and calm. This tranquility is represented in her style, which is understated and yet unique.

Garance’s gold miniskirt garnered a ton of attention this morning, and I love how she’s toned it down with a loose cashmere sweater. We love you, Garance!

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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nordstrom-designer-photo-shoot-feb-2014-3aFrench model Pauline Hoarau rocks the latest styles from our Designer Collections spring photo shoot. Go behind the scenes and discover some of our must-have looks of the season.

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This denim-clad duo understands the power of coordination. I love spotting friends whose styles fit effortlessly together. Kate and Lynsey (Tomboy KC) look casual and cool. There are hints of menswear themes, but they add a bit of modern sex appeal with sky-high stilettos and distressed denim. I think I’ll be copying both of these looks in the near future!

xo,
Crystal

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Sub-freezing temps didn’t stop this pretty pair from rocking their favorite dresses at Fashion Week. I love catching friends on their way to the shows. One of the best parts of FW is catching up with your besties!

Erika and Ria said they were having a blast and loved the excuse to get dressed up. They both look gorgeous, while showcasing their own personal styles. Thanks, ladies!

xo,
Crystal

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“Shoes,” says Manolo Blahnik, “help transform a woman.”

Born in the Canary Islands, Blahnik began making shoes in London in 1971, and this year, for the first time in his illustrious career, he’s elected to hold a spot on the official London Fashion Week calendar. Blahnik hosted an intimate presentation at the Covent Garden Hotel right in the heart of the theater district, which was fitting, as the designer made his LFW debut via his first fashion film, directed by Michael Roberts and starring actor Rupert Everett and socialite Lucy Birley.

Vivid colors and floral and African motifs defined the look for spring ’14.

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Watch Manolo Blahnik unveil his latest handcrafted designs.

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Photos from Twitter @ManoloBlahnik

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Last week, actress Sarah Jessica Parker celebrated two milestones: the 15th anniversary of the debut of Sex and the City and the announcement of the launch of her namesake label SJP, which will be carried exclusively by Nordstrom in early 2014.

As one might imagine, news like this set the fashion world ablaze with excitement and intrigue, as well as eliciting the obvious sigh of relief, as this is a venture that fans of her label-loving character Carrie Bradshaw have been long waiting for. Who can forget Carrie’s enthusiastic appreciation for high-end footwear, especially Manolo Blahnik? For many shoe-obsessed women, the on-camera romance between Carrie and her many pairs of Manolos was just as fascinating as her relationship with Big. And despite the popular TV show coming to an end in February of 2004, the real-life narrative between Sarah Jessica and Manolo appears to be just beginning. The style icon is designing her collection of shoes, handbags and trench coats in association with George Malkemus, president of Manolo Blahnik USA.

Now that the news of this highly anticipated collection has finally broken, The Thread phoned Parker to get straight to the sole of the matter—the exquisite details of her latest fête in fashion.

A Polished Pair: Malkemus tapped Parker for a shoe collaboration with Manolo Blahnik in 2011 on a reinvention of the coveted ‘Carolyne’ style.

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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.

As a designer handbags buyer, Denise’s collection is unparalleled. We spotted styles by Lanvin (pink clutch above), Gucci* (black patent leather bag) and more.

“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.”

“This is my Oscar de la Renta watercolor dress, worn with pink Manolo Blahnik pumps and a vintage pearl collar inherited from my grandmother. I think it’s is a great way to wear a print to work.”

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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-Mary O’Regan

This year’s British Fashion Awards cast the spotlight on Manolo Blahnik, who was honored with the Outstanding Achievement in Fashion award. Since 1971, Manolo has created luxe shoes that have reached cult classic status among the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker, Anna Wintour and Kate Moss. Hear what his fashionable friends say about his contributions to footwear innovation and design, and about the man himself.

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Paris-based fashion ‘It girl’ Denni has an eclectic edge to her style. Her popular personal style blog, CHICMUSE, is currently live-streaming numerous hot ticket shows. Of course, like any good fashion blogger, she also chronicles her favorite outfits–one of which we’ve seen before.

Outside the Topshop Unique show, Denni is hitting some major trends, from her pop art sweater to her leather shorts. But it’s those amazing gold stilettos I’m dying for!

xo, Crystal

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