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November 13, 2014

Considering: Flowers in Winter

Depending on what part of the planet you live on, you might be looking at those potted orchids in high-end grocery stores right now and thinking, “Those guys know how to live.” The very idea of a hothouse flower is ultra-alluring right about now.

How to replicate that warmth and exotic beauty in the pre-holiday doldrums? We think the Marni collections are a pretty darn good place to start.

Designer Consuelo Castiglioni has been in a floral place of late; the house announced a year-long celebration of its 20th anniversary by transforming a Milanese landmark into a flower market, and the dresses and separates currently on offer are a veritable garden of great style.

It got us wondering, actually, what her favorite stems and blossoms are. So we asked her.

“My three favorite flowers are peonies for colour and perfume, hydrangea for form and colors—such as pink, green and fading blue—and then white and pink tulips,” she told us via email. (Which explains this excellent Marni tulip tunic.)

Our favorite flower, if you’re wondering, is the killer abstracted mokara on that tough-sporty biker jacket. Yes, please. Does it come in a bouquet?

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Rhian’s palette is so, so good. It’s both autumnal and bright, and has a touch of Seventies inspiration. The normcore style of a midi skirt and socks is très popular in Paris, and I love how Rhian’s simple cuts still stand out. Rhian’s sweater has a secret surprise, too: The back is covered with vibrant feathers!

Crystal Nicodemus


Shop similar styles:

Embellished Sweaters | Wool Midi Skirts | Platform Loafers

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

Marni Sweater | A.L.C. Skirt | Prada Loafer

Highlights from yesterday’s shows: textural details–some subtle, some not–reigned supreme at Marni, MSGM and Salvatore Ferragamo.

Marni Spring 2015

At Marni, the show opened with muted looks like a minimalist top and flowy pants cut from crinkled off-white fabric and cinched with a sweater-knit judo belt for a splash of contrast.


Megan is making florals look fierce! A bold floral is a must for fall, and I am totally into this peachy, tapestry-inspired pattern, especially when paired with a modern moto jacket. Minimalist accessories and makeup keep this look clean and chic, with a little bit of edge. The ultra-sleek oxfords are icing on the cake.

Crystal Nicodemus


Shop similar styles:
Black Leather Moto Jackets | Printed Pants | Metallic Oxfords

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

MICHAEL Michael Kors Leather Jacket | Topshop Floral Trousers | Marni Oxfords

Fleury looks quite the Parisienne in London: Her striped crop top and full skirt perfectly embody vintage French flair. While black and white is a popular color combination this Fashion Week, pastel pink is one of the major emerging colors and Fleury’s mini Fendi is the perfect shade. Patent leather ankle boots add just the right amount of shine and textural contrast.

Crystal Nicodemus


Shop similar styles:
Striped Crop Tops | Small Pink Satchels | Black Patent Leather Ankle Boots

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:
A.P.C. Striped Top | Fendi Key Fob | Marni Patent Leather Ankle Boot

heroOur Director of Creative Projects and Pop-In Shop curator Olivia Kim offers up daily inspiration, favorite products and things she’s super in love with right now.

Gucci ‘Claudie’ Platform Sandal

“Animalia for day and animalia for night! #seeingspots”

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Marni Metallic Leather & Genuine Calf Hair Lace-Up Flat

It’s time for another edition of “House Call,” an ongoing series in which we peek inside the abode of a Nordstrom employee. This time we’re heading to Seattle’s Lake City neighborhood for a tour of the architecturally stunning home of Red Godfrey, our Fashion Office V.P.


February 24, 2014

Runway Rundown: Marni

Every so often a designer throws caution to the wind and completely re-examines what it is that makes a dress a dress, and a jacket a jacket. This was one of those playful times for creative director Consuelo Castiglioni, whose fall collection for Marni included plenty of quirk and creativity, from oversized, asymmetrical ruffles to graphic artwork splashed across a dress cut with exaggerated biceps. Her point of view has never been stronger—or more courageous.

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Mary O’Regan

Another day, another picture of Veronica! This Romanian beauty has such lovely understated style. She’s a master of color and feminine silhouettes.

I’ve seen hundreds of black leather skirts here at Fashion Week, but this pleated oxblood version is a standout. Her knotted plaid adds a touch of retro casual flair and balances out the heaviness of her leather skirt.


Shop similar styles:
Pleated Skirts | Fall Trend: Peacock Hues | Plaid Tops

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

Marni Pleated Skirt | Fendi Leather Shopper | Burberry Brit Check Shirt

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.

—Mary O’Regan