Nordstrom at Fashion Week

Collections from top American and European designers are almost never shown together on one runway, but each summer Nordstrom pulls together amazing fall looks from Céline, Valentino, Lanvin and more for a best-of-the-best fashion show event known as Designer Preview. This year’s gorgeous parade is on July 23—on the epic Seattle waterfront—and as always, all proceeds benefit the Seattle Art Museum.

An image from Designer Preview 2014

Among those expected in the front row: One of our favorite collaborators, Caroline Issa, and two of the most girl crush-worthy editors from Refinery 29, Annie Georgia Greenberg and Paula Goldstein. Instagrammin’ style watchers will recognize Cara Van Brocklin from Cara Loren, Blair Eadie from Atlantic-Pacific and Wendy Nguyen from Wendy’s Lookbook—all flying in for the big event.

You’re invited too, of course—tickets are available via SAMS, Seattle Art Museum’s supporter group. The only question left to settle, then, is what will we all wear?

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Fashion Week Journal for Monday, March 9

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As this season’s quartet of Fashion Weeks zipped itself closed and exited stage right yesterday and I boarded a plane bound for familiar faces, the voice in my head was never more like the diaristic Doogie Howser crossed with SJP doing her Carrie Bradshaw narrations. So please indulge me as I attempt to make some sense of the sit-com/sci-fi/drama that was these last 30 days of runways, real ways, icons, offbeats and more.

But …. I’m not ready to bring my Fashion Week coverage to an end per se—stay tuned in the weeks to come as I take you behind even more brands and share some special showroom stories and scenes—but for now I’ve distilled a month’s worth of impressions and ideas down to five notions of what the phenomenon of Fashion Month means right now. 

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Designers in Paris tend to march to their own very distinct beat, and the shows there always deliver a beautifully diverse array of trends. There were, however, certain key looks, items and ideas that emerged over the course of all four of this season’s fashion weeks and reached their apex in the French capital.

Among our Top 10: A mood of romantic, gothic Victorian; a nostalgic ’70s feeling; and a clean-edged retro-future idea that recalls the ’60s but is brought up to date with modern fabrications. Fur and layered texture continue in importance and a tailored coat, sleek bag and fitted boot will all be must-haves come fall. High-shine leather and precious dimensional embellishments in unexpected forms keep the look sleek, modern and feminine. Enjoy!

1. ’70S NOSTALGIA

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2. GOTHIC ROMANCE

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3. RETRO FUTURE

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Highlights and commentary from yesterday’s runway shows: Saint Laurent channels and refines a little ’80s rock ‘n’ roll, and Valentino takes a gothic plunge into a sea of black textures before bestowing viewers with a really, really, ridiculously good-looking surprise.

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Fashion Week Journal for Monday, March 9

It’s weird but true: a good coffee in Paris is hard to find. Unless, that is, you happen to go by Vogue’s Americans in Paris Fashion Week showcase where a certain award-winning, coffee-making expat is pulling shots and doling out croissants.

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Pernille Teisbaek has truly covetable style. Every time I run into her, I want to copy her look and today was no different. Pernille’s the master of Nordic cool–effortless and ahead of the curve. She’s ticked all the biggest trend boxes with today’s outfit, but manages to make each theme feel fresh and inspiring.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Shop similar styles:
Moto Jackets | Turtlenecks | White Sneakers | Clothes with Fringe

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

MICHAEL Michael Kors ‘New Navy’ Moto Jacket | Superga ‘Cotu’ Sneaker | EACH X OTHER Long Fringe Shirt

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I can’t resist an all-denim outfit. Then again, Chloe’s look is far from the traditional Canadian Tuxedo! Raw-edge culottes are cutting-edge trendy, while the denim button-up is a perennial classic. A draped shawl adds some color and volume.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Shop similar styles:
Denim Button-Downs | Peep-Toe Booties | Shawls

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

Zadig & Voltaire ‘Tak’ Shirt | Trouvé ‘Hallie’ Bootie | Topshop Crepe Kimono

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As much as I love the moto jacket, it’s nice to see another leather style represented every once in awhile. The sleek, sharp lines of this jacket are appealing and work well with the more relaxed separates of Rose’s outfit. All-white looks are clean and perfect for the modern minimalist. Platform oxfords and a designer bag add some premium flair.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Shop similar styles:
Leather Coats | Platform Oxfords | White Trousers

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

Nordstrom Signature and Caroline Issa Jacket | Opening Ceremony ‘Grunge’ Oxford | Theory ‘Onark’ Pants

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Highlights and commentary from yesterday’s runway shows: Stella McCartney makes modern sophistication look totally effortless.

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