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Our Women’s Buying Team on House of DVF and the winning design.

The Diane von Furstenberg reality show, House of DVFin which a hopeful group of young women vie to become the brand’s global ambassadorhas taken us up, down and sideways. From new friendships and sad goodbyes to surprise twists and a $1,o00 dress that went for a swim, one thing remains constant: the gracious spirit and wisdom of Furstenberg herself. It’s no wonder the prize position is such a coveted one.

Did you see us on last night’s episode? Part of our women’s buying team was on set representing Nordstrom and had the opportunity to provide feedback to the would-be ambassadors about their designs and fashion—not to mention help select a winning dress to be sold exclusively at Nordstrom, in stores and online beginning this March. What was it like, behind the scenes?

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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.

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Topshop ‘Maisie’ Top Coat

“This is such a great coat for under $100! Great shape, classic color–this is a must for fall!”

Ever dream of becoming a handbag designer? Now is your chance! Starting today on Instagram, we’re partnering with designer Rebecca Minkoff and you to create the ultimate fan bag.

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Meet the perfect new way to show off your taste in style: the Rebecca Minkoff ‘Mini M.A.C.’, in color combos that you’ll only find at Nordstrom.

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The Glamourai’s Kelly Framel returns for a second collaboration with Nordstrom, and this time around, the partnership includes designer Donna Karan. The New York-based fashion house tapped the noted blogger for the coming fall and resort seasons to blog about all things Donna Karan, modeling looks available both online at Nordstrom and in our stores.

Check out this sneak peek of Kelly’s first post that went live today, which features her stylish point of view on Donna Karan’s “7 Easy Pieces”:

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The Essential Piece: Donna Karan Collection Mélange Stretch Sequin Skirt

Black Basics: Donna Karan Collection Vintage Stretch Leather Jacket & Slim Jersey Pants

“Many trends come and go with the ever-changing zeitgeist, and few are the movements that have had as lasting an impact on the way women dress as Donna Karan’s 7 Easy Pieces, a concept first debuted in 1985 that continues to shape the sartorial landscape of today,” says Kelly.

Dress Me Up, Dress Me Down: Donna Karan Seamed Body Dress with Jersey Sleeves, available in stores. For store locations, please contact a Designer Specialist at 1.877.543.7463 or via Live Chat (7am–1am Eastern).

To read the full article and see even more gorgeous imagery from her Montauk, New York photo shoot, visit Kelly’s blog, TheGlamourai.com.

In January, the fashion world got its first look at Jason Wu’s dual design personality with the introduction of MISS WU, the playful counterpart to his sophisticated main collection. For the second offering of MISS WU, Jason continues to expand his modern point of view on the ’60s with a fall line that is both pretty and polished. The New York-based designer tapped Argentine beauty Magda Laguinge to star as his mod muse for the MISS WU lookbook that was photographed by Simon Burstall in the heart of Chelsea. Join Jason and his creative team on set, for an intimate look at this Nordstrom-exclusive collection.

Sitting Pretty: MISS WU Check Jacquard Pencil Skirt (Nordstrom Exclusive)

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Lucy Stripes: MISS WU ‘Zucca’ Stripe Cashmere Sweater & Crêpe de Chine Blouse (Nordstrom Exclusive)

Float from Day to Night: MISS WU Pocket Crêpe de Chine Blouse & Stripe Pleated Chiffon Skirt (Nordstrom Exclusive)

MISS WU fall/winter 2013 is packed with such wardrobe essentials as striped cashmere sweaters, boldly patterned jacquard dresses and pencil skirts—as well as more edgier items such as a slim-cut leather dress, a figure-defining faille-and-feather cocktail dress and a shearling moto jacket.

Stylist Lori Goldstein collaborated with Jason to create a quirky yet smart statement, which we’re sure women of all ages will want to embrace for the coming season.

Something About Magda: When it came to creating the beauty statement for the shoot, hairstylist Renato Campora went for a nod to 1960s cool. “I gave Magda a side part with some texture, then swept her hair into a very low ponytail,” he says. “This style is a little bit undone, with flexibility in the front to create softness around the face.”

Makeup artist Lisa Houghton went for a nude look on the face and eyes to highlight Magda’s radiant skin and kept the focus on the lips with a bold matte pink/fuschia color.

Hello, Beautiful!: MISS WU Dot Print Pleated Silk Dress & ‘Delicate Leaf’ Print Crêpe de Chine Blouse (Nordstrom Exclusive)

“[MISS WU] is something that girls are going to want to live in and go back to all the time, year after year,” says Jason.

Steady As She Goes: MISS WU Dot Print Crepe de Chine Blouse, Pleated Leather Skirt & ‘Polimero’ Textured Stripe Cashmere Cardigan (Nordstrom Exclusive)

Are you ready to fall forward with MISS WU? Be the first girl in your group to don this smartly cool collection and pre-order online. The highly anticipated second season of MISS WU by Jason Wu hits stores on July 10.

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Photos by Craig Arend

In collaboration with members of PurseForum, Rebecca Minkoff has created the ultimate fan favorite handbag: the ‘Darcy’. This Italian-leather bowler satchel is the byproduct of feedback from thousands of Minkoff fans, who voted on the shape, hardware and color. Designed and crafted in New York City, this exquisitely made satchel features the signature Minkoff flap, long leather laces and striking gold accents, in two versatile colors (periwinkle, black). Exclusively at Nordstrom, this sculpted bag is the perfect arm candy for the fashion-savvy.

Pre-order the ‘Darcy’, a Nordstrom exclusive.

—Qianna Smith

Your blog editor recently heard of an afternoon of workout classes called “Champagne Sunday”—happening this Saturday, September 8, at our King of Prussia store—and had to know more.

Turns out, the force behind this innovative workout experience is Christina Stoltz, founder of Ploome, a Pilates studio and movement arts boutique. Stoltz is bringing our customers an afternoon full of surprises, refreshments, goodie bags and her signature, unconventional classes. We’re talking hula hoops, burlesque-inspired moves and cardio barre routines. No wonder Champagne Sunday was voted Best of Philly 2012: Best Workout by Philadelphia Magazine.

Stoltz also happens to be a fan of the Nordstrom-exclusive activewear brand Zella. So, who better to ask about her favorite pieces and making working out fun than our Philly community Zella liaison?

What do you feel makes Zella special?
Zella is a brand for every woman, designed to fit and flatter all shapes and sizes. It’s fun and functional, with a studio-to-street edge that looks and feels great in the gym and on the go. As a studio owner, nonprofit director and workout nut, I need clothing and accessories that meet the demands of my schedule. Zella’s moisture-wicking fabrics, form-fitting cuts and quality designs carry me through the day without stretching, pilling or fading. In Zella, I feel as fabulous working out at 5am as I do teaching class at 9pm. They surely don’t call them ‘Live In Leggings’ for nothing!

What are your favorite Zella items?
I’m bananas for the Zeltek Mid Statement Jacket right now. The colors are rich, vibrant and happy! I can’t tell you how many Ploome clients and REQ.1 participants have complimented me on this coat, and how many have asked to try it on! This is a must for fall. The Live In Leggings and Capris are true time and money savers, as well. They look amazing with sneakers and high boots, and they perform well on long runs and during intense workouts. Most importantly, Zella’s Live In Leggings are work appropriate at both Ploome and REQ.1, its sister nonprofit organization providing support and resources to victims of violence. There’s no need for me to change between classes and meetings!

What’s your personal life philosophy?
Movement matters. After surviving a brutal physical assault and attempted abduction in Central Asia, I felt powerless. I was physically and psychologically broken, far from home and unable to access the resources I needed to heal. My personal recuperation through fitness, writing and art transformed my life. I have fallen back in love with my body and celebrate its strength and beauty through movement every day—I hula hoop, I Skip-It and I smile! At Ploome and REQ.1, I am blessed to share my passion for healing through movement and art and for building creative communities dedicated to personal transformation and social change. I am truly living my dream and am eternally grateful for all of the support and kindness our Ploome clients and REQ.1 participants have shown!

What are your favorite ways of making working out fun?
I love to create funky workout routines that utilize childhood favorites, like hula hoops, Double Dutch ropes and Skip-Its as fitness props to advance my clients’ workouts. Your daily workouts should be fun, and the people with whom you share a group fitness class should feel like old-time friends! It’s amazing to watch my clients’ faces light up as they push themselves through challenging classes that blend playful movement with traditional strength and resistance training. The studio is always full of laughter. Inspired by my clients and the good times we spend together, I have created some of my all-time favorite workouts (Bottoms Up Booty Camp, Wunda Barre Apparatus, and Armed and Dangerous Mat, to name a few!).

Join Christina this Saturday, September 8, from 2pm-5pm for Champagne Sunday. For more information, or to sign up, contact our King of Prussia store at 610.265.6111.

Also, read more about Ploome’s mission, to celebrate body diversity and promote social responsibility. Through the revenue generated from its fitness programs and community fundraisers, Ploome provides programming and financial support to REQ.1, its sister nonprofit organization. REQ.1 empowers victims of violence to transcend trauma and heal through movement and art.

Images by Joe Perri Photography

Here at headquarters, we snapped Rosanna—our BP. Shoes Product Merchandiser—as she was wrapped up in some market research. Since we had a shoe expert on our hands, we asked her for a favorite trend she was spotting for fall. We should have guessed, considering what she was wearing: “Adorable oxfords!”

Oxfords—pumps or flats, patents or leathers—you name it, they continue to be big next season, according to Rosanna. “They complement almost any outfit—and are so comfortable and versatile. Wear them with jeans and a simple tee, pair them with tights and a dainty dress, or channel a menswear vibe with trousers and a fitted blazer. The options are endless!”

Check out three of Rosanna’s personal favorite styles (not to forget those sweet, cobalt ‘Sidney’ oxfords she’s sporting).

Pictured: Halogen ‘Livia’* | BP. ‘Sidney’ | Hinge ‘Highland’

*Available in store only.

In case you haven’t checked your Twitter today, let us be the first to tell you about our partnership with the talented fashion superstar Jason Wu. Arriving January 2013 only at Nordstrom, the Miss Wu collection will consist of 40 covetable pieces complete with Wu’s signature elements: luxurious fabrics, original prints and intricate details—with the relaxed, downtown-cool attitude of the modern gamine.


That’s Wu and team at the lookbook photo shoot—more on that coming soon! Until then, let us tell you just how excited we are about seeing the collection come to life. Inspired by European style icons of the ’60s—think Jane Birkin, Marianne Faithfull, Françoise Hardy and Anna Karina—Wu tells WWD, “Those girls had that certain something-something that really felt right for the image of this girl.”

Whatever that certain something-something is, you nailed it, Mr. Wu. You’ll find Miss Wu in 49 of our stores—don’t worry we’ll spill on all the details (like which stores) in the coming months, but for now, we’ll leave you with the words of Jeffrey Kalinsky, Nordstrom EVP of Designer Merchandise: “This collaboration has an appeal not just to a younger set of women, but to a broader set of women—at prices that are approachable. What’s great about the collection is that while feeling different from the Jason Wu signature collection, it still clearly has Jason’s design DNA.”

Read more and see another image from the Miss Wu collection over at WWD.

Jeff Powell