Olivia Kim

For its spring exhibition, the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art examines handcrafted and mechanical manufacturing in fashion, with an exhibit gift shop curated by Nordstrom VP of Creative Projects Olivia Kim.

Wedding ensemble, Karl Lagerfeld for House of Chanel, autumn/winter 2014–15 haute couture, back view; Courtesy of CHANEL Patrimoine Collection Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope

Wedding ensemble (back view), Karl Lagerfeld for House of Chanel, autumn/winter 2014–15 haute couture; Courtesy of CHANEL Patrimoine Collection, Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope.

 

Fashion and technology are historically interwoven: Textile manufacturing was the major catalyst of the Industrial Revolution, introducing the ready-to-wear economy. Early computers borrowed from the punch card technology of the jacquard loom for their processors. Now, computer-aided design is a requisite fashion course for would-be designers.

The Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute presents an exploration of fashion manufacturing in Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology (May 5-August 14). Haute couture and prêt-à-porter designs are on display in the more than 100 pieces in this exhibit.

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Now through May 22, Pop-In@Nordstrom is partnering with the much-loved skin care brand Aesop, celebrating the simple virtues of our daily routines. In this blog series, we explore five skin care rituals with Aesop’s own Dr. Kate Forbes, general manager of products and research & development.

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“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.” Amelia Earhart

Products for invigorating body care to guide the journey from indoors to outdoors, for adventurous spirits and wandering minds:

  1. Reverence Aromatique Hand Wash 500mL
  2. Deodorant 50mL
  3. Geranium Leafc Body Cleanswer 500mL
  4. Rind Concentrate Body Balm 120mL

What makes this ritual so unusually effective?

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CLICK HERE FOR THE Q&A

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Now through May 22, Pop-In@Nordstrom is partnering with the much-loved skin care brand Aesop, celebrating the simple virtues of our daily routines. In this blog series, we explore five skin care rituals with Aesop’s own Dr. Kate Forbes, general manager of products and research & development.

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The Silhouette of Morning

“Even a single hair casts its shadow.” Publilius Syrus

A ceremonial approach to the morning shave begins with:

  1. Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste 75mL
  2. Moroccan Neroli Shaving Serum 60mL
  3. B&T Toner 100mL
  4. Moroccan Neroli Post Shave Lotion 60 mL

What is this ritual all about? We’ll get into that in a moment. First let’s meet Dr. Forbes and learn about Aesop in general.

Pop-In@Nordstrom / Aesop

CLICK HERE FOR THE Q&A

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Now until May 22, Pop-In@Nordstrom curator Olivia Kim celebrates the simple virtues of our daily routines with much-loved skin care company Aesop. Using a unique blend of both plant-based and laboratory-made ingredients of the highest quality and proven efficacy—particularly those with the greatest antioxidant properties—Aesop’s skin, hair and body care products intensely nourish the skin and restore the senses to a state of delighted calm. In line with their retail spaces, Aesop’s Pop-Ins are conceived with the intention of creating sanctuary through thoughtful design.

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CLICK HERE FOR POP-IN / AESOP INFORMATION AND LOCATIONS

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Over the monthlong course of Pop-In@Nordstrom Eats–the current, culinary edition of our always-changing Pop-In Shop–we’ll be bringing you interviews and recipes from some of the best and brightest chefs around. This series is in participation with our own powerhouse restaurants division as well as Cherry Bombe magazine, the beautiful publication focused on women and food. 

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Image by Jake Rosenberg

Chef Jackie Kai Ellis had an existential crisis, quit her design company and learned how to make perfect pastries in Paris. Now she’s a major factor in Vancouver’s culinary scene as the leader of Beaucoup Bakery & Cafe–and a prolific food writer with a column in The Vancouver Sun.

Check out our Q&A below to learn about Chef Jackie’s literary hero (it’s the same person as her culinary hero), her love for Erykah Badu–and for the details on two original recipes: a yuzu pudding cake and a roasted potato salad, both of which rule.

Shop: Pop-In@Nordstrom Eats

Click here for the Q&A and recipes

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Sure, age really ain’t nothing but a number—still, when you’ve managed to amass an international friends-and-collaborators list that reads like a who’s who of the fashion industry before you hit the big 4-0, well, that’s something to celebrate.

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It’s a view also held by AdAge, the industry eyeballs of all things marketing-, advertising-, digital- and media-related. The folks behind the esteemed magazine and website compile a yearly 40 Under 40 list, and we’re psyched to say that our SPACE curator and Pop-In mastermind is on it for 2016.

FIND OUT WHO ELSE MADE THE CUT, AND HOW AND WHY

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Did you know? It’s your final weekend to shop Heartbreakers II by Pop-In@Nordstrom–a showcase of evolving menswear curated by Olivia Kim, VP of Creative Projects. And we just want to say three things about that:

Many pieces are unisex, all would make for great gifting and right now there are significant markdowns.

In the spirit of the shop, Pop-In favorites the AstroTwins, Tali and Ophira Edut, have applied a Heartbreakers filter to their astrology. Check out the horoscopes below to predict your life with any man based on his zodiac sign.

Shop: Heartbreakers II

Click here to get star-schooled

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A few weeks before we all packed our bags for New York Fashion Week, Olivia Kim and I met to go over a few things in her office, and as we discussed how our days with SPACE brands and their showrooms and runway shows would go, she stopped and said emphatically, “We will build a break into our schedule every day so we can stop and eat like normal people. I’m a lunch person.

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Olivia Kim in the Koché showroom; it can’t be all work and no play, but it sometimes seems like it is. 

But what’s that saying about the best laid plans? Yeah, Fashion Week basically renders them void. Which is not to say we haven’t stopped a few times over the last month to a quick bite here or there, but it certainly has not happened as often as the average Lunch Person would have liked.

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Just this week, however, between our showroom appointment with Vetements and the Acne Studios runway show, we managed to duck into a Chinese/Thai restaurant on the Champs-Élysées called Diep that our pal Julien David had recommended. Should you be in the need of a lunch break in Paris—or should we, for some reason, need proof that we really are humans who pause long enough to eat civilized meals, we documented it with some photos.

HERE’S WHAT LUNCH PEOPLE DO AT LUNCH

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Of course we think SPACE curator Olivia Kim is pretty talented in the style department, but it’s always cool when others tip their hats to that, too. Earlier this week Vogue.com handpicked three of the industry’s most iconic figures and asked them about their fashion week strategy. We were psyched that Olivia was in the mix.

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Always looking up: OK in a contemplative moment in London during London Fashion Week

As we’ve moved from New York to London to Paris tracking SPACE brands with her and her team, she’s certainly kept us on her toes with her big fluffy shearlings and faux furs—to say nothing of her beloved Simone skirts, Vetements hoodies and Saint Laurent boots.

So what did she tell the Vogue squad about the debacle that is a suitcase full of only underwear and sweaters?

GET THE SKINNY AND THE SCOOP

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It’s not easy out there for a young fashion designer—can you think of a pursuit with more overhead, for example?—but organizations such as Louis Vuitton create a climate for making it work with their LVMH awards. Semifinalists for the 2016 prize have just been awarded, and we’re psyched to see some friends in the mix. 

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A Koche look featured in our exclusive editorial on SPACE; designer Christelle Kocher is a LVMH semifinalist

CHECK OUT THE OTHERS IN THE RUNNING

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