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Oscar de la Renta

Two days in a row of the fabulous Joanna Hillman…how lucky are we?! Joanna’s modern suiting separates are the perfect mix of menswear styling and Parisian prep. I love the vibrant pop of color her floral scarf adds to her ensemble and her subtle nautical notes. Merci encore, Madame Hillman!

xo,
Crystal

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Celebrating the powerful 21st-century woman, forward-thinking designs from Oscar de la Renta were complemented by mod wigs and smoky eye makeup at his fall/winter 2014 runway show. From office chic to red carpet glam, there was an overall statement of coolness from the designer usually known for the classic and streamlined—but as always, he can be counted on for the gorgeous gowns.

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Menswear themes are wildly popular this season, and Mathé says she loves the trend. Her trousers and pointed loafers are a perfect pairing, while her leather jacket adds a little toughness to her preppy look. Of course, a beautiful smile is the best accessory—and Mathé’s got a great one!

xo,
Crystal

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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

Nearly 50 years in business, and Oscar de la Renta is still producing some of the chicest ready-to-wear around. He’s one of the few old-school designers who sticks to his aesthetic—feminine, luxe and decadent—but seamlessly weaves in trend-forward touches throughout the collection. For fall/winter 2013, unveiled in de la Renta’s showroom last night, modern concepts included draped leather, sculptural hats by Patricia Underwood and a vibrant psychedelic print. But of course, the classic cocktail dresses and over-the-top ballgowns were our favorites, styled with dainty sheer gloves and pointed-toe pumps. Bring on the fairy tale.

- Mary O’Regan

This ensemble was perfect for the transitional Parisian weather today. Layers are a must in fickle weather, and I am all about chunky, soft knits. This look has a preppy-lady vibe, but the print and palette keep things modern.

I’m loving the full silhouette and, of course, those amazing rose gold and turquoise pumps!

xo, Crystal

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Recent Swedish transplant and total babe, Karin, is loving her new city. She says that the hectic NYC streets can take some getting used to, but she never wants to leave! Swedes have a certain indefinable sparkle, and Karin is no different.

I fell in love with her sweet Oscar de la Renta skirt. Good taste, girl!

xo, Crystal

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Part of me wishes that this evening’s Oscar de la Renta show were my last — it’s hard to imagine a more over-the-top, spectacular finale to Fashion Week than a parade of amazing ballgowns. The storied design house stuck to its guns for spring/summer 2013, unveiling a classic array of tailored suits with boxy jackets, lace at every turn, and princess gowns decked out in blooming embroidery. No one does grandiosity quite like Oscar de la Renta.

I didn’t have time to snap a picture of the gift bag, but you can see it at the attendees’ feet above. It contained a sample of Oscar de la Renta’s ‘Esprit d’Oscar’ Eau de Parfum, which I promptly wore out tonight.

Tomorrow’s another full day of shows! I’ll check back in soon!

- Mary







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