Last Thursday we played host to kate spade new york creative director Deborah Lloyd and celebrity stylist Brad Goreski. The style-savvy duo made a personal appearance at our Bellevue Square store to show off the bright colors of the kate spade new york spring collection and to answer fashion questions from the crowd. Lloyd and Goreski also hosted a Twitter chat with us prior to the event. For those who missed either, here’s a best-of recap from the chat and snaps of the Bellevue runway show.
The always lovely designer—and repeat Project Runway guest judge—Rachel Roy visited our Seattle Flagship Store last week to meet and mingle with lucky shoppers. There was a lot to celebrate, including the launch of her Rachel Roy Dress Salon (check out the gorgeous lookbook) and her new shoe line. What better time to do a little Q&A and get the dish on her inspirations and must-have item for fall!
Tell us about your new dress collection and the inspiration behind it.
Beauty, strength and effortless elegance inspired the new collection. The dress, to me, is about the ease of putting on one singular piece and making that your statement. It’s a collection of dresses that flatter, fit and move with each need in a woman’s busy life. I love that feeling of strength balanced with feminine silhouettes, and wearing a great dress can make you remember what is beautiful about life.
What do you look for in a great dress?
The feeling of elegant, sexy confidence. When you put it on, you know.
Is there an overall theme that ties your collections together?
My goal is always to design things that make women feel smart and confident, and there’s always a theme of the effortless and exotic in my collections. I think beauty and style should be effortless and at the same time look amazing, so I try to achieve that through interesting silhouettes and shapes. Exotic touches like print mixing and fabric manipulation add interest and depth to the story we are telling with the collections.
Where do you look for inspiration when designing?
Old Hollywood movies have always been an inspiration. I love the strength and glamour of Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner and Katharine Hepburn. I surround myself with art that inspires in my home and office. It’s important to me to fill my spaces with canvases, photography and sculpture that tell a story or elicit an emotion.
Describe the woman you envision wearing your clothes.
I design for women like me—working, raising a family, and navigating everything that comes with that. It means a great deal to me when women trust me enough to wear the collection or try something new. Designing, to me, is about helping women express themselves, and when she chooses to wear something from my collection and feels good in it, then I’ve done my job.
Do you have a favorite new trend or must-have item for fall?
A dress! It’s that one piece that’s always flattering and that works perfectly with anything from a leather jacket to a sweater coat. It’s the most versatile piece a woman can own.
We were thrilled to host the fabulous stylist-turned-designer Rachel Zoe at our Downtown Seattle Flagship Store earlier today. Arriving at the store to showcase her fall collection, Zoe led a presentation and chat for the fashionable throng of excited fans gathered to see her. Before the event, she also met one-on-one with a super-lucky handful of customers to offer styling advice and tips as they shopped her pieces in our via C dressing room (complete with champagne and canapés, of course).
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David Neville and Marcus Wainwright—the urban, down-to-earth designers behind rag & bone—visited our Chicago store for a mini-runway show featuring their spring collection.
Designing for both men and women, Neville and Wainwright’s philosophy is simple: to make clothes that they and their friends would love to wear every day. Considering how much we’re digging the downtown, easy-to-wear vibe of everything this duo produces, we definitely count rag & bone as one of our fashion BFFs.
Our Nordstrom Michigan Avenue store played host to a personal appearance from the always elegant and poised Ivanka Trump, who joined us to celebrate the launch of her spring 2012 collection.
We love the ladylike elegance of her collection—so like its namesake. We’re eyeing the pretty pinks and covetable mix of slingback wedges and pumps, but we especially adore how every piece of the Ivanka Trump brand makes ‘effortless chic’ easy for everyday.
We recently welcomed fashion icon Betsey Johnson to our downtown Seattle flagship store. Having started at Mademoiselle before creating her eponymous line in 1978, Johnson has more than 30 years in the industry. Known for her whimsically feminine designs, this fashion force has since been inducted into the Fashion Walk of Fame.
No wonder over 500 customers and fans flocked to our Savvy department to shop her latest collections in apparel, lingerie and shoes while enjoying a live-model presentation to music from our DJ.
We took the opportunity to have a quick chat and to ask about her insights on fashion.
What’s the best piece of fashion advice you’ve ever received?
The best piece of advice is to do your own thing. Buy only what you love and throw it together how you want. When I started in fashion, I didn’t know the business. Today, I try to represent the “dos” and not the “don’ts” of fashion.
Can you describe the inspiration for your fashion designs?
I design pretty, edgy, street, rock ‘n’ roll, look-at-me clothes. There is never one single inspiration for me. I make what I want to wear. For me, one piece is the easiest, like a dress. It could be skintight or puffy-fluffy stuff. I design for a 12-year-old to a 68-year-old.
What inspired your signature cartwheel down the runway at the end of your show?
Happiness inspired the cartwheel. I’m so happy after a show that a cartwheel was a way for me to express that—it felt good and everyone is happy. I can see myself being wheeled out in a wheelchair at the end of my show to do my cartwheel. It’s tough to live up to the pressure of the cartwheel. Now I limit myself to four a year; usually I’ll only do it backstage and at the end of a show.
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