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Textile Messages: Looking for Inspiration with the Nordstrom Print Design Team

While you’re shopping floral dresses and gingham shirts this spring, pause for a minute to linger over the subtleties of the hues, the composition of the lines, how the pattern interplays with the material. Someone lovingly researched and designed that print. A team translated it into a fabrication. Chances are that pattern was devised with this garment in mind. In other words, when you wear a print you wear an artistic collaboration—the last contributor being you and how you style it.

Nordstrom Print Design Team

A pattern might initially attract our eye, but after that first blush, we’re often quickly distracted by the cut, the fit, the price. Our consumer mind wonders about how that print would suit us, not its provenance. But then we met the Print Design Team at Nordstrom. Their cumulative experiences and passions make them a unique group of women in the industry. So we asked to spend the day with them! They obliged our (maybe weird, but well-meaning) request.

Two Nordstrom print designers as well as the director of print and color took us into their studio to see how they work, and then to some of their favorite inspirational Seattle places. Here’s a glimpse into their world. It’s pretty lovely.

Marion Chereau, Nordstrom Print Designer

Senior print designer Marion Chereau



Vintage Catalog: The Jumpsuit, 1970

Breezy jumpsuits are looking fresh and modern—even though they made their sartorial debut more than 40 years ago. Updated prints and cuts are now making this an easy piece for a jump-start to your summer.

Let’s look past the ‘Brady Bunch’ background and ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ eyeshadow, and talk about how we’d put a current spin on that ‘70s glam.

1 – Ditch those block-heel shoes in favor of strappy flat sandals for a casual outfit, or simple wedges for a dressier version.
2 – For a wider-leg jumpsuit, make sure the hem skims the top of your toes—this 1970 look could be a little longer.
3 – Let the jumpsuit take center stage by adding a simple crossbody bag and streamlined jewelry.
4 – Channel your inner Charlie’s Angel confidence, and you’re good to go.

Shop our Editor’s Picks to get this look:


From Rush Hour to Happy Hour

Don’t let your style get caught in traffic. Our Seattle flagship store window displays are reporting on the looks that will keep you moving, from 9-to-5 and beyond.

These outfits are about all-hours versatility, updated with graphic prints, beautiful colors and streamlined sleekness. Check out the rest of our windows for wardrobe inspirations that will work around the clock, and don’t forget a gorgeous carryall. It’s your magician’s hat for storing extra layers and accessories, not to mention killer heels for that dinner date.

Elizabeth and James Woven Vest
Elizabeth and James ‘Bordered Scarlet’ Silk Blouse
Elizabeth and James ‘Bordered Nuri’ Silk Pants
Elizabeth and James ‘Celia’ Sandal


Jeffrey Kalinsky’s Crème de la Crème

“When I think of Spring/Summer 2012, I think of bright colors and lots and lots and lots and lots of prints…Don’t be afraid to be noticed.” –Jeffrey Kalinksy, Nordstrom EVP of Designer Merchandising

Our own fashion kingpin, Jeffrey Kalinsky breaks down his designer essentials for the coming seasons in a way that only he can. Watch our interview, then browse Jeffrey’s Top Picks, a personally curated selection of the items he’s loving right now.


Call of the Wild

You already know that fall is full of exotic animal prints, from leopard to python and everything in between. For a quirky-cool twist on the fauna-inspired trend, we suggest trying graphic animal prints—nudging the trend just a little further without venturing into “cat sweater” territory.

Take animal print to new graphic heights with a panther-print dress, handbag or scarf from MARC BY MARC JACOBS. The repeating rows of skulking cats—or the friendlier felines sauntering across a Lanvin Cat & Logo Silk Dress—are an eye-catching departure from the usual stripes, florals or polka dots.

For a more subtle approach, try this Helmut Lang top—the single, extended wing is ethereal and modern, a fitting accompaniment to Lang’s minimalist style.

We’re also loving the horses galloping across scarves from Hinge and Trouvé, and at the top of the fashion food chain is a wolf-print cardigan from 3.1 Phillip Lim. The semi-snarling print on the front of this cashmere-blend cropped cardi is a sure-fire conversation starter.

MARC BY MARC JACOBS ‘Panthera’ Knit Dress
Lanvin Cat & Logo Print Washed Silk Dress
Helmut Lang Falcon Print Silk Top
Hinge ‘Horses’ Eternity Scarf