Saint Laurent Paris

Before Anthony Vaccarello was Anthony Vaccarello of Saint Laurent—back when he had his own private label and was part of the mix of emerging designers inside SPACE—we asked him what one word would describe his always-party-ready, dance-til-dawn looks.

His answer? Sharp.

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On Tuesday, inside the shell of postindustrial grandeur, the Italian-Belgian designer debuted as Anthony Vaccarello of Saint Laurent Paris by sending out an army of sharply dressed babes who were ready for any party—and the world.

FIND OUT WHAT OUR BUYERS HAD TO SAY

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With just over two weeks to go before Designer Preview on July 28 in Seattle, we’re all getting pretty serious about that question hanging in the air: “What should we wear?” After visiting with SPACE ambassador Shawn Serven last week at our Seattle flagship, the ready-to-wear part of the equation is likely shaping up quite nicely.

But what to do about the crucial handbag element?

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All about the embroidery embellishment: Gucci on-point

We recently revisited Shawn for a trip through the designer handbag offerings, where it became clear that there are three major trends to consider: color, size and embellishment.

LET’S GET CARRIED AWAY

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As Andy Warhol once said, department stores are a lot like museums. And sometimes—like when you’re shopping for Nordstrom Designer Preview—you want a tour guide.

Yep, it’s time for our yearly runway celebration, in which we gather the most amazing looks from brands like Céline, Valentino, Lanvin—and present them together in one gorgeous show. Nordstrom shoppers from all over the country fly in for the presentation and party—and the exclusive trunk show that follows the next day.

simone rocha black separatesFor your consideration: layers of sheer Simone Rocha separates from SPACE

So how about that guide?

Enter Shawn Serven, SPACE ambassador at our downtown-Seattle flagship. A true student and fan of fashion, and someone who thinks big when it comes to personal style, Shawn’s also just crazy low-key, really fun and totally approachable. In his words, he’s at the store “to be the most excited about the designers we love and carry, and to pass as much of it along as each customer wants.”

Basically, he’s the perfect person to help us figure out what to wear on July 28 for this year’s runway celebration.

LET’S GET TO IT (THE OUTFITS, THAT IS)

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If a single piece of clothing could signify this moment in time—could represent early 2016 and the current winter-into-spring era—it would be the bomber jacket. It works equally well for men and women, and as a cardigan-like layer or true protection against the elements.

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Chloé reversible embroidered tech satin bomber

Just about every designer showed some variation of this timeless staple during the last round of Fashion Weeks, so now that all those want-worthy spring styles are showing up in our stores, we’ve only seen the beginning of bombermania.

Starting with the richly ornate and totally cozy olive-green Chloé number above, we selected our top nine iterations of this must-have-right-now topper.

SEE THE REST OF OUR FAVORITE BOMBER JACKETS

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Stella McCartney breathed fresh air into the end of Fashion Week with her signature sense of gamine design, breaking away from the flouncy bohemian looks and sporty streetwear that dominated the spring runways.
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Images: InDigital

Opening with form-fitting tube dresses that tucked in at the ankle, the designer began her parade of primary-tinted prints in oversized ginghams and weaving lines. This season brought back a refined version of her popular color-blocked pleated shift, this time with a sense of layered fluidity. Figure-hugging front sashes wrapped from the collars of boyish polo shirts, crossing over models’ torsos donned in matching knit or denim tube skirts. Double-breasted jackets and vests with elongated hems reaching beyond the hips paired with palazzo pants. As the finale approached, decidedly sultry mesh knit maxis—sure to become spring’s most coveted frocks—captured all eyes with their revealing geometric lace.

Shop: current season Stella McCartney

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Curtis Harding dropped his debut record, Soul Power, this week, but don’t think that means he’s new to the game. The Atlanta-based musician (who has also worked with Cee-Lo Green and OutKast) has been creating his own special blend of soul, R&B, rock, gospel and funk for years. He’s even coined a term for it: “slop ‘n’ soul.”

We asked Curtis a few quick questions about his brand-new release, the Jonny Look-directed video for his first single, “Keep On Shining,” and more.

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Yves Saint Laurent, one of the most iconic names in fashion, shook things up when it announced a name change was on the horizon. In this industry, you can’t just go around changing your name without a rock-solid collection to back up all the buzz. Thankfully, under the creative direction of Hedi Slimane, Saint Laurent Paris produced just that. Check out the debut Saint Laurent collection, now available at Nordstrom.

Saint Laurent Paris ready-to-wear apparel will be shipping to selected stores in mid-February. For assistance, contact a Designer Specialist via Live Chat or by calling 1-877-543-7463.

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