Last Thursday, more than 550 fashion lovers from all over the country converged in a cavernous cruise-ship terminal on the outskirts of Seattle to join us in celebrating our 28th annual Designer Preview.
Nordstrom friends like Vogue Market Editor Cynthia Smith, Seattle Art Museum president Jaennae’ Dinius, rising musician Hollis and our Director of Creative Projects Olivia Kim—among countless other notables—mingled during an evening complete with a cocktail reception, an incredible runway show and shopping fall ’14 collections. Read more to see some of our favorite highlights from this stylish soiree.
Today we’re celebrating the online arrival of Stella McCartney‘s pre-fall ready-to-wear collection. For autumn ’14, the British designer examines concepts of self-expression through exaggerated textures. Sustainability is the cornerstone of McCartney’s brand and is found in the form of organic fabrics and biodegradable rubber soles.
Exaggerated zippers, fringed details, shibori prints, chunky knits and razor-sharp tailoring define the look for fall ’14 at Stella McCartney, who held her show at the opulent Palais Garnier opera house. The runway styles of the collection moved models Cara Delevingne and Joan Smalls to close the show with some energized dance moves. We can all join in on the excitement as we count down to the launch of the British designer’s ready-to-wear line on Nordstrom.com this May!
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We just had to bring Miss Shea Marie (Peace Love Shea) back for another round on The Thread. Shea has such a great eye for trends. I love how she’s mixed graphic print and contrast with a pastel pink coat. It’s an unexpected combination, but the modern cut of her coat works with the slim lines of her printed set. Her platform Céline loafers are one of my top shoes of the season, so I’m sold on this look!
Shop similar styles:
Print Pants | Loafers | Black & White Print Tops
Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:
Stella McCartney Print Jeans | KG Kurt Geiger Loafter | Rachel Zoe Blouse
Eco. Fashionable. Fitted.
Slip on a pair of Stella McCartney jeans, now available at Nordstrom.
Each denim style is 100% made in Italy
Made in Italy: Stella McCartney Ripped Hem Skinny Ankle Jeans | Stella McCartney Skinny Ankle Jeans
Stella dons a design from her latest denim collection at the close of her spring ’14 show during Paris Fashion Week
“I believe it’s an everyday part of everybody’s life,” says McCartney. “Jeans are a timeless classic with a million opportunities to inject freshness and attitude. There are a lot of eco possibilities as well with denim, which I find exciting.”
Last week, to honor the launch of Stella McCartney apparel at selected stores, we hosted a luncheon highlighting pieces from the British designer’s Fall 2013 and Resort 2014 collections. We’re head over heels for the quirky prints and embellishments, sharp tailoring and classic silhouettes that are quintessentially McCartney. Stay tuned for our coverage on McCartney’s Spring 2014 collection taking place in Paris on Monday September 30.
Menswear-Inspired: The fall collection is all about masculine silhouettes with an elegant sensibility—we’re crazy for the chunky knits and printed separates.
Step Into Fall: These platform booties with a tortoiseshell heel are a wardrobe essential.
Two of Hearts: This adorable short-sleeve dress embellished with hearts is the perfect combination of bold and feminine.
Crowd Pleaser: The beaded appliqué lips and matchsticks on these Resort 2014 pieces pay a playful homage to the surrealist movement.
Something was very apparent at Stella McCartney‘s fall ’13 show: The women are clearly wearing the pants this fall. Masculine silhouettes and mannish details pervaded the English designer’s collection for the upcoming season.
Known for her ability to mix androgynous menswear shapes with a unique feminine sensibility, McCartney put her spin on the tomboy trend via pinstriped tailoring, elongated skirts, felted baseball caps, and boxy tartan coats—staying true to her minimalist aesthetic.
Backstage, French model Aymeline Valade oozes boy-meets-girl chic.
Actress Jessica Alba makes her way to the front row to join Nicole Richie, Twiggy, Bono and Mario Testino, who were also in attendance.
Photos courtesy Stella McCartney
Our Designer Buying Team just returned from Europe after a busy trip devoted to attending Fashion Week runway shows and buying appointments (dream jobs!). Here’s a small roundup of pictures they snapped while on location in Paris, London and Milan.
View from the window of the spectacular Yves Saint Laurent showroom on the top floor of the Grand Palais.
A very popular canine visitor at the Miu Miu showroom.
Michael with a model at Stella McCartney.
Ready-to-Wear Team at Stella McCartney.
Designer Shoe Buyer, John, at Chloé.
Shopping the famous Via Spiga while in Milan.
John with his mobile camera tent at Dolce&Gabbana.
Browsing the Dolce&Gabbana runway collection.
At Marni discussing shoe possibilities for future campaigns.
All cameras pointed to the stage at Alexander McQueen.
In love with this honeycomb Alexander McQueen gown.
Buying team (and Pete Nordstrom) waiting outside Alexander McQueen.
Eva cracked me up when she told me she was worried she looked like a Christmas tree in her glittering crew and green leather skinnies.
The London-based, Norwegian-born blogger (Wigertstil) says she usually prefers rock n’ roll looks, but has found inspiration in her grandmother’s style. Eva says she’s a bit of a chameleon, and can’t wait to try some cowgirl looks next!
Shop similar styles:
Designer Totes | Leather Pants | Throw-On Fall Sweaters
Shop our Editor’s Picks to re-create this look:
- Stella McCartney Shaggy Deer Tote
- J Brand Leather Pants
- Hinge Burnout Sweater
This stunning Swiss blogger (Kayture) could barely make it to the Herve Leger show, what with all the photogs hounding her and her mile-high Jimmy Choos!
She gave me a quick chat and said her aesthetic is all about quality over quantity–although she does like to play with a high-low mix. While she loves the energy of NYFW, she said she can’t wait to get home to cooler weather. Totally agree, Kristina!
Shop similar styles:
Ladylike Pumps | Trendy Leather Pieces | Snake-Print Handbags
Shop our Editor’s Picks to recreate this look:
- Jimmy Choo Agnes Pump
- rag & bone Leather Sleeve Jacket
- Stella McCartney Faux Python Clutch