Valentino

Collections from top American and European designers are almost never shown together on one runway, but each summer Nordstrom pulls together amazing fall looks from Céline, Valentino, Lanvin and more for a best-of-the-best fashion show event known as Designer Preview. This year’s gorgeous parade is on July 23—on the epic Seattle waterfront—and as always, all proceeds benefit the Seattle Art Museum.

An image from Designer Preview 2014

Among those expected in the front row: One of our favorite collaborators, Caroline Issa, and two of the most girl crush-worthy editors from Refinery 29, Annie Georgia Greenberg and Paula Goldstein. Instagrammin’ style watchers will recognize Cara Van Brocklin from Cara Loren, Blair Eadie from Atlantic-Pacific and Wendy Nguyen from Wendy’s Lookbook—all flying in for the big event.

You’re invited too, of course—tickets are available via SAMS, Seattle Art Museum’s supporter group. The only question left to settle, then, is what will we all wear?

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One could argue that the highest art of seasonal dressing is found during the transformative periods; those breezy weeks between sun-laden summer and full-on fall (and later, as the days grow longer, those days when winter draws to an end and spring busts out all over). This year’s pre-fall collections have finally arrived, and we’re sharing some of the best transitional pieces complete with commentary from venerable designers and the wise sages over at our designer buying office. There’s nothing quite like updated classics, a little retro fever and impeccable craftsmanship to put a little high-gloss on the in-between zone.

Pre-fall means pre-order, so ready your fingers for those irresistible buttons and check out our complete guide to Pre-Fall ’15.

The Flare-Leg Pant

Akris Punto flare-leg pants; pre-fall 2015. “This silhouette illustrates the modern spirit and style of artistic muses.”

—Akris Punto Creative Director Albert Kriemler

Shop: Akris punto pants

 

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Designers in Paris tend to march to their own very distinct beat, and the shows there always deliver a beautifully diverse array of trends. There were, however, certain key looks, items and ideas that emerged over the course of all four of this season’s fashion weeks and reached their apex in the French capital.

Among our Top 10: A mood of romantic, gothic Victorian; a nostalgic ’70s feeling; and a clean-edged retro-future idea that recalls the ’60s but is brought up to date with modern fabrications. Fur and layered texture continue in importance and a tailored coat, sleek bag and fitted boot will all be must-haves come fall. High-shine leather and precious dimensional embellishments in unexpected forms keep the look sleek, modern and feminine. Enjoy!

1. ’70S NOSTALGIA

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2. GOTHIC ROMANCE

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3. RETRO FUTURE

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Highlights and commentary from yesterday’s runway shows: Saint Laurent channels and refines a little ’80s rock ‘n’ roll, and Valentino takes a gothic plunge into a sea of black textures before bestowing viewers with a really, really, ridiculously good-looking surprise.

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 Saint Laurent

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I will be copying Zina’s casual-chic military style as soon as possible. I love long, loose layers, especially in white. A relaxed army-inspired jacket adds some trendy toughness to her springtime layers. The lace-up stiletto has been très popular this season, so Zina is right on trend. A lovely Céline bag adds some premium punch to the look.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Shop similar styles:
Military-Inspired Jackets | Strappy Sandals | White Tunics

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:

Jason Wu Trench Coat | Valentino ‘Rockstud’ Gladiator Sandal | Vince Tunic

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Nausheen Shah, there is a lot going on in your look today, but I like it! Her dress not only has an insanely beautiful print, but also a modern feminine cut that suits Nausheen perfectly. The clashing clutch and heels actually marry well together and add even more visual interest to the outfit.

xo,
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Shop similar styles:
Long Sleeve Print Dresses | Snake Handbags | Colorful Print Pumps

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:

Valentino Print Long Sleeve Dress | Ivanka Trump Clutch | Louise et Cie Pump

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By now, everyone knows how much I love Shiona Turini and her megawatt smile. Of course, it helps that she also has impeccable style. I love that Shiona doesn’t shy away from color, and today she really stood out. Her bright trousers and crop top make me wish spring was here already. A military-inspired coat, emblazoned with butterflies, amps up the springtime vibes.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Shop similar styles:
Blue Crop Tops | Colorful Trousers | Military Jackets

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:

Alice + Olivia ‘Kylnn’ Crop Top | Trouvé Pleated Pants | Valentino Butterfly Drill Jacket

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Street Style: Zina at Burberry

Zina (Fashion Vibe) has dynamic style. I never know what trend she’ll try next, and I love that about her. Today’s look is dark and feminine with a retro modern twist. I am obsessed with that wide belt, which Zina said she found at a London vintage shop (so jealous!). Laced stilettos and the ever-chic Valentino bag are sleek and work well with her voluminous culottes and fur coat.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Shop similar styles:
Fur Coats | Culottes | Valentino Handbags

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:

Topshop Marabou Jacket | Halogen Crop Wide-Leg Jumpsuit | Valentino ‘Lock – Medium’ Bag

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Street Style: Linda Tol at Tibi

Linda Tol is a style superstar. She’s fearless, creative and cutting-edge. I love how Linda plays with proportion in this look. While her lines are sleek and stark, her palette is soft. Edgy black leather accessories add some classic Linda quirkiness. I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot more of this Dutch darling as Fashion Week goes on!

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Shop similar styles:
Platform Flats | Asymmetrical Tops | Fringe Handbags

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:

Opening Ceremony Platform Oxford | Stella McCartney Asymmetrical Sweater | Valentino Fringe Clutch

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Yesterday’s runways took us from Italian holiday to historical Japanese fiction with classic prints from Valentino and startlingly bold lines by Alexander McQueen.

Valentino SS15 Paris Fashion Week navy gown.

Valentino’s Grand Tour-inspired collection was as beautifully varied as Italy itself. Creative directors, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, aimed to transport us to an era of Italian esteem, when Europeans flocked to Italy for a lesson in culture and aesthetics.

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