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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.

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An established favorite of the street-style set, the iconic ‘Rockstud’ Pump is a highly coveted shoe. Now, Valentino has upped the ante with six brilliant new hues. From supersonic red to electric violet, these high-energy shades are a gorgeous new take on modern glamour with an edge.

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Photos & text by Mona Lee

nordstrom-designer-photo-shoot-feb-2014-3aFrench model Pauline Hoarau rocks the latest styles from our Designer Collections spring photo shoot. Go behind the scenes and discover some of our must-have looks of the season.

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Charlotte hopped across the Channel to get a taste of the craziness that is Paris Fashion Week. She’s changed up her look since we last saw her on the blog, and is the epitome of downtown dark.

Leather skinnies, a sharply tailored blazer coat and heavy boots create an edgy, chic look. Charlotte added just the right touch of metal hardware to punch up her all-black ensemble.

xo,
Crystal

Shop similar styles:
Moto-Inspired Boots | Leather Pants | Studded Handbags

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

KG Kurt Geiger Bootie | 7 For All Mankind Skinny Pants | Valentino Shoulder Bag

This is how you do the high-end sport trend! This gorgeous gal is rocking her sporty-chic ensemble, which is chock-full of covetable, premium pieces. I love how she kept her palette on the monochromatic side, and that shade of blue is super flattering on her. And when it comes to the shoes, I’ve had my eye on those Kenzo sneakers and it might be time to invest!

xo,
Crystal

Shop similar styles:
Savvy Skirts | Studded Handbags | Blue Moto Jackets

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

Topshop Print Skirt | Valentino Shoulder Bag | kensie Moto Jacket

Denim is wildly popular here in London, and I love Veronica’s loose, cropped jeans. Nothing can top the insouciant look of denim with heels this season. Her camel zip-up pairs perfectly with her baby-blue jumper to create a grown-up prep look. Plus, a designer bag always adds a posh pop to any look!

xo,
Crystal

Shop similar styles:
Cropped Jeans | Studded Handbags | Blue Crewneck Sweaters

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

Citizens of Humanity Crop Jeans | Valentino Leather Bag | Halogen Cashmere Sweater

It was extremely windy today in London, but that didn’t stop the fashionista crowd from showing off their style. Sophia was fighting the weather, but managed to look pretty and elegant all the while. Pink is hot this season, as is suiting, so Sophia is hitting all the right notes!

xo,
Crystal

Shop similar styles:
Pink Blazers | Metallic Flats | Lace-Detail Tops

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

Joie Blazer | Joan & David Flat | Valentino Lace Blouse

As The Thread archives thousands of photos taken at Paris Fashion Week, one thing we’re seeing over and over is the Valentino ‘Rockstud’ collection. From handbags to shoes, the ‘Rockstud’ made a lasting impression on the sidelines of runway shows and on the streets of Paris.

Shoe-la-la: Valentino ‘Rockstud’ Pump

Slim Heel, Ample Style: Valentino ‘Rockstud’ Pump in black. And check out the latest ‘Rockstud Cavallino’ design that features neon-pop leopard spots.

Ultimate Stud Statement: Valentino ‘Rockstud – Flat’ Leather Clutch‘Rockstud’ T-Strap Flat in Pink

Pretty Parade: Valentino ‘Rockstud Crystal Noir’ T-Strap Pump (center)

The Essential Carryall: Valentino ‘Rockstud’ Leather Dome Satchel

Edgy. Luxe. Rock ’n’ roll attitude. Where will your ‘Rockstud’ take you?

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Photos by Ford Leland

Linda Tol never lets me down. Once I catch a glimpse of her sharp blonde bowl cut, I know I’m in for a sartorial treat.  She’s creative and fun, and she’s always willing to give us photographers a moment to grab a shot.

Today’s look is minimalistic but still has visual interest, thanks to the unique cuts and shapes. Also, pink has proven to be a major color this season, and Linda is rocking several pretty shades.

xo,
Crystal

Shop similar styles:
Studded Clutches | A-Line Skirts | Black Pantent Leather Booties

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

Valentino ‘Rockstud’ Nappa Leather  Clutch  | Leith Knee Length Skirt | Gucci ‘Helene’ Boot

Three times in one week? Tamara is a new Thread superstar! This lovely blogger has shown us her versatility this week. This sweet, feminine look is a winner and such a perfect transitional ensemble. Mohair sweaters are all the rage, as are sheer overlay skirts. Plus, those studded Valentino pumps were the most popular heels at Fashion Week!

xo,
Crystal

Shop similar styles:
Overlay Skirts | Savvy Trends Statement Necklaces | Pink Sweaters

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

Topshop Burnout Skirt | Topshop Triangle Necklace | Topshop Fluffy Sweater