Or all of the above. The standing-room-only crowd at Elliott Bay Books on Friday, November 14 was likely compelled by a number of reasons, and when a patterned-shirt-dress clad DVF came through the back hallway door and strode up the left aisle all of them coalesced in the form of whoops, yelps and lots of applause.
Seattle Art Museum’s Chiyo Ishikawa introduced von Furstenberg and our own Laura Cassidy, editor of the Thread, and the two began a 15-minute open dialog concerning literary aspirations (hers were simple: to tell her mother’s story, but she realized that to do so required telling her own), character studies (the memoir is studded with stars playing really interesting parts) and civic duties (she gave us a few tips on how to get a Seattle version of New York’s Highline: in short, demand beautiful public space and don’t give up).
The mic then went to the room and the most Tweeted and Instagrammed moment emerged: a fan asked the designer what her favorite part of being a woman was and DVF answered, “That I’m not a man,” and bent in half in laughter at her own joke.
We’re a biased bunch of writers, sure, but for our money, we loved it when she called herself a femmmmmmminist—that’s a feminist with lots of M’s, as she explained. And we really loved the time she compared a writer’s breakthrough moment to an orgasm. What a gal.
We spent a little time with DVF offstage and behind the scenes before all of that went down, and took the opportunity to shoot the first in what we hope will be your favorite new video series. Check it out here.
Designers are so good at making cold, unsexy winter (hello, long underwear!) seem hot. Case in point: the exclusive clip below that our friends at Akris punto were kind enough to share with us, which chronicles their campaign shoot for Albert Kriemler’s snowboarding-inspired collection for Fall/Winter 14/15. Starring Russian-born Swiss snowboarder Iouri Podladtchikov—he of the cute nickname (“iPod”) and Olympic Gold Medal (at Sochi 2014) fame—the video plays like an ad for Switzerland’s soaring Alps and sleek winter style. Prepare for cheekbone envy.
“We wanted to recognize all the different ways that being ‘socially responsible’ can be interpreted,” Pop-In@Nordstrom curator Olivia Kim said in reference to our latest limited-time shop: a collection of eco-friendly, upcycled, artisanal and community-focused goods titled TMRW TGTHR.
“If we can provide these organizations with a platform to tell their stories,” Kim continued, “I feel like we’re helping spread their purpose to a larger audience.”
One of the most inspiring stories we came across was that of Creative Growth, an art center in Oakland that serves adult artists with developmental, mental and physical disabilities. Check out our visit to their campus in the video above, shop at selected stores for one-of-a-kind artworks by Creative Growth artists—and keep reading to learn about the four artists whose work we’re honored to showcase on a series of tote bags (free with any in-store Pop-In purchase).
Kate Moss for Topshop is coming to Nordstrom April 30! To celebrate this collaboration, NOWNESS presents a series of videos featuring celebs and friends of Kate speaking about her collection and her unique personality. First up, BBC Radio 1 host Nick Grimshaw with personal anecdotes about their friendship—including how Kate saved him from what could have been a very unfortunate tattoo.
“Whether she’s hanging out with Donatella Versace or my dad…you get the same Kate Moss…Kate and Topshop aren’t intimidating, but they still manage to be high fashion.” —Nick Grimshaw
Sarah Jessica Parker debuts her SJP Collection looking flawless, thanks to her trusted friend Serge Normant. For 15 years, the celebrated New York-based hairstylist has coiffed the style icon’s tresses.
As the pair embarks on the SJPxNordstrom cross-country shoe launch, Sarah Jessica puts the spotlight on Serge, camera-phone interview style, to candidly discuss their storied relationship, which started at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards.
Until next time,
Keep up with Sarah Jessica’s fashionable footsteps on Pinterest while she guest-pins for Nordstrom, sharing her favorite places in New York, Seattle, L.A., Chicago, Miami and Dallas as she takes her new, exclusive shoe collection on tour.
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With his signature wit and flair for the dramatic, Brad created seven unforgettable looks for spring occasions, from casual brunches to marriage proposals (!) and everything in between. While he worked, he gave us pitch-perfect styling tips to help you create your own sexy, playful looks guaranteed to turn heads and make you feel like a million bucks.
Although he was crazy busy on the set, we managed to catch a few candid moments with the maestro, including a quick conversation between Brad and one of his closest companions:
For fall 2014, Tadashi Shoji found himself enchanted by the rich influence of Arabic culture in southern Spain. The Japanese-born designer takes us on a journey to Alhambra, where the gorgeous Moorish gardens and halls come to life in the form of exquisite textures: laser-cut micro suede, velvet-cut paillettes, and shimmering diamantés.
This collection is “an elegant balance between antiquity and modernity, and designed for our au courant woman,” according to Tadashi.
Motifs found in Moorish architecture were used to illuminate the backdrop of the catwalk, playing off the collection’s ornate detailing.
Check out the movement and elegance of the 23 looks of the collection.
Get a glimpse of Fashion Week through the Nordstrom lens on our Fashion Week Hub.
So, you’ve landed yourself a Vogue cover. Now what? Lena Dunham and Hamish Bowles come to the rescue with flair. Learn how to strike a pose with the best of them in this Vogue original short, “Cover Girl.”