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Nordstrom Designer Preview is just a few days away, and no matter where you stand on Shawn Serven‘s philosophy on outfit planning (and maybe not outfit planning), and no matter if you’re going to be there IRL or just in spirit, you probably wouldn’t turn down a little professional outfit inspiration, right?

We talked to Wendy Nguyen, one of the ultra-chic style bloggers on her way to Seattle for the big event, to get her fall picks and strategy for fashion event style.

Blog: Wendy’s Lookbook

Lives: 
Los Angeles, CA

Her style in three words: Structured, layered, downtown

When she’s not blogging or Instagramming she’s: Designing, filming for YouTube, managing productions, boxing (such a great workout!), and playing with my little cat Sammie.

Psyched about seeing: I’m loving the flounce hem as seen at Mary Katrantzou and Christopher Kane, the high-waisted trouser silhouette at Topshop Unique, structured menswear-inspired outerwear pieces, and super high over-the-knee boots. Designer collections that make my heart stop are Mary Katrantzou, MSGM, and Burberry Prorsum.

Event dressing: For events like the Designer Preview runway show, I love challenging myself by playing with different silhouettes and shapes. I think it’s the perfect time to have fun with fashion. An Emilio Pucci dress with rolling wave hemlines? Of course!

Completing the look: I love a strong smokey eye and nude lips paired with a colorful outfit, or just a sexy cat-eye and red lips coupled with a black and white outfit. Romantic wavy curls and halo braids are my favorite summer hair looks right now. For nails, I like them short with a punch of fire engine red or a soft mauve nude color.

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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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We can’t front: it is fun seeing what our director of creative projects, Olivia Kim, wears to work. Her ideas, energy and outfits liven up the conference room every time. It’s also really fun seeing her in the glossy and digital pages of the fashion press, as with “Dressing 9 to 5—What the Most Stylish Women Wear to Work,” her most recent feature on Vogue.com. In brilliantly spotlighting Olivia as someone with solid talent in the workplace style department, and in teasing out the specific pieces that make her so on-point, Vogue does a bang-up job of informing that every-morning riddle. And who can’t use a little extra inspiration on the average Tuesday?

Keep reading for some excerpts from the feature and find out which one sweater type she simply can’t abide—and shop her favorites too!

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Fashion Week Journal for Monday, March 9

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As this season’s quartet of Fashion Weeks zipped itself closed and exited stage right yesterday and I boarded a plane bound for familiar faces, the voice in my head was never more like the diaristic Doogie Howser crossed with SJP doing her Carrie Bradshaw narrations. So please indulge me as I attempt to make some sense of the sit-com/sci-fi/drama that was these last 30 days of runways, real ways, icons, offbeats and more.

But …. I’m not ready to bring my Fashion Week coverage to an end per se—stay tuned in the weeks to come as I take you behind even more brands and share some special showroom stories and scenes—but for now I’ve distilled a month’s worth of impressions and ideas down to five notions of what the phenomenon of Fashion Month means right now. 

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Fashion Week Journal for Monday, March 9

It’s weird but true: a good coffee in Paris is hard to find. Unless, that is, you happen to go by Vogue’s Americans in Paris Fashion Week showcase where a certain award-winning, coffee-making expat is pulling shots and doling out croissants.

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Fashion Week Journal for Sunday, March 8

By the fourth week of what is really Fashion Month, the sheer number of shows attended by someone like Konca Aykan, the super-chic stylist and Vogue Turkey Fashion Director, is sort of staggering. So asking her over a laid-back Saturday lunch which ones have stood out—well, it’s not really a trick question, but it’s also not an easy one.

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Olivia Kim in Vogue Magazine

Rihanna may have snagged the cover—but we’re still tremendously proud to say that our own Olivia Kim is featured in the March issue of Vogue.

Nordstrom’s Director of Creative Projects (a title which includes masterminding our monthly themed shops, Pop-In @ Nordstrom), Olivia spoke to Vogue about taking a leap of faith to move from New York to Seattle, and the proper way to push boundaries. Keep reading to see the full article from Vogue—and see what’s currently on her wish list here: Meet Olivia Kim.

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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.”

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When it comes to translating fashions from the runway, Vogue magazine is a leading authority on the language of style. For the 28th annual Nordstrom Designer Preview, in partnership with the Seattle Art Museum Supports, we tapped Lawren Howell, West Coast fashion editor at Vogue, to talk about some of the most notable trends for fall/winter 2013.

From reporting at New York and Paris Fashion Weeks to styling the annual Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund show, Lawren has an expert point of view on decoding this season’s trends and making the right ones work for your wardrobe.

From Vogue’s perspective, fall 2013 is a “season of duality, of opposites attracting,” says Lawren. “Three noteworthy trends were sequined sweaters [as seen at Givenchy* (left)], 1940s hourglass silhouettes in the form of slip dresses [spotted at Lanvin (center)] and girls stealing their boyfriends’ suits as spotted at shows [like Stella McCartney* (right)].”

Vogue’s presence at the Nordstrom Designer Preview is a first for the event, and Lawren believes these types of partnerships help bridge the gap between the editorial experience found in a magazine and the shopping experience that consumers find in the store.

“The less distance between what we talk about in the pages of Vogue and what consumers can actually find in stores, the better,” she says. “It’s hard to look at a magazine and see these lofty, aspirational things and not really have them apply to your life. When the trends are actually distilled, I think it makes shopping that much more exciting, and the fashion world is little more demystified.”

*Givenchy and Stella McCartney ready-to-wear apparel in selected stores. For assistance, please contact a Designer Specialist at 1.877.543.7463.

Haute Accessories: Saint Laurant ‘Duffle 6 – Medium’ Leather Satchel, Valentino ‘Rockstud’ Pump, Prada Leopard Tote and Valentino ‘Rockstud – Cavallino Flat’ Calf Hair Clutch

So was the event a success? “We are super-pleased with the Fall 2013 Designer Preview. Nordstrom has partnered with Seattle Art Museum Supporters on this event for 28 years now, and we probably had the biggest and most successful event yet,” says Pete Nordstrom.

“I want to especially thank Bonnie Abrams and Lawren Howell from Vogue for attending. Lawren did a great job addressing the crowd on fall trends and themes in fashion that helped give some insight and context to the show. Vogue is an excellent partner with Nordstrom, and we appreciate their support and involvement.”

Looking for more ways to edit your wardrobe this season? Jeffrey Kalinsky, Nordstrom EVP of Designer, shares his top fashion picks for the month in Jeffrey’s Edit.

Qianna Smith

[Photo Credit: Portraits by Marko MacPherson & Mimi Ritzen Crawford & runway by Kent Worthington]

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Last week, art lovers and collectors of fashion met on the runway at the 28th Fall 2013 Nordstrom Designer Preview, presented by Nordstrom in partnership with the Seattle Art Museum Supporters (SAMS), a group of Seattle-area women who work to expand the support of the museum through fundraising and other efforts. Lawren Howell, Vogue’s West Coast fashion editor, hosted the stylishly charged event held at the Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Pier 91. Seattleites were treated to an edited selection of take-your-breath-away fall fashions from New York, London, Milan and Paris.

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A Posh Prelude: As our 600+ guests entered the industrial-chic runway space, they were greeted with a preshow presentation featuring new looks from the likes of MARC JACOBS, Marni, Neil Barrett* and Proenza Schouler*.

Global Style: Over 100 looks were strutted down the runway, all from 15 of our most covetable brands—Christian Dior*, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Michael Kors, Stella McCartney, Azzedine Alaïa*, Missoni, Valentino, Donna Karan, Givenchy*, Jason Wu, Dries Van Noten*, Erdem, Lanvin, and Oscar de la Renta.

*We offer Neil Barrett, Proenza Schouler, Azzedine Alaïa, Givenchy and Dries Van Noten ready-to-wear apparel in selected stores. For assistance, please contact a Designer Specialist at 1.877.543.7463.

Conscience Shopping: After the show, guests had the opportunity to shop the looks right off the runway at our onsite designer boutique. The evening’s proceeds were donated to the Seattle Art Museum in support of the exhibit Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion, on display through September 8.

Fashionable Minds: Nordstrom’s Jennifer Wheeler, VP of Women’s Designer Apparel, and Olivia Kim, Director of Creative Projects, spotted talking trends.

“Statement coats are an essential fall trend, as seen at Dries van Noten,” says Wheeler, referring to the essential and wearable runway themes seen during the night. “The mix of masculine and feminine gave this season a fresh and modern refinement, in particular at Christian Dior with the houndstooth fabrics in feminine shapes. Also take note of the classic shapes from the ‘50s and ‘60s as seen in a new and fresh way at Valentino.”

Trend Note: Woven Wonders. From Christian Dior to Oscar de la Renta to Lanvin, elaborate patterns will shake up your wardrobe this season. Shop for your bold side with our Jacquard trend picks.

Trend Note: The Rules of Red. Make an empowering statement with ruby-red hues, as seen above on the runways of Stella McCartney, Dolce&Gabbana and Donna Karan, with some help from our Bright Red designer picks for fall.

Excited for fall yet? Check out our Designer Study Guide for the cheat sheet to fall’s most coveted trends, colors, prints and shapes.

Live Chat with a Designer Specialist or a Stylist or contact at 1.877.543.7463 for product availability and store locations.

Qianna Smith
Photos by Kent Worthington

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