What to wear when you’re surrounded by stylish ladies and confronted by cold weather? It’s a quandary that we put to our Associate Fashion Director, Kate Bellman. Yes, we want to look great at Fashion Week. We also want to keep all of our toes and fingers. And, true, we want to make the best-dressed lists and street-style blogs, but we don’t want to look like we’re trying too hard.
So, Kate, what should we pack for Fashion Week? Here are her suggestions for our suitcases.
“We’re still falling for deconstructed classics thanks in particular to Demna Gvasalia’s influence at Balenciaga,” Kate says. “Whether a classic trench (like this Burberry coat) with updated sleeves, or plaid shirting worn slightly askew (as done on this top by Public School), this trend will be setting the tone for my wardrobe this season.” Ours too now, thanks to you, Kate.
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You’ve got plans. Even if they’re not the dozen roses, champagne and candlelit-dinner kind—no matter—you’ll still definitely do something on February 14, be it hang with your ladies, workout and then chill out on the couch, or spend time with your spouse and the kiddos. (The babysitter seemed to have no problem getting a date and dinner reservation.)
And looking good will help make you feel amazing about whatever you’re doing on Valentine’s Day. Here are some outfits that you’ll love, even if your love life leaves something to be desired.
You’re not sure about this one. Keep an open mind but dress for yourself in this Topshop sweatshirt and crepe dress. If things heat up, this frock has a sexy crisscross back that will look downright adorable paired with lace-up ballet flats.
Topshop crisscross back midi dress | Nadri Starry Night crystal ear crawlers | Shrimps Bingo faux fur jacket | Miu Miu lace-up ballerina flat | Stella McCartney Tiny Falabella faux leather crossbody
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Leave it to Olivia Kim to break down the season’s most intimidating looks. No really: let’s just leave it to her. Here’s our SPACE curator demystifying key looks from the best emerging designers—and including links so you can own the vibe now.
How to rock a ruffle like it’s no big deal:
“It’s all in the shoes and socks. A really beautiful pair of stark white socks will do wonders for your life; wear them with some oxfords or a pair of sturdy, chunky sandals. They’ll make your ruffles look way more NBD.”
Maria La Rosa | Marques’Almeida | Adieu
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What to wear this spring? Good question. Please allow us to direct you to our men’s Spring 2016 Trend Report.
There you will find answers: tank tops, ripped-up denim, white jeans, stripes, ponchos, the military look—and new, extremely fresh styles by brands such as Commes des Garçons, wings + horns and adidas.
SHOP: Spring 2016 Trend Report
Related: How to Layer for Spring
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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 Refinery29, 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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What happens when one of the favorite lifestyle gurus of the under-35 set wants the perfect wardrobe? She designs it, of course! Emily Schuman—whose 6-million-visitors-a-month blog cupcakes and cashmere chronicles her love of all things fashion, food, home decor and DIY—is launching a new clothing collection at Nordstrom this month. (You may have read something about it on WWD, Who What Wear and the list goes on…) We caught five minutes with the busy L.A.-based entrepreneur, wife and mom of baby girl Sloan to get the scoop on her latest project.
cupcakes and cashmere designer Emily Schuman
Describe your new collection in three words.
Feminine. Classic. Tailored.
What influenced you most in designing the collection?
I created pieces that I wanted in my closet—things I’m always reaching for whenever I head out to brunch or a business meeting. I was influenced by street-style photography featuring impeccably dressed women who always seem to have perfectly tailored wardrobes.
Tell us about your connection to Nordstrom.
When I first got into fashion in high school, the BP. department was my favorite place to shop. My style has changed a lot since I was a teenager, but I’ve simply moved around departments within Nordstrom and have always been a loyal customer. I love that it’s a consistently great shopping experience, and the customer service is the best. When I found out Nordstrom would be carrying my line, I was so happy I cried!
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Jessica and Nicole Tracy, the sisters behind Kore Swim, can bring their notion of personal beauty and positive self image back to one simple phrase from a Jefferson Airplane song: “You’re only as pretty as you feel.” (The philosophy is right there on the So-Cal-based swimwear line’s About Us page.) And hey you know what? Same goes for a poolside summer:
You’re as fun as you can dream yourself to be, girl. So let’s do this.
The Tracy sisters before business plans and conference rooms were a thing
Jessica and Nicole gave us their download on summer’s best entertainment—and the poolside’s best looks.
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The easy answer to summer’s impending question is not much at all, but it’s what you do with that little bit that sets the season’s best dressed apart from the rest.
This month’s Pop-In@Nordstrom is all about the deck—the tiled, floatie-strewn, beach-towel-covered poolside deck, that is.
In our dream world, the poolside is a place that mixes Old Hollywood regency with present-day realness and global style. At our poolside lounge, Marilyn Monroe and FKA twigs are BFFs. At the poolside, the sun is always shining, the watermelon is always freshly sliced and the DJ is just about to drop our favorite cut—which is a mash-up of vintage girl group doo-wop and Fresh Prince-era feel-good pop. And in this fantasy, everyone is rocking just the right look.
For the skinny on how to wear the best one-piece bathing suits, killer bikinis and more in 2015 poolside style, dive right in.
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Although you wouldn’t figure him to be any older than, oh, say, your favorite older brother, Gilles Assor, U.S. head of the super-chic heritage footwear brand Robert Clergerie, has been around—in the best way. If you’re lucky enough to spend an afternoon hearing about his career in fashion, you’ll get an earful. From Galliano-era Dior to Jean Paul Gaultier’s JPG line (“before streetwear was streetwear”) to Paco Rabanne (“Balmain now is Paco Rabanne back then”) to the first time Birkenstocks were cool (and sanctioned by the Parisian boutique Colette), and from Barbara Bui to Margiela to Marc Jacobs in the era of baby discos at the Palais de Tokyo. Assor’s narrative résumé is just plain killer. If he weren’t so sweet and fun, he’d be pretty darn intimidating.
And as much as he knows about fashion (in case that isn’t clear yet, it’s A LOT), he’s also a pretty good resource for all things Chelsea. He’s lived in New York’s art gallery–studded neighborhood for four years, and the Robert Clergerie showroom, Assor’s “office,” has been in the Chelsea Arts Tower for two.
We were lucky enough to while away a few hours there with this fine Frenchman a few weeks ago. He snuck us up to the showroom’s rooftop event space, The Glasshouses, and pointed out the sites from on high: the seemingly singular one-story building where Donna Karan is said to be hosting her next runway show, the Frying Pan, the condos with drive-in, elevator-up garages (!).
“Realtors around here are now buying the sky,” he said in his spot-on, deadpan way. We left it at that—except for the following download on galleries, cocktails, coffee and, naturally, summer’s best shoes. (And some other stuff too.)
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