What to Wear

When you want to know, you go straight to the top of four inches of smoky suede.

Upon seeing the elegant and sometimes edgy styles in the fall ’15 Jimmy Choo shoe and handbag collection, and upon understanding that behind them were the magical stage lights of world-class ballet, we couldn’t help wanting to learn more about creative director Sandra Choi’s inspiration.

We chatted via email with the Isle of Wight–born, Hong Kong–educated designer about her favorite dancers, how she wears these styles and the enduring allure of the ankle.



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?



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!



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.



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.



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.)



Makeup artists, hair and wardrobe stylists, and to some degree photographers, creative directors, producers and other crew members are in a tricky position: When you’re readying someone else for the public eye, it’s not necessarily your time to shine. But still… When you’re in the business of aesthetics and design, you’re expected to be an expert at looking good. For example, let’s say it’s your job to beautify Christina Aguilera before she performs during the Super Bowl. Yeah, that happened. And Venice Beach-based celebrity makeup artist Fiona Stiles managed to pull it off with effortless style.

Wearing: Helmut Lang top, NYDJ pants, Rachel Zoe sandals
Image courtesy Andrew Stiles

We asked this natural beauty, total pro and mom-of-one to tell us all about being California cool amongst the coolest of the cool in this installment of our brand-new interview series designed to inspire and inform that daily conundrum, What to wear to work?


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It’s wedding season! Decoding those invites and deciding on what wedding-guest dress to wear can be a confusing task at times, so we asked Nordstrom buyer Ashley Woodworth to help us out. She breaks it down in terms that are totally easy to understand, and we’ve provided a range of dress ideas to simplify your decision-making process and get you ready to raise a glass of bubbly and toast to a lifetime of love.

What-to-wear-to-a-summer-weddingNYDJ print dress | Manolo Blahnik pump | Hobo frame clutch


This is an obvious but fun one to dress for!

Maxi Dresses: My first thought is a beautiful, flowy maxi, either printed or in a great solid pop color.

A Little Lace: Also pretty would be a crochet or cotton lace style (less serious than cocktail lace). I also love the idea of some of the new halter trapeze shapes we’re seeing, still dressy but short and easy for the beach—bonus that those styles look great with wedges or flat sandals in case you want to change shoes after you get off the beach.

Bold Prints: Depending on the location, you could also do a cool tribal-print shift, turquoise or stone jewelry and gladiator sandals. I’m thinking of Mexico here…


Floral Laundry by Shelli Segal gown | Eliza J geometric-print maxi dress | Maggy London pleated a-line dress

SHOP: Wedding-Guest Dresses for the Beach




When Los Angeles-based model Ariel Beesley isn’t posing with a blow-up swan for Nylon magazine, she’s singing sweetly forlorn ditties with her ukelele at music festivals and on small stages. And when she isn’t doing either of those things, sometimes she’s modeling for Nordstrom. Lucky us! Check her out in shades by Illesteva and Oxydo. And here she is in the season’s best floral pieces, cool summer dresses and hot trends.

And here she is in an exclusive video, plucking the strings at our shoot—and telling us all about her favorite tunes, her grocery store hit list and her on-the-rise career—as a in-demand model and as a neo-folkie songstress.




…Specifically, this cute little Mad Men-goes-to-Miami two-piece number, which was the recipient of a not-insignificant amount of love this week from The College Prepster, who also dug up some amazing vintage Lilly ads to show how this particular look bridges the old and the (newest of the) new.

And that’s not the only look we’ve got that lands Lilly firmly in the now: think festival-ready rompers for women, throw-on-and-go maxi dresses, body-con styles and more.

Shop: Lilly Pulitzer for women