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Fashion Bytes: Roksanda’s Garden of Pure Delight at London Fashion Week

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Welcome to Fashion Bytes, a cheat sheet for your favorite runway designers. From style inspirations to behind-the-scenes scoops, here’s everything worth knowing at London Fashion Week Spring 2018.

The brand: Roksanda

The history: Known for its twist on teatime elegance, this London label is famous for its trumpet-sleeve dresses and shiny silk textures. Since debuting as part of Topshop’s new designer showcase in 2005, the brand has been a London Fashion Week darling with fans like Kate Middleton, Kate Hudson and Cate Blanchett.

The designer: Serbian-born Roksanda Ilincic originally studied architecture, but quickly found her footing with fabrics instead. She graduated from Central Saint Martins in the early aughts, and has remained in London ever since. In 2012, she launched a series of children’s outfits inspired by her young daughter Efimia, now 6.

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Fashion Bytes: Ashley Williams Roars at London Fashion Week

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Welcome to Fashion Bytes, a cheat sheet for your favorite runway designers. From style inspirations to behind-the-scenes scoops, here’s everything worth knowing at London Fashion Week Spring 2018.

The brand: Ashley Williams

The history: She’s only been done with school for five years, but Ashley Williams is a London Fashion Week standout, thanks to her cheeky wordplay (example: studded diamante barrettes that spell out GIRLS RULE), super-warm knitwear and celebrity style squad. Her fans include Rihanna, Harry Styles and Alexa Chung.

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Get Creative with SPACE LAB Designer Hyein Seo’s Fall Playlist

There’s no better time to harness your creative energy and focus on your goals than fall. Summer fun should have depleted your physical energies, helping you find your chill. And once the weather also chills out, staying inside becomes increasingly appealing. No more excuses; it’s time to get it done.

If you need more encouragement, tune into designer Hyein Seo’s soundtrack. Listening to this playlist nonstop helped her put together her truly inspired fall collection—available now in our SPACE LAB, Olivia Kim’s incubator for on-the-edge fashion talent.

“There’s a list of tracks I listened to as I put up this collection,” Hyein told us. “All of these used to be our season’s theme song, but I listened to them too much, so not anymore.”

Hyein’s meditative and motivating tracks had us so focused throughout the workday, we barely blinked while writing this post.

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Pop-In@Nordstrom Gets Wired: Candid Cameras

When we heard about this month’s Pop-In@Nordstrom, for which Olivia Kim curated a mix of exciting and super-fun tech gear, we had this idea about worlds colliding in the very best way. Wouldn’t it be cool, we thought, if we shared the shop’s Snap Touch Polaroid cameras—which double as printers—with some of our SPACE designers and told them to go out and document their worlds?

Owing to these rad new cameras and our visionary friends, we think the results are very cool indeed.

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SPACE Designers Talk Summer Capsule Exclusives and Cool, Cool Summers

Two of our favorite words: Exclusive and Summer. And while technically speaking we can’t quite claim the latter just yet, today marks the kickoff of an only-available-here capsule collection from some of the most exciting emerging designers at SPACE.

A Marques’Almeida look from the exclusive SPACE capsule collection for summer

Aimed at outfitting your hot city nights as well as your getaway adventures, the collection features pieces made especially for us from Ashley Williams, Marques’Almeida, Simon Miller and more.

Inspired by their take on summertime fun, we chatted with some of our favorite SPACE designers about the season—past, present and future.

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What Olivia Kim Wore to the Comme des Garçons-Themed Met Gala

“I have a very zen approach,” said Olivia Kim on her way to the Met Gala last night. “What’s meant to fit, work and come together, will.” New goal: May all be as cool-headed and easygoing before big events.

All of fashion—and many bold names from art, design and media—were at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City to honor one of the industry’s most brilliant minds: Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons. But that’s our Olivia, taking it all in stride. The look tonight just feels very me. That’s the best way to explain it.”

“In celebration of our hero Rei Kawakubo, Spy and I are both donning very conceptual thing-a-ma-jigs,” Olivia wrote on Instagram, with a similar image. “Mine is black crinoline tulle and his is clear plexi.”

“I’ve been wearing Comme since I was in high school,” explained our VP of Creative Projects. “So it’s full circle in a sense. When I first started thinking about it, honestly I was thinking, ‘I wear Comme des Garçons almost every day—how can I wear it in a way that feels special enough for the Met Gala?'”

The solution? To go deep with it, and remain abstract about it at the very same time. How very Rei of her.

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Talking Books, Movies, and Art with SPACE Designer Sophie Buhai

Proof positive that you can invent yourself: SPACE designer Sophie Buhai. After she and her business partner concluded their New York-based clothing line Vena Cava, she moved back to her native West Coast and started anew, on her own—with jewelry.

Sophie Buhai at home in Los Angeles

With her experience creating complete ready-to-wear looks, it’s no surprise that her sculptural pieces are total outfit-makers. Smooth, minimal chokers and chunky rings add just the right powerful touch on jeans-and-tees days.

So who’s the woman behind the bangles? We offer this brief but friendly introduction.

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Friends in High Places: Our Stylist on Statement Earrings and KFASHION

“I love a statement ear, can you tell?” Keara Matthiesen is being rhetorical. Yeah, girl. We can tell.

As one of our key stylists, it’s her job to know when and how to add hot hoops and bold dangles. For the images in Pop-In@Nordstrom: KFASHION, Keara styled white kicks and fishnets with the best Korean designers—and then added colorful and blingy earrings that practically sing.

KFASHION looks from KUHO with earrings by Simone Rocha from SPACE, our shop for new and emerging designers.

They make killer statements for sure but you’ll notice that in very, very few instances do the earrings match each other. In fact, you see those acid yellow Simone Rocha shoulder-dusters above? That might be the only set in the whole bunch. We’re all about the idea of standout singles and mix-matching, and it’s a natural fit for rocking Korean fashion, where it feels really modern to get into clashing and contrasting.

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Hey, Toronto! You Can Meet Vejas Kruszewski in SPACE LAB at Nordstrom

We’ve had the pleasure of standing in a Paris Fashion Week showroom twice now with the lauded and awarded-young SPACE designer Vejas Kruszewski (no really, though; he’s just barely two decades old), and we are here to tell you that he’s one of the most easygoing yet intellectual designers we know.

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Vejas; image by Jessa Carter

If you live in Toronto and you like talking fashion, please note this date and time: March 15 from 5 to 7pm.  

Vejas and his right-hand, Saam Emme, will be at Nordstrom Toronto Eaton Centre to chat through inspiration and innovation—and your personal style and the spring ’17 collection. 

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 416.552.2900, ext. 1350. 

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Olivia Kim’s Favorite Parisian Vintage Shop

Every once in a while you end up in a weird situation where you’re ahead of schedule for an appointment or a meeting, and you can’t decide whether to just show up all awkward and early or try to kill a little time somewhere. But every once in a great while, something magical happens: a third option emerges. Maybe you run into a friend you haven’t seen in ages or you pass a bookstore that’s perfect for getting lost in.

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Today, in the middle of our Paris Fashion Week showroom rounds, we realized we were headed for the Roksanda showroom with a fairly decent amount of time to spare. Should we just pop in early? Should we call ahead and see if popping in early would be OK? How did we manage to get that far ahead of schedule anyway, when 97% of Fashion Week is spent racing the clock and being almost-late everywhere we go?

Just as we were pondering all that, Olivia Kim looked out the window and noticed where we were.

“Hey! My favorite vintage store is on this street.” Problem solved.

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