Apparel

Marni Pre-Fall 2012: Eclecti-Luxe

The Marni pre-fall collection is now available to pre-order online—including playful pieces from a collaboration with artist Brian Rea. Known for his illustrations in the New York Times and a host of other publications, Rea complements the feminine, eclectic luxury that is so very Marni.

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White Haute

Clean up your fashion act with bright whites. Crisp and chic, bleached-out accents are signaling that summer is almost here.

Sporty white timepieces are popping; white stacked wedges and heels add a streamlined edge to short hemlines; milky white jewelry does any outfit good. And for the ultimate in summer style? Whitewash your entire ensemble, from head to toe.

Pictured:
ALDO ‘Vivolo’ Sandal
Cara Accessories Statement Necklace
MARC BY MARC JACOBS ‘Rock’ Chronograph Silicone Bracelet Watch
DIESEL Round Chronograph Silicone Bracelet Watch
Michael Kors ‘Parker’ Chronograph Ceramic Bracelet Watch
Nixon ‘The 42-20 Rubber Chrono’ Watch
MICHAEL Michael Kors ‘Griffin’ Retro Sunglasses
Dooney & Bourke ‘Davis Tassel’ Shopper
Miraclesuit ‘Jena’ One Piece Swimsuit

Oh, and you can never go wrong with a sweet West Highland White Terrier; adorable puppies are always in style.

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Vintage Catalog: The Jumpsuit, 1970

Breezy jumpsuits are looking fresh and modern—even though they made their sartorial debut more than 40 years ago. Updated prints and cuts are now making this an easy piece for a jump-start to your summer.

Let’s look past the ‘Brady Bunch’ background and ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ eyeshadow, and talk about how we’d put a current spin on that ‘70s glam.

1 – Ditch those block-heel shoes in favor of strappy flat sandals for a casual outfit, or simple wedges for a dressier version.
2 – For a wider-leg jumpsuit, make sure the hem skims the top of your toes—this 1970 look could be a little longer.
3 – Let the jumpsuit take center stage by adding a simple crossbody bag and streamlined jewelry.
4 – Channel your inner Charlie’s Angel confidence, and you’re good to go.

Shop our Editor’s Picks to get this look:

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The Perfect 10: Our Summer Checklist

Sunny days are here again (even in Seattle)! Check out our list for the season’s top 10 essentials for easy summer style. How does your own list stack up?

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Street Style

Alyson in Willow & Clay

We ran across Alyson at her blog, Crushing on Clothes and loved seeing her mix of aquas and the casual styling of this Willow & Clay asymmetrical hem dress—perfect for a sunny stroll around the University of Washington campus here in Seattle.

She’s hitting all the right trends with her bright pops of color,  high/low hemline and a light-and-airy look for spring. So cute!

Shop similar styles:

High/Low Hemlines | Bright Jewelry | Pop of Color Handbags

Shop our Editor’s Picks to recreate this look:

Willow & Clay Asymmetrical Hem Dress

Alexis Bittar Medium Tapered Bangle (Nordstrom Exclusive)

Jimmy Choo Riki Shopper

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The Shirtdress: One Piece, Four Ways

Here’s a time-saver: A shirtdress can morph from polished to casual in seconds. Check out our four ways for working this staple—seen here in spring’s happiest shade—both in and out of the office.

Sleek simplicity. Let the dress do the talking and adorn with simple but beautiful accessories. [Pictured: Nordstrom Bangles, Nordstrom Scallop Statement Necklace, Suzi Chin for Maggy Boutique Shirtdress]

Business chic. Power up your look with a crisp white blazer (another of our favorite pieces right now) and neutral heels. Keep things interesting with a brilliant bag. [Pictured: Cole Haan Slingback Pump, Theory Double Breasted Jacket, Elliot Lucca Tote, Suzi Chin for Maggy Boutique Shirtdress]

Night out. Go glam with metallic extras. Instead of color, think exotic texture and shine. [Pictured: Via Spiga Python Belt, Enzo Angiolini Sandal, Vince Camuto Clutch, Suzi Chin for Maggy Boutique Shirtdress]

Wherever weekend. Add textured everything—a craft bag and easy-walking flat, even your belt. We love the thrown-together ease. [Pictured: Fina Firenze Stretch Belt, Hinge ‘Tanner’ Sandal, Steven by Steve Madden Tote, Persol Sunglasses, Suzi Chin for Maggy Boutique Shirtdress]

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DVF ♥ Current/Elliott: Now Available

The much-anticipated Diane von Furstenberg and Current/Elliott denim collaboration is now available at Nordstrom (let’s talk printed denim pants, printed denim skirt, denim wrap dress…it’s jeanius!).

Also worthy of note: “Writer’s Block”, directed by Gia Coppola, takes us inside the life of a young Hollywood screenwriter, who happens to have a most enviable DVF wardrobe.

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Spring’s Casual Layers: Our 3 Go-Tos

Spring’s warmer days can still come with a chill. We’re sharing our favorite light layers to have on hand for transitioning weather—perfect for maintaining your casual polish when a breeze picks up during al fresco brunches or lazy days on the boat.

Scarves. Sure, this one’s a no-brainer, but it bears repeating: A lightweight scarf is an easy way to make a statement and simply tucks into (or ties onto) your handbag when temperatures rise. Find some inspiration with our 16 ways to wear a scarf video.

Open-Weave Knits. Toss over fitted tanks and maxi dresses to keep your casual spring outfits loose and airy while still looking put together.

Denim Shirts. Reach for one of these anywhere you would a denim jacket. They’ve got that classic look, but feel a lot breezier—and there are so many ways to wear them.

One last tip: Adding an extra layer is just one more versatile way to express that amazing personality of yours. Whether your passion is color, pattern, playful proportions or all of the above, have fun mixing it up!

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April Guide: Our Top Five Favorite Trends

Feel that breeze? Spring is officially in the air, which means it’s time to refresh your warm-weather wardrobe. We’ve updated our Spring’s “It” List Fashion Guide for April with all our favorite trends and newest pieces to wear—including styling tips.

Check out our five favorites, and make sure you click through to the end to watch a behind-the-scenes video from our catalog shoot with street-style photographer Tommy Ton!

Prep Club
Graphic Prints
New Horizons
French Charm
Streamlined

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Earning Your Stripes, Chilean Style

This season’s bright hues and bold stripes have your editors waxing nostalgic for the mild, sub-tropical climate and color-washed public spaces of Valparaiso, Chile.

Our inspiration: Local lore in Valparaiso (Valpo, if you’re in the know) says that boat painters used to place excess buckets on the docks, leaving townspeople free to coat their city with the saturated pigments. And speaking of saturated, what could be better for exploring one of Chile’s most vibrant places—or any warm-weather destination—than this Splendid stripe maxi dress. It’s flirty, cheery and ready when you are to paint the town red—or whatever color suits your fancy.

Jeff Powell

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