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Street Report: Anastasia at Paris Fashion Week

International blogger and stylist Anastasia Siantar of brownplatform.com adds her own Indonesian twist to Paris Fashion week, decked out in a candy-striped jacket and pumps. Her leather cat bag and fedora complement her look, while her winking eye dress adds a flirty twist to her edgy-chic allure.

Warmest regards,
Ford Leland

Shop similar styles:

Black & White Graphic Print Dresses | Fedoras | Striped Jackets

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:

Collective Concepts Fit & Flare Dress | Topshop ‘New Clean Edge’ Fedora | Caslon Roll Sleeve Knit Blazer

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Zanita x Nordstrom: New York Fashion Week Diary

I can’t believe my time in New York City is drawing to a close—the whole trip here has been a fashion-filled blur! Each day was packed with meetings, shows, street-style shoots and hours and hours of being stuck in traffic. I stayed in SoHo, which usually would be great, but there was a lovely Italian festival happening during my entire stay and my street and those surrounding it were all closed off. Guess I can consider walking those extra few blocks in stilettos to be my daily workout!



Highlights for these past days include scoring time for some proper meals—my favorite being mozzarella bufala and tomato, which I feel is an appropriate dish for any hour of the day.

I also loved sitting front row at Tommy Hilfiger with the crème-de-la-crème of fashion bloggers. In order left to right: Jules (Sincerely, Jules), Aimee (Song of Style), Chriselle (The Chriselle Factor), Chiara (The Blonde Salad), Jessica (Tuula) and Nicole (Gary Pepper Girl). Talk about power in digital influence!


As well, I had the chance to see the MARC BY MARC JACOBS show in a steamy warehouse (did someone say 95 °F outside today?).





I was able to attend the Burberry party too, which featured an incredible performance by Tom Odell, and I got to hang out with my friends Camille (Camille Over the Rainbow), Carolina (Fashion Squad), Chiara and Natalie Joos (Tales of Endearment).

I’m grateful to have been part of this crazy scene here in New York, and I’m looking forward to getting thrown into the fashion fun in London tomorrow! Heading off for my red-eye flight now—you gotta do what you gotta do. Fashion knows no pain. Loving it all!

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Zanita x Nordstrom: NYFW Diary, Day 2

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In true New Yorker style, I wore an outfit inspired by the Knicks, orange and blue. My vibrant Miss Wu shirt proved such a hit!

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Miss Wu Pocket Crêpe de Chine Blouse | Tom Ford ‘Nastasya’ Sunglasses

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Powering through days 2-3 of NYFW, my highlights include attending Prabal Gurung (a favourite) and Hervé Léger.

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Had some rooftop hangouts with my friend Jessica Stein of the blog Tuula.

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Another highlight: a great party on the rooftop of the iconic Empire Hotel.

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The street-style scene was so exciting—I’m really looking forward to sharing more pics very soon!

-Zanita Morgan

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Zanita x Nordstrom: NYFW Diary, Day 1

What a thrill to be in NYC for Fashion Week! My first day on the ground as guest editor for Nordstrom, and I feel like I’ve lived a week of this already–in the best possible way–there’s simply so much colour and energy. I’m grateful to have the chance to share it through my lens.

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Miss Wu ‘Delicate Leaf Print’ | Tom Ford ‘Nastasya’ Sunglasses

Presenting my first photo diary entry: highlights include glimpses of the first lady of fashion herself, Anna Wintour; perfect manicures and ladylike chic at the kate spade new york presentation; Karlie Kloss strutting the Jason Wu runway like the iconic supermodel that she is; plus Janelle Monae and gladiator pumps at Rebecca Minkoff–so fierce!

I scored a chance to share a lunch in Central Park with my friend Jessica (tuula), and even went home for an outfit change in the middle of the day like a proper Fashion Week diva. There’s so much more to come, including my scene on the street post. Stay tuned!

Zanita Morgan

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Zanita x Nordstrom: Our Guest Editor at Fashion Week

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We’re thrilled to announce our Fashion Week partnership with the stylish and talented Australian blogger Zanita Morgan. As our Guest Editor at Fashion Week, Zanita will be posting daily updates right here, chronicling her adventures at runway shows, parties and events in New York, London, Milan and Paris.

Keep your eye out for her posts coming soon. Until then, see what’s been happening lately on Zanita’s blog.

Welcome, Zanita! We’re excited to have you on board.

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Marie Denee: A Curvy Girl’s Summer Guide to Style

To conclude our shapely summer style guide, we turn to our resident plus-size fashion guru Marie Denee, who takes us behind the scenes of a Nordstrom.com Encore shoot and fashion presentation.

Fashion from a plus perspective is what you will find on my blog, The Curvy Fashionista. For over four years—I turn FIVE this December!—I’ve uncovered brands, interviewed designers and profiled models all within the plus-size community, to show you, the plus-size shopper, that we have a market and that our stylish opinions count too! Throughout the years, I have been fortunate to work with top magazines, brands and retailers such as Nordstrom, which want women to feel confident about their curves!

In pursuit of the latest and greatest in plus-size fashions, I turn to Nordstrom’s Encore department because you can find great brands both online and in over 100 stores across the U.S. With their exclusive offerings, Nordstrom has brought us the inception of White Label by Rachel Pally, the launch of Lucky Brand and partnerships with Vince Camuto and Nation LTD, just to name a few. Everything Encore stands for—style, fit and inclusive size options—resonates with me as a shopper and the mission of my blog.

Last summer, I approached the Encore team about hosting events and curating the best of their offerings, and they obliged!

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Since teaming up with Nordstrom, I’ve been able to share my favorite picks from their vast assortment, serve up style advice and dance next to Encore buyer Breanne Holcomb (pictured, right) at the spring photo shoot!

And let’s not forget the fashion events! From the South Coast Plaza store in Costa Mesa to the Michigan Avenue store in Chicago, I’ve been able to host intimate runway presentations on seasonal trends to show you how to put looks together in unexpected ways!

Have you shopped The Curvy Fashionista picks on Nordstrom.com? My picks refresh monthly with the new arrivals that I think should be on your radar. When I work with the Encore department to make my monthly selections, there are a few things I look for: 1) designers that my readers love and give feedback on, 2) unique and playful silhouettes that will enhance a shoppers wardrobe and 3) trendy items that we’ve seen walking down the runway that are made in plus! How refreshing is that to say?!

This entire opportunity has been amazing. The chance to showcase brands and looks I love with designers that I admire and respect, all with a retailer that gets it—you could not ask for more! I seriously love that Nordstrom hasn’t stopped either! With the addition of Junior Plus, I see the Encore department only growing and introducing more plus-size designers and brands that cater to us!

Join the curvy conversation, and find @MarieDenee on both Twitter and Instagram.

With two months of summer left, make sure to stay on top of your style game with transitional pieces for fall. Find all your curvy closet essentials at Encore.

Portrait photo credit: Marie Denee for Evans

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Meg van Huygen: A Curvy Girl’s Summer Guide to Style

In the third part of our Encore summer style series, we meet up with Meg van Huygen, one of Nordstrom’s own marketing copyeditors, who describes how she makes vintage pieces part of her work-to-weekend wardrobe—and, by doing so, creates a uniquely modern statement. 

I’ve been passionate about thrifting since high school—right around the time the grunge era hit here in Seattle. It was a unique time and place to be a teenage girl and learn about one’s fashion tastes because pretty much anything was game. I remember my mom being, ahem, put off when I asked her to take me school-shopping at the Federal Army & Navy Surplus in my sophomore year (where I picked up a sweet Russian military belt that I still wear today).

Work-Ready: Calvin Klein Fit & Flare Dress, Lois Hill Small Cutout Stud Earrings and vintage pumps

It was after college, though, when I started delving beyond the army-boots-and-skater-dress alterna-standard and really got into vintage. In my late 20s, I became a lot bolder and started experimenting, comprising old and new pieces, seeing what worked and what didn’t. It’s definitely an art form—when I get dressed in the morning, I think of it as compiling a collage to reflect how I’m feeling that day.

As I’ve reached my 30s, I’ve started focusing more on mid-century vintage, with a special interest in cocktail dresses and Western accessories. My dress collection is somewhere around 150. I’m tall, so I’ve always worn a lot of dresses and skirts anyway—rather than mess around with pants, trying to find the right inseam. I’m really stoked to see the fit-and-flare silhouette make a comeback in the fashion world these days, as it really flatters my pear shape—I have at least a dozen Eliza J and Taylor fit-and-flare dresses from the Encore department at Nordstrom! These A-line silhouettes really evoke the ’50s and ’60s for me, so I’ll often add accessories from that era, for a luxe, polished look. E.g., I can never resist adding a vintage belt to a fit-and-flare dress, just to sort of gild the lily.

Coffee Break Chic: Calvin Klein Sleeveless Fit & Flare Dress, Lois Hill Granulated Drop Earrings and a vintage scarf with a mallard print

I play the piano and accordion in cabarets around Seattle, and that’s what I save my most fantastic old cocktail dresses for: the stage. When I’m at work, though, rather than going full vintage, I like to pair subtle antique accessories with a modern dress or top. Lately, my thing has been to aim for as sharp of a contrast as possible, like putting an embroidered bolero matador’s jacket from the ’40s over a designer LBD, or adding a novelty scarf to a Calvin Klein dress. Sort of like a mixtape of vintage and couture.

Because I’m 5’11”, I’ve worn flats almost exclusively for most of my life and have been shy about heels, afraid that people would stare at me if I walked around at 6’3″, but I’ve been doing it anyway lately and just trying to rock it. It’s kind of empowering! I’m finding that stiletto pumps are especially fun with tea-length dresses, which can make a lady’s calves look short otherwise.

A Few of My Favorite Things: Here are a few highlights from my vintage collection!

I have a more-or-less comprehensive knowledge of where almost every single vintage piece I own came from! What can I say; it’s a gift. The Turkish evil eye bracelet came from a gigantic flea market in San Antonio. The string of glass beads belonged to an old boyfriend’s mom. The cat earrings are from my childhood, actually, when I was a miniature crazy cat lady. I found the black ’80s necklace at Archie McPhee, of all places. The pearls are Japanese circled pearls, repurposed from a broken necklace of a friend’s grandmother’s. I adore that pretty little purse mirror; I’m not sure which decade it’s from, but I got it at a plus-size clothing swap a few years ago. The Western belt that ALMOST has my name on it (!) came from the reigning queen of all Seattle thrift stores, Lucky, in the University District. And there’s my old Russian military belt buckle from the army/navy surplus store, way back when.

I also like to fashion my own accessories; the cable car pendant is just a sterling Christmas ornament that I found (along with the sunnies) at Buster Drake, a great little antique shop near Pike Place Market, last weekend and slapped onto a silver chain that I got in Mexico City. My new favorite piece! It’s a similar story with the cloisonné fish; it was originally a keychain that I found at a street stall in New York’s Chinatown.

Mix Master: Alexis Bittar ‘Lucite®’ Skinny Tapered Bangle (Nordstrom Exclusive) and FELICITY & COCO Stripe Jersey Maxi Dress; paired with a Chinese fish necklace and sunglasses from the ’80s

I have a big personality and I love bright colors that pop. I’ve got a weakness for geometric prints right now, particularly chevron patterns that accentuate my waist. As well, I love what I’ve been calling the “dazzle camouflage” trend that’s so popular lately. I’m also a total mark for prints that are objects—I have an Eliza J dress with origami birds all over it, a ’60s sweater with helicopters on it, a polyester blouse from the ’70s with a deer pattern, etc.

Seattle’s not exactly known for its balmy weather, and so for most of the year, I’ll dress up my long legs with colorful tights. Because I work for Nordstrom, I always go straight to Encore for hosiery that comes in plus AND tall sizes—Donna Karan is my favorite brand for cute, trendy, durable tights in my size. In the summertime, I find that SPANX are a godsend for plus ladies who like to wear skirts and dresses—if not for shaping reasons than only to combat the nefarious thigh rub that can happen when tights aren’t an option. (They’re also nice to have when you’re too tall for your vintage skirt from another, when-women-were-shorter time, and you need a little extra coverage!)

Tune in tomorrow for the conclusion of The Curvy Girl’s Summer Guide to Style featuring Marie Denee, the creative force behind The Curvy Fashionista blog.

−Photos by Jeff Powell

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Allison Teng: A Curvy Girl’s Summer Guide to Style

Allison Teng, the blogger behind Curvy Girl Chic, joins us for the second installment of our Encore summer style series. We find this California-based cutie jet-setting around Europe. Find out how she creates a chic tourist look with ease.

Guten tag from Germany! I’m Allison Teng, blogger and shopaholic of CurvyGirlChic.com. I’m checking in from Bavaria, as I’m on a three-week trip through Europe, and I wanted to share a couple of my vacation looks with you!

While fashion is my greatest love, an extremely close second is travel. I love exploring new places, and an ongoing resolution of mine is to visit a new part of the world every year. The fashion, architecture and lifestyles of other countries are always an inspiration for me! This year, I’m lucky enough to be cruising through Europe along the Danube and Rhine rivers, stopping in Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and the Netherlands. Each destination has been beautiful and so full of history!

Perfect Plus Packing Essentials: Here’s what you need to recreate my look—Olivia Moon Linen Bomber Jacket, Lauren Ralph Lauren Drawcord Linen Vest, MICHAEL Michael Kors ‘Nikko II’ Wedge Sneaker & Vince Camuto ‘Call of the Wild’ Chevron Bracelet (Nordstrom Exclusive)

My 8-to-5 takes place in a professional environment with a dress code, and while I still have fun with prints and colors on a daily basis, my time off is when I get to go all out with trendier pieces, accessories and colors!

When you’re doing lots of walking and exploring, chic sneakers are a must! You can’t go wrong with sparkle and studs, and my MICHAEL Michael Kors sneakers were a no-brainer for me when packing. Also, with Europe’s unpredictable weather, a cool jacket is essential. I love leather accents regardless of season, so leather-sleeve utility jackets are a favorite!

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After a long day of discovering new places in tomboy gear, a girl looks forward to dressing up for a night out. You can always find Rachel Pally’s dresses in my luggage because they go from day to night perfectly and pack beautifully—for someone who hates ironing and steaming, this is a big deal!

A Chic Sail Away: Have a look at my figure-flattering must-haves! A dress with a sleeve is sexy, yet still leaves something to the imagination. MICHAEL Michael Kors Print Faux Wrap Jersey Dress & Jessica Simpson Cold Shoulder Matte Jersey Blouson Dress

When I travel, I’m constantly juggling my camera, phone and other necessities, so a crossbody like this one from IIIbeca by Joy Gryson is essential! I love how the bright kelly green pops against other colors and prints.

If you’re getting ready to do some passport-stamping, check out the items listed for each photo caption for some stylish inspiration. Bon voyage!

Be sure to follow @CurvyGirlChic on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with Allison’s European adventures.

Come back tomorrow and meet Meg van Huygen, a Seattle native on a mission to look retro and rad.

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Savvy Loves: Blogger Rachel Nguyen of That’s Chic

Even though she was raised in the OC, Rachel Nguyen’s style is about as far from The Real Housewives as you can get. Her blog, That’s Chic, showcases her spot-on blend of new and vintage finds that’s enhanced by her relaxed West Coast vibe and sunny personality—which is exactly why we wanted to chat with her. We grabbed a few minutes with the now L.A.-based blogger.

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Above: Leith Top

Give us five words you think best embody what your style is all about.
Casual, eclectic, A-line, quirky, minimal.

You relocated to L.A. not too long ago. What are your favorite hot spots in your new city?
I’m currently still exploring my neighborhood, Larchmont, and eating my way through it. I also find myself around Griffith Park a lot, mostly hiking.

If you could only buy one magazine for the rest of your life, which would it be?
Kinfolk or Lula. Leaning more toward Kinfolk.

Your day-of-the-week features on That’s Chic are super-fun—we especially like Music Mondays! Is there a musician whose style makes you swoon?
It changes all the time! Stevie Nicks is an obvious choice, so I’ll go with Frank Ocean.

We saw pics of your cat, Lena, on your blog—she’s so pretty! Can you share a recent crazy cat story?
Thank you! Well, she’s a crazy cat in general, but one night I was on my computer and saw a HUGE spider in front of me. Being terribly arachnophobic, I flipped out, went to grab paper towels, came back and couldn’t find it. Terrified, I tried just going to sleep only to see that it had migrated to the ceiling above my bed and was about to land on Lena’s head! Motherly instinct took over and I grabbed a paper towel to squish the spider and save my poor cat from that hideous thing. Then the best thing happened: Lena saw the spider, swatted it to the floor and ate it. Since then, I’ve felt secure about stray bugs. And I’m obviously a cat person to have told such a long story!

Above: Rachel’s “Crazy Cat”, Lena

You’ve professed a deep love for Disneyland. What’s your favorite ride at the park?
That’s like picking your favorite child! I’ll list my top 3: Space Mountain, Tower of Terror and Jungle Cruise.

Tell us about the trends you’re really feeling right now.
I’m really digging tropical prints and tapered pants.

WAYF Track Pants | Topshop Tapered Trousers

You went to Coachella this year—FUN! What was your favorite band to see?
So much fun. It was amazing seeing Local Natives and Yeasayer, but I missed a bunch of bands I wanted to see! Namely New Order and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Lightning round!:

Monochrome or mixed prints?
Monochrome.

Topknot or flowing locks?
Flowing locks—I like a bob.

Horoscopes or tarot?
Tarot.

Punk rock or pop music?
Punk rock.

Thanks, Rachel! Check out tapered pants, tropical prints and more in our Savvy department (sorry, no kitties… unless you count this one).

—Jenny Yule

(Images courtesy of That’s Chic.)

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