Interviews Style

Meet Rayah, Nordstrom’s BP. Design Contest Winner!

When you read about established clothing designers, it’s usually revealed that they started their careers at a young age. But not many can say that by the age of 17, they had their original designs carried by an, ahem, international fashion retailer.

Rayah Shapiro, the winner of the Nordstrom BP. Fashion Board design contest

Well, 17-year-old Rayah Shapiro of California can proudly say it: Starting in November, her original dress design will be produced and carried in the Nordstrom BP. department, chosen as the winner of the Nordstrom BP. Fashion Board (now the Nordstrom Fashion Ambassador program) design contest held earlier this year.

Rayah Shapiro's sketches for NordstromRayah designed her first piece, a gown, in eighth grade. You can often find her at the beach (Newport and Laguna are two favorites), so it’s no surprise that she loves bathing suits by L Space, Maaji and Mara Hoffman, and dreams of one day designing her own. And that beachy lifestyle comes through in her dress, a flowy babydoll with breezy open stitching and a yoke scoop back.

With a trip to our Seattle headquarters and meetings with the BP. design teams under her belt, Rayah, now deep into college applications, is well on her way to building her fashion résumé. We took a few minutes to chat with this budding designer. (Now we can say we knew her when!)


Fashion Week Street Style

Street Style: Kerry Pieri at Emilia Wickstead

Kerry Pieri is back on The Thread and looking as cool as ever, despite the jet lag-inducing time difference. Kerry’s preppy blazer and fringed suede skirt are a unique but harmonious pairing. Snakeskin shoes are an emerging theme and have been massively popular this season. Looks like I need to find myself yet another pair of boots!

Crystal Nicodemus


Shop similar styles:
Blazers | Snake-Pattern Shoes | Fringe Skirts

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

Band of Outsiders Jacket | BP. Snake-Pattern Bootie | The Kooples Fringe Suede Skirt


Our Mini Gift Guide: For Grads, from Grads

Commemorate your graduate’s rite of passage with a gift that celebrates all of her achievements. We asked our BP. Teen Fashion bloggers (Alyssa, Lily and Clare) for the two gifts that top their lists. Here’s what they’re loving. (We grown-ups here at HQ are digging their picks pretty hard, too.)

1. Kendra Scott Bangles | 2. MICHAEL Michael Kors Watch | 3. MikeyLin’s Art Board

4. Wayf Shift Dress | 5. Longchamp Tote | 6. L’Occitane Set

Find all these and many more gifts for your grad in our Graduation Gifts Shop.

Fashion Week Street Style

Street Report: Karin Outside Lincoln Center

Recent Swedish transplant and total babe, Karin, is loving her new city. She says that the hectic NYC streets can take some getting used to, but she never wants to leave! Swedes have a certain indefinable sparkle, and Karin is no different.

I fell in love with her sweet Oscar de la Renta skirt. Good taste, girl!

xo, Crystal

Shop similar styles:

Colorblock Skirts | Smoking Flats | Statement Earrings

Shop our Editor’s Picks to re-create this look:

Oscar de la Renta Colorblock Skirt
BP. Mansion Flat
Oscar de la Renta Triple Drop Earrings

Most Wanted: Rosanna’s Favorite Oxfords

Here at headquarters, we snapped Rosanna—our BP. Shoes Product Merchandiser—as she was wrapped up in some market research. Since we had a shoe expert on our hands, we asked her for a favorite trend she was spotting for fall. We should have guessed, considering what she was wearing: “Adorable oxfords!”

Oxfords—pumps or flats, patents or leathers—you name it, they continue to be big next season, according to Rosanna. “They complement almost any outfit—and are so comfortable and versatile. Wear them with jeans and a simple tee, pair them with tights and a dainty dress, or channel a menswear vibe with trousers and a fitted blazer. The options are endless!”

Check out three of Rosanna’s personal favorite styles (not to forget those sweet, cobalt ‘Sidney’ oxfords she’s sporting).

Pictured: Halogen ‘Livia’* | BP. ‘Sidney’ | Hinge ‘Highland’

*Available in store only.


Must-Have: BP. ‘Rally’ Bootie

Perfect timing! Whether you’re a mother/daughter tag-team shopping our Anniversary Sale, or have a teen on your list, you should know: it’s all about short boots this fall.

We’re loving the brass hardware detailing on this BP. ‘Rally’ Bootie—a Nordstrom exclusive. We also love the year-round versatility of a bootie—think skinny jeans and a chunky sweater or a sweet summer dress.