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Right now, we’re considering these sequin bangles to be our pot of accessories gold at the end of the rainbow. Available in scads of designs, sizes and every color under the sun, their bright versatility is ready for action–whether you’re looking for just a hint of cheery color or a full-on arm party.

Observe what happens when snake print and leopard print go to Technicolor battle on this wild platform pump. There’s just no taming such ferocious beauty.

Our last post left us craving another pair that would play nice by the pool, though this Aldo ‘Hamblet’ pump is also just begging to be taken out for a night on the town.

May 1, 2012

May Day Maypole

May Day has us thinking of that centuries-old celebration of spring and the summer to come: the charming dance around the maypole, with vibrant ribbons of color flying through the air.


Photo © Sara E. Wilson

Our inspiration: the Nordstrom-exclusive kate spade new york canvas shopper. It makes us feel like you could tote the bright, festive colors of spring celebrations with you anywhere to liven up picnics, beach lounging or everyday errands.

Jeff Powell

Currently ogling People Magazine’s Editors’ Picks for getting the look of their favorite shaded celebs.

They’ve snapped Nicole Richie wearing her own House of Harlow 1960 designs, and they’re suggesting these Nordstrom-exclusive Halogen sunnies to recreate the neon trend Jessica Biel is rocking. We can’t decide which sunglasses we love more: retro-classic cat-eye or Day-Glo fab. Which is your favorite?

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

Don’t let your style get caught in traffic. Our Seattle flagship store window displays are reporting on the looks that will keep you moving, from 9-to-5 and beyond.

These outfits are about all-hours versatility, updated with graphic prints, beautiful colors and streamlined sleekness. Check out the rest of our windows for wardrobe inspirations that will work around the clock, and don’t forget a gorgeous carryall. It’s your magician’s hat for storing extra layers and accessories, not to mention killer heels for that dinner date.

Pictured:
Elizabeth and James Woven Vest
Elizabeth and James ‘Bordered Scarlet’ Silk Blouse
Elizabeth and James ‘Bordered Nuri’ Silk Pants
Elizabeth and James ‘Celia’ Sandal

A mix of amped-up shapes and intense color makes for a high-fidelity spring. Here’s how we turn up the volume.

#1. Shock value. The brilliance of these ultra wide-leg pants makes a perfectly unpredictable pairing with the super-feminine blouse. Add sky-high heels to create a long, lean line.

#2. Top it off. Keep your top color choices interesting and let it take the lead by keeping the bottom sleek and fitted. We’ve used pieces with a subtle sheen to give a wear-anywhere look a little dressed-up love.

#3. Balancing act. The billowy, bright maxi skirt can be toned down with the help of a form-loving sweater and barely-there flats. It’s all about yin and yang.

#4. Go full blast. All-over volume looks chic and classic with neutral hues in a similar palette and a tailored waist. Update this elegant silhouette with a simple but bold accessory.

Pictured:
Robert Rodriguez Sheer Polka Dot Silk Cascade Ruffle Top
Robert Rodriguez Extreme Wide Leg Silk Tuxedo Pants
Robert Rodriguez Silk Hooded Parka
Robert Rodriguez Coated Pencil Skirt
Trouvé Sheer Twist Seam Linen Blend Sweater
Willow & Clay Paneled Chiffon Maxi Skirt
Lafayette 148 New York ‘Whisper Lattice’ Poncho
Lafayette 148 New York Mixed Media Pendant Necklace
Lafayette 148 New York ‘Ludlow’ Silk Pants

January 26, 2012

Warmer Days to Come

Our post-holiday Seattle Flagship window displays are all about sunny getaways and transitional dressing into spring. We’ve run the gamut from on-trend, office-appropriate outfits to super-savvy cocktail dressing and beachwear.

This nautical number is a perfect example of what’s on deck for spring—a combo of bright colors and big graphic prints and patterns, all elevated by a pair of platform sandals (you can never go wrong with Dior).

As days get warmer (lucky you if they already are), swap out that statement-making kate spade mini trench for a lightweight and colorful blazer or cardigan.

Pictured:
kate spade new york bowed mini trench
Burberry Cat’s Eye Sunglasses
Robert Rodriguez Wide Leg Trousers
Dior Metal Cannage Heel Platform Sandal

All display images courtesy of Gavin Sisk.

January 24, 2012

Bold Color Charges On

If you still haven’t mixed bright colors into your wardrobe, now’s the time to read our color-blocking primer and get started!


There’s been no stopping this trend, and that’s perfectly fine with us. Super-saturated color combos are feeling so seriously optimistic.

Pair two to three together like a colorful leather jacket and pants. For even more vibrant layers, toss hot-hued accessories into the mix—shoes and a bold lip, for example.

This season designers are adding color blocking everywhere, in extra chunky striping, big graphic patterns, and contrasting details like sleeves, pockets and cuffs to pack in even more of a pigmented punch.

Show off your fearless side, and shop bold colors.

Pictured:
Velvet Heart Collarless Leather Jacket
Trina Turk ‘Yang’ Tapered Cropped Pants
Vince Camuto ‘Persh’ Sandal (Nordstrom Exclusive)
Calvin Klein Pleat Front Jersey Dress
VC Signature ‘Lene’ Sandal (Nordstrom Exclusive)
Eliza J Colorblock Silk Crêpe de Chine Dress
Nine West ‘Linger’ Wedge