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Where You Can Shop Chloé’s Nile and Pixie Pop-Up

Photo by Crystal Nicodemus

Nearly as unavoidable at Fashion Week as an Ibiza tan or Gucci glasses are Chloé’s latest bracelet bags. These pretty purses do double duty as golden bangles and soft leather cases for your essentials. So it’s no wonder that the style stars seem to have christened them fall’s itty-bitty It bags.

The Pixie is a compact satchel, round or saddle shaped. Toss it over your shoulder, wear it on your wrist or clutch its horseshoe handle like the good-luck charm that it is. The Nile has a hoop handle and dangly, delicate charms that lend even more boho elegance to the petite pouch. And in selected cities, you can shop Chloé’s roving pop-up installation exclusively at Nordstrom. Guaranteed there’s a style (studded, patterned) and color (saffron, pearl) that will seduce you.

HOW TO POP IN THE POP-UP

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Always Judging’s Courtney Trop at Our See by Chloé Pop-Up

Just in time for your music festival and vacation wardrobe needs, Nordstrom is hosting an exclusive pop-up shop featuring See by Chloé’s spring/summer collection. Unveiling at our Aventura (Florida), Michigan Avenue (Chicago) and Downtown Seattle locations, these boutiques-within-stores showcase the romantic shapes and cascading fabrics of the season, as well as several Nordstrom-exclusive designs (including a floral bell-sleeve dress, a darling denim romper, an embroidered dress and a striped jersey top).

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You can shop the collection online, but if you’re in the vicinity of any of these stores, you’ll definitely want to visit, especially if you’re in the Chicago area. This Thursday, March 23, from 5pm to 7pm, the store will be throwing a See by Chloé Pop-Up Launch Party. Stop by to shop amid a scene featuring a DJ, a mixologist station with signature cocktails, passed appetizers and sweets, Minx nail artists, and a See by Chloé pouch with purchase, as well as Always Judging’s blogger Courtney Trop, who will be styling shoppers. Whew!

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In the Showroom with Clare Waight Keller’s Final Chloé Collection

How would you say farewell to an iconic brand after six years? Would you go backward through all the seasons and revisit your favorite looks; or would you go forward as you always have, trusting what your heart tells you is most beautiful, most meaningful, most immediate and right now?

News broke in January that Chloé creative director Clare Waight Keller would be leaving the company. During her tenure, the Chloé girl has been a biker and a boho; she’s been sporty and tender. And she’s always had amazing bags. At the show this past Thursday, the crowd—all those real-life Chloé girls, including Solange—represented that interplay of boyish cool and sweeping, woke-up-like-this finery.

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Solange is a Chloé girl

But there on the runway was an entirely new iteration of the brand’s muse/loyal customer. As the fashion press has positively noted, Clare did not review her past. She stepped ahead. Her final collection was largely inspired by Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, but it was also about freedom and liberation. We went into the showroom with Sahar Sokhandan and Lauren Zimmermann from the designer buying team to see how they’ll bring this grande-but-grunge finale back to you.

COME INSIDE AND SEE HOW IT ALL WENT DOWN

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What to Wear to Designer Preview, Part II: The Handbag

With just over two weeks to go before Designer Preview on July 28 in Seattle, we’re all getting pretty serious about that question hanging in the air: “What should we wear?” After visiting with SPACE ambassador Shawn Serven last week at our Seattle flagship, the ready-to-wear part of the equation is likely shaping up quite nicely.

But what to do about the crucial handbag element?

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All about the embroidery embellishment: Gucci on-point

We recently revisited Shawn for a trip through the designer handbag offerings, where it became clear that there are three major trends to consider: color, size and embellishment.

LET’S GET CARRIED AWAY

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Paris Fashion Week: Chloé Shows Us How We’ll Do Festival Style (Hint: You’ll Need a Motorcycle)

We weren’t necessarily expecting Prince at 10am in the Grand Palais this morning, but that’s what we got (“Take Me With U” from 1985)—along with layers and layers of ruffles, super-chic fleece and leather moto suits.

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As it turns out, Chloé Creative Director Clare Waight Keller actually had ’70s-era journalist and Moto Guzzi rider Anne France Dautheville on her mind for fall 2016. Once you understand how all these references came together, the girly boho biker rocker chick becomes a pretty irresistible character.

HERE’S WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO WANT TO WEAR TO THE FESTIVALS

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Nine Bomber Jackets to Feed Your Bomber Jacket Lust

If a single piece of clothing could signify this moment in time—could represent early 2016 and the current winter-into-spring era—it would be the bomber jacket. It works equally well for men and women, and as a cardigan-like layer or true protection against the elements.

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Chloé reversible embroidered tech satin bomber

Just about every designer showed some variation of this timeless staple during the last round of Fashion Weeks, so now that all those want-worthy spring styles are showing up in our stores, we’ve only seen the beginning of bombermania.

Starting with the richly ornate and totally cozy olive-green Chloé number above, we selected our top nine iterations of this must-have-right-now topper.

SEE THE REST OF OUR FAVORITE BOMBER JACKETS

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Paris Fashion Week S/S 2016: Midwestern Models of the Moment in Chloé’s Grand Palais

Imagine it: you spend your whole life on a sheep farm in West Branch, Iowa, and then one day you meet Jeff and Mary Clarke of Mother Model Management, who scoop you up and take you to Paris. The next thing you know you’re helping Chloé creative director Clare Waight Keller telegraph the dream of an ultra-elegant and super-sporty bohemian.

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That’s Hazel Crew’s story, as I heard it from the Clarkes themselves while we sat waiting for one of Paris Fashion Week’s biggest shows to begin. The Clarkes, who’ve made a 20-year career out of finding gorgeous talent in the heartland, were there that morning to see model-on-the-rise Grace Hartzel as well; they discovered her at a Cheesecake Factory.

Find out more about the Clarkes’ Midwestern Chloé muses—and see the colored pleats, girly gym pants and obsession-worthy handbags they wore for the spring collection.

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Designer Pre-Fall ’15: the Five Best Trends

One could argue that the highest art of seasonal dressing is found during the transformative periods; those breezy weeks between sun-laden summer and full-on fall (and later, as the days grow longer, those days when winter draws to an end and spring busts out all over). This year’s pre-fall collections have finally arrived, and we’re sharing some of the best transitional pieces complete with commentary from venerable designers and the wise sages over at our designer buying office. There’s nothing quite like updated classics, a little retro fever and impeccable craftsmanship to put a little high-gloss on the in-between zone.

Pre-fall means pre-order, so ready your fingers for those irresistible buttons and check out our complete guide to Pre-Fall ’15.

The Flare-Leg Pant

Akris Punto flare-leg pants; pre-fall 2015. “This silhouette illustrates the modern spirit and style of artistic muses.”

—Akris Punto Creative Director Albert Kriemler

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Olivia Kim on What to Do and Where to Go in Seattle

It’s not what you know, it’s who you know and what they know. Especially when it comes to traveling and visiting new places, which is why we asked fashion photographer and Puerto Rico native Clarke Tolton about the islands on the occasion of our new store there. And it’s why we got Pedro García and Dale Dubovich to give us the scoop on their favorite ways to stroll in Spain. Likewise Chloé creative director Clare Waight Keller, who told us where to eat, shop and gaze at the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Image via LA Times feature on Olivia Kim’s Seattle

The LA Times is on the same insider-access wavelength; they just interviewed Nordstrom’s director of creative projects and Pop-In curator Olivia Kim about her latest shoppable microcosm, Magic Hour, and then they asked her to point to Seattle’s best tofu bowl and vintage finds. Which she was, of course, happy to do.

Pack your overnighter, friends. A weekend in Nordstrom’s hometown is practically planned and plotted via the newspaper’s “On the hunt for food, fashion and sights in Olivia Kim’s Seattle.”

Shop: Pop-In

—Laura Cassidy

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Trend Recap: Paris Fashion Week Top 10

Designers in Paris tend to march to their own very distinct beat, and the shows there always deliver a beautifully diverse array of trends. There were, however, certain key looks, items and ideas that emerged over the course of all four of this season’s fashion weeks and reached their apex in the French capital.

Among our Top 10: A mood of romantic, gothic Victorian; a nostalgic ’70s feeling; and a clean-edged retro-future idea that recalls the ’60s but is brought up to date with modern fabrications. Fur and layered texture continue in importance and a tailored coat, sleek bag and fitted boot will all be must-haves come fall. High-shine leather and precious dimensional embellishments in unexpected forms keep the look sleek, modern and feminine. Enjoy!

1. ’70S NOSTALGIA

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2. GOTHIC ROMANCE

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3. RETRO FUTURE

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