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Gucci Fall 2018 Fashion Week Street Style Style

Gucci on the Catwalk and Sidewalk at Milan Fashion Week

Photos by Indigital Images

Alessandro Michele has always challenged conventional ideas of beauty. He casts models that look more like misfits; they appear on the runway gangly and un-made-up, with awkward hairstyles and angry expressions. Gucci Fall 2018 was an exception only in that some had extreme body modifications—an extra eye or a spare head.

The show was set in an operating theater, which the brand stated “reflects the work of a designer—the act of cutting, splicing and reconstructing materials and fabrics to create a new personality and identity with them.” Recasting unlikely references is Michele’s specialty. His inspirations are broad, ranging from the ancient to science fiction, the glamorous to the grotesque. His collections could struggle to hang together, except that each is sprinkled with the excess sparkle of a fairy tale, macabre and transcendent. Instead of performing surgery on specific bodies or creating from cut cloth, Michele more so operates on the social fabric of Western Civilization, our cultural stories, identities and memories. It’s peak postmodernism, so it’s no surprise that the designer referenced Michel Foucault’s identity theories in his show notes.

AT THE SHOW & ON THE STREET

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Anya Hindmarch Build a Bag Fashion Week Interviews Style Video

Build Your Own Bag with Anya Hindmarch’s Charming Purse Personalizations

Fashion is more fun with British designer Anya Hindmarch around. Her runway shows are legendary for their theatrical, inexplicable settings: human conveyor belts, enormous domino mazes, true model homes, barren geometric spaces. She is outspoken, down-to-earth, and a Commander of the Order of the British Empire on account of her many contributions to fashion. She has a reputation for crafting curiously covetable accessories. (Her “I’m Not a Plastic Bag” tote took on a life of its own in the aughts.) She frequently stages crazy window displays in her stores, which can become guerrilla art installations in public spaces—like her Chubby Hearts over London series this London Fashion Week. And her quirky bag charms can be found on many street-style stars’ totes.

Now you can step into her unique process by creating your own bag through her Build a Bag collection. The online experience lets you select the leather color, bag strap and accessories to construct a custom creation and be an innovative bag designer in your own right—maybe even earning a medal, or at least treating yourself to a bag charm.

We spoke with the iconoclastic Hindmarch about her career, the Build a Bag program (including her own zany, luxurious purse) and why humor is so important to fashion.

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Rosetta Getty Resort 2018 collection Art Interviews Style

Bicoastal Designer Rosetta Getty on Dressing with Ease and the Artists Who Inspire Her Collection

Uncomplicated yet fascinating, wearable and aspirational, comfortable but so chic: Rosetta Getty may craft the wardrobe for our times. Amid the incoherent noise and incessant news updates, structured minimalism has never been more appealing. With her Resort ’18 collection, Getty has created an entire wardrobe with clean lines and sharp tailoring that seeks to impose order while also being fluid, flattering and colorful. These are clothes to seed peace of mind and even joy. Yes, it’s possible.

Inspired by the modern minimalist works of starchitect Richard Meier and borrowing her palette from the abstract expressionist Helen Frankenthaler, Getty’s angular tunics and dresses burst with originality in sunny hues and brazen primaries.

We spoke with Getty about her (many) artistic inspirations and what she usually wears around her stunning home in L.A. and out to functions on both coasts—now we’re looking to streamline our own closets with her cashmere sets and cutout dresses.

GET INSPIRED

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Atlein’s Jersey Draping Marries Comfort and French Fashion

Comfort and curve-hugging don’t usually coincide. Neither do French style and soft jersey. Atlein exists at the intersection of these stylish desirables. Parisian designer Antonin Tron’s technique for working in jersey—a famously tricky material—earned him the 2016 ANDAM Fashion Award for First Collections Prize. Tron’s elegant dresses marry the romantic with the kinetic, permitting easy movement and unrestricted fluidity. In his hands, jersey looks like silk and flexes like spandex.

We spoke with Tron about his much-lauded new label. Here’s what he shared.

GET TO KNOW ATLEIN

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Galvan Style

Galvan’s Women-Designed Eveningwear Inspired By a Boxing Architect

Influenced by the work and biography of the celebrated architect Tadao Ando, London-based label Galvan‘s pre-fall collection flexes elegant athleticism. Slinky yet strong column dresses draw on Ando’s minimalism with similar results: they dazzle.

Galvan is four women, Sola Harrison, Anna-Christin Haas, Katherine Holmgren, and Carolyn Hodler, who saw a gap in the eveningwear market; notably, it wasn’t forward-looking enough. Formal attire is often too conservative, too constricting, too old-fashioned for contemporary women and the events they attend.

As a result, the quartet have created game-changing gowns. What woman wouldn’t want to skip the stiff shapes and starchy fabrics, and slip into one of these modern classics?

GET TO KNOW GALVAN

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Co’s Modern Elegance Creates Instant Classics

Before entering fashion, life and business partners Stephanie Danan and Justin Kern were in the film industry. Stephanie was a producer and Justin a screenwriter. Whenever one would help the other with an idea, they would jokingly demand a co-producer credit. So in 2012, when the pair launched a clothing collection while between movie projects, Co struck them as an ideal name for the collaboration.

A cinematic style follows Co into their fashion venture. Every seam and stitch seems carefully considered to move with the wearer, as evidenced in the stunning photos and videos the duo produced with ballerinas Regan Garrett and Janie Taylor. Such thoughtful constructions and stark elegance make every Co piece an instant classic. It’s as though they’ve designed the wardrobe for an iconic film role, played by you.

GET TO KNOW CO

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Sara Battaglia’s Colorful Collection Will Put You in a Good Mood

Like a shot of strong espresso, Sara Battaglia‘s forcefully feminine creations will bring a pep to your step. Which shouldn’t come as a surprise, since Sara is sister to the vibrant Vogue Japan fashion editor Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert. The siblings always exhibit a lust for life, especially when living is done in very beautiful, very exuberant clothes. If you’re not following them on Instagram yet, you’re missing out on exotic trips and sisterly sessions of dressing up.

But now you, too, can dress up with Sara. Her fall collection is here, and it is certainly deserving of the name Battaglia.

GET TO KNOW SARA BATTAGLIA

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Nordstrom Season/Shift 2017 Culture Style

Season/Shift: Inside Our Fall Designer Showcase in Seattle

Hosted inside a renovated 1927 ice warehouse in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood, Season/Shift juxtaposed fashion’s forefronts in three immersive environments: the modern, romantic and avant-garde. Twenty-one models appeared in 63 looks from designers such as Calvin Klein, Chloe, Dolce & Gabbana, Dries Van Noten, Fendi, Givenchy, Marques Almeida, Monse, Roksanda, Shrimps, Simone Rocha, Stella McCartney and Valentino.

SEE THE PARTY PICS

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ALL POSTS Men’s Fashion Style

Fair Isle Punk: Inspirations Behind Valentino’s FW 17 Collection

Each season we look forward to new creations from Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli, who deftly balances elegance and playfulness in his menswear. We asked the legendary Italian design house what inspired their fall and winter 2017 pieces. Here’s what they said.

SHOP: men’s designer

Valentino menswear is sold in-store only. Call our designer specialists at 1.877.543.7463 for phone orders, or to inquire about the selection at your nearest Nordstrom.

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ALL POSTS Video

Friends from the Floor: How to Shop Designer Clearance

“Friends from the Floor” is a series dedicated to sharing the latest product obsessions of our Nordstrom sales crew.

For some, shopping big name brands like Alexander McQueen, Jason Wu and Marc Jacobs can be a tad daunting. No matter how comfortable you are with the idea of an investment piece, an investment is still an investment. It implies a calculated risk.

But on the rare occasion when those brands and others have been marked down, well, it’s time to act quickly, strategically and stylishly. We asked some of our favorite Downtown Seattle sales pros to give us the strategies and words of wisdom they share with their customers and friends.

WATCH THE VIDEO

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