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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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Loewe’s New It Bag Is All About Your Favorite Four-Legged Friend—and Old-World Craft

The word of the day, thanks to Loewe, is marquetry: “decorative work in which elaborate patterns are formed by the insertion of pieces of material (as wood, shell or ivory) into a wood veneer that is then applied to a surface (as of a piece of furniture).”

That’s the official Merriam-Webster rundown. And here’s what happens when the ancient technique is redefined by the brand’s creative director, Jonathan Anderson.

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In conjunction with the recent Salone del Mobile furniture fair in Milan, a new mini collection of crossbody bags that includes the vibrant four-legged friend style shown here borrows the craft’s basic tenets, using leather inlays to adapt patterns taken from archival silk prints and centuries-old Japanese wooden screens.

WATCH LOEWE’S GIF TO SEE HOW IT’S DONE

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Look Book: Gucci, CHANEL, Saint Laurent and More at Nordstrom Seattle

From outside our flagship store, in the South-facing picture window, a shimmery wall of gold-toned cutouts frame a new-season Louis Vuitton showpiece. Around the corner, CHANEL mannequins in airline chic (remember that show?) allow for just a peek through the glass to the handbags and accessories inside.

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Downtown Seattle Nordstrom 

Inside, near the Beauty department, a striking image of Swedish actress Alicia Vikander carting one of this season’s hot Louis Vuitton Twist bags reaches almost as high as the ceiling. And down the way, the shop of iconic Gucci handbags is as vivid and alluring as the brand’s super-popular campaign images. And then there’s the ascent up the escalators: upon one’s arrival on the second floor, a studio of CHANEL apparel calls to mind the legend of Coco’s Paris apartment, while cool-girl looks at the Saint Laurent hideout coax an approachable nightclub vibe.

In short, with the addition of nine brand-new shop-in-shop boutiques, the in-progress remodel at our downtown Seattle flagship has lately yielded a gorgeous and inspiring trip down a high-style European avenue. May we offer you a guided tour?

CLICK INTO OUR VIRTUAL TOUR AND EXPLORE OUR LOOKBOOK

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MCM x Tobias Rehberger: Art You Can Carry

MCM‘s new school is brassier and studlier, hanging perfectly off the shoulders of The (charmed) Youths, street-style icons and everyone in between. But the highly ‘grammable logo—developed at the height of Munich’s ’70s creative renaissance—hasn’t veered too far off course since the Cognac Visetos pattern became the famed Cognac Visetos pattern.

Until now.

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Enter Tobias Rehberger: former punk kid, award-winning German multimedia artist and master of reimagining familiar spaces and forms into sculptural installations that often defy categorization.

CROSS THE LINE WITH TOBIAS

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Our Spring Designer Collections Shoot: Nordstrom x Snarkitecture

“They’re perfect for what’s happening in fashion and art and architecture—this great kind of melting of all things,” Jeffrey Kalinsky told me this past November on a crazily warm New York day.

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All photos by Laura Cassidy

He was talking about Snarkitecture,  the of-the-moment, in-the-mix design practice headed by artist Daniel Arsham and architect Alex Mustonen. Harnessing the trend for mixing the chicest ready-to-wear with the best built environments, our VP Fashion Director set out to collaborate with the best and commissioned the Brooklyn-based crew to create a backdrop (only part of it is seen here) on which to shoot his favorite looks from Valentino, Gucci, Simone Rocha and more on China-born model Fei Fei Sun for our new season Designer Collections lookbook.

We were there at New York’s Pier 59 Studios, and we’d love to take you behind the scenes.

GET A CLOSE-UP ON THE SET AND THE STYLES

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Get the Look: Kate Bosworth and Her Loewe Puzzle Bag

Kate Bosworth. Le sigh. What a gal.

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Our friends at Loewe shared this snap of her doing the hand carry (one of five ways this architectural gem can be toted) with the Puzzle Bag in suede, and the whole pink/navy/black ensemble gave us a powerful reminder jolt: Oftentimes, it’s the bag that makes the look. 

Here’s more on how to score the pieces that’ll make this sweet/chic situation your own.

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How to Shop for the Holidays Like a Pro

“Yes, since I ‘shop’ for a living the assumption is that the perfect gift is always available and around me,” admits Sahar Sokhandan, Nordstrom’s buyer of designer fine apparel and evening collections.

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Call it a job hazard for Sahar (above), but it’s a win for you; today we’re sharing her pro gift-giving insight as well as tips and trade secrets from fellow buyer Jennifer Sabenorio.

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Fendi’s Vending Machine at our Michigan Avenue Store

Karl Lagerfeld celebrates—brace yourself—5o years at Fendi this year. “Nowhere, even designers of their own [labels], no one lived long enough to do it for such a long time. And I am not tired of it at all. I even think I work better today,” the icon told the Independent in London.

fendi vending machineFendi’s Karlito bag charms available from October 15 to October 19 

When you’ve worked that long and that strong, you deserve to celebrate any which way you’d like, for as long as you’d like. Perhaps even with adorable bag charms crafted in your likeness and sold vending machine–style from exclusive installations around the world.

Get a sneak preview of this limited-edition collection here, and then visit our Michigan Avenue store from October 15 to October 19 to get in on the celebration.

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Paris Fashion Week: It Bags with Caroline Issa

Spring in Paris attracts the romantics; fall brings back the fashion fanatics. For this final stop during Fashion Month designer Caroline Issa selected a flirty outfit to go with an overtly coquettish clutch. We think it’s the perfect finale to a series of sophisticated looks. (Don’t miss Issa’s picks for New York, London, and Milan.)

Saint Laurent 'Monogram Lipstick' Calfskin Leather Clutch

 Saint Laurent Monogram Lipstick calfskin leather clutch

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Milan Fashion Week: It Bags with Caroline Issa

Número tres stop during Spring 2016 Fashion Month is Milan, Italy’s fashion, commercial and economic hub. As with New York and London before, designer Caroline Issa—a street-style guru, too—has selected an outfit that revolves around a handbag chosen for the chic city. And this suede, drawstring borsa is molto bella. 

Loewe 'Flamenco Knot' Bag

                Loewe Flamenco Knot suede & calfskin leather bag

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