Christian Siriano Interviews Style

Christian Siriano Wants to Dress All Beautiful People—and That Means Everyone

Reality television stars don’t always remain in orbit. Few bachelorettes or survivors continue to dot our stellar system. Usually, they fade quickly after the finale, perhaps turning up for a post-show interview, their sparkle somewhat dimmed.

Not Christian Siriano′s. The onetime reality contestant’s star has burned more brightly, year after year, for over a decade, attracting superstars like Angela Bassett, Lady Gaga, Sarah Jessica Parker and Rihanna to him with the gravitational pull of his evening gowns. Siriano won Project Runway in 2008, the same year he debuted at New York Fashion Week. In 2013, he was admitted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America. For the 2018 Academy Awards, Siriano dressed a record 17 women, celebrities as diverse as Amy Adams, Janelle Monáe, Whoopi Goldberg and Laurie Metcalf. “The Oscars was crazy,” Siriano says. “It was a very busy few weeks. But it was a great, great moment.”


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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?


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Legendary Party-Girl Glamour from Bobbi Brown and Jenny Packham | Backstage Beauty

Jenny Packham’s spring 2017 collection deliberately drew on a 1943 art exhibit by Peggy Guggenheim titled “Exhibition by 31 Women.” Naturally, Packham and her studio are the artists behind her creations, but 31 famous women were the muses for her festive frocks this season.

Bobbi Brown at Jenny Packham Spring 2017

Photos by Masha Maltsava

Some of the female luminaries who inspired a dress were Elizabeth Taylor, Iman, Florence Welch, Frida Kahlo, Jean Seberg, Julianne Moore, Catherine Deneuve, Jennifer Lawrence and, happily, Peggy Guggenheim. Although each dress had a singular personality, Packham’s overarching theme seemed to be classic femininity with an undeniable streak of individuality. Most silhouettes were luxurious, undeniably so. Some dripped beads, others shone with sequins, many were overwhelmed by gold, others presented colorfully embroidered blooms.
Jenny Packham Spring 2017
Bobbi Brown gave the models party-ready looks with defined eyes (sometimes under oversized sunglasses) and chiseled cheekbones. The makeup was chic and dramatic, perfect for a night out paired with a pretty, signature dress.



Three Things to Know about the Best Eveningwear with Monique Lhuillier

“I love attending a black-tie charity event,” says evening, bridesmaid and ready-to-wear designer Monique Lhuillier. “It’s so much better to gather a group of friends for a night out when you are all giving back to a great cause. Luckily between LA and NYC, there are always amazing events taking place.”


From Monique Lhuillier’s summer collection, which is sold in-stores only; call 1.888.282.6060 for information

Lhuillier’s authority as a special occasions designer doesn’t just come from her success on the red carpets and in the grandest ballrooms; it comes because she lives and breathes it.

In light of (like, seriously…metallic pastel light) her ultra-lovely summer collection, we asked her to tell us what makes the best evenings especially magical.


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The Dress You Need for All Your Summer Weddings and Events: Chiara Boni La Petite Robe

As seen on a swath of celebrities like Margot Robbie, Candice Huffine, Niecy Nash and Caroline Vreeland, Italian fashion designer Chiara Boni’s dresses flatter women of many shapes. Her vibrant and feminine cuts are at once festive and elegant, sexy and appropriate for a variety of occasions and functions. On top of all that, Boni is the originator of a stretch fabric that clings comfortably to curves and angles. Glancing over her website, you’ll see that her professional, wearable and attractive dresses seem to appeal to any number of international female newscasters and reporters. The Boni label is definitely on the rise.

Chiara Boni La Petite Robe runway

All this is to say that Chiara Boni La Petite Robe may be your sartorial savior this summer as you bustle off to weddings, gala events and parties. During such a busy season, deciding what to wear and how to pack it can take up considerable brain space. Wouldn’t it be nice to relax and breathe easy in a wrinkle-free dress that allows you to inhale and eat without worry?

Designer Chiara Boni

We spoke with the elegant Florentine Chiara Boni about her clothes and country, and the numerous celebrities who wear her dresses on red carpets around the world.



Talking Eveningwear with Zac Posen and the Badgley Mischka Boys

Online now: our Designer Evening Boutique, where the stuff of red-carpet dreams comes true. To mark the occasion, we spoke with three men whose names are synonymous with elegance, finery and special events.


A look from Zac Posen’s current collection


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Five Top Oscar Looks from Our Hollywood Reporters

Topanga, CA: W magazine calls it hippie chic, CNN calls it Malibu’s hippie cousin, but we refer to the Nordstrom just north and west of Santa Monica as Hollywood’s best dressed secret—especially considering personal stylist Carly Nagel. From her post in the canyon, Carly gets to know the cast and crew who really make the movie magic happen. From set designers and makeup artists to supporting characters, producers, and partners and BFFs of big names, her clients are real girls in a really extravagent world, so when we want to daydream about Oscar outfits and red carpet looks, we go straight to her.


All photos by Holta Sayari from Nordstrom Topanga 

“It’s our favorite time of year, the Super Bowl of fashion!” Carly told us. She’s careful to admit that she doesn’t dress the stars—we all know they have their own stylists who do that—but, she says, “The common denominator of all involved is that everyone wants to feel glamorous and comfortable at the same time.”

We had Carly and her Topanga store cohorts select their five favorite looks from the floor—fitted out with killer heels and hot handbags. The dresses themselves, like the show-stopping red Monique Lhuillier pictured here, aren’t available online, so if you’re actually clutching an invite (lucky you!) or otherwise searching for a perfect party look, please call Carly and company at 818-884-7900, or visit our Designer Eveningwear offerings to see what’s available online.

Otherwise, feel free to join in this spectator sport with us.

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What to Wear to the Golden Globes (in Your Dreams or on Your Couch) and Who Would Give the Best Acceptance Speech

Awards season is upon us. Although we are huge movie buffs, we’re even bigger fans of designer evening gowns. As we wait to see what the stars will be wearing to the Golden Globes and Oscars, we’ve set about obsessing over the possibilities with the aid of two Nordstrom Designer Evening Collection buyers, Jennifer Walker and Sahar Sokhandan. They were happy to engage in a fun game of “what if” and “who should wear.”

Kendall Jenner in Elie Saab Spring 2016Kendall Jenner in Elie Saab for Spring 2016, image by InDigital. 

The Golden Globes (Sunday, Jan. 10 at 8pm ET/5pm PT on NBC) is up first. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s awards show usually serves to indicate who the real Oscar contenders are and also affords celebrities an opportunity to party hard in fancy duds. Here’s what the two buyers are hoping to see happen this year, sartorially speaking, for Amy Schumer, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence and more.


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New York Fashion Week S/S 2016: A Rainbow on the Runway at Naeem Khan

Almost immediately upon seeing the stunning embroidery and rich, vivid colors of Mumbai-born designer Naeem Khan’s spring collection, we were reminded of the much relied-upon Diana Vreeland trope, “Pink is the navy blue of India.”


All photos by Jessa Carter

An operatic soundtrack played loudly, as if it were rock and roll. When the actual pink came out—underscored by a pair of chunky wooden platforms and held up by a ropelike silver necklace—it had really started to feel like eveningwear and occasion dressing had a new, slightly wild lease on life.

Check out the pink number below, as well as a rainbow parade of multicolored and mono-hued gowns (plus a jumpsuit and a shorts set!). The red carpet is going to get punched up this spring.

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Introducing Our Evening Offerings

Your special events just got a lot more special. We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our Evening offerings within our Designer Collections, both online and at our Bellevue, Chicago, Tysons Corner and Vancouver stores. (But you can access these looks from anywhere; keep reading to find out how.) With decadent and gorgeous offerings from designers such as Carolina Herrera, Jason Wu, Reem Acra and Jenny Packham, whose crimson stunner is pictured here, we’re now perfectly positioned to dress you for black-tie dinners and fine occasions.

Jenny Packham runway look courtesy Jenny Packham

And, oh, the world of black ties and special events. The romance, the style, the champagne! We polled two of our featured designers to get their take on those special, and specially dressed, moments.

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