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The Healing Power of Gemstones: Jewelry Designer Gorjana Reidel Leaves No Stone Unturned

Plants heal. Waters heal. And if you haven’t heard, rocks heal. Especially tumbled gemstones and spiky crystals in pretty colors and Instagram-worthy formations.

Back in the day of pharaohs, it’s said that Egyptians would crane their heads into amethyst geodes to ward off headaches and evil spirits. Today, in a busy high-tech age dedicated to en-masse multitasking, we wear them for their earthy, natural beauty—and don’t mind if mystical healing properties work their wooey magic on the side. Baubles to boost our confidence? Yes, please. Earrings to attract a doting paramour? Needed them 10 Tinder dates ago. Bracelets to clear the negative clutter from our heads? We thought we were the only ones!



How to Get Fall’s Best Looks First at Designer Preview

Each summer, Designer Preview offers a sneak peek of the season to come as we send the best looks from top and emerging designers down a beautiful runway on the Seattle waterfront. But let’s be clear here: This is not one of those torturous look-but-don’t-touch situations.

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Wine and girlfriends go so well with shopping; guests at a recent Designer Preview enjoying it all.
(Boyfriends are equally compatible; the show features men’s fashion as well!)

After the show—this year’s is July 28, tickets are available via our partner, Seattle Art Museum (until they sell out, that is!)—we transform the pre-show party room into one of the most amazing pop-up shops and that’s when the fun really starts.


What’s more: the group shopping continues in our downtown Seattle flagship on Friday, July 29, with a trunk show-like happening, where you can pore over the best current and coming-season trends one by one with your favorite salesfolks and best friends.

Let’s review the important details.



Simone Rocha, Mira Mikati and More for Spring at SPACE

You know how fashion is: always on a slightly different calendar than the rest of the world. We’ll be lucky if we hit the mid-40s next week in Seattle, but on January 14 at the downtown flagship store, spring will have sprung—thanks to a very special pre-season event at SPACE, our Olivia Kim–curated shop for emerging and advanced designers.


Get on the warm-weather level with a head start on the coolest spring looks from brands such as Isa Arfen (pictured above, from last season’s New York Fashion Week presentation), Simone Rocha, Mira Mikati, Roksanda, Jacquemus and Brother Vellies.

Preview some of the collections and get the pertinent details.


Culture Map: Diane von Furstenberg

Culture Map is everywhere Nordstrom is, mapping out the best in arts, events and happenings.

If you could ask Diane von Furstenberg any question, what would it be?

Wait, wait—don’t tell us. You may be able to ask her yourself, live and in person (and in—one hopes—a wrap dress).

On Friday, November 14 the TV show host and champion of the greater good reads from her new memoir, The Woman I Wanted to Be, at Seattle’s Elliott Bay Book Company at 5:30pm.

The Thread editor Laura Cassidy will interview DVF on stage at the bookstore, and then turn the floor over to your burning queries and fashion-royalty love. If you’re in the Seattle area, you’re sort of required to be there. If you’re not, check back here for our video. It’s bound to be good.

Diane von Furstenberg images from the pages of her Simon and Schuster release.
See upcoming events at Nordstrom Bellevue Square and Nordstrom Seattle; for events at a Nordstrom near you, see our Stores & Events pages.
SHOP: Diane von Furstenberg


The Cat’s Meow: Charlotte Olympia at Our Flagship

“There’s no business like shoe business.”—Charlotte Olympia Dellal

Charlotte-Olympia-reveals-kitty-collection-at-Nordstrom-flagship-store-March-2014Last week, London-based designer Charlotte Olympia Dellal spun a web of style at our Seattle flagship store as she presented the Purrrfect Collection, which includes an assortment of kitty flats that come in six Nordstrom exclusive colors as well as a ‘Kitty’ clutch and signature heels.

Charlotte-Olympia-signs-kitty-collection-at-Nordstrom-flagship-store-March-2014The mother of three happily greeted customers (and their pets too) while signing her name to the coveted collection. As a brand, Charlotte Olympia is known for fusing humor with girlie sophistication. When we asked the designer if she considered herself a cat person, she confirmed that she actually has a dog but added that she loves the “flirty and feminine” mannerisms of felines.

Show off your feline instincts by donning the Charlotte Olympia Purrrfect Collection.


New Beginnings Pop-In Party: Oakbrook Center

Our latest Pop-In Shop, New Beginnings, launched online and in selected stores* last Friday, and we’ve been riding the wave with launch parties and special appearances across the country—like the one we’re throwing this Saturday, January 18, in our Oakbrook Center location. From 2pm to 4pm, enjoy bites, beverages and a chance to win a special gift from The AstroTwins, astrologers to the stars, while you shop for products designed to help you realize your resolutions for 2014. Until then, check out this mind-bending video for a little preview.

*Pop-In @Nordstrom: New Beginnings is available in the following stores:

San Francisco Centre, California | Oakbrook Center, Illinois | Garden State Plaza, New Jersey | The Plaza at King of Prussia, Pennsylvania | NorthPark Center, Texas | Tyson’s Corner, Virginia | Bellevue Square, Washington | Downtown Seattle, Washington

–Jenny Yule


Missoni: Italian Heritage

For some, fashion is merely a passion; for others like Ottavio Missoni Jr., it’s literally in their DNA.

Ottavio Jr., part of the third generation of the House of Missoni—and grandson/namesake of Ottavio Missoni, the man who started it all—ventured to the Pacific Northwest for the first time, where he mingled with customers at our Bellevue Square store and discussed the driving forces behind the brand’s success: family and heritage pride.

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Resort 2014: Glamourai x Donna Karan New York

Kelly Framel of The Glamourai and Curtis Farnham, director of retail stylists at Donna Karan Collection, cohost an exclusive afternoon of style at our South Coast Plaza store in Southern California, where the pair introduce the most trend-worthy looks from Donna Karan New York‘s Resort 2014 collection.

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rag & bone: Designing for Real People, for a Real Girl

Marcus Wainwright and David Neville, the creative duo behind rag & bone, jetted across the country to visit our Nordstrom Bellevue Square store, where they greeted customers and dished about New York and what it means to design for a real girl.


Street Chic: rag & bone Top & Pants

MARCUS WAINWRIGHT on New York City: It’s a very inspiring place. New York’s got a lot of different pockets of quite specific styles: Uptown, West Village, Lower East Side and Williamsburg, Brooklyn. There are lots of different people dressed quite differently in each of those areas. The quintessential New York girl borrows from a lot of those places, so New York’s quite easy to be inspired from just that.

Downtown Cool: rag & bone Coat, Sweater & Jeans

DAVID NEVILLE on their long friendship: We’ve known each other since we were about 14, so something like 23 or 24 years, which is a long time. It’s been such a massive challenge to build our business from nothing, which has taken an awful lot of mutual trust and ambition. We’re pretty lucky. We complement each other well, and we have different responsibilities in the business. We approach things from different angles and give different perspectives. Whatever it is, it seems to work.

British Heritage: rag & bone Peacoat, Pullover & Pants

MARCUS on his design process: We’re designing clothes for real people, for a real girl. A lot of other European brands are designing from a more artistic perspective sometimes. And people don’t always end up wearing the clothes. It’s just a different way of looking at it. It’s just as valid, but from our point of view we’re just trying to take our girl and push her forward, open her eyes and advance the way she thinks she can look.

DAVID on his wife, Gucci Westman: She’s done the makeup since we did our first show in 2005.

Check out all the styles donned by model Meghan Collison in our exclusive rag & bone lookbook, shot on location in New York City.

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Bellevue Square Shoppers Wow for Wu


Colorful ’60s textures and covetable wardrobe essentials from the MISS WU fall/winter 2013 collection were on full display during Jason Wu’s visit to our Bellevue Square store in Washington.

The New York-based designer flew across the country to intimately connect with customers and fans of all ages.

Exclusively available at Nordstrom, the second season of Wu’s work-to-weekend diffusion line is all about nonchalant dressing done smartly. “There’s a sense of realness, that she’s an approachable girl,” said Jason, who wanted this latest line to provide an authentic look into the life of MISS WU.

Adoring fans enjoyed one-on-one time with the noted designer, receiving autographs as well as styling tips. Have you snagged the latest offerings from MISS WU?

Check out the looks we love in the MISS WU lookbook, modeled by Argentine beauty Magda Laguinge.

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