Met Gala

Met Gala 2014: Olivia’s Phone Edition

Ride Olivia Kim’s coattails (i.e., a super stunning Erdem dress) on a quick tour of a white-tie night at the Met Gala.

Olivia in Erdem with Spy—French and always looking fancy, au naturel

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What’s Up, Olivia: Lunch, Dress Fittings & Last-Minute Shopping

Olivia Kim, Director of Creative Projects at Nordstrom, makes her way to a fitting and lunch with Erdem in London before traveling on to New York City, where she did some last-minute shopping for the Met Gala tonight.
erdem-1Lunch with Erdem

A beautiful day in London! We came out to East London to visit Erdem and his business partner Jen at their studio in Shoreditch.

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PUNK: Chaos to Couture Exhibition Revealed


From safety pins to studs, punk’s rebellious influence on fashion is undeniable. This year, The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art reveals how this 1970s movement continues to impact the creative process of designers today. The Thread sent New York-based Models Off Duty photographer Craig Arend to the PUNK: Chaos to Couture exhibit’s press preview, where he snapped some of the highlights.

Graffiti and text are signature punk elements that help spark confrontation, as exemplified by the British band the Clash.

All the mannequin head treatments and masks were designed by Guido Palau, who also created the treatments for Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty and last year’s Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations.

Designer Lee McQueen found inspiration in bubble wrap and trash bags for the look pictured at center, which was designed for the fall/winter 2009–10 Alexander McQueen collection.

The use of recycled materials is a key punk statement, and the exhibit explores how this idea of customization influences high fashion.

Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana, the Italian duo behind Dolce & Gabbana, crafted these paint-spattered gowns for spring/summer 2008 using silk organza and tulle.

Japanese designer Junya Watanabe presented this look on the runway for fall/winter 2006–07. This ensemble references the printed striped sweaters famously worn by Sex Pistols singer John Lydon in the ’70s.

These four T-shirt designs by Vivienne Westwood reflect punk’s rip-it-up spirit.

Like the world of couture, the language of punk is fueled by artistic expression.

Bonded beauty, a look from Gianni Versace, fall/winter 1992–93.

Looking for a keepsake? A book, Punk: Chaos to Couture, by curator Andrew Bolton with an introduction by Jon Savage and prefaces by Richard Hell and John Lydon (Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols), will accompany the exhibition.

Be inspired to add a little chaos in your wardrobe. We have everything you need to create your own punked-out statement.

Qianna Smith


Punk to Couture Editors’ Picks

Tonight, The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art will celebrate the opening of the exhibition PUNK: Chaos to Couture! Organized by curator Andrew Bolton, this one-of-a-kind retrospective features 100 designs from the world’s most prestigious brands and aims to “examine punk’s impact on high fashion, from the movement’s birth in the early 1970s through its continuing influence today.”

Fashion lovers will watch as the most stylish Hollywood and design influencers gather to mark the occasion at the Met Gala—one of New York’s premier industry red carpet events and the main source of annual funding for The Costume Institute.

In honor of this year’s exhibition theme, the Nordstrom blog editors have created a few looks to show you how to go from punk to couture with ease.

Polished Punk: “When I think of pretty and punk, Blondie’s Debbie Harry immediately comes to mind. This punk pioneer’s hard-edged style defined street chic in the ’70s. I love how something as simple as a T-shirt and jeans can be accessorized and distressed to make a dynamic statement,” says Senior Blog Editor Qianna Smith.

Get the Look
1. Kelly Wearstler Screw Detail Cuff | 2. Christopher Kane Skinny Ripped Stretch Jeans
3. rag & bone ‘The Vest’ Destroyed Denim Vest | 4. Stella McCartney Faux Croc Crossbody Bag
5. Valentino ‘Camo Rockstud’ Pump | 6. Markus Lupfer Lip Print Jersey Tee

Concept Couture: “Nina Ricci is one of my favorite French fashion houses—it really revived couture craftsmanship in the late ’40s,” Qianna continues. “Couture designs are defined by ‘made to measure’ construction, while punk has a very DIY approach. What these two aesthetics have in common is that it’s all about a style that’s individually made.”

Get the Look
1. Lanvin Crystal Cocktail Ring | 2. Nina Ricci Drape Front Dress
3. Marco Bicego ‘Murano’ Mix Stone Cluster Earrings | 4. Jimmy Choo ‘Fitch’ Sandal

Style Rebel: “More than just an influential talent, British rocker Siouxsie Sioux brought unconventional style and beauty to her genre—like her signature eye makeup. Defining punk on her own terms showed what it means to truly be a rebel. Punk is all about attitude, a rebellious spirit—but a sick dress and accessories don’t hurt to pull it all together,” adds Blog Editor Jeff Powell.

Get the Look
1. Tom Binns ‘Punk Pavé’ Stud Ring | 2. Tom Binns ‘Bejewelled Charm Offensive’ Skull Stud Earrings
3. McQ by Alexander McQueen Lightning Print Dress | 4. Jimmy Choo ‘Chandra’ Leather Clutch
5. Gucci ‘Gloria’ Bootie | 6. HELMUT Helmut Lang Washed Leather Jacket

Made In England: “To me, nothing says British high fashion more than one of the world’s most famous dresses—Princess Diana’s wedding dress. The extravagant detail (over 10,000 pearls!) inspired a look that just goes to show: the simpler the silhouette and palette to start, the more room to bling it out,” Jeff says.

Get the Look
1. Tom Binns ‘Pearls in Peril’ Long Drop Earrings | 2. Burberry Prorsum Full Skirt Dress
3. Saint Laurent ‘Belle de Jour’ Clutch | 4. Valentino ‘Microstud’ Mary Jane Pump
5. Tom Binns ‘Punk Chic Pearls’ Statement Necklace

PUNK: Chaos to Couture will be on exhibition from May 9 through August 14, 2013.

Check out more punk rock inspired designs and edgy handbag styles.

[Image Sources: Debbie Harry Shop;;;]


Nordstrom at the Met Gala

In case you can’t get enough of the 2012 Met Costume Institute Gala, or you saw the sneak peek of the guests at our table and around the scene in The Cut and are waiting for more, we thought we’d share our candid shots snapped with the help of Jennifer Wheeler, our Designer Corporate Merchandise Manager.

Karolina Kurkova and Arizona Muse

Lana Del Rey and Joseph Altuzarra

Azealia Banks and Alexander Wang

Christina Ricci

Karolina Kurkova and Pete Nordstrom

Arizona Muse and Erdem Moralioglu

Jennifer Wheeler and Olivier Theyskens

Rachel Zoe and Rodger Berman

Alexander Wang and Thakoon Panichgul

Jeffrey Kalinsky, Rachel Zoe, Jennifer Wheeler and Pete Nordstrom