Qianna Smith

I ♥ NYC: The via C Guide to City Style

 This spring, edit your wardrobe by adding a few city-sleek styles from via C. “For spring we wanted to let our customers know it’s okay to be playful. You can be sporty with Alexander Wang basketball shorts, mix bright florals with camo from Carven, show off your abs in an A.L.C. crop top or mix textiles with crystals, like on the 3.1 Phillip Lim blouse,” says Kimberly Harris, our online via C buyer.

nordstrom-via-c-new-york-city-spring-style-guideOur fave Southern belle, Leona Binx Walton, displays some major urban edge in an Alexander Wang Argyle Sweater.

Brussels-born beauty Yumi Lambert shows of the colorful camo trend in a Carven Print Jersey Tee & Carven Army Print Flared Skirt.

nordstrom-via-c-new-york-city-spring-style-guide-ss14Miriam Haney, face of the MARC BY MARC JACOBS spring ’14 campaign, rocks stripes in an A.L.C. Stripe Crop Sweater & A.L.C. ‘Campbell’ Stripe Skirt.

Pacific Northwest native Kate Goodling brings on the blue with a 3.1 Phillip Lim Mixed Media Top & 3.1 Phillip Lim ‘Medium Wednesday’ Cracked Leather Satchel.

Sync your style to the pulse of the city with the cutting-edge fashions available in via C.

Qianna Smith


Get to Know Kate Ciepluch of Laveer

Behind-the-Seams-with-Kate-Ciepluch-of-LaveerJust two years ago, Kate Ciepluch went from fashion director of an online retailer to creator of Laveer, a made-in-America collection of blazers and statement jackets–and the New York-based designer hasn’t looked back. The Thread phoned Kate to learn more about her passion and design approach on this timeless wardrobe staple.

LAVEER-Vespa-Mixed-Media-Jacket-at-NordstromColor meets texture: LAVEER ‘Vespa’ Mixed-Media Jacket

On starting Laveer: “My intention was to do blazers and fashion jackets, in a little bit more of an edgy and cool way but still remaining sophisticated, nothing too trendy and of the moment, something that you’re going to want to have in your closet for a long time.”

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Twitter Chat with kate spade new york

Guess who’s visiting our Seattle sister store today? Deborah Lloyd of kate spade new york and celebrity stylist Brad Goreski will be making a special appearance from 6pm-8pm PST at our Bellevue store.

If you can’t swing by the store, join the fashionable duo on Twitter for a special chat with Nordstrom using hashtag #NordstromxKSNY at 1pm PST.

kate-spade-new-york-and-nordstrom-twitter-chat-March-13-2014-hash-tag-NordstromxKSNYTalk shop and get spring tips from Brad Goreski.

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On Set: Designer Collections Spring Photo Shoot

nordstrom-designer-photo-shoot-feb-2014-3aFrench model Pauline Hoarau rocks the latest styles from our Designer Collections spring photo shoot. Go behind the scenes and discover some of our must-have looks of the season.

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Pump It Up with Kurt Geiger London

Karen Elson, fashion’s favorite fiery redhead, is the face of Kurt Geiger London‘s spring/summer 2014 ad campaign.

Karen-Elson-for-Kurt-Geiger-London-spring-2014Photographed by Erik Torstensson.

The campaign images depict an English summer day in London’s Kew Gardens. Elegant and provocative, the latest offering of shoes elevates easy-to-wear, everyday styles and shapes.

“Spring ’14 is an ode to the English rose, fusing London-cool with designs to suit our daily uniform. Nordstrom will see exciting additions to our signature B Series stilettos, boots, high sandals, slip-ons, flatforms and flat sandals elevated with a crafty palette and materials for the art of living,” says Rebecca Farrar-Hockley, the brand’s creative director.

With spring in the air, celebrate the changing season by slipping into a new pair of Kurt Geiger London Pumps.

Qianna Smith

ALL POSTS Interviews

Shoes & Sunnies: Jonathan Adler for TOMS


Designer Jonathan Adler teams up with Blake Mycoskie of TOMS for a second whimsical collaboration of shoes—and helps print-loving ladies complete the look with the introduction of sunnies. As we excitedly step into spring, The Thread chats with the New York-based potter on this latest partnership.


TOMS ‘Classic – Jonathan Adler’ Slip-On (top to bottom) in:
Grey, Bright Yellow, Bright Print and Dark Geometric

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Women’s via C Buyers Reveal Spring ’14 Trends


Get to know our Women’s via C buying team: Kimberly Harris, Devon Gruss, Kelle Jones and Cheri Dublinski (left to right).


Step into the World of our via C Buyers:
Charlotte OlympiaManolo Blahnik, Valentino Rockstud & Dior

This Seattle-based troupe of savvy fashion-finders travel from New York to Paris in hot pursuit of the most coveted contemporary and emerging designs from the likes of T by Alexander Wang, rag & bone, Helmut Lang, Carven, 3.1 Phillip Lim, KENZO, MSGM and The Kooples. Energized by the wares from the recently wrapped Fashion Week season, The Thread sits in on a via C buyer meeting to get the scoop on all things spring!

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Fashion Week

Runway Rundown: Alexander McQueen


Who could forget Lee McQueen‘s majestic fall 2006 show, where model Raquel Zimmermann donned the famed antler-and-lace headdress? The collection depicted romantic embodiments of the late designer’s Scottish roots. Fast-forward to the age of Sarah Burton, the creative force that masterfully maintains and recharges the brand’s DNA, who takes us on a journey through what feels like the misty shires of Scotland for fall 2014.


The show introduces us to dreamy heroines wandering the wilderness, wrapped in moon-and star-shaped crystal embroidery, silver acorn hand jewelry, frayed organza flowers and ivy velvet jacquards. Burton’s fairy tale beautifully weaves two tales of McQueen, past and present.


Adorned: McQueen Shoes & McQueen Jewelry


Softly Powerful: Rouched broderie anglaise reveals the delicate nature of the designs.


The Details: Aubergine organza gown and hand-cut feathers.


“Drink me, make me feel real / Wet your beak in the stream /
Game we’re playing is life / Love’s a two-way dream”

Lyrics from “Bachelorette” by Björk, the show’s closing tune, which matched the wanderlust mood of the collection.

Qianna Smith

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Photos: GoRunway.com


Style Watch: First Lady Michelle Obama in St. John

First Lady Michelle Obama is known to opt for silhouettes that reveal her svelte physique and toned arms. For a recent appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, our national style star selected a look by St. John, the caviar sateen Milano knit jumpsuit with liquid satin cowl, that perfectly accentuated her best features.

“One of the biggest trends this season is the jumpsuit. It’s easy as it is effortless and is a great silhouette for any shape. Our jumpsuit in St. John signature sateen Milano knit is the epitome of sophisticated elegance,” says Albino Riganello, St. John’s VP of Design.

Play up your best parts with St. John.

Qianna Smith
Photo courtesy of St. John

Fashion Week

Runway Rundown: Akris

Photo prints create a one-of-a-kind statement at the Akris fall/winter 2014 runway show.

“A photograph is the launch pad and starting point of Thomas Ruff’s art,” says Albert Kriemler, creative director of Swiss fashion house Akris, on the German artist who influenced his design process for fall. “For my 10th year in Paris, I have chosen seven images [by Ruff], mostly related to the universe and galaxy we live in, and two ingenious photograms. Technology is always on my mind, more than ever, and the collaboration with a grand living artist and friend is a highly inspirational gift.”

Fall sketches by Albert Kriemler.

*We offer Akris in selected stores. For assistance, please contact a Designer Specialist at 1.877.543.7463.

Qianna Smith

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Photos: Courtesy of Akris & GoRunway.com