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Model and Musician Daisy Clementine on Her Style, Siblings and Guitar Heros

The Smiths are taking the world by storm. 2015 was a breakout year for Calvin Klein models Lucky Blue and Pyper America, and now Daisy Clementine’s star is on the rise. As the lead guitarist of the Smith family band, The Atomics, and a model for Vogue Italia, the LA-via-Salt Lake City dweller is working hard, keeping cool and having fun.

We learned more about Daisy and her talented siblings, whose bond is just the first thing that makes them exceptional.
Model and musician Daisy Clementine

You were scouted and signed by NEXT at age 14—just five years ago! Was modeling a surprise or something you had prepared for?

Modeling is something I have wanted to do for as long as I can remember. I can remember being four or five years old and telling everyone I was going to grow up to be a model one day. I used to bring magazines into the bathroom with me and practice the models’ poses in the mirror!

What has happened since?

I moved to Los Angeles with my family a couple of months after I graduated high school in the summer of 2013. Since moving here, I’ve been modeling full time as well as working on music for my family band, The Atomics. I’ve been able to travel to some really amazing places and meet creative and interesting people. I absolutely love living in Los Angeles. The weather is always so nice and I get to do what I have always dreamed of doing here.


Fashion Week Style

Last Looks: Yesterday’s Runways at Fendi, Prada and Moschino

Embracing progress, and in turn the young customer, Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi presented a playful collection with exquisite old-school details enhanced by modern technology.

Fendi Milan RTW Fall 2016

Images: InDigital

As if produced on a 3D printer, crisp ruffles were the through line, appearing on bibs, along sleeves, peplums and tall boots with the slouchy drape of over-the-knee socks. Even the shoes unfurled like alien flowers—in Fifth Element oranges and blues—although they were inspired by 18th-century Japanese botanical illustrations. Lagerfeld explored a sumptuous and earthy fall palette through his patterned furs and embellished golden garments. Fendi’s popular monster trope, seen especially on bag charms worldwide, even peeked from the collar of a navy coat.

SHOP: Fendi


Fashion Week Style

Last Looks: Yesterday’s Runways at MARC JACOBS and J. Mendel

Marc Jacobs traveled back past the ’90s style revival to Victorian Gothic for his fall collection.

Marc Jacobs NYFW Fall 2016 showImages: InDigital

Kendall Jenner, Lady Gaga and other usually lovely ladies circled the Park Avenue Armory like crazed crows. Whitewashed faces, except for bleary black eyeliner, were surrounded by finger-waved hair; their ghostly mien overcome by the dark and dramatic clothes that seemed intent on swallowing them. Hypersized lace dickies and collars lay atop equally enormous silhouettes. Jet trails of muted sage, periwinkle and orchid amidst old MJ signifiers including polka dots and Stinky Rat prints swarmed hemlines above vertiginous platform boots. Exquisite velvet-and-lace evening looks met modern goth in Jacobs’s mildew-hued fur, gargantuan bows and sequined and feathered toppers.

SHOP: current season MARC JACOBS



The School of Frocks: Nordstrom Fashion Ambassador Program Now Accepting Applications

Nordstrom Fashion Ambassadors in the store studying visual merchandising

What excites you most about fashion?

Maybe it’s the thrill of watching the collections roll out each spring and fall. Maybe it’s tracking the influence of trends. Perhaps it’s styling yourself and your friends with a mix of fancy pieces and thrift shop scores. Do you obsessively watch YouTube tutorials, write your own blog and/or voraciously consume issues of W, V, WWD (we could go on)?

If you’re a fashion addict and a high-school junior or senior interested in working in the fashion industry, Nordstrom has an opening for you.

The Nordstrom Fashion Ambassador program gets you involved in aspects of advertising, marketing, buying, merchandising, public relations, selling and visual display, giving you a dapper leg up as you think about career options. Because knowledge—and style—is power.

The 2017 application period is now open and will close April 4, 2016. Read on to hear what former ambassadors, now Nordstrom employees, have to say about their experiences!


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DJ Mia Moretti Curates Your Holiday Playlist

Mia Moretti With holiday parties, you set the table and then you set the mood—that calls for a different kind of platter. For some, it’s the 1960 jazz classic Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas; for others, it’s Mariah’s chart-shattering and enduring Merry Christmas. For DJ Mia Moretti, it’s a little vintage here (Betty Wright, Elvis), a bit of bleeding edge there (Florence + the Machine, Elle King), a few crate-digger rarities (Margo Guryan, The Twistin’ Kings) and even some surf rock (The Invaders) that gets the atmosphere primed for a party.

Moretti grew up a precocious Los Angeles youngster encouraged to follow her interests, which have taken her around the globe in artistic pursuit. Now she’s an on-demand DJ, opening for artists like Stevie Wonder and Katy Perry, playing festivals and industry parties and curating runway soundtracks for emerging NY designers such as Jonathan Simkhai and Timo Weiland. Each season she performs alongside violinist Margot as The Dolls for Alice + Olivia. As the New York City-based artist took a breather from Paris Fashion Week, we snagged a specially curated holiday playlist and her thoughts on music, creativity and style. Oh, and Mimi made the cut, too.

For starters, how was Fashion Week and what can we expect to see you wearing Spring 2016?

Milan and Paris fashion week were both incredible. It’s always very inspiring to see the clothes come to life on the runway the way the designer envisions them. The Philosophy show by Lorenzo Serafini was one of the collections I could see myself stepping into every piece of. It’s feminine and playful, with just the right touches of sexy. 

Can you tell me about how you chose and sequenced this playlist for The Thread?
Speaking of playful, I wanted to have a little fun with this holiday playlist. I started the set with one of my favorite Betty Wright tracks of all time, “Tonight Is The Night”. You have to listen to it for yourself, but I’ll tell you, it’s not the night before Christmas she’s singing about. This track sets the tone for the rest of the set, which is a mix of my favorite Christmas renditions by the likes of Elvis Presley, Mariah Carey and the Jackson 5, and new releases such as Florence + The Machine’s “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful”—not a traditional Christmas song, but a beautiful track with massive emotional range—just like the holidays.

This way for more Q&A + holiday tunes


What to Wear to Work When You’re an Astronomer

Do you have an asteroid named after you? Lucianne Walkowicz does. The astronomer, who got her PhD at the University of Washington, was immortalized last year in the designation of the main-belt asteroid 205599 Walkowicz. While that sounds glamorous, science isn’t typically known for its fashion plates. And yet, “far-out” is one way to describe what this shining star wears to work.


Image courtesy Lucianne Walkowicz

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Ballerina Carla Körbes Is a Pop-In Power Girl

At age 11, Carla Körbes saw Swan Lake and knew what she was born to do. Since 2006, the ballerina has been a principal dancer with the Pacific Northwest Ballet; she’s retiring this June at age 33 to begin a new adventure. We met with Körbes most serendipitously as she was picking up her Jesús Peiró wedding gown from the Nordstrom Wedding Suite. The shimmering silk dress with an embellished waist was as elegant as the Brazilian dancer herself, who spoke with us about pursuing and achieving goals with a little help from her girlfriends. And a Pilates class here and there.

Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancer Carla Körbes; image by Angela Sterling

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