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Designer Brandon Maxwell Doesn’t Have the Summertime Blues (But You Wouldn’t Blame Him If He Did)

Brandon Maxwell took the road less traveled to designer fame: He earned a degree in photography in 2008 then used it to assist stylist Deborah Afshani before moving on to work with the nearly incomparable fashion authorities Edward Enninful and Nicola Formichetti. Then he set up his own personal-styling practice, acquiring clients like—boom!—Lady Gaga.


Brandon Maxwell



Looks from Brandon Maxwell’s spring-summer 2016 collection. All images courtesy Brandon Maxwell.

From there his transition from arbiter to designer was seemingly, well, seamless. Although we all know that anyone who appears to be an overnight success invariably has lots of stories about struggle, waiting games, and hard, hard work.

Suffice it to say that Brandon Maxwell is on the fast track, and we’re thrilled to count his among our designer collections. In an effort to get to know this hot young talent, we chatted via email about how his summer is going.


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The Best Summer Makeup Trends, Tips and Products for 2016 | Beauty Stylist Picks

Summer beauty must-haves 2016 from Nordstrom.

What’s hot in beauty this summer? Our expert beauty stylists are giving us their favorite selects for skin care, makeup and fragrance so you can get a jump on bringing out the best you as the days start heating up.


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How to Get All the Cool Kids to Your Pool Party

Step one: Own something that you can refer to as a “Funboy.

Step two: Get “extreme sportsman and adventure photographer” Jay Alvarrez to lead the charge.

Step three: Watch this video.



Shop: Funboy’s pegasus oversized luxury pool float | Funboy’s flamingo oversized luxury pool float

Shop: All Pop-In Goes Poolside


Summer Sandals: Globe-Trotter Style, Head to Toe

It’s almost summer, and we’re already dreaming about the ultimate island vacation in the season to come. Before settling on which sun-splashed locale to book tickets for, we’re sharing an inspirational roundup of the best sandals for every getaway. Whether touching down in Sri Lanka, partying poolside at an all-inclusive resort or enjoying a relaxed shore-side stroll, you can count on any of these beauties to be your true island sole-mates.

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Global Glam & The Art of Travel

With the hottest summer trends channeling faraway places, we’re dreaming of the jet-set life. To add extra eye candy to our wanderlust fantasies, we paired a few of our favorite looks with works by contemporary painters who turned their own glam globe-trotting into art.


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Trend Note: The Bralette, 5 Ways to Wear It

Meet this summer’s most unexpected necessity: the bralette. More structured than a tank and less revealing than a bra, it’s one of our most coveted (and surprisingly versatile) pieces. Introducing five of our favorite ways to wear them for summer:

Knotty Peekaboo. Show just a hint of midriff and throw on a tied-up button-down. [Pictured: Frenchi Lace Bralette]

Fine Print. Femme up a tough skirt with a pretty print. [Pictured: Painted Threads Bralette.]

Tee Time. Go neo-grunge and wear it over a tee and a flirty skirt. [Pictured: Frenchi Lace Bralette]

Sporty Chic. Short shorts and wedge sneaks strike a balance that’s sleek and casual. [Pictured: Make + Model Bralette.]

Rule Breaker. Try a matched set under a wild, mismatched top. [Pictured: Frenchi Lace Bralette]


Trend Note: Wimbledon, Let’s Talk Sporty Chic

The world’s oldest, most prestigious tennis tournament, The Wimbledon Championships, is underway. This year’s courts are keeping the strawberries-and-cream-eating spectators on the edge of their seats (seven-time champion Roger Federer just went out, and it’s only day 3!). We’re eager to see if Serena Williams makes it to the finals in one of the most surprise-filled tournaments in memory.

Less exhilarating to watch—the strictly enforced all-white dress code for players when sporty chic is such a winner this summer. The trend may be off-limits to players, but you can get in the game by mixing high-energy hues, tech fabrics and pieces from your gym bag in with the essentials you already wear. You won’t be able to compete on the courts at Wimbledon looking so fresh and fab, but your wardrobe will definitely reign victorious.

[Pictured: Zella Running Jacket | MICHAEL Michael Kors Tote | h.i.p Pleat Skirt]

[Pictured: BCBGeneration Faux Leather Cap | ASTR Sheer Tee | Leith Bralette]

[Pictured: Nike Wedge Sneaker | STS Cutoff Shorts | Make + Model Bralette | Rubbish Sleeveless Shirt]

Shop our Editor’s Picks to get your sporty chic game on:

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Summer Steals: Trends You Can Stockpile

Find all of our favorite trends in our Summer Steals shop. It’s got all your summery, feel-good essentials at equally feel-good prices.

Quirky symbols and simple sayings show off your silly side for a trend that’s best worn with a smile.

Work sporty details into your existing wardrobe—think breezy mesh, racerback cuts and sneaker wedges.

Romantics, take note: summer’s ladylike look is all about soft textures and dainty prints, topped off with a rosy lip.

Channel California cool with wave-ready separates, from distressed cutoffs and bikini tops to colorful flip-flops and easy accessories.

Extra-bright hues and electrifying prints take this season’s palette to the next level. Find ’em in maxi dresses, bold bags and punchy wrist candy.


Our Favorite Sunglasses Trends for Summer

What’s a super easy way to update any look? A new pair of shades. Check out our Sunglasses Style Guide; it has the best summer styles under the sun.

HeroCrayon Brights. [Pictured: Oakley ‘Forehand’ 57mm Sunglasses]

Retro Specs. [Pictured: Carrera Eyewear 57mm Sunglasses]

Novelty Shapes. [Pictured: House of Harlow 1960 ‘Annie’ 59mm Sunglasses]


Stylist Picks: 3 Spring & Summer Looks under $150

Kristi Berkland, one of our Personal Stylists at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, put together three looks for spring and summer for under $150. Check out her budget-friendly recommendations (modeled by her lovely volunteer, Whitney).

Bobeau Sleeveless High/Low BlousesVince Camuto Midi Tube Skirts

Work. Every wardrobe needs a black pencil skirt—the more fitted and forties-inspired, the better. This skirt will work all through summer and will pair with fall’s nipped-in blazers and sweaters. The top is another key story for spring with its graphic black and white pattern and easy, feminine fit.

Mural Utility Vest | Edyson ‘The Sloan’ Skinny Jeans

Weekend. Whitney is wearing one of my favorite spring trends: the sleeveless jacket. This one features another big spring story with its rose print and fun moto-zip details. I’ve paired it with an unexpected dotted skinny for a fun, casual look.

Astr Cutout Shoulder Dress | Collection B Crossbody Satchel | Isaac Mizrahi New York Perforated Belt

Event. Whitney is ready for a summer garden party wearing a vanilla dress and sherbert pastel accessories from Savvy. The pleats and sleeve cutouts make this cream dress perfect for any warm-weather event. I’ve chosen a perforated belt and lilac crossbody to complete the outfit. A pastel crossbody is a fun and practical addition for spring and summer!

HeroLove these outfits? Our Beauty Stylists put together looks to complement all three. Check them out on our Beauty 24/7 blog.

Get even more tips and personalized recommendations. Book an appointment with a stylist online or by calling 1.877.310.8537.