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Olivia Kim in Vogue Magazine

Rihanna may have snagged the cover—but we’re still tremendously proud to say that our own Olivia Kim is featured in the March issue of Vogue.

Nordstrom’s Director of Creative Projects (a title which includes masterminding our monthly themed shops, Pop-In @ Nordstrom), Olivia spoke to Vogue about taking a leap of faith to move from New York to Seattle, and the proper way to push boundaries. Keep reading to see the full article from Vogue—and see what’s currently on her wish list here: Meet Olivia Kim.

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How to Prepare for a Vogue Cover Shoot

So, you’ve landed yourself a Vogue cover. Now what? Lena Dunham and Hamish Bowles come to the rescue with flair. Learn how to strike a pose with the best of them in this Vogue original short, “Cover Girl.”


Vogue Decodes the Fall 2013 Runway Trends


When it comes to translating fashions from the runway, Vogue magazine is a leading authority on the language of style. For the 28th annual Nordstrom Designer Preview, in partnership with the Seattle Art Museum Supports, we tapped Lawren Howell, West Coast fashion editor at Vogue, to talk about some of the most notable trends for fall/winter 2013.

From reporting at New York and Paris Fashion Weeks to styling the annual Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund show, Lawren has an expert point of view on decoding this season’s trends and making the right ones work for your wardrobe.

From Vogue’s perspective, fall 2013 is a “season of duality, of opposites attracting,” says Lawren. “Three noteworthy trends were sequined sweaters [as seen at Givenchy* (left)], 1940s hourglass silhouettes in the form of slip dresses [spotted at Lanvin (center)] and girls stealing their boyfriends’ suits as spotted at shows [like Stella McCartney* (right)].”

Vogue’s presence at the Nordstrom Designer Preview is a first for the event, and Lawren believes these types of partnerships help bridge the gap between the editorial experience found in a magazine and the shopping experience that consumers find in the store.

“The less distance between what we talk about in the pages of Vogue and what consumers can actually find in stores, the better,” she says. “It’s hard to look at a magazine and see these lofty, aspirational things and not really have them apply to your life. When the trends are actually distilled, I think it makes shopping that much more exciting, and the fashion world is little more demystified.”

*Givenchy and Stella McCartney ready-to-wear apparel in selected stores. For assistance, please contact a Designer Specialist at 1.877.543.7463.

Haute Accessories: Saint Laurant ‘Duffle 6 – Medium’ Leather Satchel, Valentino ‘Rockstud’ Pump, Prada Leopard Tote and Valentino ‘Rockstud – Cavallino Flat’ Calf Hair Clutch

So was the event a success? “We are super-pleased with the Fall 2013 Designer Preview. Nordstrom has partnered with Seattle Art Museum Supporters on this event for 28 years now, and we probably had the biggest and most successful event yet,” says Pete Nordstrom.

“I want to especially thank Bonnie Abrams and Lawren Howell from Vogue for attending. Lawren did a great job addressing the crowd on fall trends and themes in fashion that helped give some insight and context to the show. Vogue is an excellent partner with Nordstrom, and we appreciate their support and involvement.”

Looking for more ways to edit your wardrobe this season? Jeffrey Kalinsky, Nordstrom EVP of Designer, shares his top fashion picks for the month in Jeffrey’s Edit.

Qianna Smith

[Photo Credit: Portraits by Marko MacPherson & Mimi Ritzen Crawford & runway by Kent Worthington]


Nordstrom Fall 2013 Designer Preview

Last week, art lovers and collectors of fashion met on the runway at the 28th Fall 2013 Nordstrom Designer Preview, presented by Nordstrom in partnership with the Seattle Art Museum Supporters (SAMS), a group of Seattle-area women who work to expand the support of the museum through fundraising and other efforts. Lawren Howell, Vogue’s West Coast fashion editor, hosted the stylishly charged event held at the Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Pier 91. Seattleites were treated to an edited selection of take-your-breath-away fall fashions from New York, London, Milan and Paris.


A Posh Prelude: As our 600+ guests entered the industrial-chic runway space, they were greeted with a preshow presentation featuring new looks from the likes of MARC JACOBS, Marni, Neil Barrett* and Proenza Schouler*.

Global Style: Over 100 looks were strutted down the runway, all from 15 of our most covetable brands—Christian Dior*, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Michael Kors, Stella McCartney, Azzedine Alaïa*, Missoni, Valentino, Donna Karan, Givenchy*, Jason Wu, Dries Van Noten*, Erdem, Lanvin, and Oscar de la Renta.

*We offer Neil Barrett, Proenza Schouler, Azzedine Alaïa, Givenchy and Dries Van Noten ready-to-wear apparel in selected stores. For assistance, please contact a Designer Specialist at 1.877.543.7463.

Conscience Shopping: After the show, guests had the opportunity to shop the looks right off the runway at our onsite designer boutique. The evening’s proceeds were donated to the Seattle Art Museum in support of the exhibit Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion, on display through September 8.

Fashionable Minds: Nordstrom’s Jennifer Wheeler, VP of Women’s Designer Apparel, and Olivia Kim, Director of Creative Projects, spotted talking trends.

“Statement coats are an essential fall trend, as seen at Dries van Noten,” says Wheeler, referring to the essential and wearable runway themes seen during the night. “The mix of masculine and feminine gave this season a fresh and modern refinement, in particular at Christian Dior with the houndstooth fabrics in feminine shapes. Also take note of the classic shapes from the ‘50s and ‘60s as seen in a new and fresh way at Valentino.”

Trend Note: Woven Wonders. From Christian Dior to Oscar de la Renta to Lanvin, elaborate patterns will shake up your wardrobe this season. Shop for your bold side with our Jacquard trend picks.

Trend Note: The Rules of Red. Make an empowering statement with ruby-red hues, as seen above on the runways of Stella McCartney, Dolce&Gabbana and Donna Karan, with some help from our Bright Red designer picks for fall.

Excited for fall yet? Check out our Designer Study Guide for the cheat sheet to fall’s most coveted trends, colors, prints and shapes.

Live Chat with a Designer Specialist or a Stylist or contact at 1.877.543.7463 for product availability and store locations.

Qianna Smith
Photos by Kent Worthington


Vogue’s André Leon Talley Gets Personal at Nordstrom

Sipping chardonnay and nibbling on macaroons with a world-renowned fashion editor is, for most of us, a once-in-a-lifetime experience (if ever). But for customers at Nordstrom at Green Hills last week, there were two of these opportunities in one day!

Vogue Contributing Editor André Leon Talley stopped by Nordstrom’s Nashville location for two events on December 6th, taking time to chat with customers, share stories from his years in the fashion business, and give the inside scoop on the magazine’s new book, Vogue: The Editor’s Eye.

The day’s morning event included a private luncheon for Collectors customers, where André treated his dining companions to anecdotes about his time at Interview and Vogue – including a particularly juicy tale about a photo shoot with the late Elizabeth Taylor, her storied jewelry collection and those famous violet eyes. It was a full afternoon as André answered burning fashion questions, signed copies of Vogue: The Editor’s Eye, and posed for pictures with guests. (Lucky them!)

Later that evening, André returned to the store to mingle with customers over cocktails and talk shop while models showed off looks from the various Resort 2013 collections. The famously opinionated editor spoke on current trends and his favorite fashion icons. Topping the list? Michelle Obama. “She just always gets it absolutely right,” he said of the trendsetting First Lady.

A tastemaker in his own right, André also picked out pieces from the Collectors department that struck his fancy, including a bright pink Marc Jacobs tweed dress and a sapphire blue shantung frock by Michael Kors. An Alexander McQueen umbrella and Chanel Versailles-inspired platform sneakers caught his eye as well. (And his personal go-to? UGG Australia boots in every color, of course!)

Thinking you should have been there? See what events Nordstrom has lined up at your store!


Anna Wintour: Our Newest Favorite on Pinterest

Anna Wintour ranks high on our list of people whose minds we’d like a peek into. Now we all can get a glimpse, through the magic of Pinterest. “Anna Wintour’s Favorite Images from Vogue” takes us through the magazine’s glamour-filled history–as presented by its current editor in chief–with images and editorials dating back as far as 1928.

Vogue, June 1, 1948. An iconic image of Charles James ball gowns, photographed in the salon of French & Co., New York. Photographed by Cecil Beaton.

Vogue, August 1990. This image illustrated an article on a smoky, sultry, Cleopatra-inspired beauty look. Photographed by Irving Penn.

Jeff Powell

Images via Vogue Pinterest