5 posts tagged "Nordstrom"
“Not many retailers are willing to disrupt their business,” said Nordstrom’s director of creative projects, Olivia Kim. “But Nordstrom is, and to me, that’s what makes this job so fun and exciting.”
Kim, the former VP of creative at Opening Ceremony, has now graduated to her second full-fledged pop-in installation at the behemoth department store, where she injects equal parts cuteness, quirk, and novelty. Aptly titled 4U: Brite Lites_Gift City, the pop-in, as Kim put it, is “Santa’s Workshop for the twenty-second century.”
“I wanted the design to be cold, austere, and metallic, but referential to holiday,” she said. To help bring her vision to life, Kim solicited the help of her dear friend Rafael de Cárdenas of Rafael de Cárdenas Ltd. / Architecture at Large. “He and I have this incredibly in-tune sense of environment,” she proclaimed. It’s a creative partnership that goes back to her time in New York.
As for the concept behind the staggering high-low product selection, Kim considered, “What do you get someone who has everything?” She wanted to offer those hard-to-find discoveries—and she’s succeeded. The democratically priced range of gifts includes Keith Haring skis by Bomber Ski, charity RxArt’s collaborative gifts designed by notable artists like Ryan McGinley, Vanessa Arizaga jewelry, tomes from Abrams Books, Illesteva eyewear, black-out Bamford Rolexes, Chinti and Parker knits, and much more.
Brite Lites_Gift City is the next step in an overarching plan for Nordstrom, where Kim has worked since early 2013. She aims to educate, engage, and inspire Nordstrom’s large customer base by introducing plenty of buzz-worthy merchandise. “I want to be able to create something sexy, and I want people to get excited about shopping again,” she explained.
But are customers responding in kind? “Yes,” Kim confirmed with confidence. “It’s exciting for us as a brand to be able to say we’ve got a customer who is interested in niche products and young designers. I’m here to take risks. I’m here to push something new and adventurous in front of the company, and in front of our customers.”
4U: Brite Lites_Gift City will be open at twelve Nordstrom locations nationwide beginning November 15. Merchandise will also be available online at www.nordstrom.com.
Although she’s been absent from the runway of late, Freja Beha Erichsen estimates that she’s walked over one thousand runways in her career. And while we’d love to see the veteran catwalker make a return to the shows next month, we’re not holding our breath. “It just felt natural, at a point, not to do as many shows,” she tells Style.com. “At the moment, I am not planning to do any shows this fall. I wouldn’t say I would never do a show again, though.”
In the meantime, she’s trying something new on for size: designing. Erichsen paired up with Mother cofounders Lela Becker and Tim Kaeding for a capsule collection, debuting in September. The Danish supe worked closely with Kaeding on the fits, washes, and prints for the wares, which include classics like the Muse skinny jeans in black and faux leather, and the Foxy Boxy chambray shirt—all signatures of the stunner’s much-loved personal style. “I felt like doing something I wear all the time was much more in my power, because, clearly, I am not a designer,” she admits. “I wanted them to be the thickness jeans should be, but also comfortable. We got the first pair really right, and I’ve been wearing them ever since.”
Here, Style.com has the exclusive first look at the offerings (which range from $145 to $300) before they hit Nordstrom this fall. Ten percent of the proceeds will benefit Doctors Without Borders, the international humanitarian organization the do-good model has been working with for the past few years (in between posing for Prada ad campaigns and British Vogue covers, that is). “Obviously, I would love to do more projects along these lines,” she says. “I need to come up with something else!”
Jason Wu’s new contemporary line, Miss Wu, is all about girlish whimsy. So it’s fitting that the designer came up with a free-spirited, feminine film to showcase his first collection. “As my main collection has evolved to be sexier and more evocative, I wanted the sweeter side of my design sensibility to be preserved,” says Wu of his new range, which, priced between $190 and $800, launches today at Nordstrom. Inspired by iconic couples—like Marianne Faithfull and Mick Jagger, and Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg—the collection’s easy striped sweaters, laid-back cardigans, flirty frocks, and floppy hats have a decidedly French feel. So, too, does the short, which, directed by Todd Cole, was influenced by French New Wave films, specifically those made by Jean-Luc Godard.
Debuting exclusively on Style.com (above), the film stars Meghan Collison as Miss Wu. Swathed in printed silks, smart separates, and a ladylike LBD, she playfully dances around a loft, trying to capture the attention of a love interest who is—at first—frustratingly indifferent. “The fact that we can get a glimpse into her life immediately creates interest in her character,” says Wu. The designer also wanted there to be an element of “fantasy” about his spring woman, so, naturally, during her improvised dance, Collison is able to fly. “I always believe that a bit of fantasy makes fashion more interesting,” says Wu. The designer is flying himself these days, working to finish his Fall ’13 collection, as well as his second offering (and, he hints, perhaps even some accessories) for Miss Wu. “I very much look forward to writing the next chapters in her life,” he says.
If you’re going to take your life in your hands, might as well do it in evening dress. That’s what David Blaine did when he swam—sans oxygen tank or cage—with a group of great white sharks in an Adam Kimmel tux for the designer’s new video (above). Kimmel and wife Leelee Sobieski screened the short for guests like Ed Norton, Harmony Korine, and Marina Abramovic this week, where it earned Abramovic’s highest praise: “That’s insane.” [NYT]
Derek Lam has announced a standalone line for eBay, the final rundown of which will be crowd-sourced. As one of our online compatriots notes, design by committee hasn’t always yielded the best results, but we’ll be interested to see what Lam turns out when the line launches in February. [WWD]
Lara Stone—she of the sultry ad campaign and often nude editorial—has won her case against French Playboy, which published photos of her without her permission last year. She’s donating her damages to the Great Ormond Street Hospital. [Fashionologie]
And speaking of good causes, here’s another: Nordstrom is finally opening a New York store, which will be a concept shop—one that donates its earnings to nonprofits. That’s a little less sexy than Lara using Playboy money to save the children, but no less commendable, we’re sure. [Racked]