Nordstrom Unveils New Fall 2017 Fashion Campaign

Retailer Showcases Fashion Through The Lens Of Photographer Max Farago And Director Clara Cullen

Today, Nordstrom, Inc. launched a new national brand campaign shot by photographer Max Farago with video by director Clara Cullen, which celebrates the best of fall fashion. The campaign will debut on August 7 in the U.S. and on September 4 in Canada with print, digital, social, out of home and video components.

Nordstrom Fall Campaign - Clara Cullen, Max Farago

Nordstrom Fall Campaign – Clara Cullen, Max Farago

The campaign vision and concept was developed by Olivia Kim, Vice President of Creative Projects at Nordstrom, who has set the creative tone for the retailer’s last five brand campaigns. Kim along with her creative team tapped Farago and Cullen, the husband and wife creative duo favored by the fashion world, to bring their vision to life.

Nordstrom Fall Campaign - Clara Cullen with her mother, daughter, sister + niece

Nordstrom Fall Campaign – Clara Cullen with her mother, daughter, sister + niece

The campaign features intimate and honest portraits of models and non-models alike, minimally edited and styled how people really dress to depict a modern and relevant perspective on a high-fashion campaign. The full campaign imagery and videos can be seen at Nordstrom.com/Fall2017. Highlights of brands featured in the campaign include 3.1 Phillip Lim Acne, JW Anderson, Simone Rocha, Studios adidas, Lemaire, Sophie Buhai, Alexander Wang, A.P.C., Levi’s®, Tibi, Dr. Martens, Molly Goddard, Tomorrowland, FRAME, Norse Project, Topman, Isa Arfen, Officine Generale, Ovadia & Sons, J.Crew, Vans®, Vejas, Richard Malone, and SATURDAYS NYC.

With her creative mind and unique perspective as a merchant, Kim took on the role of setting the vision for the company’s brand campaigns in Spring 2016, the retailer’s first in 15 years. Following her inaugural “See Anew” campaign, “We Are Here” from Fall 2016, and “Love, Nordstrom” from the holiday season, and the Spring 2017 campaign shot by Petra Collins. The Fall 2017 campaign marks Kim’s fifth developed for Nordstrom.

The cast includes:

Nordstrom Fall Campaign - Hailey Gates

Nordstrom Fall Campaign – Hailey Gates

  • Actress and television journalist Hailey Gates, host of VICELAND’s series States of Undress, in which she explores geopolitics through the lens of fashion. Her work takes her to conflict zones around the world for international fashion weeks.

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign - The Hiplets - Camryn Taylor, Lourdes Taylor, Nia Parker, Nia Lyons

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign – The Hiplets – Camryn Taylor, Lourdes Taylor, Nia Parker, Nia Lyons

  • Camryn Taylor, Lourdes Taylor, Nia Parker, and Nia Lyons, classically trained ballerinas of The Hiplet™ and the most senior dancers at the Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center. The Hiplet™ have appeared in a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Show, TEDxSanFrancisco, the New York Times and CNN. Their YouTube videos have gathered over hundreds of thousands of views.
  • Homer Hans Bryant, the artistic director and founder of the Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center who conceived dance group phenom The Hiplet™ which showcases dancers en pointe interplaying hip-hop movements with classical styles.

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign - Saam Emme, Vejas Kruszewski

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign – Saam Emme, Vejas Kruszewski

  • Designer Vejas Kruszewski (in his collection) and Saam Emme, the creative team behind the label Vejas. Their designs redefine conventional streetwear, breaking borders and blending youth culture with studious fashion history. Vejas was awarded the LVMH Special Prize in 2016.

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign - Angela Goding

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign – Angela Goding

  • Contemporary art curator Angela Goding, who has a formidable reputation in the New York art world for her instincts and distinct fashion sense.

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign - Jane Moseley (1)

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign – Jane Moseley

  • Twenty-nine-year-old painter, sculptor, and model Jane Moseley, who spent six years in New York resisting the lure of the modeling industry, then became a fashion sensation after walking in Balenciaga’s fall 2016 show. She has a collection of horror-movie-inspired tattoos, and a dog, five cats, a lizard, a hedgehog and two pet rats.

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign - Creative Growth - Elizabeth Rangel, Tom di Mara, William Scott

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign – Creative Growth – Elizabeth Rangel, Tom di Mara, William Scott

  • Tom di Maria, director of Creative Growth Art Center, which provides studio space, representation, instruction and opportunity for personal expression to adult artists with mental, developmental or physical disabilities. Artists from the center exhibit in museums and esteemed collections worldwide.
  • Elizabeth Rangel, a self-taught artist, and designer who works in textiles and fashion.
  • William Scott, a self-taught artist whose work appears in the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Oakland Museum of California.

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign - Ian & Marc Hundley (1)

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign – Ian & Marc Hundley

  • Marc and Ian Hundley, artists and twin brothers. Marc creates text-based posters incorporating references to literature, lyrics, and film; he also makes furniture. Ian constructs colorful, large-scale quilts based on topographic maps.

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign - Hayett McCarthy

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign – Hayett McCarthy

  • French-born Londoner Hayett McCarthy, a former dog groomer, record-label intern, bartender and sandwich-board carrier, now a model for top fashion brands including Hermès, ACNE Studios, Burberry, COACH, and Vetements, among others.

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign - Ebonee Davis (2)

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign – Ebonee Davis 

  • Twenty-three-year-old Seattle native Ebonee Davis, a model, and activist advocating for more diversity in the fashion industry. In a TED Talk, she discussed her path to self-acceptance and her case for creating positive, inclusive imagery.

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Coach Introduces the Coach x Selena Gomez Collection Featuring the Selena Grace Bag

Coach announces the launch of Coach x Selena Gomez, a new collection in partnership with the actress and singer. Featuring the Selena Grace, a bag designed by Gomez in collaboration with Coach Creative Director Stuart Vevers, the offering also includes small leather goods and accessories available for a limited time.

Coach Inc Selena Gomez Collection

Coach Introduces the Coach x Selena Gomez Collection Featuring the Selena Grace Bag (PRNewsfoto/Coach, Inc.)

I’m very excited for everyone to finally see the design Stuart and I worked on together,” says Gomez. “I can’t wait to carry it—it’s totally versatile, perfect to wear day-to-night and it goes with everything.”

The Selena Grace is a double-handled carryall named after the star and the quality she most embodies. A staple that reflects Gomez’s effortless all-American style, it’s a go-everywhere bag built for real life. It features Gomez’s personal touches: a hangtag bearing her signature and a storypatch sewn inside with her empowering message: “To be you is to be strong.” The bag is further customized with “Love yourself first” in Selena’s handwriting—a phrase inspired by one of her tattoos—embossed onto the base of the bag.

Coach Logo

Coach Logo

The Selena Grace comes from a legacy of American authenticity, craftsmanship and unfussy luxury for which Coach is known, imbued with a youthful new personality and is available in three exclusive colors: Selena Black Cherry, Selena White, and Selena Red. The collection also includes bag charms, wallets, and the Selena Wristlet.

It was really fun to create this collection with Selena and design pieces that are cool and feminine like her,” says Vevers. “When we designed the Selena Grace, it was about exploring the qualities Selena wanted in a bag and creating something that felt personal to her.

Additionally, Coach is offering customers a chance to win one of 150 signed Selena Grace bags, as well as one grand prize: A signed bag and a trip for two to meet Gomez in person at the Coach House flagship store in New York on September 13. Customers can enter for a chance to win at www.Coach.com or at any U.S. Coach retail store now through Tuesday, August 22, 2017.

The Coach x Selena Gomez collection will be available for pre-order online at Coach.com beginning on August 14 and available in Coach stores globally beginning September 1, 2017.

Gomez’s new song “Fetish” is out now and marks her third song on the radio along with “It Ain’t Me” and “Bad Liar.”

CAMPAIGN IMAGE CREDIT: © Steven Meisel

EDITORIAL CREDIT: Coach

Trump Polling Numbers Drops To New Low Across the Board, With Close To 2-1 Disapproval

Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; 71 Percent Say President Is Not Levelheaded

President Donald Trump plunges to a new low as American voters disapprove 61 – 33 percent of the job he is doing, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today. White men are divided 47 – 48 percent and Republicans approve 76 – 17 percent. White voters with no college degree, a key part of the president’s base, disapprove 50 – 43 percent.download

From July 27 – August 1, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,125 voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 3.4 percentage points, including the design effect. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.

Today’s approval rating is down from a 55 – 40 percent disapproval in a June 29 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. This is President Trump’s lowest approval and highest disapproval number since he was inaugurated.

American voters say 54 – 26 percent that they are embarrassed rather than proud to have Trump as president. Voters say 57 – 40 percent he is abusing the powers of his office and say 60 – 36 percent that he believes he is above the law.

President Trump is not levelheaded, say 71 – 26 percent of voters, his worst score on that character trait. Voter opinions of most other Trump qualities drop to new lows:

  • 62 – 34 percent that he is not honest;

  • 63 – 34 percent that he does not have good leadership skills;

  • 59 – 39 percent that he does not care about average Americans;

  • 58 – 39 percent that he is a strong person;

  • 55 – 42 percent that he is intelligent;

  • 63 – 34 percent that he does not share their values.

It’s hard to pick what is the most alarming number in the troubling trail of new lows for President Donald Trump,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

“Profound embarrassment over his performance in office and deepening concern over his level-headedness have to raise the biggest red flags.

“The daily drip drip of missteps and firings and discord are generating a tidal wave of bad polling numbers.

“Is there a wall big enough to hold it back?”

American voters give Arizona Sen. John McCain a 57 – 32 percent favorability rating, with a 74 – 18 percent positive score from Democrats and a 60 – 28 percent positive rating from independent voters. Republicans give McCain a negative 39 – 49 percent rating.

Trump gets a negative 34 – 61 percent favorability rating, with a 79 – 17 percent positive score from Republicans. All other groups are negative, with white men at 47 – 48 percent. That Russian Thing

The president “has attempted to derail or obstruct the investigation into the Russian interference in the 2016 election,” American voters believe 58 – 37 percent.

Voters believe 63 – 31 percent that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 election. Republicans don’t believe it 61 – 30 percent, while every other group believes by wide margins that the Russians interfered.

Trump did something illegal in dealing with Russia, 30 percent of voters say, while 30 percent say he did something unethical, but not illegal and 32 percent say he did nothing wrong. These numbers are similar for Donald Trump Jr. and Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

American voters give Trump negative approval ratings for handling key issues:

  • 41 – 52 percent for handling the economy;

  • 36 – 59 percent for foreign policy;

  • 46 percent approve of his handling of terrorism and 47 percent disapprove;

  • 38 – 59 percent for immigration;

  • 28 – 65 percent for health care. Trump’s Tweets

Trump should stop tweeting from his personal Twitter account, American voters say 69 – 27 percent, the biggest no-tweet vote so far. 

Frequently cited by journalists, public officials and researchers, the independent Quinnipiac University Poll regularly surveys residents in Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and nationwide about political races, state and national elections, and issues of public concern, such as schools, taxes, transportation, municipal services and the environment.

Known for its exactness and thoroughness, the Quinnipiac poll is featured regularly in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and on national network news broadcasts. In 2010, respected public opinion polling analyst Nate Silver ranked the Quinnipiac University poll as most accurate among major polls conducting surveys in two states or more. The Quinnipiac poll was also called “the standout performer” by City and State for the most accurate prediction in the Democratic primary for New York City mayor in 2013.

The Asbury Park Press wrote, “The Quinnipiac University Poll is considered the gold standard in the business, frequently lauded by USA Today and other national media organizations for its information and accuracy.”

For a typical public opinion survey, a randomly selected sample of about 1,000 registered voters age 18 and over is interviewed over five or six days. The polls are conducted by the Polling Institute on West Woods Road, close to the Mount Carmel and York Hill Campuses.
The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys nationwide, and in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa and Colorado as a public service and for research.

Visit poll.qu.edu or www.facebook.com/quinnipiacpoll Call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter @QuinnipiacPoll.

Swiss Watchmaker Rado Announces Sale of its Timepieces in Select US Nordstrom Stores

Stores To Carry Highly Anticipated Limited Edition True Blaze Fine Timepieces

Swiss watchmaker Rado recently announced that it will begin selling its exquisite timepieces in select U.S. Nordstrom stores, starting August 2017. The locations, four of Nordstrom‘s top-performing stores in the nation, are Costa Mesa, California (South Coast Plaza); Bellevue, Washington (Bellevue Square); Seattle, Washington (Downtown Seattle); and Los Angeles, CA (Westfield Century City) which is slated to open late fall. The brand’s timepieces will also be available through Nordstrom online at www.shop.nordstrom.com.

Rado True Thinline Plasma

Rado True Thinline Plasma

Rado’s highly anticipated limited edition True Blaze, co-designed with interior designer Sam Amoia, will also be sold at these stores. One of Rado’s most sought-after watch designs, the True Blaze is a celebration of glitz and glamour. The dial features a textured metallic structure, reflecting Amoia’s distinctive approach to design. At the same time, the timepiece conveys a minimalist message due to the unique placement of the gold-colored logo and indexes. Only 1001 pieces of the True Blaze are available worldwide.

Rado True Blaze

Rado True Blaze designed in Collaboration with Interior Designer, Sam Amoia

It is very exciting to now be selling our watches in top-performing Nordstrom stores in the U.S.,” comments Rado CEO Matthias Breschan. “Our presence in Nordstrom is a great way to reach U.S. customers, and a wonderful opportunity to showcase the unparalleled quality, durability, and beauty of the Rado brand.”

Founded in 1917 in Lengnau, Switzerland, Rado is a pioneer in high-tech ceramic, which is lightweight, durable, scratch-resistant and hypoallergenic. Ever since its beginnings, Rado has had a pioneering spirit, with the brand philosophy “if we can imagine it, we can make it” still holding true today.

www.rado.com.

Saks Fifth Avenue and Disney Announce Holiday Collaboration to Celebrate 80th Anniversary of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”

Saks To Offer Themed Breakfast Events At New York Flagship

Snow White and Dopey

Snow White and Dopey

Saks Fifth Avenue and Disney today announced a magical collaboration to celebrate the holidays at Saks stores this winter. The two iconic brands will come together to delight shoppers this holiday season by creating one-of-a-kind experiences across Saks’ 41 stores in the U.S. and Canada.

This November, Saks‘ annual holiday window unveiling in New York will celebrate “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” The collaboration includes special Disney-inspired fashion, accessories and giftable items created by premier designers and available in all Saks stores in the U.S., Canada, and www.Saks.com.

Saks will offer a series of Disney themed breakfasts at Café SFA on the 8th floor of the Saks New York flagship location at Fifth Avenue and 50th Street. Snow White, Snow Prince, and Dopey will make special guest appearances during seatings on select dates from Saturday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Dec. 31. Tickets are available now for purchase at www.saks.com/disney.

The power of brands like Saks and Disney coming together to create special experiences and custom designer pieces that our clients won’t find anywhere else, is the epitome of today’s new luxury—and an opportunity for Saks to put its best foot forward during the holiday season,” said Marc Metrick, president, Saks Fifth Avenue. “We’re excited to unveil more details of this fantastic collaboration in the coming months.”

It’s been 80 years since Walt Disney astonished the world with the first-ever full-length animated feature, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has remained an audience favorite ever since,” said Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media. “Bringing Snow White and her story to Saks’ holiday campaign is a terrific opportunity to honor the film’s legacy, and give fans a new way to make this classic part of their celebrations.”

Saks Fifth Avenue welcomes customers to connect via its social channels, and to follow #SaksHoliday for updates and insider access.

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SCAD To Premiere U.S. Solo Exhibition Of Designs By Illustrious Chinese Couturière Guo Pei

The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) will present the first U.S. solo museum exhibition of designs by eminent Chinese couturière Guo Pei, Sept. 7, 2017–March 4, 2018, at SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film.

In her fantastical, unrestrained creations, Guo Pei imbues contemporary high fashion with ancient tradition, invoking history and mythology through intricate craftsmanship and avant-garde silhouettes rife with symbolism. This landmark exhibition will feature more than 30 of Guo Pei’s most exquisite gowns, accordant footwear, and accessories, including the now-iconic Imperial yellow cape worn by Rihanna to the Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s Costume Institute Gala in 2015 — a seminal moment that introduced Guo Pei to America’s fashion cognoscenti.

SCAD Guo Pei

Guo Pei, dress from the An Amazing Journey in a Childhood Dream collection, 2008. The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) will present the first U.S. solo museum exhibition of designs by eminent Chinese couturière Guo Pei, Sept. 7, 2017–March 4, 2018, at SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film in Atlanta, Georgia.

In concert with the exhibition, SCAD is collaborating with alumni to produce a major monograph celebrating Guo Pei’s spectacular oeuvre. The book, the first to focus solely on Guo Pei, will feature captivating new and archival images of the designer’s work and offer insight into her remarkable career and global significance as an artist. The volume will be published by Skira Rizzoli and is slated for release in December 2017.

International superstar fashion artist Guo Pei is in a league of her own, as is SCAD, the preeminent source of knowledge in the disciplines we teach,” said SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace. “It is our honor to partner with Guo Pei and with our friends at Rizzoli to publish the first grand compilation of her work as part of the SCAD Museum Book Collection. Readers will become immersed in the ethereal, magical world of Guo Pei and the wonders she creates.

SCAD has commissioned HOWL, a creative collective including three SCAD photography alumni — Jim Lind (B.F.A., photography, 2010), Patrick O’Brien (B.F.A., photography, 2010) and Elliot Ross (B.F.A., photography, 2011) — to capture Guo Pei’s designs, which the team photographed in richly styled vignettes at locations throughout the Lowcountry. Supplemental studio images provide a closer examination of each garment’s ornate artistry and opulent details. A short film chronicling the alumni collaboration and the production of the book is scheduled for release in conjunction with the exhibition’s opening.

A concise, complementary exhibition of Guo Pei’s work will open in October 2017, at Pei Ling Chan Gallery, Savannah, Georgia.

Guo Pei is China’s most renowned couturière and the first Chinese national designer invited to join the prestigious Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. For more than 20 years, she has dressed distinguished ladies, royalty, political elite and international influencers. Her show-stopping, magnificent creations make her a modern messenger of her cultural heritage. Guo Pei made her Paris Fashion Week debut in January 2016 to wide critical acclaim. Continue reading

September is California Wine Month!

Discover the Award-Winning Wines of Edna Valley, Arroyo Grande, Avila Beach, Cambria and San Simeon Along the Highway 1 Discovery Route

This perfect slice of California’s Central Coast is open for business and home to the Avila Beach Wine Trail, the Pacific Coast Wine Trail, Award-Winning Tasting Rooms and must see, must do Wine-centric activities

CA Highway 1

Celebrate California Wine Month in September along the Highway 1 Discovery Route.

Did you know that there are more than 2,000 acres of vineyards in Edna Valley and Arroyo Grande wine regions located on the CA Highway 1 Discovery Route? Have you taken the Avila Beach Wine Trail or the Pacific Coast Wine Trail? Or tasted the hand-crafted offerings of Hearst Ranch Winery in San Simeon? Do you know about the award-winning wines of Cambria? If the answers to those question is yes, then you know the region offers the perfect growing climate for delicate grapes – warm sunny days that turn into cool coastal nights. The weather is also perfect for wine tasting adventures and outdoor play!

This stretch of Highway 1 is open for business and ready to roam and wine taste! And since September is California Wine Month, this is the perfect time to experience the annual harvest season first hand and enjoy special tastings, festivals, concerts, wine and food offerings along the CA Highway 1 Discovery Route including:

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This perfect slice of California’s Central Coast called the Highway 1 Discovery Route is open for business and home to the Avila Beach Wine Trail, the Pacific Coast Wine Trail, Award-Winning Tasting Rooms and must see, must do wine-centric activities.

  • Edna Valley, where cool ocean breezes and rich soil create ideal conditions for growing world-class grapes.

Wine-centric Activities in Edna Valley, Arroyo Grande Valley, Avila Beach and San Simeon include:

Highway 1 Road Alerts
If you’re heading to the Central Coast, be mindful of the stretch of Highway 1, located 21 miles north of Cambria. Please note that Highway 1 is still open from Morro Bay to Ragged Point. For those traveling past Ragged Point, check out these Sights to See Along the Detour.

Be sure to download the SLO Wine map with info on wine tasting, lodging, dining and points of interest in this beautiful and delicious part of the world. For more information, visit www.Highway1DiscoveryRoute.com.

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