Cincinnati Stays On-Trend with Nordstrom

Cincinnati Stays On-Trend with Nordstrom
As you anticipate Nordstrom's Cincinnati location, the store's fashion director fills you in on the inspirations and must haves of the season, from the past becoming present to a royal color palette.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week kicks off Sept. 10 to show off what this spring's wardrobe will be all about, but Nordstrom Fashion Director Gregg Andrews has the scoop on what you will find in this fall's fashions.

Putting New in Nostalgia

Runways filled with fall designs showed a "decidedly '80s resurgence," Andrews says. While shoulder pads might not be the way to go, a definite emphasis on the shoulder comes back this season. To achieve a fresh look, designers have reinterpreted this emphasis with techniques like ruching, gathering and pleating.

Aside from the revival of the '80s, this season will bring a more classic look. "It's very feminine," Andrews says. "That's where we're seeing some of the plaids, some of the menswear-inspired checks, soft pretty blouses and pencil skirts."

Bringing Your Wardrobe up to Trend


Keep your eyes open for leather and hardware, Andrews says. A leather jacket can express the good-girl, bad-girl and traditional-girl styles expected to come out this fall. While the bad girl can sport a more aggressive style, the good and traditional girls can enjoy a more feminine look with detailing, ruching and pleating in their leather jackets.

Incorporate hardware into your look in everything from reinforced handbags to multi-chain or over-sized chain link necklaces, Andrews says. Just look to throw metals into the mix when deciding on your designs.

One important piece for your wardrobe will be a pretty blouse. Mesh this classic trend with the '80s by looking for accentuated shoulders. You also can change the spotlight with a detailed sheath dress. A draped or rolled neckline will bring something new to the classic sheath.

To add layers to that dress or a classic pencil skirt, put some leggings in your attire. "The legging is definitely an essential item," Andrews says. With both hosiery and pant-weight styles, you have some options when it comes to this must have.


Color Yourself Chic


Autumn's neutrals will display a range of blacks and charcoals, but to add some color to your clothes, think of the people bridge. 'Tis the season to be purple, and what a wonderful palette it is. "They range from being very rich, deep amethyst shades to more grayed plums. And that purple palette even goes into magenta," Andrews says.

And this choice of colors provides two great benefits. First, women have the ability to match a specific shade to their individual coloring and style. Second, purple works with a wide range of neutrals, from camel tones to blacks, so your seasonal investment has the potential to last beyond fall 2009.

Welcoming Nordstrom

Nordstrom offers these autumn options, and you won't have to wait long to hit the stores. Nordstrom will open its doors at 10 a.m. Sept. 25 in Kenwood Towne Centre. While you won't be able to wait for the grand opening, neither will Nordstrom. From 8 to 10 a.m. opening day, the store will throw a "beauty bash" by its first-floor mall entrance. "Nordstrom beauty advisers will share the inside scoop on the tips and tricks for looking your fabulous best," Nordstrom spokesperson John Bailey says.

If two hours before the grand opening just doesn't cut it, help celebrate the initial opening of Nordstrom's doors for its Nordstrom Fits America - Cincinnati from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 12. Benefitting the local chapter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, this event will offer customers a chance to meet with a certified fit expert for a complimentary bra fitting.
"Research indicates that eight out of 10 women wear the wrong bra size, and the certified fit experts at Nordstrom will use their expertise to ensure that each customer is wearing the right size from 30AA to 46G," Bailey says.

Beyond the fitting, customers can shop Nordstrom's selection of lingerie before the store even opens for business on Sept. 25. For every bra purchased, Nordstrom and participating brands will donate $2 to the local chapter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure for a maximum donation of $10,000. "Nordstrom is also committed to serving the needs of women who have undergone breast surgery by offering prosthesis services, including mastectomy bras, breast forms, equalizers and complimentary pocketing for any bra," Bailey says.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (866) 231-4657.


Photos courtesy of Nordstrom

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