FOUND: Blake Lively’s Gossip Girl Graduation Dress
Gossip Girl is always at the front of fashion so it’s no surprise that Blake Lively (Serena van der Woodsen) wears the most amazing graduation dress. The sexy blue maxi dress shows off your sexy shoulders and back while the flowing bodice is forgiving where it needs to be.
The Ivy Dress from Jay Godfrey isn’t even available in stores yet because why would Serena wear anything that was so readily available to the masses. You can pre-order this dress and if you’re eager to own one do it now, since anything Gossip Girl touches turns into an instant sell-out. The dress retails for $360.
Nordstrom Outlet Coming to NYC
I LOVE outlet shopping so you can imagine my excitement when I read that Nordstrom might finally be coming to Manhattan and not the department store, the outlet. Nordstrom Rack is said to be moving into Union Square in the spot that formerly housed the lower level of the Virgin Megastore. A spokeswoman for Nordstrom Inc. did confirm to WWD that they are looking, but nothing is set in stone yet. “We looked at Union Square and would like to have a Rack in Manhattan. Nothing is signed yet. We are talking to them.”
Nordstrom was actively searching for a location for a full-line store several years ago, checking out everything from West 34th Street to sites in downtown Manhattan. Sources said the company eventually decided it didn’t want to pay the city’s then-high rents. Nordstrom Rack is seen as a growth vehicle for Nordstrom with recent openings in NJ at the Bergen Towne Center. Of course, outlet stores couldn’t set up shop at a better time and Union Square would get a ton of traffic (just ask anyone who’s ever stood on line at Trader Joe’s).
Despite the retail downturn, Peter Nordstrom, president of merchandising, said the company isn’t carrying less luxury fashion, which has become a focus in recent years, although luxury “is not such a big percentage of our business.” But just like all vendors, luxury brands have had to lower prices and some underperforming brands have been discontinued, he said.