The best thing about the fact that you and I and Nordstrom all call this place home: When designers are here to talk business with folks at the downtown HQ, we get to cross paths with them, too.

Well, okay, sometimes only those whose Nordstrom cards see lots and lots of action get to cross paths with them, but we're privy to all kinds of high-style fashion industry people who probably don't have other reasons for visiting our town. (Besides the weather. Ha.)

Remember the Olsen Twins visit? Andre Leon Tally?

And then there was the very singular Mary Katrantzou. The young, Greek-born designer was in Bellevue on Friday April 5 advising patrons to try this shift dress or that one in the Collectors department, and we snuck in the backdoor to talk about her hugely popular prints.