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It’s spring 1979, and these faux-jogging ladies in our catalog are enjoying the plush caress of head-to-toe velour. They’re also wearing our former in-house activewear brand Norsport on their feet. Nordstrom + sport. See what we did there? We’re on board with the sneaker trend we’ve been seeing for awhile now and would totally get into wearing a pair of these vintage kicks.

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And/or recreating some key scenes from Xanadu in these sweet roller skates we found while doing a little Internet research on Norsport.

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SHOP: Trendy Sneakers

–Jeff Powell

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We can’t get enough of Crystal Nicodemus’s eye, so we’re bringing her Fashion Week street style posts to the mix all year long. Get inspired by the industry’s best dressed, and then … make their look your own!

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Shop similar styles:
Blue Tunics | Red Clutches | White Maxi Skirts

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:

Eileen Fisher Tunic | kate spade Clutch | Michael Kors Maxi Skirt

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Although you wouldn’t figure him to be any older than, oh, say, your favorite older brother, Gilles Assor, U.S. head of the super-chic heritage footwear brand Robert Clergerie, has been around—in the best way. If you’re lucky enough to spend an afternoon hearing about his career in fashion, you’ll get an earful. From Galliano-era Dior to Jean Paul Gaultier’s JPG line (“before streetwear was streetwear”) to Paco Rabanne (“Balmain now is Paco Rabanne back then”) to the first time Birkenstocks were cool (and sanctioned by the Parisian boutique Colette), from Barbara Bui to Margiela to Marc Jacobs in the era of baby discos at the Palais de Tokyo, Assor’s narrative résumé is just plain killer. If he weren’t so sweet and fun, he’d be pretty darn intimidating.

And as much as he knows about fashion (in case that isn’t clear yet, it’s A LOT), he’s also a pretty good resource for all things Chelsea. He’s lived in New York’s art gallery–studded neighborhood for four years, and the Robert Clergerie showroom, Assor’s “office,” has been in the Chelsea Arts Tower for two.

We were lucky enough to while away a few hours there with this fine Frenchman a few weeks ago. He snuck us up to the rooftop event space, The Glasshouses, and pointed out the sites from on high: the seemingly singular one-story building where Donna Karan is said to be hosting her next runway show, the Frying Pan, the condos with drive-in, elevator-up garages (!). “Realtors around here are now buying the sky,” he said in his spot-on, deadpan way. We left it at that—except for the following download on galleries, cocktails, coffee and, naturally, summer’s best shoes. (And some other stuff too.)

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Life has plenty of variables. Wouldn’t it be radical if  the future was a knowable thing? Well hold on, because it just got a lot more knowable-able. We’re psyched to help you cue up and dial in your week via these new weekday/weekend horoscopes from Olivia Kim’s favorite astrologers, the AstroTwins.


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Your search for the best burger for a Memorial Day or summer barbecue is over. At least mine is. This cheeseburger, served at our Bar Verde locations, is perfect for upping anyone’s gourmet grilling game. The simple-to-make aioli is spiked with peppercorns and nutty roasted garlic. (Our roasted garlic recipe couldn’t be easier to make this flavor a staple in your pantry–buying bulk cloves means no annoying peeling or messy squeezing required!) I had enough aioli left over to use as dipping sauce for french fries, which my dinner guests and I were all pretty happy about. I.e., it’s really good.

Nordstrom Bistro Gourmet Hamburger Recipe with Roasted Garlic Peppercorn Aioli and Roasted Red Onions in Balsamic Vinegar. Photo by Jeff Powell.

Topping it all, the bite of red onions gets tamed and their sweetness enhanced by being roasted with some balsamic vinegar, thyme and honey (as in our Skirt Steak with Romesco Sauce recipe). Both of these toppings can be made ahead–ideal for both entertaining and bringing them along with you to a picnic BBQ.

Nordstrom Bistro Gourmet Hamburger Recipe with Roasted Garlic Peppercorn Aioli and Roasted Red Onions in Balsamic Vinegar. Photo by Jeff Powell.

At our restaurants, as in this recipe, they grind beef in house for their hamburgers. It produces superior flavor. Plus, you know exactly what is and isn’t going into your ground beef (like some un-called-for pancetta I threw in this recipe; I think cured pork is always called for). If you don’t have a grinder, meat can be also be ground by pulsing (after a stiffening chill in the freezer) in a food processor in 2-3 batches. If using store-bought, try to purchase the freshest, premium ground beef whenever possible.

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Where have you seen Araya Nicks before?

Perhaps you know the SoCal stunner as the face of Nordstrom’s summer shorts campaign. Or maybe you remember her wearing electrodes on her head and negotiating a vine-covered labyrinth in Chris Brown’s “Don’t Wake Me Up” music video?

Here’s a new context in which to view her: solo recording artist.

Nicks is currently working on her own album as a vocalist, and we’ve been turning up on the bus ride to work lately to her cut “One Good Reason.” Check that out below–and get the low-down on her favorite jams, movies and travel bucket list.

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early-80s-fashion-throw-back-thursday-nordstrom-catalog-2Let’s take a peek into the mind of this sassy young trendster from our fall 1983 catalog. What’s going on this year in her early ’80s world that she might be thinking about? The mall, for sure–and her Walkman. Spandau Ballet and The Police. Trapper Keepers covered with scratch ’n sniff stickers. Her bitchin’ Patrick Nagel poster. Potato chips that came in a box and the invention of the McNugget. Flashdance and Risky Business. Being barfed out by various, grody things. The two Coreys and/or Christie Brinkley. The A-Team and Cheers. Accessorizing with Lip Smackers. M.A.S.H. and cootie catchers.

She could also be thinking about the socioeconomic implications of the lingering Cold War and on her way to a successful career as a rocket scientist. Whatever it may be, we know this much is true: 1) after 32 years, you’re definitely going to find something to laugh at about your younger self; and, 2) those gold aviators and red Converse high-tops are still totally rad.

—Jeff Powell

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Call them the shoes of the moment—especially because that’s about as long as they’ll be available.

The Air Max Thea – Liberty of London Merlin and the Tennis Classic Ultra – Liberty of London Merlin are two of the most hyped of all current styles; why, none other than Hypebeast called Thea the “intersection of the past and present” and “truly unique.”

We just call them aces.

The Merlin graphic is a throwback to 1972 when the print- and pattern-happy Brits at Liberty first put it on silk scarves; Nike took it and ran with it in both apparel and footwear, yielding a collection that recalls Warhol, Haring, and Basquiat‘s gritty pop art as well as late-80s hip-hop.

Can’t you just feel that first wave of blinged-out bomber jackets and Versace, Versace, Versace? Check out the Liberty Windrunner.

Shop: Nike Women Pop-In@Nordstrom

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—Laura Cassidy

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Earlier this spring, Pedro Garcia brand ambassador Andreas Kurz set off for a tour of Nordstrom stores where he would meet with fans of the made-in-Spain line and help them customize new looks from a special bespoke selection of four styles and five colors. We asked Kurz to take pictures and keep notes from his travels because, hey—it’s the next best thing to tagging along.

 

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