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January 29, 2015

NEW! Haider Ackermann

Kanye wears him, the press adores him, and now, we carry him online. Haider Ackermann is a man of the world—Columbia, Ethiopia, Chad, Algeria, France and the Netherlands have all been home—and his clothes carry a sort of global consensus and quiet urgency.

Some of our favorites are in this edition of GIF Shop, but you’ll probably want to check out our full Haider Ackermann Spring offering as well.

Haider Ackermann satin shirtdress | Haider Ackermann full-length trench | Haider Ackermann oversized satin blouse | Haider Ackermann silk bomber jacket

—Laura Cassidy

When I asked Kent Worthington to let me take a look inside his NYFW gear bag and tell me how he gets kitted out to support our Beauty team with their exclusive backstage reports, I wasn’t expecting him to say this: “I like to build a little shrine in my hotel room using some spiritual earth elements to ground, support and bring me energy during the week. The rocks are a great element for the week and often I carry them in my pocket around the bustling city to ground me so I don’t get carried away.”

Naturally, I needed to know more.

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Never has the trope “Tough job, but someone’s gotta do it” seemed as oddly apt as it does right now. On one hand, I’m counting the days until New York Fashion Week kicks off—two weeks to go!—while on the other, I’m frozen just thinking about it all. And then I think of Crystal.

We’re lucky enough to count street-style photographer Crystal Nicodemus among our contributors; each Fashion Week she’s out there documenting the trends, the scene and the best-dressed players. And when we say “out there,” we mean out there. You can’t report on emerging street trends from inside a cozy coffee shop. Let’s let her tell it like it is—and like it’s going to be, as the next round of runways and real ways approaches…

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Easy. No question. Can they make these harder, please?

The brand new fringe-front boots from Hunter take the fever for vintage-riffing, decorative edging out in the elements where, we have to assume, they help make the most of stomping in puddles and powering through urban snow drifts. Pair them with a ’20s frock or a pair of skinnies—either way, you’re vibing with Atlantic City showbiz hopefuls and aristocratic ice queens, and showing the weather who’s boss.

Shop: Hunter boots

—Laura Cassidy

Life has plenty of variables. Wouldn’t it be radical if the weekend 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 Saturday and Sunday via these new weekday/weekend horoscopes from Olivia Kim’s favorite astrologers, the AstroTwins.

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Studies show shopping is at least twelve times more fun en masse. Our Try This On series is all about the camaraderie of sartorial group projects—and this special Wellness Realness episode makes it all about looking good and feeling good, too.

Zella lightweight hooded anorak | Topshop bandeau jumpsuit | Zella running shoes

The question of balancing both life/work and life/workout is really a matter of form vs. function, and where modern-day gym gear is concerned, the answer is definitely not one or the other but both. Innovations in textile technology as well as street and runway sportif trends yield a wide open door for dressing one way, all day—give or take a jumpsuit here and a racer-back tank there. 

Here, we step into the Personal Styling dressing rooms at the Seattle flagship with a supremely flexible fitness guru to show you how she manages a 24/7 mix of Zella and ready-to-wear basics.

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January 23, 2015

Remembering Vince Camuto

The fashion world was rocked by the recent news of shoe designer and Nine West cofounder Vince Camuto’s death. Today, and going forward, Nordstrom remembers the man and his work.

“Many of us have had the opportunity to work with Vince over the years and we all feel fortunate to have known a true icon in the industry. He was an amazing partner to Nordstrom and was honored with our Partners in Excellence award in 2012. There are a couple things that come to mind when I think about Vince. He firmly believed that the people were the most important factor in building a successful business. He had a tremendous passion for helping his team to learn, grow and achieve their full potential.” —Scott Meden, General Merchandise Manager, Shoes, in an email to his team.

“What a great loss to our industry.Vince put the customer first and he valued his team and had great humility. He was a teacher and a mentor.” —Tacey Powers, Women’s Shoes Buyer

“We have lost a special person within the footwear industry. He was as talented a person as I’ve had the good fortune of getting to know. Interestingly, as each year passed he literally got more enthusiastic about the customer and the business. He loved being on the floor, talking to the customer, and because of his rich background and innate skills, he instinctively—season after season—came up with great product. We would talk every couple of months and I always got a huge lift from being on the receiving end of his infectious spirit for the business. Our family and team extend our thoughts and prayers to Vince’s family and co-workers.” —Blake Nordstrom, President, Nordstrom Inc. (in Footwear News)

“Something I admired the most is his enthusiasm for the business. He was really into the business. He was engaged and always strived to do more and to do better.” —Pete Nordstrom, President of Merchandising (in WWD)

January 23, 2015

Listen Up! Dainjazone

‘Twas the season to indulge, friends, but now ‘tis the season to atone. Throughout the month of January, we’ll be bringing you all sorts of Wellness Realness—information and inspiration you can use to get out of lax mode and into good-for-you mode. Or, at least stop eating cookies for lunch and skipping your morning run.


OK, let’s briefly remember LMFAO from a few years ago, the most annoying band in the world that also seemed to be having the most fun. Dainjazone was their deejay. Turns out his club/EDM mixes are superb for working out. Especially if you enjoy the ego-canceling fury of, say, a good spin class.

Not that the nephew of Motown founder Berry Gordy doesn’t have taste or range. He just understands that music is kinetic. Dainjazone (real name Joseph Hampel) spoke with us on the phone between club gigs from Los Angeles. Topics included health, travel and the baffling power of horns.


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Life has plenty of variables. Wouldn’t it be radical if the weekend 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 Saturday and Sunday via these new weekly TGIF horoscopes from Olivia Kim’s favorite astrologers, the AstroTwins.

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The leotard: synonymous with Jazzercise, step aerobics and the Crystal Light National Aerobic Championship. It was the workout uniform for over a decade (bonus points if you wore one with pantyhose) until replaced by a surge of advancements in activewear design and technology, and, you know, clothes that looked good on more than just one body type.

Thanks for the memories, wistful-looking ladies. We hereby close our 1987 spring catalog and lay workout leotards back to rest—right alongside Hypercolor shirts, Baja hoodies and stirrup pants.

SHOP: Activewear

— Jeff Powell