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January 30, 2015

NEW! Creatures of the Wind

What’s in a name? For the line Creatures of the Wind, it’s fair to say there’s music up in there.

Design duo Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters could’ve played it straight when they left the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to launch their line in 2008. “Gabier and Peters” has a nice ring to it, but give the original Johnny Mathis version of “Wild is the Wind” a listen. It’s got a certain ring, too—one that works very well as an abstracted, somewhat undercover reference point for the beautifully moody and hauntingly romantic line that we’re psyched to welcome to Nordstrom the Grove, Nordstrom San Francisco Centre, and Nordstrom.com this month.

To celebrate the launch, we talked to Shane Gabier about the music, climate, and concepts of their current Spring collection.

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The outcome of Super Bowl XLIX between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots will certainly be measured in points–though in the larger game of life, you could argue that the true winner will be the team with the fewest concussions. But there is another competition afoot: Which player will have the illest shoes?

We spoke about what to expect on Super Bowl Sunday with Marcus Rivero, aka Soles by Sir, the custom-footwear king of the NFL. The Miami-based painter and designer says his shoes will be worn by players on both teams on February 1. Sales have been good since his status spiked this month after Instagramming a pair of gold-flake cleats commissioned by the Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch, which were instantly banned by the NFL. 

Apparently there’s some league rule we don’t understand about shoes needing to match the color of uniforms. But we do understand banning a shoe is a sure-fire way to make it legendary and Rivero says business is better than ever.

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January 30, 2015

Listen Up! DJ Sliink

‘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.

Jersey Club is like a funny friend who is always doing the most at the venue–but that’s why you love them. With its anything-goes aesthetic of drums, bass and ridiculous vocal splicing, the musical genre is also perfect to propel you through those last ten minutes on the treadmill.

We spoke with Jersey Club king and worldwide ambassador DJ Sliink–he of the Brick Bandits and Cartel Music crews–about his musical philosophy, dancing in New Jersey versus anywhere else in the world and the happy accident of recording a vibrating Blackberry.

And he fully endorses the Thump documentary embedded below, so go ‘head and get your learn on.


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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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