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Rappers joining forces with fashion brands: a tale as old as time? Well, it’s definitely a going concern. The fusion between the two is in full effect at the moment.

Perhaps you’ve heard: A$AP Rocky’s new song “RAF” repeatedly references Raf Simons, the legendary Belgian designer. Simons is named in each verse by Rocky and his guest stars Quavo, Lil Uzi Vert and Frank Ocean. You can listen to the song on episode 006 of blonded RADIO, Ocean’s show on Apple Music / beats 1—or enjoy one of the YouTube rips available at the moment. Check out our adidas by Raf Simons collection below.

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SHOP: adidas by Raf Simons Bunny Slide | Ozweego Bunny | Stan Smith | Spirit Ankle Strap | Strapped Stan Smith | Spirit High Top

And since we’re on the topic of Frank Ocean …

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Once again Nordstrom is a proud sponsor of the year’s celebration of the theatre. And we can’t wait to mingle on the red carpet with the biggest names on Broadway.

Jalene Goodwin and Daveed Diggs at the 2016 Tony Awards

With no Hamilton nods to dominate the nominations (last year the musical had 16!), this year we’re seeing a roster of returning talent and some fresh, new names. From the Divine Miss M in a revival of Hello, Dolly! to David Malloy’s groundbreaking adaptation of Tolstoy, the musical Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, we’re ready to raise the curtain on this year’s awards season.

To prepare you, here’s who got recognized for another exceptional year of theatre, both on stage and behind the scenes.

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Lauren Eggertsen is an associate editor at Who What Wear. As a huge fan of trending items, under-the-radar brands and timeless basics, trying to predict what her favorite celebrities will wear to awards shows is one of her favorite pastimes. Find out what she hopes to see her favorite actresses wear on the red carpet this year at the Tony Awards.

Tony Award fashion predictions

The 2017 Tony Awards are right around the corner, and we’re sure to see some big personalities walk the red carpet with that Broadway-bred confidence and pride. As a fashion editor, one of the many odd things I like to do in my spare time is try to guess what some of my favorite actresses will show up wearing on the red carpet. Naturally, this year is no different, except for the fact that I’m sharing my guesses with you here.

Based on their personal style, past red carpet attire and my personal favorite items on the market at this moment, I assigned a trend and a specific dress to each of the Tony-nominated actresses below. From the unconventional (hello, jumpsuits and two-piece gowns) to embroidered florals, sheer details and timeless classics, take a moment to look at the formalwear trends that are making loud statements in the world of fashion right now.

And, of course, feel free to venture a few guesses of your own. (Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until showtime on June 11 to actually see how right or wrong we are.)

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By now, we’re all pretty familiar with the one-for-one giveback retail model. Shoppers purchase a certain brand of shoes or glasses for themselves, and then the company donates a like product to a person in need. It’s a great charitable strategy, one that can help guide consumers through overwhelming shopping choices and toward items that can have social impact beyond style.

STATE bag drop

STATE Bags not only embraces this model with its backpacks, but takes it a step further. Scot Tatelman and his wife, Jacqueline, began the company after witnessing New York City children carrying their school supplies in trash bags. For every STATE backpack purchased, one backpack is donated to an American child in a situation of need. These donations take place in person during school rallies (called bag drops) put on by the company. “We like to think we’re kind of amplifying that one-for-one model in the way we donate the bags,” says Scot Tatelman. “We don’t just show up to schools or homeless shelters or nonprofit organizations and just hand out backpacks, but we put on real high-energy motivational events for the kids that we serve.”

Nordstrom partnered with STATE Bags for an event this April. At Seattle’s Dunlap Elementary School, STATE and Nordstrom crews hand-delivered fully stocked STATE backpacks—packed with socks, snacks, sunscreen, headbands and notebooks—to all 375 students. But that wasn’t all.

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For Earth Day, we reached out to Maaji Swimwear CEO Miguel Piedrahita. The executive was keen to talk about his company’s greening efforts in Colombia, where they’re located in Medellin, Antioquia. Planting an Ocean of Trees is a program coordinated by Maaji to offset the environmental impact of manufacturing. And they are more than compensating for their practices. To date they have planted more than 90,000 trees in rural areas of the Colombian departments of Antioquia, Boyaca and Tolima. Piedrahita himself has planted 3,000 of them.

Maaji Swimwear

“Our company is owned by two sisters and was founded 10 years ago,” Piedrahita explains. “This program is one which the founders decided to plant trees to reduce the impact of our manufacturing process. Now we have planted 82,000 trees, all planted in Colombia in an area surrounded by nature.” Part of the project includes protecting watersheds in Colombian areas where water potential has been impacted by regional violence.

Maaji Swimwear's Planting an Ocean of Trees

Maaji’s trees are planted in Colombian agricultural communities 

Surrounded by verdant forests (including the Amazon), rivers, the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, Colombia contains some of the planet’s most beautiful landscapes and natural resources. It’s clear why a company set in such environs would feel protective about them.

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We get this question all the time: Can I wear my golf clothes after I’m done golfing? The answer is yes. Golf apparel can indeed be liberated from the course.

All it takes is a little mixing and matching. There are no hard rules, although we don’t recommend rocking head-to-toe golf gear in the real world. Blend in one or two pieces at a time, however, and you’ll be good.

To show how you might approach this mix, we called on the photography skills of Nordstrom Senior Content Producer Thig Gishuru, who in turn called on Cole DeLeon for modeling. They’re friends who share a second life: Thig is Cole’s older brother in the Seattle rap world, Thig being in the group the Physics, Cole in Brothers from Another. So this shoot had a little of that energy.

We caught up with Cole afterward to talk about hanging out with your heroes, dressing differently as you get older—and the joy of golf even when you’re awful.

SHOP: all golf everythingTravis Mathew polo | Komono watch | BOSS pants

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Scene Snaps: Coachella 2017

Our global fashion reporter Kristin Yamada once again braved the heat, the fringe (it can hurt a person) and the bedazzled crowds to bring you shots of sunny fun on the festival scene.

Coachella 2017

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As Nordstrom’s footwear design director, Kim House oversees the styles that brands like Halogen®, Caslon®, Treasure & Bond and BP. put forward for feet. In her off-time, Kim is a singer and bassist in the band Fotoform, which she describes cheekily as a “pointy shoegaze” outfit.

Fotoform

“Shoegaze came out of Britain in the late ’80s, early ’90s,” Kim explains, when we meet up in the band’s practice space in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood. “Bands like Lush, Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine were characterized by a wall of guitars, lots of effects, with ethereal vocals on top.” It’s Kim’s heavenly voice that floats like soft gauze on top of twin guitars, bass and drums. “‘Pointy shoegaze’ was a nod to some of the early ’80s dark stuff we were inspired by—and that time and that scene. People wore a lot of pointy shoes at that time.” But it’s also a nod to Kim’s day job, one that thankfully provides an outlet for her visual inspirations, like the Fotoform avant-garde photography movement, from which the band takes its name.

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Have you ever had a bouquet so pretty that you hated to see it go? We all have. One of the seductions of fresh flowers is that their presence is fleeting. Fresh-cut blooms are to be momentarily possessed, experienced and then sadly discarded. It is a kind of luxury.

But what if you didn’t have to part with a particularly sentimental bouquet? Paper florist and artist Quynh Nguyen has a very precise talent for replicating flora with reams of crepe paper. Her work has been displayed in store windows, at weddings and in restaurants. Brides who are keen to keep their bouquets beyond their wedding day would be wise to contact her business, Pink & Posey.

Pink and Posey flowers

We spoke with Quynh about the extreme precision and delicacy of her work, how she got started and how we can too (although our results might more closely mimic those sad tissue flowers of our youth). Turns out she teaches workshops!

WATCH HER WORK: SEE THE VIDEO

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A lot of Amanda Needham’s job involves running around town. She’ll shop for polar fleeces, cowboy hats and clown props. She schleps armloads of clothes to the dry cleaners. She visits shoot locations. She meets with clients for coffee.

And then she runs home to take care of her baby girl, Nova.

Amanda Needham, Costume Designer

Costume designer Amanda Needham outside the store Frances May on Portland’s SW Washington Street. 

sorel_22_201703The busy two-time Emmy-winning costume designer has to know her city well, and how to dress comfortably to get along in it. She works on IFC’s Portlandia, a sketch comedy show with Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein about Portland and its eccentric citizens. She lives there for most of the year. The other forty percent of the time, Needham is in LA working on Baskets, Zach Galifianakis’s show about a Paris-trained clown trying to make it in Bakersfield, California, where he works as a rodeo clown. It’s a black comedy about dreams half met–or trampled.

We met Amanda in Portland, where she took us around to her favorite spots–to shop, to eat, to get things done–and showed us how she dresses for her hectic days. Needham has an ability to mix fun and function in her outfits–perhaps it’s a result of the intention that must inform her clothing selections for comedy characters. The key to her look is fashionable, durable and element-proof shoes by (Portland’s own) SOREL–just watch how she styles them.

Read on to hear about Portland’s hotspots, the evolving PNW style that Amanda cultivates in life and art, and pursuing your dreams in an ideal outfit.

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