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Fashion Week Interviews Men's Fashion Style

Men’s Style Trends with Kelly Oubre, Jr.

If you followed @nordstrommen during New York Fashion Week: Men’s, you know pro basketball player Kelly Oubre, Jr., took over our Insta story for a day. Sitting front row at several shows, he seemed to have the time of his life.

As a company we approach NYFW:M from a business standpoint, looking at future collections and making selections for our stores. But if you’re a fashion enthusiast, Oubre made it clear that it’s also just fun to be there.

Check our brief Q&A below where Oubre basically breaks down how to dress like him. Which you might want to consider at least in part: he’s got great style.

SHOP: men’s designer | men’s trend

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Summer Into Fall: Style Talk with Chyno Miranda

During New York Fashion Week: Men’s, we teamed up with the CFDA for portraits and quick interviews with notable men of style. Here’s Chyno Miranda, the Venezuelan singer riding high on his solo hit “Quédate Conmigo.”

SHOP: men’s designer | men’s trend

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The Big Ideas of NYFW:M, with Buying Director Jorge Valls

Now that New York Fashion Week: Men’s is over, let’s break it down. What was it? What did it all mean?

But first check out these bosses: That’s our men’s buying director Jorge Valls on the left with Steven Kolb, CEO of the CFDA, the organizer of NYFW:M. Twice a year, these men work together to bring you the future of fashion.

And spring 2018, the season that just showed, was exciting for several reasons—not least of which is that it will hit the floor at the same time as we open our first standalone men’s store in Manhattan.

What will that moment in men’s fashion look like? Here are Jorge’s major takeaways after seeing collections from many of the hottest brands on the planet.

SHOP: men’s designer

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Barena SS 18 Selections and Impromptu Showroom Modeling

Barena is the worn-in Italian brand you should wear if it’s starting to make you self-conscious when teenagers compliment your style. Should you grow up? Yeah.

Have you considered: soft tailoring? In the words of Barena creative director Massimo Pigozzo:

“Soft tailoring is important. It allows you to dress elegantly without being formal and allows you to dress informally without being sporty. There is also tailoring that is not necessarily tight but has a softer edge, for example we also use very stiff fabrics like heavy Melton wool but with super light shapes.”–as told to Jake Gallagher for the blog A Continuous Lean

We visited the Barena showroom with our buyers in New York during NYFW:M—you can see men’s designer buyer Dan Drewes above, selecting our spring/summer 2018 order.

To give you a sense of how Barena hangs, we also shot a few looks on our model friend Mayan Rajendran:

SHOP: men’s designer

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George Heaton talks Represent SS 18, Winston Churchill and British Manufacturing

One of the big retail success stories in recent years is Represent, the British-made brand founded by brothers George and Mike Heaton. Their SS 18 collection at NYFW:M  was a little bit streetwear, a little bit athleisure and very wearable, while conveying a certain toughness in the wearer.

The show had an almost Roman arena quality, with stomping feet coming through the speakers. There was a clear feeling of British strength in the building. We spoke to George after the show about that.

And while it doesn’t relate to anything, really, we just want to throw this out there: George’s watch and necklace contained hypnotizing universes of diamonds. Respect.

SHOP: Represent

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There’s Nothing Like Home: Inside Ovadia & Sons’ SS 18 Collection

Ovadia & Sons designer and native New Yorker Ariel Ovadia told us the inspiration for his spring/summer 2018 collection was Polo clothes and hip-hop mixtapes from the mid to late 1990s—which where huge in New York City, and which he and his brother, Shimon, loved as teenagers. As if blessing this choice of references, one of the master rappers of that mixtape era, Fabolous, sat front row at the show.

The clothes were great: Key pieces included track pants and bucket hats, with flames, checkerboard patterns, and deep, vibrant color-blocking. Interior design was humorous and aimed directly at our buyers: shipping boxes, buying checklists and ballpoint pens (message: Place your order).

On the more artistic side of things, though, it was cool to see the clothes while hearing the rapper Prodigy, a legendary artist from that same era who recently passed away, through the speakers. The homage was real and felt.

SHOP: Ovadia & Sons

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Cruising with Willy Chavarria at New York Fashion Week: Men’s

Willy Chavarria went the Raf Simons route at NYFW:M, deciding to show his spring/summer 2018 collection not in the standard exhibition space, but off-site, out in the city. Chavarria is an exciting designer to watch, and placing his collection, titled “Cruising,” in a leather bar was an inspired choice.

He showed wide-leg pants and voluminous shirts that brought a California sensibility (where he’s from) to New York (where he lives). The careful styling of the environment worked with the clothes, from the lowriders parked out front, to the fragrant flower crosses inside, to the relaxing oldies playing on the speakers—music to cruise to, in a place for cruising.

Fashion Week provides an opportuity to get to know different designers and their points of view, and we’re glad we made it out to the Eagle to see what Chavarria had to offer.

SHOP: men’s designer

CHECK OUT “CRUISING” AND MEET WILLY CHAVARRIA

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Raf Simons’s SS 18 Collection at New York Fashion Week: Men’s

One of menswear’s most respected designers and certainly the biggest name at NYFW:M, Raf Simons staged his Blade Runner-esque runway show Tuesday night under a bridge in the heart of Chinatown. Highsnobiety has an excellent review digging into the details of what the show meant in the scope of Simons’s work and fashion in general.

For our part, we’ll say that while we respect CFDA CEO Steven Kolb’s distinction between art and commerce, money is the last thing on our minds after soaking up Simons’s creativity. Long live the artist.

Simons, for the uninitiated, is the creative director of Calvin Klein, and the designer of his namesake brand, which has drawn longstanding inspiration from the music and artwork of Joy Division, New Order, and Peter Saville—the designer with whom Simons also recently redesigned the Calvin Klein logo.

SHOP: Calvin Klein | Adidas by Raf Simons

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The Art of the Showroom: wings + horns and Reigning Champ SS 18

Many NYFW:M brands use runway shows and presentations for artistic displays, then have business meetings with our buyers in straightforward showrooms. This year the Canadian powerhouse of wings + horns (designer brand) and Reigning Champ (sport brand) put all its eggs in the showroom basket.

That turned out to be a wise move, because they curated an art exhibit that will stick in our buyers’ minds for a long time. With tall white walls, a blackened Hawaiian forest, and a 3-D Reigning Champ logo that morphed as you walked around it, being there felt like being on another planet—a nearly monochromatic, sporty, severe version of Earth.

The occasion? Reigning Champ’s 10-year anniversary. But also, the brands’ designer, Tung Vo, is a detail-obsessed creator of worlds. Given the chance to wild out—the CEO said it was OK—he went all the way in.

Check out the clothes below and get into the artwork. We interviewed artist Andrew Dadson about his piece, “Black Plants.”

SHOP: wings + hornsReigning Champ

ENTER A WORLD

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Todd Snyder On His SS 18 Collection, Dad Style, and Making a Difference Through Design at New York Fashion Week: Men’s

New York–based designer Todd Snyder, the solid anchor of this season’s roster of NYFW:M, did not disappoint with his headlining runway show on opening day.

Known for classic tailoring, military influences and collaborating with heritage brands like Champion, he threw a curveball with his spring/summer 2018 collection. The fashion somewhat recklessly balanced his familiar aesthetic with styles from Snyder’s own world travels and a dusting of American streetwear.

Backstage we talked about the collection, the role of design in society, his dad, and which fashion rules are breakable (all of them).

SHOP: Todd Snyder

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